Most Amazing Roast Ever!

Last night I decided I wanted to cook this roast I found in my deep freezer after I cleaned and organized it (more on that tomorrow). So I found a recipe that I had pinned a long time ago and tried once. So I have made this before but it was awhile ago and I wanted to try it again! It is called “The easiest and most amazing roast EVER!”

The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/72057662758571062/

1 package of each of the following: brown gravy mix, powdered ranch dressing mix, and powered Italian dressing mix

1/2 cup water

1 roast

Combine the water with all the packages of seasonings and pour over roast in a crock pot. Cook until done (I put my crock pot on for 8 hours).

ready to cook!

ready to cook!

I went to work and when I came home the house smelled so delicious I just wanted to lick the air lol! It turned out really good and everyone loved it!!

Yummy!!!!

Yummy!!!!

Changes I would make:

#1 I would increase the water to 1 cup. When we ate the roast it was delicious but when you dipped it in it’s own juices the seasonings were really strong. So if you are making this for au jus or using the juices for homemade gravy I would increase the amount of water.

#2 In the photo of the pin they show, and I assume used, a chuck roast for this recipe. Well rump roasts were on sale when I got mine so I bought that for a lot cheaper. Since the roast in the pin was flatter, and therefor more easily covered, I realized the rump roast might be all dry since most couldn’t be covered. I decided to cut the roast in half so I had two somewhat flat pieces and placed them in the crock pot and then covered it with the seasonings. It worked out perfectly and cutting it didn’t matter since roast falls apart anyways!

It was the easiest and most delicious roast I have ever cooked!! Enjoy!

Happy Pinning!!

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Easy Sugared Doughnuts

Today’s project was a breakfast one and my, oh my was it delicious and so easy to make!

The Pin: http://kirbiecravings.com/2010/06/sugared-doughnuts-using-pillsbury-biscuit-dough.html

You just take a can of pre-refrigerated biscuit dough, like Pillsbury Grands, cut holes in them and fry until golden brown!  Super easy! Since this week is about using what you have on hand I used Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon roll dough. A plus to this is that they come with icing that you can top your doughnuts with! Bonus!

Cut and ready to fry!

Cut and ready to fry!

While I prepped my doughnuts I let the oil heat up in a pan on the stove. Then I dropped them in one at a time and wow did they sizzle and brown up really quickly! So quickly in fact the first two burned…so I turned the heat down and fried the rest. Even after adjusting the temperature they still cooked up quickly so you have to keep your eye on them at all times!

Fried and topped!

Fried and topped!

See how the ones at the top are darker then the rest? It was an easy fix and they still taste good jut a bit cruchier! I rolled several of them in sugar and then topped the rest with the glaze that came in the package. As you can see by the missing one it is very hard to resist fresh, hot, gooey doughnuts 😉

Changes I would make:

#1 Next time I will use plain biscuit dough to see how they differ from using cinnamon roll dough.

#2 I will roll them in a cinnamon sugar bath to get that sweetness in there instead of using glaze. Just to see of they differ in any way!

Happy Pinning!

Healthy Baked Chicken and Black Bean Tacos

Tonight for dinner I decided to make these yummy looking baked chicken and black bean tacos that I had repinned from my mom.

The Pin: http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/48304421609

I liked the layout of this post and the straight forward instructions on how to bake these.

 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken (or any meat)

1 cup diced onions

1 cup drained and rinsed black beans

1 cup salsa

Whole grain tortillas

2 tbsp water

1 package taco seasoning

cheese

Brown meat add water and taco seasoning remove when done. Add onions and black beans to pan and cook until onions are sauteed. Put meat, beans and onion mixture, salsa, and cheese in a tortilla. Roll up and place in a greased pan and cook at 365 for 20-23 minutes until done!

Cooked and ready to go!

Cooked and ready to go!

All cooked and ready to use!

All cooked and ready to use!

Once I had the ingredients all cooked I assembled them and rolled them up and put them in the oven  to bake. The smell coming from the oven was heavenly and I had a hard time waiting for them to cook!  They were so yummy I would recommend that everyone make these at least once!

End product!

End product!

Changes I would make:

#1 I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken because it was something I had on hand.

#2 I would add only half a package of taco seasoning since by boyfriend told me the ones he ate (I made his with beef) were too spicy.

#3 Since the meat came out spicy I didn’t add jalapenos to them.

#4 Since I didn’t have the fixings for the King Guac I didn’t make it but I will buy the stuff to make with it next time!

Enjoy and Happy Pinning!

Skip Grocery Shopping This Week!

I already had dinner planned for tonight and it wasn’t anything I had pinned so I picked another one out that I had been meaning to do. Lets say I have been meaning to do this for a long, long time but always put it off. Well tonight I completed it as my Project Pinterest of the night!

The pin: http://www.thebudgetdiet.com/skip-grocery-shopping-this-week

It states: 

“Good news…here’s a way you can save money at the grocery store – skip grocery shopping this week! Bad news…you’re going to clean out and organize your pantry, refrigerator and freezer! Consider this your challenge for the week!”

I started with my cupboards and oh boy did it take some work! I found a lot of multiples of things all spread out…I had so many because I didn’t see the ones I had so I went and bought more! I had about 10 cans of green beans alone! I only found one expired item so it got tossed and the rest I grouped up into like items and got them cupboards looking mighty spiffy!

 

My drink, oatmeal, and snack shelf.

My drink, oatmeal, and snack shelf.

My veggie shelf. See all the jarred tomatoes and canned green beans I had?

My veggie shelf. See all the jarred tomatoes and canned green beans I had?

Top part is baking mixes, middle is condiments, and bottom is pasta.

Top part is baking mixes, middle is condiments, and bottom is pasta.

Raw baking ingredients.

Raw baking ingredients.

 

In the last photo you can see a pink plastic basket. I decided to use this to hold my loose envelope spices (i.e taco seasoning, gravy mixes, marinades etc) since I never knew what to do with them. Now they are all in one tidy spot ready to use! Tomorrow I will tackle the deep freezer….which I am not looking forward to lol! I will add at this point the reason I have some multiples (like the frosting and boxed pasta) is because I use coupons. No…no…I am not an “extreme couponer” that is actually an insult to good, smart shoppers since that show portrays people using coupons in ways they weren’t meant to be used.  I can get loads of items for cheap but draw the line at like a bazillion mustards! So now you know one of my secrets so please don’t judge me for my 8 boxes of macaroni noodles!!

Changes I would make:

#1 None at all these instructions were very straightforward and easy to follow! 

#2 The writer has some great tips like making a snack bowl and cleaning as you organize to make things easier…love it!

#3 I really liked the tip about searching the internet for cooking ideas if you find items you don’t know what to do with. I found 3 cans of Libby’s canned pumpkin I got for super cheap after the last holiday season. A quick search of Pinterest and I found Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats…crock pot style. Can’t wait to try this!

Happy Pinning!

Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats

Last night I found myself curious about steel cut oats. I keep reading about how these are so much better for you then normal rolled oats. So I went to Pinterest and found multiple recipes and I decided to make Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats.
The recipe:

1 C steel cut oats
1 1/2 C milk
1 1/2 C water
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 peeled and diced apples (I left the skins on for more nutrition)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 TBSP butter cut into pieces

Combine ingredients in a well greased Crock Pot and cook on low 8 hours.

 

Apple Cinnamon Oats

Ready to cook!

Looks good doesn’t it??

When I got up this morning my house smelled just fabulous….like homemade apple pie….I could almost taste the air!! When I stirred it the oats stuck to the bottom and scorched a bit but other then that it worked out just fine! I scooped up a bowl and added some milk and it was just so yummy! It wasn’t as sweet as I like so I added some Splenda to the bowl but other then that it was perfect.

Changes I would make:

1. Add another tablespoon brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit more.

2. My crock pot’s lowest setting is 10 hours so to keep it from scorching I will start the cooking process earlier in the evening. I read you can put it on warm to cook to keep it from burning.