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.
We're having so much fun putting together goodie bags and door prizes for our upcoming ladies retreat at the church. So many of our ladies have donated craft supplies, decorations, time and energy to treat our visitors to an amazing time. These keychains are just one of the gifts some of the attendees will find in their bags.
All you need to make them are a variety of beads, some fairly thin yet sturdy cord and a jump ring.
Cut a length of cord, fold it in half and string it through the jump ring.
String matching beads on both sides.
And tie it off with a double knot. So simple, yet so pretty.
Here's another variation: Cut a length of cord, fold it in half and thread it through a jump ring.
Tie one or two beads on one side and tie it off with a knot.
Make the other side longer with additional letters and beads before tying it off.
Make a variety of lengths, colors, patterns and phrases so no two are alike.
A local paper crafter told me a couple of weeks ago that she was loving the opportunity to make some bulletin boards. It was like making cards or scrapbook pages, just on a larger canvas. This had me thinking!
So when I was asked to put together a Christmas bulletin board at the church this weekend, I pulled out one of my favorite card templates and used it on that larger canvas. Wrapping paper, wired ribbon, card stock letters and glittered Christmas ornaments replaced my usual scrapbooking supplies.
Then I just had to come home and make a card with the same layout. I love this design and how versatile it is. I could use this exact same arrangement for Christmas or birthday photos on a scrapbook page.
How creative can you get with the same layout, shape, template or design?
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…