When fast food is getting boring or you need some real food in your diet, you'll turn to this pot roast time after time. In just a couple of steps, and in one pot, you'll be able to put the pot in the oven and walk away, letting the ingredients themselves do all the cooking for you.
4-5 pound chuck roast, well marbled
1 onion, quartered
3 carrots, cut in bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper
fresh rosemary and thyme
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. This is the same pot you're going to cook everything in, so make it a big one!
3. Brown the onions in the hot oil and remove. Brown the carrots and remove.
4. Add a little more oil if necessary. Generously coat the roast with salt and pepper. Brown all sides in the hot oil. Remove.
5. Deglaze the pan with broth, scraping up all the little brown bits, until simmering.
6. Add the roast, onion and carrots back into the broth. Add 3-4 springs each of rosemary and thyme. Add more broth, until the roast is about half covered.
7. Put the lid on the pot and place in the oven. Cook about an hour per pound, so plan on about 4-5 hours of cook time.
8. Allow the roast to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Actually, it will probably fall apart when you pull it out of the pot, which is a very, very good thing.
One of the characteristics of a woman who is leading a victorious Christian life is virtue. A virtuous woman is willing to conform to both moral and divine law, someone who glows with purity and goodness. Sounds like an overwhelming goal, doesn't it? Well, just like everything else in our lives, God has given us exactly what we need to triumph in the virtues He would have us attain.
"And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman" (Ruth 3:11).
Ruth was a poor widow, one who chose to leave her native Moab for her mother-in-law's home town of Bethlehem. She was given the choice to stay behind, but her relationship with Naomi was more important. Ruth was devoted to both her former family and the new family that would greet them (Ruth 4:15).
While she was forced to work in the fields to supply the household's needs, Ruth worked with diligence and stamina. In the second cha…
You can hear the rushing water from far away. It's a sound like no other, the music of a creek tripping over the rocks. This melody means fresh water, clean water, a way to quench the thirst that comes from traveling.
The moving, dancing water calls to the heart. You know the sound means water, and you want to be close to it. It is pleasant to the eye, a joy to the ear and peaceful to the soul. You want to sit there, listening and breathing in the sights and sounds that have pulled you away from the dirt and grime of the world. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalm 42:1
As the heart is pulled to the rushing water, it is pulled even more to be close to the Lord. The creek may satisfy thirst for a time, but God will satisfy our soul's longing for all eternity. When we've been roughed up from a day in the world, what a soothing time it is to sit alone in the presence of the Lord.
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A few years later, another girl was being picked on because she didn't have the perfectly styled hair or the name-brand clothes the popular girls did. One afternoon on the playground they told her they'd be glad to give her a makeover so she wouldn't look so terrible.
I stood on the sidelines, not participating, but wondering if this was how the rest of life would be - a group attacking a single person because of her differences. I knew I didn't want to join in, but I also knew what was happening wasn't right.
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