Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tales from the Crock...and other


The pot roast was good. Real good. Real real good. Gooooooood. The recipe, in case you're interested, was a combination of recipes I had found in my "Fix It and Forget It" Cookbook, and Wonder's recipe for pot roast. It could not have been easier. I mean, a monkey could have made this pot roast.


2-4 pound sirloin tip roast (you can use a chuck roast if that's all you have, or all you can find, but Wonder recommended a sirloin tip roast, and it wasn't that much more expensive)

1 lb. baby carrots

3 regular sized cans of new potatoes (I know, you're thinking "canned potatoes?". I know this, because that is what I thought too...but go with me here...I mean, they're a lot easier than peeling and chopping up a bunch of regular potatoes.....they are in such cute little perfect shapes already....and they absorb the juice and flavor of the meat so well...just try it, but make sure you strain them, and then rinse them off real quick)

1/2 bag of frozen pearl onions (again, you could use fresh, regular onions, but I made this at 6:30 in the morning, and I didn't feel like chopping up an onion and having that smell on my hands all day)

1 package Lipton (or generic brand, I used HEB brand) French Onion Soup Mix

1 bay leaf

3 cups water

How To:

Put the roast, carrots, rinsed (!) potatoes, and onions in the crock pot. In a large measuring cup, or bowl, or whatever, measure out 3 cups of water and add the soup mix. Whisk until blended, and pour over the meat. Add bay leaf. Set crock pot to low (I have different hour settings, and set it to the lowest I could, which was 10 hours) and go about your buisness. Enjoy the aroma of the meat cooking. Mmmmm. After 10 hours (probably it was done in 8, and then it just sat and soaked up all that yummy juice), eat!


The meat was so tender, we just used our forks to pull it apart. Also, I have a very large crock pot, so if you have a smaller one, you might have to cook the meat first, (overnight?) and then the veggies after that. This is what Wonder says she does. And, 3 cups of water is a lot of liquid, you could probably get away with 2 but a)I have a fear of burning things in my crock pot (because it's betrayed me before) and b)with the leftover juices, I made a delicious little simple gravy. I put butter and flour in a pan, let it melt and mix together, and added some of the juice, brought it up to a boil and Voila! Gravy. Twas most tasty, if I do say so myself. And I do.

The Olympics!!!!!!

Check this bad boy out. It combines my two great loves. The Olympics and Cupcakes. Cupcakes and the Olympics. Hot damn.

3 days to go!!!! I know what I will be doing this weekend. I just wish I knew where I could get some of those cupcakes.

Speaking of the Olympics (non knitters beware, you will not understand anything of what I'm about to say), I've been considering joining the Ravelympics for a few weeks now, but have been hesitant to do so. I was never good at competitive sports, which is perhaps why I took up knitting as a hobby in the first place, and so the idea of competitive knitting puts me off a little. I am clearly running out of time to make my decision, but procrastination is my middle name (Ok, actually it's Elizabeth, but whatevs) and I like to live on the edge. Anyway, if you are knitty inclined, please comment me and tell me why (or why not) I should participate (or not) in the Ravelympics. I mean I guess it's not like I won't ever have any time to knit, since I plan to sit my happy ass in front of the telly and watch watch watch all day long watch.

I got raped

Settle. I didn't really get raped. But last night we needed dishwashing detergent, and I needed a stick of deoderant (it broke off in my shirt when I was putting it on yesterday morning. I hate when it does that), so I ran to Walgreens. There's a Walgreens on the corner by our house, it's the closest store. I didn't feel like driving all the way to HEB (the grocery store) or Wal-Mart (and I hate Wal-Mart anyway), so Walgreens it was.

I purchased the above pictured 3 items. Anyone want to take a guess how much that cost me? Seriously, anyone. Guess. I will tell you later, in the comments section. Let me just tell you this, it was outrageous. I felt violated. I went home and took a hot shower.

Gratuitous Cute Kid Shot!

It's been awhile.

Dance, Sydney! Dance!!!!


Anita O said...

I had problems deciding to join Ravelympics. Like you, I am non-competitive. BUT, it is a non-competitive thing going on. I think the biggest thing to think about is the CHALLENGE. You have to complete a project in 17 days. So think of that. If you want another FO in 17 days, and bragging rights, I say go right ahead.
And I joined because you don't have to even be on a team. All you have to do is tag your project appropriately. And if you don't finish, who cares? Guess it becomes another WIP. I bet half those projects don't get done! GO FOR IT!!

Anonymous said...

I've never thought about using canned taters. That's how I fix mine too with Lipton Onion Soup Mix.

I go to Walgreens a lot. It's handy ~ and if I went to WalMart or Target, I'd end up spending more in the long run....on stuff that I really don't need.

Guess on your price of stuff you bought: $13.00. Am I close?

Anonymous said...

Whoops ~ that last post was from me Cappy.

~ Reenie ~

Anonymous said...

Just how does this Knitting Olympics thing work?