Fancy Pot Roast (or Pot Rose) 

Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast Photo by: The Daring Gourmet

Hey Y’all,

  First of all, an endless thank you to everyone who helped to make our Holston Home event a success, I wish I could’ve had you all over to the house to cook you dinner and hug your neck, but that would take more than the three crock pots I own, so for now, I’m just gonna share a recipe. 

  I usually cook Italian food for parties, but Rod’s fav is pot roast, so I gave it a go. I made three roasts and it was surprisingly easy. I wanted to get away from the old onion soup pot roast, so I searched and searched and somehow I came upon this recipe. I like to call it Fancy Pot Roast.. Lol, but it’s not my recipe, so I don’t really get to decide that! I think the bacon is key, as well as, the tomato paste. If you don’t like one or more of the seasoning, I recommend simply leaving them out. I also found that the “low setting” doesn’t really cut it, even if you have a lot of time to let it cook. So crank your crock up to high and let it simmer until it is falling apart. This could take up to 6 hours, possibly less. 

  Don’t tell anyone, but for a side item, I used Jimmy Dean Mashed potatoes instead of making my own, which saved me a good hour and some potential tears over pasty potatoes. I also left the celery out of the roast and opted for just carrots and onions. 

      Happy Cooking Y’all
                 Xo R

You can thank “The Daring Gourmet” for this awesome recipe! 

Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast
The Daring Gourmet
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 pound beef round roast (or chuck, depending on how lean you prefer it)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 strips bacon, cut in half
  • 2½ cups beef broth
  • ½ cup dry red wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • For the Rub:
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley
  • For the Gravy Slurry:
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour mixed into a slurry with ½ cup canned beef broth
  1. Rub the roast all over with the rub mix.
  2. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over high heat and liberally brown the roast on all sides. Place the roast in a slow cooker.
  3. Add the broth to the skillet and whisk to loosen up the browned bits. Add the tomato paste, wine (if using), and salt and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and bay leaves into the slow cooker around and on top of the roast. Lay the strips of bacon alongside and on top of the roast. Pour the beef broth/tomato paste mixture over everything.
  5. Cook on low setting for 8-9 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium stock pot, leaving the roast and vegetables in the warm slow cooker. Bring to a boil and whisk in the gravy slurry and continue whisking until the gravy is thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the pot roast on a serving platter and spoon the vegetables around it. Discard the bay leaves and bacon. Pour a little of the gravy over it and serve with gravy on the side along with potatoes and your choice of sides.

Ohhh Snap!

Oh my goodness y’all!! I’m three days behind on my blog. Maybe I can make up for it. I think I found a really cool deal and everyone knows I love a good deal! I downloaded the Snapfish app, which I use to order prints of photos, and I noticed they were offering 100 free prints a month for a year, if you download the iphone or android app. Sounds almost too good to be true, but I’m gonna give it a try.
I’m big on ordering prints. I feel like we are too dependant on the digital stuff and that one day our children or our children’s children  are gonna want to see our photos and they won’t have any because our digital files got lost along the way. If your anything like me, you probably find it interesting to look through your parents’ dusty record collection or old school photo albums. I’m not sure that my potential future children are going to be firing up my MacBook Pro in twenty years and looking through my iphoto or iTunes library.
There really isn’t any romance in the thought of that, so I try to capture history in a tangible form as much as possible. Anyway..enough rambling. Here are the links;
iphone app
Android App


Xo r

Don’t forget!


I’m enjoying blogging about halloween and sharing some beach snapshots, but I don’t wanna forget about the reason thirty shades exists, breast cancer awareness!! So please don’t forget to make your mammogram appointments ladies! I’m serious. Getting my breast squished in metal is not exactly my idea of a good time either, but I can’t say it’s all that terrible either. I can think of way worse things;

1.The Dentist
2. Bikini Wax
3. Annual Exam
4.Locking one of your fingers in your car door(yes, I’ve done me it’s way worse than a mammogram).

Anyway, that’s all for now.

Halloween Love


Most of y’all probably know by now I love to do crafts, but since I’m on vacation I haven’t really had access to my supplies, so for now I’m having to borrow other people’s great ideas to share with you. I have handpicked a few of my favorite halloween/fall craft ideas. Here’s what I was looking for when I chose these; *easy *cheap *cute! Seems I like my crafts like some men like their women! I think pretty much anyone can do these projects. Hope you enjoy! Xo R (ps.Click the pink words for full tutorials)

Fireplace Pumpkins


Spider Web Doilies
(No link- this one should be pretty obvious. Get a vintage doily and a little plastic spider and frame it up!!-ps. Your local goodwill is an awesome place to buy cheap picture frames)
Glitter Pumpkins!

And last, but not least, this may not be as easy as promised, but it’s so cute and I’m sure it’s cheap to make so I had to include it. -no tutorial with this one either. Use your imagination.

Airstream Pumpkin

Beachin’ Again!

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help but leave this dramatic music on my video. We are actually having a great time, but this music kind of makes it seem like somethin sad is about to happen! The only sad part is having to leave the beach.
Hope you like it!



Wow!!! So after I wrote that blog yesterday complaining about not getting any pumpkins, look at this! My friend who stopped by to water the plants texted me this photo of our pumpkin patch. I have officially helped bring a pumpkin in to the world! :)  I know I’m probably overly excited, but this is my first time planting anything other than an herb or a flower. Being the pessimist that I am, I just found it near impossible to believe  that after I planted a seed in the ground a plant  was going to actually sprout through the dirt, and beyond that, a pumpkin was going to somehow pop out of that plant. I mean if I had never seen it happen before I would say to the person telling me this process, “You are Nuts!” This whole thing probably sounds silly and maybe even child like, but I think sometimes it’s good to let yourself be amazed by the cool little things God does. This simple gardening process reminds me to  have more confidence or faith in things I can’t see.  To know I have planted little seeds all over my world and something beautiful is always liable to just pop right up out of the ground. How about you? Have you planted something good? Are you faithfully anticipating it’s arrival or constantly doubting,like me? I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna try to start expecting pumpkins instead of weeds!! Xo r

Why Didn’t I think of that?

I tried to grow pumpkins this year, but it definitely was not a successful endeavor. I will be shocked if I get even one tiny little pumpkin. Oh well! I’ll just have to buy my pumpkins and try again next year.
I enjoy carving pumpkins and pretty much everything about fall. I guess it’s my favorite season. In Tennessee it’s usually the perfect not too hot and not too cold season. Knock on wood! With my luck it will be snowing when I get home! Anyway, before I forget, I wanted to share this pumpkin carving tip I found on a blog called  It’s super simple, but may be pretty helpful for your pumpkin carving projects this year. I’m definitely gonna try it on at least one pumpkin. Check it out here:

Please forgive these short sweet blogs while I’m vacationing with the fam. Xo r