When I know it's going to be a crazy, busy day with office work and homeschooling and a myriad other details, I turn to my crockpot. There's something calming about spending a few minutes in the morning preparing ingredients for the crockpot, knowing that at 6 pm supper will be ready without much more effort on my part.
One of the quick-prep meats I cook in the slow cooker are Cornish hens. I wash the hens inside and out, chop an onion into quarters and stuff them into the cavities, and place them (cavity side up) in the crockpot. I salt and pepper them and add water to the cooker to reach about halfway up the sides of the hens.
Then turn it on low and let it cook for eight hours.
When I remove them at the end of the cooking time, I usually pre-plate them before I place them on the final serving platter. This allows all the water to drain out. It's a little difficult to drain them while holding them over the crockpot. They are fall-apart tender.
Hope this helps you on one of your busy days.