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Friday’s Fotos: A Whole Lot of Random

Potatoes from the Garden!

Maggie's First Girl Scout Meeting

Nana capturing everyone's attention (back at Logan's Birthday celebrations)

Logan Reading

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And some dress-up time:

Princess Knight Logan

Burke, Maggie, and Logan

Makes My Monday: Finding an Awesome Crock Pot Recipe

cimg0164While stumbling through the internet the other day, I came across a recipe for “To Die For Pot Roast Sandwiches” Made in the crock pot. Now, you all know that I love, love, love my crock pot. And pot roast? Ya – bring it on.

So I tried this one … just like the recipe says and OMG, no joke – it’s totally to die for.

This time around, I added a few things. Here’s my recipe.

Crock Pot Pot Roast

  • 1 beef roast – any kind (3-5 pounds)
  • A handful of baby red potatoes, quartered
  • A handful (or two) of baby carrots
  • 1/2 a bag of frozen white pearl onions
  • 1 package dried brown gravy mix
  • 1 package dried Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 package dried ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup water
  1. Place beef roast in slow cooker.
  2. Place the veggies around the sides of the beef.
  3. Mix the dried mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over the roast.
  4. Pour the water around the roast.
  5. Cook on low for seven to nine hours.

As with most pot roasts, this one was even better on day two…(not that there was much left of it…)

Oh, and that plastic you see? Crock Pot liners. Easy clean up and helps make the lid fit better (no more crock pot spitting!) Just another thing to Make my Monday 🙂

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Removing the XL

As you probably know – either because you know me, or you’ve read previous posts (Bad Haiku Friday, this particular FX4, My Favorite Food: A – Z, 2008: International Year of the Potato…) – I *LOVE* potatoes. Favorite food – hands down. French fries are right up there with my mostest favorite-est.

As you probably also know, I’ve been trying to shed some pounds lately (19 of those nasty little things gone since November, thank you very much!). I’ve been keeping track with that ticker over there on the left-hand side.

So…it should come as no surprise that while I haven’t given up french fries, I have tried to limit my intake. If  we go to a fast food place with the kids, I usually try to order the small sized fries. In theory, this is wonderful; I’m still getting those tasty little suckers, but I’m not ingesting the extra large box o’ fries. In theory.

What I’ve come to notice is that those small sizes are usually paper pockets…teeny tiny paper pockets. Pockets that hold only teeny tiny french fries. French fries that are so crisp, they could pass as potato chips. Apparently, all of the long succulent fries – crisp on the edges, but oh-so-potatoey on the inside – fall out and wait for those larger sized cardboard boxes.

So the question becomes, do I suck it up and try to enjoy the crispy ones, or do I ignore the whole “those aren’t good for you” thing and order a larger size? Torture.