Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A gorgeous fall day

Today was a beautiful fall day in the Northwest.

This morning as I was running around and getting ready for work, I managed to get a roast in the crockpot. When we got home this afternoon, after that roast had been cooking for 11 hours, our house smelled like heaven! I nuked some baby red potatoes and carrots for a few minutes and added them to the crockpot as well.

Then off we went! We snagged the dogs, my camera, and hit the trail. We have a great, paved, trail near out house and we love it on days like today. It was great to spend good time with Jeremy, get some fresh air after a frustrating and busy day in the office, and get a bit of exercise with the pups.

Nothing quite beats coming home to a warm house filled with the smell of a tasty roast. Now, it's time to relax, snuggle up, and watch Sons of Anarchy. All in all, it was a damn good day.

A quick rundown of the roast recipe I created, for those interested!

In a ziplock bag, mix well- 1/4 cup flour, dash of thyme, pepper, 1/2 t garlic powder, 1/4t onion powder
Add the roast to the bag and coat
Brown roast on all sides
In the crockpot add 1cup beef broth, 1/4 water, 1 can cream of mushroom, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce - mix and add the roast
Sprinkle top with onion soup mix
Cook for at least 5-6 hours - all day is obviously best!
For the last 1-1.5 hours add your potatoes of choice and baby carrots

I don't do much measuring and I improve a LOT. In fact, this time I added a bay leaf when I added the veggies.


  1. Hey, I know that trail! ;) Glad you were able to get out and enjoy some time with the hub and pups!

    I love making roasts in the crockpot, too! Yum!

  2. What cute pups! Glad you enjoyed the day.

  3. I'll have to try that recipe, it sounds delicious!

  4. What a great day! You took some really great pics too! It's been lovely in Walla Walla, just starting to frost in the evenings and all the trees are yellow and red. It's beautiful! Also, thanks for the recipe, I have been meaning to try a roast in the crock pot. I'm wondering what size your crock pot is? And how big of a roast were you able to fit in there?

  5. Good question, Elaine. I want to say my crockpot is a pretty standard size. Not too much bigger than the roast. I would say the beef roast was a couple pounds. I didn't have the packaging anymore because this one was frozen! I would say it was about football sized, if that helps!

  6. I just made this exact recipe for tonight - thanks for the idea!! :)

  7. Oh wow, I am excited to try this new recipe. I wish I had come upon this earlier in the day so I could have gone shopping.

    I found your blog through ICLW (I'm #47). I am following you purely because I saw Sons of Anarchy in your first post. Is that horrible? I'm gonna go stalk your other posts now.

  8. Mag, not horrible at all! I love you already. ;)

    Can I mention that I have DirectTV and might die if they screw me out of the rest of the season?!