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Summer time Crock Cooking…

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I finally have a contribution for….(((drum roll)))

Make-Do Mondays!!

Make-Do Mondays!!

So the sad story goes like this…

Last weekend my wonderful husband cleaned our ancient wall oven for me. I’m 5′ tall and I cannot safely reach…and he is sweet! Well he heated it up…applied the oven cleaner, cleaned it and repeated! Yeah! I know, but I am too short! Anyway, he did a wonderful job.

Two days later I season a whole chicken, and oddly enough decided not to stuff it. God is good! Put the lovely meal in the roaster with its marbled blue lid and set the oven to preheat. Well I heard a little pop, but the indicator light was on and when I opened the door a waft of heat was coming off the heating element. Needless to say that the waft of heat was from the short out…20 minutes later, indicator light shining luminously and the oven was cold.

Now I have a beautifully clean, ancient (Olive green 1970’s Electric) wall oven that is decorating my kitchen! What to do?

That night I clevered the chicken in half and cooked it in the cast iron pans I have and love! All pans should be cast iron!

Tonight, however is Monday and I wanted to make a pot roast! Ahhhh, my mind recalls the Crock Pot that is stored away, out of my 5′ reach, atop the refridgerator. A ladder….or footstool???? No!  The amazing 6′ foot son….



James got me the crock pot, while I rubbed a beautiful pot roast with freshly minced garlic, kosher salt and coarsly ground pepper. I then dry seared the seasoned roast, in the cast iron skillet, making an awesome crust. Set it lovingly in the dry crock and then deglazed the skillet with a bit, about 4 tablespoons of stock, pouring the flavorful tidbits over the roast and cooked on high setting ( it was 1 pm) for about three hours.

google crock roast!!! =)

google crock roast!!! =)


google roast plated ~ =)

google roast plated ~ =)

(I made do with web photos too, if that counts! LOL…=))

Served with Knorr Cajun Rice and sliced carrots ~ we had a lovely roast dinner, without the use of an oven. And on a hot and humid summer NJ evening to boot!
Blessings! =)

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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