We are back, and it is our first day trying to get school going again. Boy am I feeling the pressure of Christmas piling up. I will have to say getting back 3 weeks before Christmas may not have been the best part of my “GREAT IDEA”for a month at the beach. Thank goodness my loving Husband had the tree up already, and all the boxes out so we could start decorating. Over the weekend I unpacked us, and Monday Hubby and I went Elfving and got everything done. (Now I know you know my kids read this, just so you know Santa Clause is out of the bag here.But we still like to tell the stories and watch my favorite movies which are the Santa Clause 1,2,and 3 ) So, check another thing off the list. We had such a great time and I can’t wait to share with you some of our unique ideas for Christmas.
Yin, I can say, is in the Christmas Spirit and until we get all the decorations done, school is going to be a JOY. She is so excited to get this house done. If I don’t get it done soon she might just drive me crazy!
On top of all the decorating I am having the urge to start crocheting. Usually by now I would have had a few gifts done. This year I just don’t think there is going to be time. I took my stuff to the beach but managing little ones in a 5th wheel did not leave much time for crocheting and for some reason I only like to crochet when it is cold outside.
So getting back into the swing of things is taking me for a loopty-loop and it feels like a Monday everyday right now. So today I am making this Crockpot Monday ( I know it is Tuesday, but yesterday I ate out, so lets pretend 🙂 ) . I hope as the season goes on and comes to a near I will have a few recipes you will enjoy.
What’s For dinner tonight: Something New for us. I saw a great recipe that was not family friendly, so I started looking up other recipes to replace the ingredients we could not have and then another then another and it kept going until I replace just about most of it. So here is what I came up with on the fly. Hope you enjoy. (THis was approved by Yin my picky eater. I did have to make Mash potatoes too because, Yin does not like the texture of rice without mash potatoes. )
French Dip Beef: ( I don’t call it a sandwiches because a lot of times it goes over rice due to wheat allergy and Kae likes it in a tortilla)
2-3 pound chuck roast ( today I used beef tips was out of chuck roast so it will go over rice or mash potatoes for sure)
16 0z of beef broth
6 oz of Red Wine
1 Tbs of olive oil
1 Tbs of Molasses
1 tsp of garlic powder
8 tsp of dried onions
1 tsp of onion powder
1/4 tsp of thyme
salt and pepper to taste ( we use grains of paradise since I am allergic to pepper)
Put all in a crock pot and cook all day. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or Egg noodles if you can have them, Make into a sandwich and use the juice as a dipping sauce, or like Kae wrap in a tortilla and Dip as well.
If you want to thicken the sauce (l did tonight) just use a tsp of Xanthan Gum. Pull out all meat and then in a small dish add some of the juice then 1/4 tsp of Xanthan Gum whisk then pour back in and whisk some more. Add meat back in and it coats nicely.
RICE: (HIgh Protein )
Tonight I made Rice to go with it and I really like the Jasmine Brown Rice and I add Wild rice. Wild rice is high in protein 6 grams per serving and the brown rice I use is 4 grams of protein per serving. My kids are going through a growing spurt right now and eating me out of house and home. When they do this I try to come up with high protein meals to keep them full longer. Makes it nicer on the budget :).
Hope you enjoy
(Microwaved wonderful and was even better 2nd day! Next time I might try Mushrooms with it 🙂 )