Sunday Night Dinner: Pot Roast

Sunday, May 26, 2019

There is nothing more delicious on a rainy Sunday night than Pot Roast. So comforting. This is one of those Sunday meals where you can get all your chores done while it slowly cooks all afternoon.


  • 2- 3lb Chuck pot roast
  • 4-5 Potatoes of your choice - (I prefer Baking Potatoes) - Peel and sliced into wedges
  • 3-4 Carrots - peel and slice into wedges/sticks
  • 1-3 Small Yellow Onions ( I loveeee cooked onion, so I use more) - Peel and slice into quarters.
  • 2 16oz Beef and/or Vegetable Broth ( one just isn't enough to cover)
  • 3-4 Bay Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • Olive Oil

First, I like to cook my Pot Roast on the stove top in my Martha Stewart Dutch Oven. On Medium heat, heat your olive oil in your pot and add your onions. Cook until slightly translucent then remove and set aside. 
Make sure your chuck pot roast is seasoned with salt and pepper on both sides, place into pot and brown all sides, about 3-5 mins on each side. This is a crucial step as it locks in all the seasonings. Once browned, remove from pot.

Add a little bit of your beef broth to the bottom of you pot, just enough to cover. Now use your wooden spoon and scrap all those good browning's from your meat and onions, once completed turn the burner down to low heat.

Add your meat back into the pot. Now add the onions, potatoes, and carrots. Season with Salt and Pepper to coat all the meat and vegetables- I like to be generous here. :) Add your bay leaves. Pour in your broth- make sure all the meat and vegetables are fully covered. Cook on low for 6-8hours. The longer it cooks the more tender the meat.

**Tips for if you are planning this for a weeknight and you need to get it done quick before you leave for work in the morning.  
  •  Prep the vegetables the night before. Peel and slice the potatoes and store them in a container filled with water (make sure the potatoes are fully covered; this will ensure they do not turn brown. For the carrots, you can peel and slice them or just use a bag of either baby carrots or the carrot sticks. (I do this when I am pressed for time). Peel the onion and place in sandwich bag ( you can slice in quarters in the morning before you place it in). 
  • In the A.M., place the seasoned meat in your crock pot. Surround the meat with all your vegetables. Season with Salt and Pepper, throw in a few bay leaves, and cover all of the meat/vegetables with beef and/or vegetable broth.
  • Cook on low heat all day. The longer it cooks, the more tender the meat will be. I usually set ours at 8am and cook it until about 6:30/7pm and it is perfect. 

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week came and went and if it was your child's first time celebrating this like mine, than you probably were wondering what the heck can I do for these amazing teachers and on a slight budget. My daughter has four wonderful teachers and I wanted to be able to do something thoughtful for them each day of the week. The school provided some ideas, but I like to be different and so I got creative on my own. Below are some ideas for each day of the week that I put together.

Please share with me some of the amazing things you have done or are planning to do for the wonderful teachers in your child's life! I am definitely going to need ideas for next year!

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