Sunday, November 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ Shrimp Scampi
Tuesday ~ Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie
Wed ~ Tacos
Thur ~ Meat Loaf
Fri ~ Sweet and sour chicken

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The meeting

Well, the meeting wasn't much of anything, for now. They announced the close of another plant in California, and the loss of the starbucks account. So far Rob still has a job, which is great, although we know it's only a matter of time until they least we'll get threw Christmas it seems ::::::fingers crossed::::::::

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Then end is near I'm afraid

The rumors have been flying for a while, that my husbands plant would really looks like the end is very very near now...There is a plant wide meeting on Tuesday for all shifts (never had a meeting like that before), and we're pretty sure it's to announce the close. The ball has been set in motion for a while, we've just been waiting for it to drop. Rob's been there 16 years, so it's in his best interest to ride it out. I'm scared to death, we can't survive w/out his income, we barely survive w/ it. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...we are very scared. I'll update more Tuesday.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday Mosticolli
Tuesday crock pot BBQ Chicken
Wed~Cranberry Chicken and rice
Fri~Beef Bourguignon
Julia Child's famous Beef Bourguignon (sort of)

3 pounds beef roast, or beef stew meat
6 slices bacon--no need to cook (going to omit the bacon this time, Rob thought it made it too greasy, I disagree, and thought it was delish, wouldn't change a thing...but I'll try it w/out this time and see)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced in rings
1 cup carrots (chopped or baby, your choice)
4 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
and a dash or 2 of:
•dried thyme
•ground rosemary
•dried basil
•dried oregano
2 cups red wine (you can use non-alcoholic if you wish)

The Directions.

Use a 6 quart slow cooker. In the bottom of your stoneware, smear around the olive oil. Then lay down 3 slices of bacon. Add sliced onion and garlic. Put the meat into the pot on top of the onion and garlic, and sprinkle on dried spices and herbs. Toss the meat to distribute the spices to all sides. Add tomato paste. Lay the other 3 slices of bacon on top of the meat, and throw in the carrots. Pour wine over the whole thing.

Cover and let cook on low for 8-9 hours, high for 4-5, or until meat has reached desired tenderness. If you are using a roast, you may want to flip the meat about an hour before serving so more liquid is absorbed into the meat. You can also cut the meat into chunks and return to the pot, if you would like more moisture to absorb.

Serve with whipped mashed potatoes, and a ladle full of crock juices.