“Anniversary Roast”~ from my daughter, guest blogger.

Hello good friends…..
My daughter, Kara, is taking over tonight.  She made a delicious roast when she was here over the holidays.  Before she takes over, I’m going to be a “mum” and post her new blog!
She’s a reading specialist and teacher~and she has a blog reviewing books for kids, parents and teachers…and all of us really.  Many of the books for young adults make good reading for adults too.  Check out her blog….and pass it along to others.  Thanks!  Here’s the link:  “Reading With Mrs. Endsley”.

*Kara’s Anniversary Roast*

Kara's Anniversary Roast

Kara's Anniversary Roast

Hi everyone!  I took the “Awesome Red Wine Pot Roast” recipe from allrecipes.com,  adapted it to my taste and renamed it.  Here it is:

Kara’s Anniversary Roast


  1. 3 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
  2. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1 cup red wine (merlot)
  6. 1 1/2 Tablespoon Herbs de Provence* can be purchased, or see below
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 1 onion, sliced
  10. 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch disks


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sprinkle the roast evenly with the flour and set aside. Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof Dutch oven with lid (or heavy pot, such as cast iron/ stainless steel)  over medium-high heat. Brown the roast on all sides, about 10 minutes total; remove from the heat. Pour in the water and wine. Sprinkle with the Herbs de Provence, salt, and pepper. Arrange the onion slices on the roast.
  3. Replace the cover and bake in the preheated oven for 3 hours. Add the carrots and continue baking covered until the roast pulls apart easily with a fork, about 1 hour longer.   Enjoy!!! Yum!
**Herbes de Provence~ if you don’t have this in your cupboard, here is a recipe for it.

  1. Combine and mix well.
  2. Store the mixture in small airtight jars in a dark cool location.
 Thanks to: www.food.com~Mama’s Kitchen (Hope) for the Herbes de Provence recipe.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!  It’s been fun to blog for mom today!







How about a Red Pepper Holiday?

Hello readers!

I have been in Chicago for a few days.  I hope to post some photos very soon of Michigan Avenue (the Miracle Mile of stores!).  I love this area at Christmastime, because all the trees in front of the stores are lit with white lights.  It’s really lovely.

Tonight’s post: How about a Red Pepper Holiday?  Last winter when I was in New Mexico I bought a ristra.   A ristra a way to dry peppers for cooking.  The people who sell them usually tie them together and make a wreath or a long string of peppers.  Now they have become so popular for decorations, that many people just hang them inside or outside their homes.  You have to admit that bright red color is beautiful.  If you aren’t going to eat them, they spray it with a clear glossy coat that enhances the color.


I like a little spice, but not a lot.  I prefer my spice on the wall or the door!!  Not in my food!! 😉

On Pinterest one day I noticed a photo of a ristra wreath with a holiday ribbon on it.  I liked the idea so well,  I changed up mine with a Christmas ribbon too.

See you soon, and thanks for stopping to visit~


Cappuccino in a Jar!

Great as a gift!

Good Evening Dear Readers~
Homemade gifts are always appreciated.  Here’s a gift you can give yourself or someone else.
There are many “gifts in a jar” you can put together.  I have several to share with you.  I came across this Cappuccino mix the other day, and thought it would be a popular one for many people.  I found several recipes for it, but the one I chose is from http://www.allrecipes.com.

Click here for the link to the recipe.               (I haven’t tried mine yet!)

As with any recipe, there will be people who love it and people who don’t.  I like to read the comments and see if there are any variations to the recipe, or tips that people discovered when they made it.  One thing I did read was to try different flavored powdered creamers, instead of the usual plain powdered creamer called for in the recipes.

You can always Google “Cappuccino in a Jar recipes” too.
Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by~