Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots and a Give-Away!

Hey Y’all,

I have been struggling in the past few weeks with trying to get back to the basics and return to my original reason for blogging, which was to feature recipes from my families cookbook, The Leverett Delegation: Diva Dishes. We put it together last spring in anticipation of our 2013 Leverett Delegation Family Reunion. I was in charge of getting it published, getting the recipes from my cousins and editing. Despite the long hours and late nights I really enjoyed it. So after it was published I decided that I wanted to try each of the recipes and then blog about them. Boy, have I learned a thing or two since then. I sort of got off track and lost my focus, but from this point forward I am going to try to dedicate at least one post a week to my original idea.

I have been wanting to tell y’all about my Aunt Dorothy. She was the third oldest of eight siblings (five girls and three boys.) Aunt Dorothy was always in the kitchen cooking, when she wasn’t busy waiting tables or helping my Uncle Curtis, who was a policeman by vocation on their side business which was painting houses.

It seemed like we were always at Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Curtis’ house around supper time and there was always what seemed to be a smorgasbord on her table. I finally figured out she would just warm up what was leftover, if anything from the night before to put with whatever she was making that night to stretch it far enough to feed us all.

She always wore an auburn color on her hair and always had it fixed. She was such a beautiful proud, strong woman. In her later years she would take in ironings to make ends meet. It nearly broke my heart to see her fingers gnarled with arthritis, clutching the iron to press jeans and t-shirts for people. But she knew that’s what she had to do to help support her family.

One of my favorite things she used to make is what I call Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots. I have changed it up just a little bit and I make mine in a slow cooker, but the idea is purely from my Aunt Dorothy.

Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Aunt Dorothy would wrap hers up in foil and bake it in the oven, which is a fine way to do it. But, I love to use my slow-cooker. I hope you’ll try this wonderful pot roast recipe and let me know how it works for you.
Feel free to make a copy of this Printable Recipe Card
Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots Recipe Card

Give Away Time!

I am excited to be able to share this AWESOME Give-Away opportunity with Y’all! It is being hosted by my friend Allie over at Fabulous Fixes. I’ll let Allie tell y’all all about the Give-Away. Take it away Allie!

I am so excited to bring this giveaway to you guys! I wish I could win it myself because BOY we could use a new mattress! – And this one looks SUPER comfy. This particular mattress that one of you lucky people could win is a Natural Latex and Memory Foam Plush Mattress by Lucid. When you read the description of this mattress, nothing will be able to stop you from wanting to curl up on it and float away on dreams 😉

“This mattress comes with three layers that work
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thin quilted bamboo charcoal memory foam layer. The bamboo charcoal is
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Directly beneath that is a layer featuring our
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comfortable while you sleep.

The combination of latex and memory foam provides
optimal orthopedic support and pressure relief to help alleviate neck,
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Now doesn’t that sound amazing!?!? And, if you’re the winner, you get to choose if you want a King Size or something smaller. (King Size retails at $1999.99). So get to it and enter below!!

Also, Linenspa is offering my readers (you) 30% off everything store-wide. Linenspa sells mattresses, sheets, mattress toppers, pillows and more. Their stuff is really great quality and is being offered to you for a great price. Just use the code MATTRESSGIVEAWAY30 when you check out. Go here to start shopping! 

 Thanks to Linenspa for hosting this giveaway, and thanks to all the great bloggers helping me promote! 
 Also, I’m sorry, but this giveaway is only open to the Continental United States.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much Allie! A New Mattress is always a wonderful thing. Y’all just click on the link that reads “a Rafflecopter giveaway” and you will be taken to the place where you can ENTER TO WIN!
Well, what are you waiting for? You can’t win if you don’t enter. GOOD LUCK!
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Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

This month was my turn to host our monthly Bunco Party. I decided that since it was Back to School time I would follow that theme and to take it a little further I asked the girls to wear pink or dress like the “Pink Ladies” in the movie “Grease”. We always have a great time and last Friday night was no exception. The menu included Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes a recipe that I found over at Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate. It was a big hit and the fact that I was able to cook the sauce in the slow cooker made hosting a lot easier. 

Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

I cooked the ground beef in my slow cooker when I brought it home from the store. My Market Street had ground beef patties on sale buy one get-one free. Big Score! I made hamburger steaks out of part of the meat, two to a package and in the freezer for future suppers. Then I put the rest (about 3 lbs.) in the slow cooker. Turned it on High and let it cook for about 4 hours and stirred it every hour to break up the meat. When I was sure it all cooked through, I let it cool and put it in zippered freezer bags in about one pound packages. That way when I was ready to use it, all I had to do was pull it out of the freezer, let it thaw a bit and place it in the slow cooker. I added the sauce ingredients and 8 hours later I had Party Food!

I doubled the recipe so it made a lot. The Cowboy and I will have Sloppy Joes for supper a few more times in the weeks to come. I just let the sauce cool and put it in freezer bowls to put away in the freezer for later use. I hope you’ll try this super yummy recipe the next time you host a party or just want a really filling super simple supper.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

❤ Kim


RECIPE

Ingredients

1+1/2 pound lean ground chuck*
15 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 C. ketchup
3/4 C. barbecue sauce – I used Sweet Baby Ray’s
1 T. mustard (optional) – I used spicy brown mustard
1-2 T. sweet pickle relish – I used 2
1 T. diced jalapeno (optional) – I opted to leave these out.
8 hamburger buns, for serving

Directions

Place raw* beef in slow cooker and break up with a beef chopper or large spoon. Pour all other ingredients over beef. Stir well to combine. Cover and cook on high, 3-4 hours or low, 6-7 hours. Scoop out with slotted spoon onto buns. Serve hot and enjoy! Makes 8


*Using lean ground chuck is crucial in this recipe because your meat will be terribly greasy cooking it this way if you use regular ground beef. However, if all you have is regular ground beef, simply brown it in a skillet ahead of time, add it to the slow cooker with all other ingredients, and cut cooking time in half.

NOTES
Source: Southern Plate