Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Nite Souper Dish!

Fall is right around the corner. School is back in session.  Football games, festivals will be in full swing. For busy families a meal prepared in a Crock-pot can save some time and money.
On Fridays I like to prepare soup in my Crock-pot.  Its a good way to use up leftovers and clean out the refrigerator.  Ingredients can vary so no two soups are alike! This time I had pot roast left over from Tuesday dinner. To that I add these ingredients:

Crock-Pot Italian style vegetable soup.
1-can beef broth
1- envelope of onion soup mix
1-can 15 Oz of stewed tomatoes
1-can of 28oz of whole plum tomatoes
1-can of 15oz of pinto beans
1-can of 15oz of black beans
2- carrots sliced
1-green pepper chopped
1- zucchini  sliced
1- potato chopped
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1- cup of chopped celery
1- large clove of garlic minced
1- can of water from the large tomato can
2-tsp of Italian seasoning
1/2 cup of dry pasta.
3- cups of leftover roast diced

Here's Rascal who is supervising the chopping of vegetables and patiently waiting to taste test some of them!

Place all the ingredients except for the pasta in a 6qt Crock-Pot.
I set at High for 1 hour than at its lowest setting for six hours.  During the final 10 minutes of cooking add the pasta.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and served with bread sticks. This makes a lot of soup and can easily
serve a family of six.  The verdict.... This soup was yummy!

 For Hubs and I a big Crock-Pot full of soup = two nights of dinners and Sunday lunch. Having some of the weekend meals already prepared makes me a happy homemaker!  I can spend more time enjoying the weekend with hubs and my "kids".
This is Life as I know...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rockin the Crock-Pot

I am a self professed Crock-Pot Princess.  Love cooking with my Crock-pots. Yes that was plural, I have more than one and in all sizes.  I cooked everything in them from soup to nuts, desserts, bread, cakes and main dishes. It's my go to appliance especially if I going to have a busy week. 
  My hubby and I have one vehicle and it takes some coordination of schedules to get where we are needed . We own a Handyman Service.   This week Hubs needs my help on ones of his jobs.  We both have a Business lunch to attend and I begin the packing of the Blessing Bags for Christmas. Eating out is not an option for health and financial reasons.  MY crock-pot is going to get a work out.
 This is what I tossed together...
Four Ingredient Crock-Pot Roast
4 pound bottom roast
4-white potatoes
1-simply organic French Onion Dip mix

Step 1:
Line a 6qt Crock-pot with tin foil.  Make sure the sheet are long enough to overlap.  Place the potatoes in the bottom of Crock-pot.


Place Roast on top of potatoes
Rub roast with French onion dip mix
Cut carrots in to large pieces and place around the Roast

Seal the tin foil and cover
The finished Roast!
The crock-pot was set on low for the first 4 hrs.  High for the last two hours of cooking.
Serves from 4-6.

The Roast was juicy with a mild oniony flavor. It was not fork tender but it still easy to slice.  Next time I will start it earlier and cook at the lower temperature.
There was plenty of left overs which will be used for more crock-pot meals during the week. Recipes
will be posted at a later date. Have Blessed Week!
 This is life as I know it..

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ironing and all that Jazz...

 Ok who likes to iron.  I sure don't.  As a kid it was one of my chores.. I had to do all of the laundry for my Mom,  five brothers and myself which included the ironing.  So you can see why I don't care for it.  Today its just me and hubby.  I still avoid the ironing in fact I don't iron ...
 that is until today.   

 One Sunday my husband is dressing for church and the shirt he choose to wear is  wrinkled.  Hubby doesn't care about his clothes. As long as he is cleaned and covered he's good to go.    His appearance is important to me so I ask him to change his shirt.  The truth is I said something like you not going out looking like that.  Not a good way to start your Sunday.  A couple of huff , puffs and some eye rolls and  the shirt got changed.  Surveying the closet I notice all of the wrinkled clothing. The dryer has been on the fritz for a couple of years. So our clothes are hung to dry.  Some fabric do alright the wrinkles smooth out but others need to be ironed.  I had to make peace with the that small home appliance.  I did my first batch today.  Did not enjoy ironing but I did like the results. Clothes neatly pressed and ready to be worn in the closet.  Now where is my button jar...  
 This is life as I know it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

To create or to make that is the question.

In class one day Sister Mary posed this question to us - who creates?   She was my eighth grade English, Religion and Homeroom teacher at St Johns Berchmans Catholic School.   We all responded God. She then asks can we create. Just like the glass half empty or half full question. Some answered yes, while others answered no.  I was on the fence because there had to be a catch somewhere and  I was right. One student had to look up the word create in the dictionary, while another student had to look up Genesis 1:1 in the bible.  Sister Mary asked each to read their findings out loud to the class.

                  From the Bible...

From Webster's dictionary...
Create- to cause to come into existence, bring in to being - 

Leave it to Sister Mary to combine a English and Religion lesson. We came to the conclusion that to create means to make something out of nothing.  Do you like our  logic!  Sister asked again who can create? God, we resoundingly answered!  In her opinion the word create  was overused.  Only God can create something out of nothing. He spoke us into existence, we're made in the image of Him. Mankind needs materials  to make something.  It could be a seed in the soil, paint to a canvas or yarn and needles. Throw in our imagination  and the skies the limit.

God gave me a creative spirit.  I remain connected to my Mother, Aunts and Grandparents who all had the same spirit.  Why do I make things?  Its keeps me centered and in awe of God, the father.
This is life as I know it...
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My day of flops..

Did you ever have a day when nothing went as planned.  Yesterday was that day for me. It started out ok. Waking up, getting hubby off to the first scheduled client. Garden chores done. The kids (dogs) properly spoiled.  The house was straighten and neatenize.  Dinner needed to be early because Bob had a committee meeting at Church. So I thought I would try a new cake recipe. Possibly blog abut it later.  Well that's not going to happen anytime soon. It bombed.  The aroma was great.  My husband  said it looked like a ski slope.  It's supposed to be a pineapple cake not a ski slope. I set my cake aside. My husband leaves and I settle in to crochet. I'm working on a baby sweater. The pattern says it simple and the author states it should take 2-3hrs to finish. I'm on day 4 or maybe 5 of crocheting this sweater. To be fair I crochet 10 minutes stop and let the dogs out or in. Stop and play with the dogs. Stop and give their tummies a rub. You get the picture. I have allot of distractions but that's the way I like it. Last night I hit a snag in the pattern. The sleeves were not cooperating. The round counts were way off and I was so careful. I count, recount  take out a row and count again. It was just  not working out according to the written pattern.  So I rip everything out and start over carefully counting every stitch. It's still was not coming together right ugh!
 This how I felt...
I kept working at it and somehow I came up with a sleeve. It's not done exactly like the pattern but it will work. One sleeve done and one more to go.  I will put up pictures of it in a latter post.
Next I need to salvage the ski slope aka pineapple cake.  I cut the cake in half.  The better half is placed on a cake plate and served with whipped cream.  The ski slope half wrapped and frozen for latter use.  It will probably toasted for a cake crumb topping for ice cream or for a fruit cobbler. Nothing will go to waste.
 I will keep working on the pineapple cake recipe until it comes out right. Not sure what went wrong but I will figure it out.
If at first you don't succeed try, try again! 
This is Life as I know it...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

One crochet project done. So many more to go...

Nothing gets my creative juices flowing like a deadline.  I have a new great-niece joining the family in September. So like any crocheter I start pouring over my patterns.  There's lots to choose from. I have amassed an extensive collection.  Don't forget about the internet.  You can spend hours just looking at all of the free patterns that are available. None of this gets me to the task at hand,  the crocheting.  So I walk in to my yarn closet and check my stash.  Right in front of me is a Pound of Love by Lion Brand Yarn in the right shade.  I bought it a couple of years ago for pattern on the label.  Does anybody else do that? Get the yarn for the pattern on the label.  Hmm, Ok back to the point.  The pattern is also available on there website where you can down load it for free.  Oh and the name of it is Hooded Baby Afghan.  It was easy to crochet. Here is the link You will have to register at the site to have access to the patterns but is well worth it!

The pattern was easy for beginners to follow but a more experienced crocheter would enjoy making this too. Basic stitches are the chain (ch) ,single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc). Its crocheted in two pieces. Here's the first pieces
Next the second piece You do some increases to get the shape. An excellent technique to learn.
Its pinned together

A border is crocheted around going through all the layers.  Here you have the finished product!

I like how it came out.  It's nice when you can follow a pattern and the project looks like the picture.
Now on to more projects and this is Life as I know it...