Friday, April 30, 2010

Crock Pot Adventures

A few months ago I bought a crock pot.
It was needed for a chili cook-off at work, to keep the chili warm during the day.
Since the purchase, I have endured the expected teasing from Mark, as well as an awesome crock pot cookbook from his mom.
We also received, as a Christmas present from my parents, what is affectionately known as the 'laundry basked o' meat'.
The title is self explanatory.

Well, the 'laundry basket o' meat' involved a roast. Something I had never ventured into cooking myself. So I consulted a few recipes from the cookbook, and a few recipes online, and came up with my own version. It goes like this:

1 roast, de-thawed
6-8 petite sized yukon gold potatoes, washed
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 bag baby carrots
1 can french onion soup
season to taste

The night before, I mixed all of the vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot.
I placed the roast on top, and let Mark season. [Garlic, garlic salt, pepper, basil]
The onion soup was poured over everything, and then the whole thing was placed in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, I placed it in the warmer, turned it on low and left for the day.
I am a worrier, so I was concerned all day that the house was on fire. But when I walked in the door, I was greeted by a delicious and familiar smell.
A friend was visiting for dinner, and with a side of sour cream + horseradish, and some toasted day old onion buns, I received thumbs up all around.
Quite possibly one of the easiest meals I have ever made, and I felt like Martha.
Awesome. :]

*Unfortunately no photos were taken to prove the deliciousness of this meal. You'll just have to take my word for it. And try it out yourself!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Picture posts

I have started a new blog for some of my picture posts.
I am going to attempt to use this space for words and that space for pictures. 
I'm sure the two will intermingle now and again. 
Or all the time.
It's my world, IdowhatIwant!

So, you can find this other blog here:

Please visit.
And leave me some nice comments if you feel like it.

Happy Spring Days to you

April Tenth

Today, we were sitting outside soaking up some sun and discussing the types of plants / flowers we would like to try to keep alive this year [pictures up soon over here].
We paused when we heard the distinct sound of a ladder scraping up against a tree.

Our neighbor makes the most beautiful birdhouses.

See? Awesome.
[Also, this is a house for wrens.]

I knew from chatting with him the other day, that he was planning to hang another birdhouse higher up in a tree not far from the one pictured above.
I quickly told Mark about his plan, and he jumped up and headed over to help. 

So!, like the creeper I am, I ran and got the camera and stood at our bedroom window and snuck these shots:

And later these:

[house for robbins. yay!]

They both have such good hearts.
I'm a lucky neighbor, and a lucky girlfriend.