Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snowmageddon & a Delish Pot Roast Recipe!

As you can see, it snowed here today in Washington State! I think the final count as of now is 7 inches!!! It's beautiful. Getting snow is nice when you live somewhere that you don't have to deal with it all of the time! It's like another world altogether....a winter wonderland! Even with all the beautiful snow, all I could think about was wanting to go to the store to get some things that I need for a couple of projects in the works. I needed a distraction!

We went outside and attempted a snowman. It wasn't very big; it really only looked like a hill of snow. Oh well, it was my first attempt at one. Another first for me was...SLEDDING! We have a giant hill in our backyard that I normally hate, but it turned out perfect for sledding down on the box my crock pot came in! We even got airborne at the end because of the drop off over the retaining wall!

After playing outside for a while, we came inside to defrost with some hot chocolate and coffee. Can you guess who had which? Then I got started on a crock pot roast. It is the next best thing beside soup on a very cold day, in my opinion. I heart this particular recipe. I've had it for about 5 years now, so I have no clue as to the original source. Of course, I tweaked it some anyway!

Crock Pot Roast:

3-4lb roast beef or round steak (I use a roast)         1 cup of red wine
Salt/Pepper to taste                                             1tbs butter
1 chopped onion                                                  8oz sliced mushrooms
1 pack of brown gravy mix                                   2tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 1/4 cups of water                                             2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup of ketchup                                              4tbs cornstarch
4tbs Dijon mustard                                              2tbs water
1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder                              Potatoes and Carrots

  1. Place roast into cooker during preparation.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter. Then saute mushrooms and onions until tender.
  3. Combine onions, mushrooms, water, ketchup, wine, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  4. Pour over meat. Cover and cook on low 7-9 hours.
  5. Add veggies after 6 hours.
  6. Remove meat, keep warm and turn cooker on high.
  7. Dissolve cornstarch into 2tbs of water and stir into the cooker. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until desired thickness is reached.
  8. Enjoy over rice.
I like to top, pretty much every meal of mine, off with Slap Ya Mamma! It's a Cajun seasoning made in Louisiana, and you can pretty much only find it in the south. I have my mom bring tons of it for me when she comes to visit. Something similar you can use that most grocery stores have is Tony Chachere's seasoning.

How do you  make your snow days Fabulousified?