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Blue Plate Monday ~ Pot Roast

You know my friend Kelly is doing a very cool thing on her blog – Blue Plate Mondays.  If you havent ventured over…do it!  You won’t be sorry.  She has a beautiful blog and wonderful recipes!

Here’s my contribution for today: Pot Roast

I used a eye of round roast. About 4 pounds for our family. It was a very lean cut of meat…not my favorite but I knew Husband likes this cut.  You will also need ground cayenne pepper, a large white onion, salt and black pepper to taste, plenty of fresh garlic, fresh carrots and potatoes…whatever is needed for your family – or whomever you are serving.

Here’s how I make a roast:

Preheat your oven to 325. Be sure your roast is completely thawed. You will need 8-10 gloves of garlic, one large white onion and ground cayenne pepper. Be sure and pour some pepper into a ramkin or small bowl, you dont want to contaminate your pepper shaker by dipping a meaty knife in it! Discard your left over pepper when finished. DUH!


Stick your very sharp paring knife into the roast and make Xs. Cut your garlic into strips that will fit in the Xs. Use all the garlic, which will make about 20 Xs


Then dip your knife in the cayenne pepper and stick the meat – say 20 or so times.

Put just enough oil in a skillet to coat the bottom and heat it for a few moments…of course not TOO hot…dont want a fire! Then place your roast in it, turning and browning it on all sides.


Remove it and place in in a roasting pan with a lid -spray both pieces with cooking spray. Slice your onion into fairly large pieces and saute in remaining oil in skillet just until becoming transparent. Add to the roasting pan.



Add 2 cups water to roaster. Cover and place in your preheated oven and cook for 2 hours. Check periodically to be sure it hasnt dried out. Scrub fresh carrots and new potatoes (these are from our garden…arent they beautiful!?) and set aside.


When your roast has been cooking 2 hours, add your carrots and potatoes. Salt and black pepper to taste. I just snip the ends of the carrots and put the potatoes in whole. If you have to use larger bought potatoes, cut them into 2-3 inch pieces…same for bought carrots. Cover again, return roaster to oven to cook an additional hour or until potatoes are done – not mushy…still firm but cooked through. There you have it! Easy as pie! Oh heck, you need a pie recipe too! Maybe later in the week!



Can we talk about baking?

11333It’s funny,  I have received more input on Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver since I suspended the effort, than before when we were doing it!  But that is a good thing!  I think some were waiting around, a little timid about jumping in since the word “challenge” was used so often.  But I am really excited that 1)those who participated actually loved it and want to keep doing it 2)those who were hanging back, are ready to jump in!

As I told you in an earlier post, I will be changing up the rules a bit.  I think I confused everyone but myself – and the more I thought about it, the less I understood what I was saying!  So I will be posting a new set of rules and a new start up date.  I think I am going to take a page from my friend Kelly over at unDeniably Domestic and do weekly challenges (oops, there’s that word again!) and a giveaway once a month.  I think that was part of the confusion…when were the recipes due?  when would a new recipe post? when were the drawings?  Yeah, I can see how it would get muddled in translation!

It has been a very weird/tiring/busy month, this lovely month of May. But,  I will be happy to see June arrive.  I have had a lot going on  – good and bad and yet categorized.  It really began last month and has culminated into such a mixture of things that I can’t even begin to tell you what all is on my mind.  But I will tell you this:  having your little brother have open heart surgery causes a strange mixture of feelings.  I am not a Pollyanna by any means, as anyone who knows me in real life can tell you.  However, I do try to see some good in any turn of events and strive to learn something from the not quite so nice things that come along.

As this month ends I realize my husband has not been home enough over the past 4 weeks.  There is more work than he will ever finish before he leaves next Wednesday AND he planted the corn so that I will have to harvest it while he is gone!  Our little garden is looking so good.  Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers…and now corn planted.  He made places for my pumpkins to be planted next month.  I have 30 or so varieties – some will go in the big garden, some in the raised beds, depending on their vining probabilities. I want to get them in the ground a couple of weeks earlier than usual so I can begin selling them earlier in September than I normally do.  One of these days I hope to expand my pumpkin patch.  I don’t usually plant your normal orange jack-o-lantern pumpkins.  I try to plant things you can’t get locally.  If they do well, I might even consider taking a truck load to the green market.  It’s a thought.

I wish you all a happy, safe holiday weekend.  We are headed out in a while to sit with my brother at the hospital while his wife goes to their daughter’s highschool graduation.  I hate he is missing it.  But happy he will be around for other important days in her life.

Stay tuned for more information, changes and start up date for re-introducing Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver.


Update: Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver

Due to a slightly underwhelming response :( and lots of things going on on the home front for the next few weeks, I am suspending this event for a couple of weeks.  I thank those who have participated.  But this is just a respite! We will be back to this and with gusto! I am going to re-write some of the rules to make them less confusing and give more folks a chance to participate and get this thing rolling!  I think it is a great idea and I hate that it is off to a rocky start.  But I really am going to be out of town quite a bit until my brother is back on his feet and I didn’t want to be the “stick in the spoke”, you know?

If you made this past challenge (Bakewell Tarts), I am still doing the giveaway this coming Saturday but will not post a new recipe Friday, May 22.

Have a great weekend!

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