So first the pot roast. I have to be honest I am not much of a meat eater right now. Pregnancy for me makes me almost a vegetarian. My husband however is a meat and potatoes kinda man. So to entice myself to eat meat I am experimenting. What I want to eat all the time right now is fruit and veggies. I am enjoying strawberries with vanilla yogurt....Salads...huge salads with everything on them covered in ranch dressing...the homemade kind...spicy hot v8 with extra hot sauce...hot salsa with baked chips.. This pot roast was good but it didn't really make me "love" it. I liked it and probably ate a couple of ounces. My husband "loved" it. He ate several helpings of the meat and potatoes and said the recipe was a keeper ad he would eat it again. So here is my experiment
Manly Slow cooker Pot Roast
3 lb roast (whatever your favorite cut is)
1 pkg Brown Gravy Mix
1 can French Onion Soup
1 can Golden Mushroom Soup
2 c. baby carrots
2 c. of peeled cubed potatoes
1 c. water
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
Put the meat int the slow cooker. Place the veggies around it. In a medium sized bowl mix the Brown Gravy Mix, Onion Soup, Mushroom Soup, water and Worcestershire sauce. Turn on low and cook 8-10 hours.
I wanted to make Homemade Oreos....not just any Oreos though Mommy's Kitchen's Oreos Do you see that picture above? That's not oreos...What happened you ask. Well my kitchen gremlin did it again. I laid out the butter and the cream cheese in preparation for the recipe. They were ready so I went to go get the cake mix out. I looked everywhere....I know I had a dark chocolate cake mix!...I reorganized my pantry last week after Christmas. I put that cake mix towards the front because I knew I wanted to make those oreos...that cake mix was no where to be found. I emptied that sucker out. I messed up all the work I did. Guess what I found....well it wasn't a chocolate cake mix that's for sure. I found a carrot cake mix...a carrot cake mix that I did not put in there. What kind of kitchen gremlin takes a chocolate cake mix and puts a carrot cake mix in its place?....my kitchen gremlin thats who. So after cramming everything back in there....and only having to pull half of it back out once because I packed the carrot cake mix up again (that's my karma I guess for the language I was muttering while I was losing my cake mix mind). I held to another 2010 goal. I didn't waste that butter and cream cheese. I didn't see the glass half empty (OK for a few minutes I did the important thing is I corrected it)...I made carrot cake....well what do I call them? They aren't Oreo's (on a side note I haven't given up on the those I will be getting another chocolate cake mix) I guess I can call them carrot cake cream pies. They are good just extremely rich and here is the recipe if you want to try it...just make sure your gremlin didn't get your cake mix. Tomorrow looks like I will be organizing my pantry again...and maybe scrapping cream cheese filling off my cabinets...If you only knew the mess I made. Happy cleaning...wait I mean happy cooking your probably not as messy as me.
Carrot Cake Cream Pies
1 package carrot cake mix
1/2 c. veg. oil
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add oil and eggs to cake mix and blend together. Roll dough into balls. I used a teaspoon so that I could get all the little balls about the same size. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 2 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet and place on cooling rack. To assemble the cookies I used a pastry bag with a star tip...I could tell you what size but I don't remember and its in there soaking the frosting off. I add about a tablespoon of filling into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie similar in size on top of the filling. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling Recipe:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 block of cream cheese (8 ounces)
4 c. confectioner's sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cream butter and add cream cheese and mix well. Combine cinnamon and confectioners sugar add slowly to the creamed butter mixture. Mix until completely combined.
***On a side note I toasted some pecans and chopped them then rolled some of the cookies in them...you will see one in the picture above.