Whimsy Crock Pot Week-Day 5

Wow!  Day 5 already?!  I am so excited about sharing today’s recipe with you!!  My family LOVES this one.  The first time I made it, my husband said he could eat it everyday and die a happy man.  My son, who isn’t too crazy about meat, couldn’t get enough of it.  And it’s so low-maintenance and delicious, so therefore I love to fix it!  Win-win-win if you ask me.

I’ve made a few additions to the original recipe from food.com, but nothing too crazy.

So, now you’re dying to know what “it” is.  Well…it’s…

To-Die-For Crock Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-5 lb) beef roast, any kind
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz.) package brown gravy mix, dry
  • 1/2 package of dried Italian salad dressing mix (original recipe called for the whole package, but I found it too salty)
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz.) package ranch dressing mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 potatoes, any kind (I just use scrubbed Russet potatoes, skin and all.)
  • 1/2 lb. carrots
  • 1 small onion

Directions

  1. Place beef in crock pot.
  2. Mix the dried mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over the roast.
  3. Cut up potatoes, onion and carrots into bite-size portions and place around the beef.
  4. Pour the water around the roast.
  5. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Your house will smell amazing while this is cooking!  The beef is so tender, and don’t get me started on how tasty the gravy is…OMG!!  I personally think brown gravy can make anything taste good.  This one is a MUST TRY & happy crock pot cooking!

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{Miss the last 4 days of Crock Pot recipes?  Here they are!  Day 1-Pulled Pork, Day 2-Baked Potatoes, Day 3-Chicken Tetrazzini, and Day 4-Taco Soup}


Whimsy Crock Pot Week-Day 4

{if you’ve missed the previous 3 recipes, you can view them here: Day 1-Pulled Pork, Day 2-Baked Potatoes, Day 3-Chicken Tetrazzini}

Soup, soup, soup…I love a good soup!  One of my favorite things about soup is that it’s usually better the 2nd day.

Day 4’s recipe is super easy but delicious!

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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

(recipe from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz.) can chili beans, with liquid
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, with liquid (I sometimes substitute with black beans)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, with liquid
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chile peppers
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) package taco seasoning mix

Directions

  1. In medium skillet, cook the ground beef until brown over medium heat.  Drain, and set aside.
  2. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chiles and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker.  Mix to blend, and cook on low for 8 hours.

I love to add a little sour cream to this.  Or eat it with some tortilla chips…mmm, yummy!


Whimsy Crock Pot Week-Day 3

Here we are at day 3 of the week-long simple slow cooker recipes.  If you missed day 1 and 2, you can view them here: DAY 1   DAY 2

Let’s get right to it!

Chicken Tetrazzini

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (I just take them straight from the freezer)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 (.7 oz.) package dry Italian dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
  • Grated parmesan cheese to taste

Directions

  1. Place chicken in the slow cooker.  Top with 2 tablespoons of melted butter; sprinkle with Italian dressing mix.
  2. Cover, and cook on high for 3 hours. (Time may vary depending on if you are using frozen or thawed chicken.  Cook until juices run clear.)
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  Mix in cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and cream cheese.  Pour mixture over the cooked chicken in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and continue to cook on low until chicken is fork tender and the sauce has thickened, about an additional hour.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve over spaghetti or egg noodles.

Whimsy Crock Pot Week-Day 2

Welcome back to my experiment of nothing but slow cooker recipes for an entire week.  Today is Baked Potatoes!  Who knew you could bake potatoes in the crock pot?  Not me.  My sister told me about a luncheon she had at her work, where someone brought these.  What a great idea for a potluck!

If you have some leftover pulled pork from yesterday’s recipe, I bet it would be really good added to a baked potato.  You can view the pulled pork recipe here.

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 baking potatoes, well scrubbed (or use enough to fill the crock, great for the next day lunch or dinner)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 4 sheets of aluminum foil

Directions

  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork several times.  Then rub potatoes with oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap tightly in foil.
  2. Place the potatoes in a slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 1/2 to 5 hours, or on low for 7 1/2 to 8 hours until tender.


Whimsy Crock Pot Week-Day 1

The weather is starting to heat up, and that means my kitchen really gets hot when I use my oven and stove.  Slow cooker meals are a life-saver this time of year.  Really any time of year, because they are so quick and easy to fix!

Each day this week, I will be sharing a crock pot recipe.  So, check back often for a different recipe!

Pulled Pork

  • 1 (2 lb.) pork tenderloin
  • 1 (12. oz.) can or bottle of root beer
  • 1 (18 oz.) bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 package of hamburger buns

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker; pour root beer over meat.
  2. Cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours.  (Note: the actual length of time may vary according to slow cooker.)
  3. Drain well.  Stir in barbecue sauce.  Serve on hamburger buns.


5 Simple Steps to a Spa Pedicure

I LOVE a good spa pedicure!  BUT…it’s hard to find time to get a professional pedicure.  So, I am sharing my secrets to get that “spa smoothness”, in your own home!

Step 1: Soak Your Feet

  • Grab a pot, bucket, tub or whatever your feet will comfortably fit in and fill it with warm, warm water.
  • Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a squirt of your favorite hair conditioner to the water. (This helps soften those calluses and combats stinky feet odors.  Plus, it makes your skin super soft!)
  • Set your timer for 15 minutes and relax!  DO NOT MOVE FOR 15 MINUTES!!  (I say this as a reminder to myself, because I have to physically force myself to relax.)

Step 2: The Callus Eliminator

  • Be Natural Callus Eliminator is magical!  I love this product!!
  • Remove your feet from the water and dry with a towel.
  • Grab a pair of gloves, or use a plastic bag to cover your hands.  Squirt about a quarter-sized amount of product into your palm (while wearing the gloves) and rub the product onto the bottom of your feet.  Let product sit for 3-5 minutes.
  • DO NOT use on broken or cracked skin, because it can burn.  Follow the directions carefully.

Step 3: Scrub

  • I use the Mr. Pumice scrubber to scrub the bottom of my feet.  Keep the callus eliminator on during this process.
  • Scrub each foot for a few minutes until feet are smooth.

Step 4: Rinse

  • Put your feet back in the water and rinse all of the callus eliminator off.
  • At this point I use a foot scrub or body scrub (whatever I have on-hand) to wash my feet and legs. (A baking soda paste is also a great exfoliant if you don’t have a scrub.)
  • Rinse thoroughly.  Remove your feet from the water and pat dry.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

  • Now is the time to clip, file and buff your toenails.
  • Massage a foot cream or thick lotion onto feet and legs.
  • If painting toenails, remove the lotion with a little bit of alcohol or polish remover.  Add polish if you want.  (I personally like to leave this up to the professionals.  I usually spend more time removing polish from my toes than actually painting them.  And I never have the patience to let them dry properly.)

That’s it!  Super easy (the hard part for me is trying to get my husband to do this for me).


Tiresome Status Updates…it’s the reason I unfriended you

Scrolling through my news feed multiple times a day, can sometimes put me in a foul mood.  Here’s a few of my least favorite status updates.

1.  “Shared” pictures from some stupid page you “liked”.

(If I wanted to constantly see pictures of kitties typing on a keyboard, baby orangutans having a bad hair day, or tons of pictures of camels on Wednesdays, all with kitschy slogans…I would have “liked” that page.  So please quit “sharing”!)

 

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2.  The constant complainer.

“i hate my job, i hate my car, i hate my house, i hate my life…fml”

“The flu sucks…”

“I’m crying again.  Why can’t things get better?”

“Another flat tire.  I can’t deal!”

(I really wish there was a “I don’t give a %*&^” button, because all your negativity brings me down.)

3.  The perplexing cryptic updater.

If only it was that easy”

“T-minus 36 hours, 24 minutes & 18 seconds…”

“If you were a real friend, I wouldn’t be in this situation”

(You took the time and effort to post this crazy stuff, now all of us want to know the rest of the story.  Don’t make us sit here in suspense, scrolling through the comments to see if you’ve elaborated on your post.)

4.  The “Um…is this really the best time?”

“Just waiting on the anesthesiologist to get here.  Bye, Bye gallbladder!”

“If this guy in front of me doesn’t go faster, I’m going to scream!  Why even have a Porsche if you can’t drive fast?!”

“I can’t seem to stay awake!  School is sooooo boring!!  MUST. HAVE. CAFFEINE.”

5.  The “Aren’t I the S*$@?!” updater.

“All 3 cars are washed, main house & guest house are clean, dinner is cooked, 126 loads of laundry are done & put away, hair is colored, dog is walked, bills are paid, ran 25 miles, plus a P90X workout! & I did it all in just under 20 minutes!!”

(Thank you very much!  Now I feel like a complete and total failure as a wife, mother, & woman.)

6.  Song Lyrics

(Yes, I know the words.  If I don’t, I probably don’t want to.  It may be exactly how you are feeling in this very moment, but just listen to the song, don’t share it.  And while you’re at it, don’t share the YouTube video of it, either.)

7.  Friends who constantly “check-in”.

“Eating waffles” at IHOP

“People watching” at Outlet Mall

“w/ my BFF” at home

8.  Updates about their children’s EVERY SINGLE milestone.

(I’m so guilty of this.  I think everyone should see just how cute my baby is…all the time!  This one really doesn’t annoy me, because I like to see just how cute your little one is too.  I just threw it in because I know it annoys some people.)

Comment below and tell me your status update pet peeves.  I know you have some!!