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Chinese Pot Roast (Day 19)

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Welcome to Day 19 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

I’m a day behind with the Write 31.  Life has gotten a little crazy around here.  I ended up having to write an Individualized Educational Plan for one of my students.  Then I had to get ready for a meeting with my principal.  Finally I had to write detailed progress reports for each of my students.  That’s only on the work end of my life.

My mom ended up moving out on Monday.  She is within three minutes driving time from my house.  That is if the weather is nice.  I can walk there in 15 minutes.  Having her close is so much better than the previous situation.  She used to live 40 minutes from me.

So I helped her out with moving out on Monday.  Actually I used the Imaginative One’s strength to help get the tv, microwave, and other boxes out to her car.  He and I ended up walking to her apartment so he could help get some of the stuff out of the car.

Last night I took her shopping so that we could get a tv.  The one she took to her house ended up not working.  It was manufactured in 1996 so maybe it was time for a new one.  LOL!  So my life has been CRAZY for the last few days.

With the crazy came a writer’s block.  I couldn’t figure out what to write and I didn’t want to write.  Now it feels better to have some of my inspiration back.

I’m going to attempt to have the next recipe up later tonight.

How’s your last few days been?

Click her for the recipe for Chinese Pot Roast.

Menu Plan Monday – November 2, 2015

Can you believe it is November already?  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.

Countdown to ThanksgivingSpeaking of Thanksgiving, I have 9 new recipes to share between now and the third week of November. This means I’ll be posting 3 or 4 recipes a week.  All but one of the recipes have been tested and approved by my family. One of the recipes is for a turkey breast that my mother-in-law has raved about.

The majority of the recipes are for the slow cooker. Anything to make it easier for you.  A week before Thanksgiving, I’m going to give you my plan for making the foods in stages as not to do it all on Thanksgiving.

This is going to be our first year hosting Thanksgiving so that will be fun.  Last year I made the side dishes and then transported them over to my mother-in-law’s house.  We’ve already invited my mother, sister, and mother-in-law to Thanksgiving.  We have a few other people we want to invite also.

I’ll be posting my first Thanksgiving dish today on my Cooking It Slow blog.  It’s for Makes It Own Gravy Turkey Breast and Easy Gravy.

Menu Plan Monday
Menu Plan Monday

I created a printable menu but am changing the dates on a few of the meals.  We have leftover side dishes that would go better with the meatloaf then the beenie weenies.  So I’m flip flopping the meatloaf and beenie weenies.

As you can see, I’m still using the crockpot for my meals.  It’s so much easier to use the crockpot for our meals.

Monday – Crockpot Meatloaf, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and veggies

Tuesday – Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice

WednesdayBeenies Weenies (We didn’t make them last week.)

Thursday – Sausage and cheesy hash brown casserole

Friday Barbecue Chicken Legs, pasta side dish, veggies

Printable Version

What’s on your menu this week?

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Countdown to Thanksgiving Pinterest Page
Countdown to Thanksgiving Pinterest Page

Happy Eating,
Traci

Weekly Ramblings and Bramble Beans (Day 24)

Next week is the last Saturday of the 31 day writing challenge.  The family has enjoyed all the meals, desserts. and sides created in the slow cooker.  It’s renewed my interest in cooking.  The family never knows what I’m whipping up in the kitchen.

This week I’ve shared two of our favorite ways to cook meat.

  1. Crockpot chicken
  2. Crockpot BBQ ribs – Our favorite brand of barbecue sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce.  You could also use my recipe for root beer barbecue sauce.

Continue reading Weekly Ramblings and Bramble Beans (Day 24)

Balsamic Roast – (Day 16)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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Have you ever had a day where you wished you could go back into bed?  Thursday was one of those days.  So it was nice to come home to some comfort food.

We love pot roast at our house.  I’ve made the same recipe for pot roast for over a decade.  That is until I found this recipe back in May.  We have had it 3 times since and each time we’ve enjoyed the meat.

The meat becomes super tender when cooked in the vinegar.  Yum!  Plus the flavor is out of the world delicious.  This pot roast is going into rotation at our house.

This is also a super easy recipe.  You need only a few ingredients to make this dinner.

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Balsamic Beef Roast

adapted from $5 Dinners 

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb. beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. beef or chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar

Steps:

  1. Place pot roast into the crock pot.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and pepper over the pot roast.
  3. Pour the water, beef broth, or chicken broth around the pot roast.
  4. Pour the vinegar over the pot roast.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Serve with your favorite side dish.
  7. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Happy eating,
Traci

Menu Plan Monday – October 12, 2015

Welcome to day #12 of my 31 days of Slow Cooking.  Since it’s Monday, I’m going to share my menu for the week.  Once again I’m going to use the crock pot to cook my meals for the week.

Menu Plan Monday
Menu Plan Monday

Monday – Slow Cooker Ravioli, green beans, ciabatta bread

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes, chips, raw veggies

Wednesday – Pulled Pork with Root beer BBQ Sauce, chips, raw veggies

Thursday – Pot Roast, Roasted Potatoes, mixed veggies

Friday – Taco bar

As I have stated before, I don’t list meals for Saturdays and Sundays because the weekends are up in the air on what we eat.

Menu for the Week of October 12, 2015 (Click for a printable version of the menu minus the links to the recipes.)

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Recipe from My Blog

Since it’s Monday, I’m going to share one of my recipes from my blog.  Today’s recipe has been a favorite for many years.  It’s such a simple recipe to put together.  Buy the pot roast when it’s on sale.  Around my area, $5.99 is the typical amount for pot roast.  So when I saw it on sale for $3.49 a pound this weekend, I bought two roasts.  One for this week and one for another time.

This week I’m going to cook up a roast using a different recipe that I’ve tried two other times.  After I cook the pot roast using the different recipe, I’m going to post that recipe on my slow cooking blog.

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Click on the picture to go to the recipe)

Blog Spotlight

Here is another blog that I found while perusing the Internet.  The Funny is Family blog does a series called Crockpot Thursdays.  Amy, the blog’s author, and other family members decide on a recipe for the crockpot they want to make on Thursdays in order to have family togetherness even miles apart.  Each member of the family gives their opinions about the meal and maybe how they have adapted the recipes for their family needs and likes.

I’m highlighting two recipes from her blog that I would like to try in the future.

  1. Lasagna Soup – This recipe sounds absolutely delicious!  Both Hubby and I love lasagna so this would be a way to get the taste of lasagna without the hard work of putting a lasagna together.
  2. Orange Chicken – Hubby and I love Chinese food.  This would be a  way for us to have Chinese without having to order in.  Hubby would love the rice I would serve along side the orange chicken.  Yum!

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This post was linked to the Menu Plan Monday’s post at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Happy eating,
Traci