Sunday Suppers #4: Hearty Beef Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Sunday Suppers #4: Hearty Beef Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time. ~ Gerald R. Ford


Gathering around the table at dinner time is the perfect opportunity to build relationship and instill values in our children. Make dinner an event and involve everyone in the process.  Even the smallest can place napkins or carry a cup and in doing so come to feel valued as a working member of the family; a feeling that will be remembered and carried for a life-time.  Take advantage of these valuable moments at dinner time to build up the family and strengthen your bonds…. 

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Sunday Suppers #2: Simple Pot Roast and Family Traditions

Sunday Suppers #2: Simple Pot Roast

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world. ~ Susan Lieberman

Sunday Suppers #2 – Simple Pot Roast

Sundays in our home tend to run at a slower pace; mornings are more leisurely. I’m still up at the crack of dawn, but in the back of my mind I know that Sunday is different. Work is kept to a minimum with no craziness allowed on my day of rest.  The day feels different and I like it that way.

Tim and I are trying to start a new tradition on Sundays too. Most days after church we head over to the greenbelt (a trail system around Boise), hop on our bikes and spend time enjoying a little exercise and the beauty of our city. It’s helping us to reconnect and affirm to each other that time spent together is important… we as a couple are important.

This is how I feel about Sunday suppers. A tradition that reaffirms to all that time spent together is worth the effort. The TV can wait, cellphones and computers will still be waiting, all the world can be put on hold as families affirm their value and importance. Time stands still and love flourishes in these special moments. Don’t miss out.

Simple Pot Roast

I love the simplicity of this meal. It is perfect for fall with the homey smells and comforting taste everyone will enjoy. 

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Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 (4-to 5- pound) boneless chuck roast
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 cup dry red wine (broth may be substituted)
  • 2 cups homemade Italian tomato sauce (or 15 oz can tomato sauce)
  • 1 tbsp unrefined cane sugar or molasses
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 8 small potatoes, scrubbed
  • 6 carrots, scrubbed and quartered
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut small slits in top of roast and insert slices of garlic.
  3. Mix together sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and flour and dredge roast in flour.
  4. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium high heat and brown roast on all sides.
  5. Add sliced onion and wine to roast.
  6. Combine tomato sauce and next 4 ingredients, bring liquid to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
  7. Simmer roast for 1½ hours.
  8. Add potatoes, carrots and celery. cover and continue simmering for an additional hour or until meat is tender.
  9. Transfer roast and vegetables to a serving platter.
  10. Serve with pan gravy spooned over top.

Recipe adapted from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook: Deluxe Pot Roast

Simple Pot Roast shared with: 

Natasha in Oz: Say G’Day *Snippets of Inspiration: Weekend Wind-Down *2 Crochet Hooks: Snickerdoodle Sunday *Ducks ‘n a Row: Happiness is Homemade *My Pinterventures: Merry Monday Link Party * Mrs Tee: The Mommy Monday Blog * Create With Joy: Inspire Me Monday *The Ultimate Linky: Bloggers  Brags  *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *Weekend Craft: Creative Spark Link Party Weekend Craft: Creative Spark Link Party *God’s Growing Garden: The Great Blog Train *The Newlywed Pilgrimage: Moonlight and Mason Jars * Crafty Wife: The Wednesday Roundup *The Cookie Puzzle: Party in your PJs

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What’s Normal?

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well – Alfred Adler

 Have you ever stopped to think about what normal is, how it’s defined and who sets the standard? I returned home yesterday from a four week trip to Seattle and am anxious to get back to some sort of normalcy, but upon reflection I am not sure what that is.

Carne Asada Street Tacos: Pure and Simple The problem with defining normal lies in the state of flux that I currently find myself in. Living one day at a time sounds all well and good, but the practicality of the notion can be a little daunting. I tend to be a person of action. If you have something that needs tackling or a plan that needs creating, I’m your gal.  Sitting around (figuratively, of course), patiently waiting for life to unfold without any notion of what is around the bend is tantamount to torture for this get ‘er done kinda girl.

Carne Asada Street Tacos: Pure and Simple In my mind this is what everyone expects of me; have a plan, prepare for the future and leave nothing to chance. All worthy ideas I have subscribed to for most of my life. But something has changed for me, deep down in my soul. I feel I am being called in a different direction and that the normal I have stood upon for all these years has been pulled out from underneath me. A little disconcerting at best.

Carne Asada Street Tacos: Pure and Simple I recognize that I am going to have to reinvent normal to fit the new set of circumstances I am currently living in and not get too caught up in what others have defined normal to be. My normal is different from what it used to be and I’m pretty sure it’s different from what your normal is. The point being that I, as an individual, get to define what normal is because there really is no normal.

Carne Asada Street Tacos: Pure and Simple Today I am going to to put aside the notions and expectations I imagine everyone else has of how I should live this life and begin to live my own normal. 

Carne Asada Street Tacos: Pure and Simple Growing up as I did in San Diego, frequent trips were made to Tijuana, Mexico and Rosarito Beach just  south of the border. The best thing ever was the little vendors plying their wares and the Carne Asada Street Tacos that were on just about every street corner in the city. I developed this recipe with those simple and delicious street tacos in mind.

Carne Asada Street Tacos: Pure and Simple

Carne Asada Street Tacos

Carne Asada Street Tacos shared with:

 Cunning Ladies’ Friday Party *A Dish of Daily Life: Foodie Friday *In the Kitchen With Jenny: Foodie Friends Friday *The Pink Sprinkle: A Wholesome Bunch