Archive for January, 2010

Crock Pot Savory Pot Roast

Over the past two weeks, I’ve made this twice.  It’s just so easy and so delicious.  Funny thing is, I vividly remember protesting eating pot roast as a child when we’d go to my Nana’s for dinner.  I just remember it being so much more bland than this.  Maybe its the crock pot, the thing is pretty magical :-)

Another confession is that I don’t really have a recipe for this.  I follow the directions on the back of the McCormick seasoning packet (found in the spice aisle at the grocery store).  Why mess with a good, perfect thing?

What you need:

  • 3-4 lb. chuck roast
  • veggies – potatoes, carrots, onion, celery
  • 1 cup water
  • the magical McCormick Savory Pot Roast seasoning packet

Basically just drop it all in the crock pot and cook it for 6-8 hours.  It makes the entire house smell delish and it’s so easy.  Though it’s no secret recipe or anything I’m posting it because a few people asked me about it and now I have a place to send them for the recipe.

You give me fever!

We’ve been riding the fever roller coaster since Thursday night.  Brinley has been going back and forth between a 104 degree temperature and a normal temperature, with the average around 102.  I’ve called the nurse’s line (since it’s the weekend) probably five times over the last three days and they keep telling me the same thing, “It’s probably just a virus.  Don’t worry.  Let it run its course and just make sure she’s drinking.”  So, she’s drinking plenty but has scarcely eaten a thing other than a donut (I know, but its all she wanted) in the past 72 hours.  Whoever invented Motrin is a genius.  Once that stuff kicks in, the normal Brinley appears then when its close to worn off (nearing the six hour mark) droopy, lethargic, red-cheeked Brinley returns.  I’ve been assured time and time again that this fever is nothing to worry about, but it’s so much harder when it’s your OWN child that’s sick.  I’ll be taking her in to the doctor tomorrow just for my own peace of mind.

Here comes trouble

Before Nora was born I often wondered if she’d be like her sister or not.  Everyone always said, “Watch out!  The second child will be a handful!”  I never really believed it and just assumed that my girls would be similar.  Boy was I wrong!  Nora is indeed a handful.  I know you’re not supposed to compare your kids, but its really hard not to.

In two days, Nora will be 9 months old but she acts more like she’s already at least a year old.  She’s not crawling yet, but I think she might just walk first, and soon.  All she wants to do lately is stand up – whether it be holding on to our hands or hanging on to the furniture.  She has no fear and just wants to GO!  Brinley was always content to be sitting and playing with her toys and could entertain herself for short spurts of time while I got things done.  Nora will have none of that.  She has to be a part of the action, whatever it is.

Eating is another area in which the girls are very different.  Brinley always ate baby food well, but had a hard time transitioning to “real” food.  She gagged on pieces of food early on and was still eating pureed baby food at nearly a year old.  Nora is already eating grilled cheese sandwiches!  Tonight for dinner she had some of the veggies that I cooked with our pot roast and she just loved it.  She will try just about anything and is always looking for food.

There is no denying that both of my girls are beautiful but it is just amazing how different they are!

And so it begins…

Brinley was invited to her first classmate birthday party.   I know what you’re thinking, she’s three!  Anyway, the party was today and it was a tea party.  Brinley hadn’t been feeling well yesterday but seemed alright this morning so I decided to take her.  I was really looking forward to going because the little girl lives in our soon-to-be new neighborhood and I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet someone in the area.

Brinley chose to wear her Easter dress from last year and her sparkly pink princess shoes.  The girls had fun painting and decorating jewelry boxes and making bracelets.  They had juice in little tea cups and there were sandwiches shaped like hearts and stars.  Of course Brinley held off on the sandwiches to make sure she had room for cake an ice cream.  After a game of musical chairs (which Brinley chose to observe) the kids sang Happy Birthday, enjoyed cake and ice cream and watched Nina open her presents.  It was funny to see how everything unfolded.  Some of the kids were really interested in watching the presents being opened while others (including Brinley) were busy doing other things like drawing and doing puzzles.

And so it has begun.  I think that my years of hosting birthday parties with just family and close friends have come to an end.  As Brinley continues to attend these birthday parties filled with little girls from school, I’m sure she is going to want to have one of her own.

Fiesta Chicken

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 (1.5 oz.) Packet Taco Seasoning Mix
1 Cup Salsa (Mild, Medium, or Hot)
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1/4 Cup Fat Free Sour Cream

Spray crockpot with non-stick butter flavored spray. Place chicken into crockpot. Sprinkle Taco Seasoning Packet on top of chicken. Pour salsa over seasoned chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

15 minutes before serving, take chicken out of crockpot. Mix cornstarch with a little water and a little juice from crockpot. Pour mixture back into the crockpot and stir. Add sour cream and stir until smooth. Place chicken back into the crockpot and heat until everything is hot again.

Serves: 6
Per Serving: 179 Calories; 3g Fat (15.9% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 70mg Cholesterol; 727mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. WWP: 4

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