Life is good :)

Hey friends! 

First off, thanks for all your sweet comments on my hair do yesterday, you sure know how to make a gal feel special 😉

It’s been a rainy, relaxing Sunday here at casa de Fanatic!

Let’s see, it all began with a wakeup call from Verizon at 7:57am (aka 6:57am pre-clock-setback).  Oh yes, thanks for that Verizon, the one time you are early for a 4 hour visit window.  Sunday morning.  Lovely.

Anywho, hopefully we got all that taken care of…

Since we were both up at the buttcrack of dawn so early we got started on some things around the house… and actually by around lunch time I was glad we had all our “chores” done and were free for the day!

Lil’ laundry, dishes, cleaning…

Then a visit with this homegirl 😉

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown (2010)

(loved it once again, made my muskles shake and I felt so strong afterwards!)

Also prepped up the slow cooker dinner for tonight too!  More to come on that in a minute 😛

Lunch was some yumminess leftover from last night, to which I added some avocado for my homegirl Brit 😉

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • corn
  • black beans
  • avocado
  • cooked onion
  • mango salsa
  • fresh lime juice

Along with another one of these bad boys, which I have a major crush on 😛

Paired with some ketchup & mustard and life was good 😀

There were, of course, some other unmentioned snacks goin’ on too, it’s a snacky day for some reason?!  Coconut sorbet, chocolate, almond buuter…. yea yea yea.

After the munchage I headed down the street and hit up Ann Taylor and Target.  My bank account will thank me later… got some super cute summery clothes and other “necessities” haha.

After 3 hours (?!) out shopping I got home and was in great need of a cocktail hour with my handsomest and some How I Met Your Mother/Rules of Engagement reruns that we missed last week.  It was a perfect way to end off a great afternoon if you ask me 😀 (take that rain!)

Okay okay okay, so let’s take a flashback in time to the start of the slowcooker dinner earlier this morning…

I bought a chuck roast that I froze a couple weeks back, so thought today would be a great day to give it a whirl.  I’ve never made this cut of meat before, but hey, I’m always up for a kitchen challenge!

Plus this is something that I knew The Man would totally appreciate, and even though I was not in a huge mood for meat yet again tonight since I have been trying to cut down on my meat consumption, it was happenin’ anyway 😉

I found a recipe idea on one of my favorite sites that we both decided sounded really good, so that’s what I based the dish on…

Got things started with these friends:

  • chuck roast (unpictured, about 1.5lbs? small one)
  • 2 onions, peeled & quartered
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled & chopped in half
  • generous cup red wine
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme
  • S&P
  • 1-2 tblsp olive oil (unpictured)

First thing I did was to boil the wine for a few to get out alcohol since it doesn’t cook off in slow cooker – and didn’t really want to get drunk off dinner lunch at work with leftovers tomorrow LOL.

Then I seasoned up the chuck roast with the dried herbs, S&P.  A few sprinklings of each to make sort of a “crust” was how it went down.

I heated up my stainless steel skillet with some olive oil (ahhh it’s been forever, if you want to sear a good crust on anything, use this guy holy yum!) and added the seasoned roast at med-high for about 3 minutes each side.  All I wanted was a nice brown sear 🙂

 

Then I added the onion & garlic to the slow cooker, topping them off with the red wine.

Layered the seared roast on top and set if for 8 hours on low!

Then went about my day, laaa teee dahhh….

And after that time was up, voila!  Oh wait, I wasn’t done yet 😉  I added some peeled, chopped carrot pieces and continued to cook for another hour or so until they were soft & flavorful.

The smells were insane!

Smokin’ hot & freaking delicious!  This meat literally fell apart with a fork, holy tender!

To go alongside I whipped up some mashed potatoes using Fanatic Mom’s tricks of the trade 🙂

  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled & chopped in half
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tblsp half n’ half
  • 1 tblsp Iceland buttah (loveeeeeeeee)
  • S&P

Boiled up the potatoes for about 25 minutes

then used the electric hand mixer to blend w/ rest of ingredients until creamy.

The trick is to microwave the broth/cream/butter combo (we usually use just milk/butter combo – but I work with what I got on hand!) so that it’s warm & thoroughly combines w/ the taters all smooth-like, perfection 🙂

Genius.  And really not that bad for you either, yayahhhh 🙂

And of course a side salad to round things out.

Ahhhh life is good 🙂  

A fabulous weekend topped off with such a delicious Sunday evening meal… I seriously feel so grateful for it all. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, my date awaits me on the couch for a viewing of The Hurt Locker (pumped?!)

I hope that all of you friends enjoyed your weekend as much as we did and I’ll see ya on the flip side (the “Monday” flip side that is 😉 )

‘Night!

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11 responses to “Life is good :)

  1. Your fiesta salads always look so good. Just wanted you to know 🙂

  2. Those mashed potatoes look heavenly!! I could happily take a swim in ’em!! 😉 Ann Taylor and Target are 2 of my top stores, btw!! 🙂

  3. Fanatic Mom

    Nothing like a great pot roast…love the chicken broth addition to the mashed potatoes. Nanny got it right about everything that gets added to the potatoes being warm first! We had steaks with Alexia organic Yukon frozen fries. They are so good for frozen fries. I also made a salad with a homemade citrus vinaigrette. Remind me again about why we buy premade dressings when homemade are so good…..

  4. ah I could literally spend my entire life savings at Ann Taylor and Target. Any chance we can snatch a peak at the “necessities”?! 😉 I know my homegirl has got style!

  5. lowandbhold

    Wow what a fancy meal! Love it.

  6. Mmmmm….your Sunday dinner looks delish! I have some of that Icelandic butter in my fridge right now too, but have yet to use it, I feel like it’s too good to use if you know what I mean! hahaha I guess that’s weird. I think we might be watching Hurt locker tonight too! Looks great, enjoy!

  7. I watched the Hurt Locker yesterday too! What did you think? Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not convinced it’s Best Picture material. Good story and great effects!

    Your dinner looks amazing. I always tell myself I need to use the slow cooker more often.

    • Welllll I will tell you that I made it about 10 minutes into the movie and then got on the computer…. so I guess that’s my answer haha. Not my type of thing :/

  8. What a perfect end to what sounds like a perfect Saturday! A workout, shopping, coctails, and that delicious dinner? Amazing!

  9. Mmmm pot roast!!! And mashed potatoes complete me. Though…don’t laugh…I’ve never made them!

  10. Homemade mashed potatoes…YUM. The boyf is a lucky, lucky man! Have a great day 🙂

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