“The sun did not shine.

It was too wet to play.

So we sat in the house

All that cold, cold, wet day.”

“I sat there with [Toddler].

We sat there, we two.

And I said, ‘How I wish

We had something to do!'”

“Too wet to go out

And too cold to play ball.

So we sat in the house.

We did nothing at all.”

Dr Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

(With a minor name change from “Sally” to “Toddler” from me.)

California has been in “drought season” for some time, so when the state hears of a storm (big or small) everyone, including myself, welcomes the rain. Over the past two days we have heard about this crazy storm that it going to hit California, and today is when it’s supposed to hit me. Here is a picture from Weather.com‘s article on the subject.

Courtesy of Weather.com and their nice little break down of expected inches of rain.

It hasn’t quite hit my area yet, but I am sure that will get here soon enough. I am hoping that Mr. G gets off work and is home before it really gets going, really. But, the purposes of me telling you this is not to offer you a weather advisory. Although, we all know how interesting those are… *YAWN* Me talking about the weather channel reminds me of:

I love how he (Ron Burgundy) says how stupid it would be to have a 24-hour news channel. Not like we have one of those or anything. *Wink, Wink* HAHAHAHAHA! I realize that it would be far more interesting to some people, but not me. I am one of the people who was thrilled when DirecTV stopped carrying The Weather Channel. It’s like yay, make more space for MTV and trashy “reality” TV shows. HAHAHAHA!

Enough of my funny tangent, and back to what is important about the weather and why I am even telling you about it. It’s CROCK-POT WEATHER!!! I am so excited I can barely contain myself. I actually have a recipe brewing in one (yes, I am a proud multi-crock-pot owner) of my crock-pots now. ‘Tis the season to make warm meals and crock-pot your heart out. That means no more summer side salads and hello stews! You can tell that with all this rain I am going to do my damnedest to rock my crock!

***Took a brief break to tackle two tired and hungry children***

This recipe was brought to you by cold, wet people everywhere! The rain has officially hit us, and it hit hard. The rain is coming down, but even more reason to enjoy the time and make your house smell amazing using your super-de-duper crock-pot. Now, as much as I wish I could take total responsibility for this recipe, because it’s bangin’, I just can’t. It’s not mine, and a huge kudos to the person who put this bad boy together. I will however, tell you a few of my tweaks so you can do what you wish with them.

Another awesome Pinterest find that is for sure! The blog is Tip Top Recipes and the recipe is Slow Cooker Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast. It is delicious and hubby approved. With Mr. G, you can’t really go wrong with meat and potatoes, but this recipe… this recipe is so much more. It’s divine really. Since I gave you the link to the original recipe, this is some of my very mild tweaks:

Slow Cooker Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast

INGREDIENTS:

1 chuck roast (mine was 3 pounds)
Olive oil (I used spray oil to limit the amount of oil you really need to use)
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
3/4 stalks celery, cut into large chunks (optional)
1 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons corn starch

SEASONING MIX –

2 tablespoons steak seasoning (mine has a blend of peppercorns, garlic, paprika, parsley and salt)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Directions:

1) Combine together seasoning mix in a small bowl.  Set aside.

2) Coat both sides of meat with olive oil.  Sprinkle on a third of the seasoning mix onto each side.

3) Sear both sides of the meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Transfer roast to slow cooker.

4) Place the vegetables in a large bowl.  Drizzle on a little olive oil to coat vegetables.  Sprinkle on the remaining seasoning mix.  Add the vegetables to the same skillet that was used to sear the meat. Sauté for about five minutes – stirring occasionally.

5) Transfer the vegetables to the top of the roast in the slow cooker.  Pour in the beef broth. Cover with lid.

6) Cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4/5 hours (until meat is tender and potatoes and carrots are easily pierced).

7) Transfer the roast and vegetables to a large casserole dish and keep in oven (on low, about 200/250 degrees to keep warm).

8) Pour all the remaining juices from the slow cooker into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat on the stove top.  Whisk together the cornstarch with a little water (I prefer thicker gravy, so feel free to adjust amount of cornstarch as needed).  Blend into the pan juices while whisking.  Bring back to a simmer until thickened.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

8) Ladle the gravy over the roast and vegetables in casserole dish.  Serve immediately.

Should turn out a little something like this. And as you can see the Mac-N-Cheese Connoisseur was at it again with his infamous boxed side dish

**This is my adaptation from Tip Top RecipesSlow Cooker Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast recipe. Their version is fantastic, I just doctored a few minor things to better fit me and Mr. G.

Today’s experiment is with pork. I have a pork roast in there and instead of the beef broth, I am using chicken broth. I will have to let you know how it goes. The timing might be a little off because the pork tends to cook a bit faster than the beef. We will see though.

What are some of your favorite crock-pot meals? Do you do freezer crock-pot meals? If you do, which one is your fave? If you don’t like freezer crock-pot meals, why? What turned you away? I am just loving the smell from my kitchen.

Well the toddler is calling for me to go “me, me” (toddler talk for “with me”). I will check in with y’all later! Have a great storm and stay safe!

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