Sunday, November 15, 2009

I've Been Lazy!

I have no reason for not posting this past week, other than sheer laziness. I had very important things to post about. And by very important I mean poorly lit, kind of fuzzy, pictures that I took with one hand while drinking a glass of wine with the other. Proceed with caution. Last weekend, Pops and Jackie came to visit. It was a very important trip because Pops wanted to go to Spec's. They don't have those around where they live. Such a shame! And Jackie wanted to go to Hancock Fabric, so we had a very important weekend planned. So, Saturday, we spent all day driving around Houston and shopping. We ate Kolache's for breakfast and then went to the big Spec's downtown, the woodworking store, Hooter's for lunch, Hobby Lobby, two tool stores, Ross, Hancock Fabric, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and then Chick-Fil-A for dinner. Do you know how hard it is to be "good" on Weight Watchers with a day like that? We were completely worn out when we finally got home, so we weren't up long before we headed to bed. Sadly enough, Jackie and I were too tired to try what I got at Spec's:


Its an apple wine with cinnamon and nutmeg.
I just loved the bottle - wouldn't that be cute for a Halloween party?
Sunday, Pops and Darren took down the old light fixture in the half bathroom and put up my new one while I made some lunch.

This is what the old one looked like.

This is the new one, and the new hole I have in the wall that Darren now gets to fix.
I asked Darren if he could rip out the existing counter and put in the new on that we bought. I bribed him with a tasty home cooked dinner and he agreed. So, as he started in the bathroom, I got started in the kitchen. First, I pre-heated my oven to 350. Ok, wait - first I poured myself a glass of warmed Hallowine (the bottle suggested that I drink it warm). I honestly wanted to warm the whole bottle but I thought that might be a little tacky, so I just heated up a glass. Then, I heated up the oven to 350! Then, I chopped up an onion, some celery, carrots, cut up some baby white potatoes and minced some garlic. I took out my trusty Le Creuset dutch oven and put it on the stove, added some olive oil, took out a beef pot roast, seasoned it well with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then seared it well on both sides over medium high heat.

Then, I took the roast out and layed it on a plate while I added a bit more olive oil to the pot, threw all the veggies in and cooked them until the onions were clear. Then, I pushed them around the sides and stuck my pot roast back in. I poured about 4 cups of beef broth over the roast, put the lid on and stuck it in the oven.

Then, I went to go help Darren. And by help, I mean, I stood behind him asking important questions like "what are you doing", "do you need help", "how did you learn how to do that", while drinking some more of that Hallowine because honestly - its just like spiked apple cider and what's not to like about that? Darren ran in to a few problems in the bathroom, so now, our bathroom looks like this:

The biggest problem that we encountered - the walls aren't square! How lovely is that? The base of the counter is attached to the wall, but the top isn't. The best thing that we can think to do is to rip that counter out and Darren will build a new one and put it in, then the new sink/counter and the new faucet. Hopefully, before we have guests for Thanksgiving. Since that didn't work out and I was out of questions for Darren, I went to check on the roast. I added a little red wine and let it cook a bit longer (about 2-3 hours total), and then we sat down to enjoy a nice dinner together. This is what it looked like all done:

The roast was so tender and juicy, it just completely fell apart. Needless to say, it was delicious!
Even after all of that good food and company, I lost a little less than a pound when I went to Weight Watchers this week, so I am down 12.4 total.
This past week was pretty unventful. I made a new recipe - I'll try to post that sometime this week, because its so easy and delicious - I think y'all will like it.
Hope all is well with all of you!


Melissa Miller said...

Congrats on your weight loss Morgan! That's fantastic and your roast looks so delish.

Be on the lookout for a package from me. It should arrive very soon. ~Enjoy!

Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Amanda said...

Sounds like ya'll had a good time!! And, good job putting the guys to work!

And, why didn't I get a bottle of that wine?! LOL!

Anonymous said...

I'm going try to make your roast.