Monthly Archives: February 2012

The roasts of all roasts


For a number of year growing up as a kid Sunday was pot roast day. The family would all go to church in the morning then come home to the house smelling of mouth watering pot roast. By the time you got done eating you had just enough time to take a quick nap and get dressed to go back to church. Over the last few months I have tried to be due diligent about planning out my meals for the week. I find that it makes my life so much easier when I am not coming home and having to figure it out right then and there. It also greatly helps with my spending at the commissary because I only go for those specific items and don’t deviate off that list at all.

Since the crock pot has been slightly unused in my kitchen lately I decided to search for a amazing pot roast recipe using the slow cooker. I was also planning to have this meal on Valentine’s Day since it seemed a little more fancy. Course we could have eaten tun fish sandwiches and Pat would have been just fine with that too.

Crock Pot Pot Roast

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 (1.2 ounce) package dry beef gravy mix
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup water, or as needed
  • 5 whole peeled carrots (optional)
  1. I seasoned the meat with about half the packets mixed together and wrapped the meat in plastic wrap and let it sit for about 2 days. I don’t know if it made a big difference, but it helped to prepare the meal quicker the morning of.
  2. Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Spread the onion slices out into the bottom of the cooker.
  3. Place the seasoned roast into the cooker on top of the onions. Whisk together beef gravy mix, ranch dressing mix, and Italian dressing mix in a bowl, and whisk the mixes with water until smooth. Pour over the chuck roast. Distribute carrots around the meat.
  4. Cover the cooker, set to Low, and cook until the roast is tender and the gravy has thickened, about 8 hours.
*I know it seems like next to no water going in, but it really does work out just fine.
*Another side note is I did put aluminum foil on top of the crock pot then placed the lid on that. It helps to seal in all the moisture from being able to escape.
*I will also try adding potatoes next time too.

For Sale!


Gorgeous Wedding Gown from CC’s Bridal Boutique in Florida, size 8 (only altered at hem line). This elegant ivory gown is in mint condition. Worn once and professionally cleaned. Delicate embroidery and sparkling bead work on the strapless bodice with layers of ivory silk organza on skirt and long train.

Also included is the crinoline slip and the long veil has slight touches of sparkling beads throughout. The veil is the same length as the train.

Everything for $550.00

My parents are selling this for me and the dress is located in Palm Harbor, Florida. We would have to figure out shipping if someone from out of state was interested.

Simple Reminders


These hands you are holding on your wedding day are the hands of your best friend, your lover, your confidant and your partner.

 These hands will work with you to build your future and fulfill your mutual dreams.

 These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years. With a gentle touch, they will comfort you.

 They will hold you in times of fear and grief. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

 These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

 In years to come, these hands, wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch