Picture
Just wanted to share a nice discovery with my faithful readers. Last night I was up into the wee hours of morning, and a cup of tea sounded like just-the-thing for me.

I was going to have "orange and spice" when I thought, "How would it be if I mixed it with a camomile tea bag?"



Picture
Well the results were great, and I wanted you to know! Because if you are like me, you know camomile is a good promoter of relaxation and sleep, but is not an amazing flavor at all. It seems to me that camomile was meant to be ONE of the ingredients --- not the main one, or the only one.

This is why I like "Sleepytime Tea" as well. Whoever blended that tea product did a good job in making it taste good while giving all the benefits of various herbs put together. None-the-less, I keep camomile tea around --- and now I know a good way to drink it! You may enjoy it too!

Picture
Simply put one Twinings Pure Camomile tea bag together in the same mug with one Biglow Orange and Spice tea bag, a spoon of sugar and hot water. Let it steep, stir it, and WA-LA!

You have a nice tea to sip on and a way to relax.

Enjoy!

 
 
Picture
 Hey all my fans who love to cook (and my not-so-much-cooks who are yelling "Help! Gimme some ideas!"), just wanted to share part of the meal I'm making for tonight.  Feel free to mimic!  :)

I found a pot roast at a decent price today.  It was about 2 pounds worth.  

Here's how I prepared it:  First, I fried 3 pieces of bacon slowly so that they would be crispy, then I set them aside in a paper towel.  Next, I turned up the temp of the bacon skillet to medium-high, and seared each side of the roast in the bacon grease (about 30-60 seconds on each side).  I chopped up an onion and 3 TBSP butter and put a third of it in the middle of my crockpot, placing the roast on top (and then pouring the leftover bacon grease over it).  The other two-thirds of the onion and butter went right on top of the roast.  I set my crockpot to HIGH.

Picture
 After that, I peeled and chopped a few small potatoes and a few carrots, and placed them around the roast.  Two hours from now, I'll turn the roast over.  Then, an hour later (maybe), it should be ready for cutting into chunks or slices.  After I return those slices to the crockpot to finish cooking for 30 to 60 minutes, we should have a pretty delicious pot roast!

Last time I made pot roast this way, I had a bigger roast and more time for cooking, so I did it on LOW and for longer (maybe 7 hours?).  It turned out great! 

And what about the bacon?  After it cooled, I crumbled it and stored it in the frig to use on another day for potato soup.  
Some of the bacon landed in my mouth (BAD, BAD bacon!).

 
 
Picture
When I drink enough water or don't drink enough water, it really has a profound result on me.  Today, I was feeling the effects of not drinking enough in the last 24 hours, and I thought it would be good to share that reminder with you.  Meanwhile, I'm trying to take water-drinking very seriously today, so that I will get enough in me (I'm still a nursing mom).

To all you moms out there:  keep drinking water!  I cannot stress the point enough.  Perhaps one day I'll even do a nice article on the subject, beyond what I have on my website so far.  Yep--it's that important!  If you are pregnant, you need to drink alot of water.  If you are nursing, it's the same deal: drink alot of water (and be happy)!

 
 
Picture
Okay, so why is it that sometimes the most simple solutions are right there, and we just don't see it or think of it?  

I was making baked chicken this evening.  I put a little oil in the baking pan, and then began to make the flour mix (flour, salt, pepper, and old bay) on a plate.  Of course, the idea is that you dip the chicken into the mix and put it in the pan for baking.  When I make this meal, it seems that there's always flour mix left over, plus I don't enjoy trying to coat the chicken.  As I began this process this evening, all-of-a-sudden I remembered that 'ol "Shake 'n Bake" idea!  All it took was pulling out a gallon-sized disposable storage bag and pouring the flour mix into it.  Then it took putting the chicken pieces into it, one at a time, zippering it up each time, shaking it, taking the chicken out and then proceding with the next piece.  I suppose if they were smaller pieces, I could have even coated three at a time.  It was so simple, clean and less wasteful, that I just had to share this with you!  (I know, I know---you probably have been doing it that way already...)

 
 
I have been telling my husband that I have a really great bread recipe that calls for beer and a small about of yeast.  It's an excellent artisan bread --- absolutely delicious!  I talked about it for months and said that I will make it sometime.  We even bought beer to make it, and then the beer was around so long, we drank it before I ever got around to the bread (this happened several times).  Finally, this was the day!  It's quite a long process to make it, though it's easy.  You have to start the night before or in the morning.  So anyway, last night, I was putting the ingredients together.  My husband was already impressed and he put his arms around me and told me how wonderful I was.  Maybe he should have waited until today to decide if I was so wonderful...

The bread was a flunk!  I mean, I've made this bread many times and it was so good, but what happened?  I made two loaves today and they were both pretty bad --- the second effort being worse than the first!  That "loaf" looks and feels like a big, hard rock that could really hurt someone!  It was so funny how my bread turned out so badly, that my husband was laughing and asking me to please save it (that shouldn't be a problem, because it's so hard, I'm assuming it will be well preserved)!

That's okay.  I'll try again another day.