Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Well, I made it through Monday! I hope you all did too!

I spent this weekend preparing and grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, attending a friend’s birthday dinner, and stitching! I am getting close to being done with my current cross stitch project ‘Pretty Little Paris’ by Satsuma Street on Etsy. Click here to see it in the Etsy Store. I also featured this on my last Favorite Web Finds post. It’s such a fun project and I just love the colors. The shop has a lot of other whimsical cities to choose from, so please go check them out!

On Sunday I made pot roast! Our mouths watered ALL DAY as we smelled the delicious hunk of meat cooking away in the crock pot. Ten hours of temptation. Mike asking, “Want me to stir it?” and me yelling at him, “NO!” I think he just wanted to be closer to the smell… And so did I! But I controlled myself. Not an easy thing to do. We ate a bag of peanut butter M&Ms while we waited in the final hour. I only have a mini Crock Pot right now, but I asked Santa for a larger one. I hope he thinks I’ve been good this year! (I have – I Swear!) Anyway, I had to cut a 2 lb piece of meat in half in order for it to fit so sadly, there were no leftovers. This is a version of my Mom’s Pot Roast recipe. I texted her this weekend and demanded her ingredient list. Thanks Mom!

slow cooker pot roastIngredients:

2 lb chuck roast

2 cups water

1 package french onion soup mix

1 package brown gravy mix

6 oz apple sauce

Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil

Potatoes

Carrots

**I halved this recipe due to my tiny, *adorable* Crock Pot and the fact that I was only feeding two people.

Start off by seasoning your meat with salt and pepper. We were using a chuck roast. Place olive oil in a frying pan and sear each side of the roast. You are not cooking the meat, just browning each side. Once each side has been seared and is brown, place in your slow cooker.

Cut potatoes into quarters (I used new potatoes) and peel and cut carrots to your preferred size. Place in slow cooker around the roast.

Add water, french onion soup mix, brown gravy mix and applesauce in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. I cooked mine for 10 hours and it turned out great. The meat just fell apart and it had a nice rich flavor.

IMG_7651

IMG_7653

How cute is my mini Crock Pot!

IMG_7666A crescent roll rounded out the meal.

IMG_7679I also tested out a potato recipe last night, which you’ll see in the photos, but I’m still fine tuning it so I will share it once it has been perfected!

Berry “Green” Monster Smoothie

TGIF TGIF!  :)

We fought through the 35 degree weather and won our kickball first round playoff game last night 3-1. Kicking was hard as I could not feel my feet and could not aim… managed to get on base, though! Next round is the first week of December and I’m praying for no snow. We have a title to uphold!

berry green monster smoothieI kicked off my Friday morning with another Berry “Green” Monster Smoothie this morning. Put that baby in a travel cup and took it with me on my morning public transit commute and was not starving when I got to work like I normally am. This morning was T25 Lower Focus which means I did about a zillion squats and lunges and my stomach was growling throughout the entire thing and this smoothie did the trick and shushed that growl.

Continue reading

Parmesan Roasted Potato Wedges

A couple times a month I get to work from home. Today was one of those days, which meant I got to sleep just a little bit later rise with the sun instead of before it like I normally do. It also means working in my PJs, and having time to make a delicious green monster smoothie for breakfast! Love work from home days!

IMG_7634I’ll share the recipe with you soon!

After an action-packed morning of working out (today was T25 Ab Intervals) and doing work, I made Chicken with Balsamic Tomatoes for lunch with extra tomatoes. I just couldn’t get enough – this is one of my favorite meals, and healthy, too!

IMG_7643As promised, here are the Parmesan Roasted Potato Wedges I made last night for dinner to go with Baked BBQ Bacon Chicken. these were so good! And if you’ve been reading this blog before today, you’ll know I love any kind of potato, especially tater tots, french fries, and wedges!

parmesan roasted potato wedgesHere’s how you make Parmesan Roasted Potato Wedges:

Continue reading

Baked BBQ Bacon Chicken

This morning I woke up bright and early at 5:30 a.m. to get a workout in before work. Today was T25 Total Body and let me tell you, my shoulders are still sore. That means it’s working, right? Right?! I hope so, cause I have six months until bathing suit season…not that I’m counting or anything. It was 25 degrees and still practically dark when I left the house. Enough said.

Luckily, things were looking up as this morning in the office as we had our monthly birthday celebration and there was homemade lemon poppy bread! It was so sweet and delicious and totally worth eating an entire slice with butter. Must find good lemon poppy recipe ASAP!

IMG_7589  IMG_7590

Continue reading