Monday, September 9, 2013

Balsamic Pot Roast (crock pot recipe)

     I have been so absent...but then again, I am a Down Side Up Mommy! I have been SO BUSY the last few weeks. All of my attention has been on my little business. Im up at 5am every morning, I try and get some cardio in at least every other day and I try and spend as much time as I can with Stewart Little who is now 5 months old. When hes asleep or playing, Im doing chores. Those never end. In the evening times when my husband is home and playing with Stewart Little, I try and use that time to get online orders and inquiries done. Lately I have been especially busy trying to get all my items listed on StorEnvy, Ebay, Etsy, Pinterest, and Facebook. Not only that, but I HAVE to set aside time everyday to get through the billion emails that come to my inbox. If you don't keep up with your couponing email, it will grow out of hand VERY fast!
     Thats another thing I have couponing *sigh*. Once you take a break from that it takes a couple months to get back into it. Weeks of collecting circulars and "Dang what a great deal I don't have that coupon because I didn't get the circulars that weekend!". Luckily, I picked a fine time to FAIL in that area. My husband and I put aside a Saturday for freezer meals. We created 60 of those bad boys. Yes, 60! It was so worth it because I have not had to go grocery shopping for anything other than dairy and to be honest, we don't eat a crock pot meal EVERY DAY -- Zaxby's is just too good to pass up! Needless to say 6 out of 7 days a week we do eat at home...matter of fact we only eat out maybe twice a month, and sometimes If i'm not home during the day or the power goes out (happens here more than you think) I throw a DiGiorno Pizza in the oven. My husband also likes to grill on the weekends. That means that those 60 meals last more than 60 days. [ "Kobe!" swish! ]
     I also breastfeed. If you haven't been a breast feeder, It may be hard for you to understand how inconvenient it can be. When I get up at 5am first thing i have to do is pump these puppies. I'm forced to sit down for however long -- even if its only a few minutes, and pump. On the plus side it forces me to do things that I need to get done on the computer, but I really love being able to go sew on the mornings before Stewart Little wake up, and trying to sew with two huge bulky thingy-muh-jiggers on your chest is not ideal. I tried it. Milk.Goes.Everywhere.
      Although I have been pretty absent, I have actually been messing with my DownSideUpMommy page alot. In case you didn't notice, It looks different. Still the same mojo, but a little tweaking. I had to get OUT of wordpress. It was so awful. How can you run a website that doesnt allow Javascript? horrible. Things should be much better now. Actually, the whole reason I decided to finally make the transition is because I wanted to have a giveaway, and I couldn't host it. Go enter to win if you havent already.
     Also, did I mention its FOOTBALL SEASON? Yes, we are football people in this house. Im a Dallas fan, and have been since I was in pampers and even knew that they were the All AMerican Team. My husband likes the Ravens...It's not his fault, Im working on him. Be patient. As far as college football, LSU! and him...well he's a Gamecocks fan. This is acceptable. Considering we both spent quite a few years living in SC, I can support that decision.
     Anywho, Im going to try and put more DownSideUp time aside in my daily "routine". But for now, Here is a recipe for Balsamic Pot Roast in the Crock Pot. Easy Peasy!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
Here’s What You’ll Need
4 – 5 Lbs of Beef Chuck Roast
2 Cups of Beef Broth
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbls of Soy Sauce
1 Tsp of Salt
1/4 Tsp of Red Pepper Flakes
3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic – Pressed
Zest of 1/2 an Orange
Red Potatoes – Washed
Place Meat and Potatoes into crock pot and turn on low heat. Whisk together all the other ingredients and pour over the top of the meat. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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