Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yummy Pot Roast

This is my absolute favorite pot roast recipe.  I have been using it for years, so I don't remember the source.  Some magazine.  I use the crock pot, so all I had to do was make my sides and dinner was done! 

Allie's Favorite Pot Roast

bottom roast (I used a roast a little over 2 lbs.)
2 cans of cream of whatever soup (I used celery and mushroom)
packet of Lipton's onion soup
salt and pepper

Throw the soup and Lipton's soup mix in the crock pot and mix.  Add potatoes, onions, carrots (chop however you like).  Now I also salt my roast on both sides and then throw it it.  I turn it around so it gets covered in the "gravy".  Put on low for 6-8 hours.  After its done its so tender you can just shred it and then your gravy is already done. 

For dinner I made buttered noodles for it.  Or you could make mashed potatoes, whatever you like!

Now for my side, this I found on pinterest and it smelled delicious!  It tasted delicious!  This one is def. a keeper!

Found over at kalyns kitchen.

Cheesy Zucchini and Squash

2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
2 T. fresh basil, chopped.
1 t. fresh thyme
2 green onion stalks, chopped
salt and pepper
garlic powder
1/2 c. white cheese + 1/2 c. white cheese (for topping)
1/2 c. parm cheese

Mix all together, except 1/2 c. cheese for topping.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  After the 25-30 minutes add the rest of the cheese and pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until browned. 

So quick and easy and yummy!

Anyone making anything new for dinner??

Creamy Bacon and Potato Soup

I know weather is crazy lately.  We actually woke up to 46 degree weather, here in Florida.  I got a little excited and planned the menu, while it was 46 degrees and found a yummy soup recipe.  I should have known better, because by the time I made it, it was not cool anymore.  There was a nice breeze, but that was about it!  The soup was still yummy.  I had everything I needed for it except bacon.  I love bacon, every once in awhile, but bacon is freaking expensive!  So we never get it.  But I splurged, ha ha.  I found the recipe over at tidy mom.

I just made a few adjustments.

Bacon and Potato Soup
5 medium potatoes, cubed.  ( I baked mine in the oven before hand)
8 slices bacon, crumbled. (I made mine in the oven for 25 minutes)
2-3 or 4 depending on what you like of bacon grease ( I mixed it with oil)
1 onion. chopped.
1 celery stalk, chopped.
1 clove garlic, minced.
2/3 c. flour
6 c. chicken broth.
2 c. half and half.
1 t. salt
1 1/2 t. dried basil (this is a must)
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 c. parsley (I did not use)
1/2 t. hot sauce

garnishes:  I used cheddar cheese/Colby mix, chopped green onions and left over bacon. 

Take your bacon grease and put it in a big sauce pot.  I used a mix of bacon grease and oil.  add onion.  Now I don't like crunchy celery so I added mine with the onion.  After the onion is translucent add your garlic and cook for a minute.  Add flour.  Now at this point, I added a little more bacon grease.  Cook that for a couple of minutes.  This is your roux, you don't want a flour taste.  Add your chicken broth and let it thicken, or get slightly bubbly.
Add half and half and rest of ingredients.  Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. 

I cut my potatoes really big, so I mashed it a little bit in the soup. 

I thought the soup was yummy!  The dried basil really gave it that good taste!  Enjoy! 

Since I'm in the soup mode, I will be making a cream of mushroom soup today! 


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Projects for May

While I should be studying for my algebra final, or writing my last paper for humanities, I am on here thinking and documenting my projects for May!  School is done next week, and while I should be solving algebraic equations, I am dreaming of starting OPERATION ORGANIZATION!  Yeah, that's right.  I am super excited for it.  I don't see it as a chore, I see it as a light at the end of the tunnel!  So I wanted to come on here and make a list of the projects I have lined up.  First thing come May, you better believe I will be getting these things done! 

What I like about this, is you can change it up every week.  When you have completed a goal you take it off and feel accomplished.  If you haven't completed a goal then you feel like  slacker and get it done!
Why label it a task?  Label it a goal, it has a nicer ring to it, don't ya think?  

This I have been wanting to do for a long time, she has an awesome organized binder on her site.  I'm going to change mine up tho.  You know that junk drawer in your kitchen?  Manuals, to go menus, know what I'm sayin!  They get lost in that big mess.  So I want to organize mine.  So instead of taking everything out of that junk drawer, you have it all in one spot.  New bills that just come in the mail will also have a place in there.  Receipts that need to be shredded will find a home in this binder, as well as upcoming appointments!  I am super excited about this one!

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I want to get into shape, not only to lose weight, but to keep it off and really incorporate exercise into my life.  My daughter and I joined the YMCA and so far we love it! I set up 6 months of life coach sessions, so I will come up with a workout plan and get started!  Cant wait to shed some of this weight!

So far this is what I am really excited for!  Does anyone have anything planned this summer?


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I figured since I haven't posted in awhile that I would do some latelys....

reading: So last lately I said I just bought the 2nd book of the unearthly series.  I just started reading like a week ago.  I started reading it because I am so over my algebra class that I sit in the back and read on my nook.  Well it got really good last night and I finished it a little after midnight!  Cried thru about half of it.  First book of a series that I have read that doesn't leave you with a horrible cliff hanger.  It left me with a peaceful mind.  and I dreamt of angel-bloods all night, haha.  I highly recommend the series, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and then Hallowed

obsessing: I am not going to summer school again this summer, so I have labeled this summer OPERATION ORGANIZATION!  Yep, I am on an organization binge, I am decluttering our lives, I am reorganizing it and making our lives easier.  Well I am hoping too, at least.  I also want to do fun things with the family. 

listening to: bon iver.  I just got tickets to his concert here in Orlando, so I want to purchase his cd's so I can know all his songs and sing along, at the top of my lungs.  ok, well not the top of my lungs.  something tells me it wont be a loud show. lol

baking/making: I made a delicious pizza casserole late week, as well as a yummy chicken stew made in the crock pot.  The chicken stew is a weight watchers recipe and it was yummy, full of veggies and finished it with some greek yogurt.  a nice tangy taste.  I also doctored up some hashbrown casserole, I was eating that thing for two days, it was so yummy, even cold!  for Easter I made a jello/pretzel dessert.  It was yummy, but we were all so full no one really ate it.  so it was wasted, I will def. make it again, but cut it in half next time.

looking forward to: summer, our vacation, hopefully meeting Marianne finally!  lol.  Joining the ymca for Zoe and I, and getting organized!
want to accomplish: OPERATION ORGANIZATION!
watching: once upon a time and ringer.  Both are getting really good!  oh and June Pretty Little Liars starts up again!  yay!

missing: being bill free! :)
So what are you all up to?
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