Colie's Kitchen

Recipes, Cooking, Product Reviews, Giveaways, Saving Money, Couponing, Life in General,

Colie's Kitchen - Recipes, Cooking, Product Reviews, Giveaways, Saving Money, Couponing, Life in General,

Mississippi Roast with Au Jus

This has quickly become a family favorite. I can’t even begin to tell you just how great this recipe really is. First off its super easy to make because you are simple dropping everything in the crock pot and letting it do all of the work. Second this recipe is do die for! The flavor of the meat along with the sauce it produces is something special. I had a feeling it would be good, but I had no idea it would be this GOOD. 
 
I was a rock star with my family that night. I don’t think I have ever gotten that many compliments. I ended up serving the roast on toasted white bread then I served the au jus on the side for dipping the sandwich in. My husband said it was the best French dip sandwich he had ever had in his life. I know this recipe has been passed around a few times so I don’t really know who the original poster is, but I do know who I got it from and that is “A perfectly lovely ordinary day.”  If you don’t make this recipe you are truly missing out.
 
This story does have a heartbreaking end though…. That night after dinner my husband and I were already dreaming of the leftovers for lunch when all of the sudden a 5lb. block of mozzarella cheese hit the covered container containing our delectable dinner and shot it across the kitchen and it broke up and splattered all over the place. I don’t know what made me want to cry more the loss of the fantastic roast, the money that was wasted, the fact that my lunch for the next day the eat was scarfing down as fast as her mouth would move, or the fact that it was going to take me an hour to clean up the mess. *SIGH* I guess we will just HAVE to make it again ;-)
 
Ingredients: 
  • Chuck Roast (I used a 4 pound roast any size will work)
  • Hidden Valley ranch dressing
  • McCormick Au Jus mix
  • 1 stick of butter (I used margarine)
  • 5 pepperoncini peppers
Directions:
  1. Add Chuck Roast to the crock pot
  2. Sprinkle Hidden Valley ranch dressing on top of the roast
  3. Sprinkle McCormick Au Jus mix on top of the ranch
  4. Put a stick of butter on top of the au jus
  5. Put about 5 pepperoncini peppers on top. (Find in the pickle section of the store)
  6. Do NOT add water.
  7. Cook in crock pot on low for about 8 hours. (Mine was done in 6 on low) 
Take Note: You can discard the pepperoncini peppers when the roast is done if you would like. My husband ate them on his sandwich and loved them. 
*The pepperoncini peppers really do send this dish over the top so don’t skip them*
 
 
I forgot to add the peppers before I took the picture
 

Not So…Wordless Wednesday: My Old Home Burned Down…

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It was shocking to see the old home I lived in for 17 Years burn to the ground. When I found out it was on fire I flew over to see what was happening. I couldn’t believe a home that housed so many memories for me was burning before my very eyes. It was burning fast and hard. Three alarms to be exact!

That was the last home I lived in with my Dad before he passed away. I lived there the first time I went out on a date with my husband, he asked me to marry him right there by that top left window during hurricane Rita. I was living there the day I was married, the day I found out I was having a baby girl, the day hurricane Ike tried to take half of the house with it, I lived there the day I lost my baby girl, and the day I found out my Dad had left this earth for heaven. Seeing it in flames was a shock to my system.

I watched the ghosts of that home burn with it. It was bitter sweet I must admit. As sad as I was to see it all go, in some ways maybe it was best, at least for my own piece of mind.

Yes, I lost my Dad there, and I lost my baby girl there too, but I gained so much there also! I will never forget the memories housed there, but more than feeling sad for myself I feel sorry for the people who lived there and lost it all. May God bless them and provide them more than they had living there. The memories will never fade!

Island Breeze Rum Freeze

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This recipe is fantastic and strong. I love the flavors that all come together to make a light and delicious drink. When I say light I mean as in not heavy not light as in liquor because believe me these drinks are strong but well worth making!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large cans coconut water
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1-1/2  cups rum

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl or pitcher.
  2. Mix well and freeze 6-8 hours stirring every hour to insure your concoction comes out in a slushy form. The rum will help prevent the drink from completely freeing for a while but if you leave it overnight in most freezers it will freeze solid. This happened to be but a few minutes in the microwave and it was ready to drink. Enjoy because this recipe is delicious!

Menu Plan Monday 2/23-3/1/2015

 

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Our week is going to be super busy and very crazy. I am not looking forward to the week at all including the weekend. How sad is that. We have nothing fun planned except a lot of work. Next week will be better but until then here we are.

Here is our Menu Plan for the week! What’s on your menu?

  
Menu Plan Main Course Vegetables Side Dish
Monday   Loaded Baked Potatoes    
Tuesday  Sausage Jambalaya    Green Beans
Wednesday  Chili    Rice
Thursday  Tacos    Spanish Rice
Friday  Parmesan Chicken  Steamed Broccoli  Macaroni and Cheese
Saturday  Dinner Out    
Sunday  Meatloaf  Steamed Veggies  Cheese Gnochoi
 
 For More Menu Planning Ideas Visit www.OrgJunkie.com or Check Out Our Previous Menu Plans.

Francois et Mimi Hammock Two-Tier Fruit Bowl Review


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The Francois et Mimi Hammock Two-Tier Fruit Bowl has to be one of the greatest items I have had the pleasure to review. First of it’s beautiful, and makes a beautiful presentation. Everyone who has come into my home and seen it sitting on my table has freaked out over it and asked where I got it. Of course I was more than willing to brag.

The Francois et Mimi Hammock Two-Tier Fruit Bowl is not only beautiful but it is a nice piece of craftsmanship and just wonderful to look at. I think my husband and I eat more fruit now just because we love to buy more fruit just to see how the next round is going to look. The Francois et Mimi Hammock Two-Tier Fruit Bowl has quickly become the centerpiece of our dining room. We all love it!

Check out how beautiful it looks! Who wouldn’t love it? Can I tell you… my Mom is super unhappy she doesn’t have one, but she has decided she needs one too so it’s only temporary until she has her own!

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Interested in your own Francois et Mimi Hammock Two-Tier Fruit Bowl visit www.amazon.com for more information.

  • Made of Iron
  • Two-Tier to hold more fruit 
  • Elegant Design
  • Made to last
  • Comes in beautiful gift box

Kitchen Mastery Silicone Grill Gloves Review

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I was so excited to try out a pair of Kitchen Mastery Silicone Grill Gloves. These gloves are wonderful! Not only are they great on the grill but they are also fantastic to just use in the kitchen. I think I use them in the kitchen more than I use them on the grill. 

The Kitchen Mastery Silicone Grill Gloves are simply stated… cool! Cool to the touch and cook because it’s fun to just put on a pair of gloves and take anything you want out of the oven or off the grill.

The Kitchen Mastery Silicone Grill Gloves are also wonderful hot pad. I know right how cool is that? They are great to place a hot pot on or those hot potatoes that you take off the grill. I also love the color of the Kitchen Mastery Silicone Grill Gloves because I can find them super easy!

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EXCELLENT GRIP – Five Fingers Design and Flexible Non-Slip Silicone provides you a strong grip, even when wet or greasy surfaces! Plus optimum length for Maximum Protection & Comfort. Use them as Oven Mitts, Pot Holders, Gripping Gloves or Working Gloves. Simply perfect for cooking and baking sessions, outdoor barbecue grilling or camping.

BEST CHOICE to keep your hands SAFE & DRY while handling Hot Items of the Oven, Grill, Microwave, Fireplace, etc. Ideal for various other jobs around the house: putting logs into a fireplace, changing a hot light bulb, defrosting your freezer and many others. IMPROVE your manoeuvers with flexible and comfortable 5 fingers gloves, always welcomed in your kitchen.

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Oven Baked Frito Pie

 
This recipe is easy and delicious! Who doesn’t like Frito Pie? It’s such a family tradition that keeps us coming back for more. When I found this recipe I couldn’t wait to give it a try and I am sure happy I did. Quick, Fresh, Fantastic! I can’t wait to make it again! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can (16 oz) pinto beans (I used Great Northern I had it on hand)
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (I used Taco Bell I had it on hand)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 1/2 cups corn chips (Fritos)
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. Cook ground beef until meat is browned; drain. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, taco seasoning mix and 1/4 c. of cheese.
  2. Sprinkle 1 cup corn chips in bottom of 8×8 baking dish. Cover with chili.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  4. Spread sour cream over chili.
  5. Top with remaining corn chips and cheese.
  6. Bake 4-5 minutes longer.6 to 8 servings
Thank you : Cents able Momma

Creamy Vanilla Fruit Salad

 
I love fruit salad! We ending up trying this recipe for a side dish on the fourth of July. This is one of my favorite recipes now. The flavor of the pudding adds a nice sweetness that you might not be getting from all the fruit.
 
It also seems to help meld the fruit all together. I am just going to list what I put in my salad, but in truth the important part is the pudding. You choose the fruit that makes you happy! Not only can you play with your choices of fruit, but you can also change your flavor of pudding. One of my friends told me she once used lemon.
 
*If you are adding bananas don’t add them until right before you serve. Also remember bananas, and pineapple tend to take over fruit salads. You are going to want to taste all the fruit so don’t add as much of these fruits. You don’t want them to dominate your salad. *

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can of very cherry fruit cocktail (Drained reserve the juice)
  • 1/3 pineapple chunks (drained)
  • Red grapes
  • Green grapes
  • Cherry’s (pitted and halfed)
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Plum
  • 1 (3 1/4 ounce) box dry vanilla instant pudding mix

Directions:

  1. Prepare your fruit for your fruit salad, slicing, and peeling, and so on. Place in a large bowl
  2. In a small bowl, add the dry vanilla pudding. While whisking, gradually add just enough reserved fruit juice to make the pudding thick. You will probably only be adding 1/4 cup or less of reserved juice. 
  3. Pour the pudding juice over your prepared fruit, and gently mix together
  4. Refrigerate until chilled.

Sunlabz 4 Bay / Slot Battery Charger for AA and AAA Review #batterycharge4slot


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In my house the one thing we go through more than toilet paper is batteries. Toys, video game controllers, you name it …. It takes batteries. One of our biggest expenses besides bills is batteries. It only made sense to try rechargeable batteries to see if that would ease our battery budget and it did! Boy does having rechargeable batteries make all the difference in the world in the land of too many electronics.

Sunlabz battery charger is fantastic! Your batteries are charged in no time and keep a charge longer than regular batteries last in our house. In the last few weeks I can’t tell you how much money we have saved. I will tell you that I purchased multiple sets of rechargeable batteries so that we will always have batteries ready to go.

So far Sunlabz battery charger is a winner in my book. Anything that is small investment with a large return is good by me. Sunlabz battery charger charges in no time, doesn’t overheat, and is a great quality product. Sturdy and durable which is great if you have a house full of pets and or kids.

Sunlabz battery charger can charge up to four batteries at a time, but as soon as one set is done you can have another set charging. In our house that’s the rule if you take one you place another one in the charger!

If you are looking for a great way to save money on your battery budge look no further than Sunlabz battery charger,

For more information visit sunlabz.com

More information:

  • -LCD equipped Smart Charger for 1-4 cells AA/AAA NIMH/NICD rechargeable batteries
  • -Advanced IC/Delta-V (Δ-v) control function
  • -Over heating, over Current and Short Circuit protection. Defective battery detection
  • -8 Individual Charging Channels. LCD screen indicates individual charging status
  • -Input: 12V – 1000mA || Output: AA1.2V x 8 – 500mA / AAA 1.2Vx8 – 250 mA

300 Lumens LED Ultra Bright Lantern Review #brightestLEDlantern

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The 300 Lumens LED Ultra Bright Lantern is probably one of the coolest lanterns I have ever seen or used. When I received it in the mail my husband freaked out because he had always wanted one… who knew?

The 300 Lumens LED Ultra Bright Lantern is fantastic! Not only does it have a super bright light but the light doesn’t drain the batteries nor does it dim out like most lanterns.

One of my favorite features of the 300 Lumens LED Ultra Bright Lantern is the small little that on the face of the lantern that flickers consistently in case of a power outage. This is great because you can find the lantern based on the flicker. I LOVE THAT!

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I live in hurricane central so having a good lantern on hand is essential. You can only take the smell of stinky candles so long when the power is out, your nervers are on high elert with no AC or air curriculation. Welcome to the world of a hurricane victum. Been there done that.

The 300 Lumens LED Ultra Bright Lantern is a perfect addition to our hurricane hit. You cannot beat this fantastic lantern!! I want more!!

Super high-efficiency LED light generates little to no heat and can be used continuously for up to six days, making it a must have for any type of emergency and safer and longer lasting than any type of emergency candles!

Sturdy rubber and ABS plastic construction for maximum durability and water resistance

Removable top for focused forward lighting or for use as a hanging area light

LED lights are guaranteed for up to 100,000 hours of use and never need replacing

For more information visit amazon.com