Crock-pot/ Slow Cooker December: Crock-pot Pot Roast

If you read my previous post. You will know it’s Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December, where I share with you my favorite and delicious recipes that are for as you guessed the Crock-Pot.

I am a busy lady these days. Lots of community programs and things I will be involved in the next few weeks. My parents are also flying in next weekend, so I have to make sure my house is very tidy. This is where the  Crock-pot comes in handy. Little to no time to prep? Crock-pot. Don’t want so slave over a hot stove? Crock-pot. Have company coming and don’t want to mess up the kitchen? Crock-pot.  As I said a lot of these reasons are reasons I typically use my Crock-pot. If you do not have a Crock-pot, you can do most of the recipes in a Slow cooker over the stove or in the oven.

Crock-pot Pot Roast: Mmmm, let the fork hit meat!

Pot Roast Recipe

 

Before I start with my spiel, I will say invest in this before starting nay recipe in your crockpot:

unnamedYup. They make slow cooker liners. Which makes everyone’s lives much easier. All you do when it’s all gone, is pick up the bag and dispose of it. Super Easy! Then you have little to no dishes to clean up. Hate Scrubbing the crockpot that has major gunk on the bottom?  Slow Cooker Liners!

No I am not getting paid to endorse that, but it’s awesome. (Maybe they should)

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Prep Your Vegetables. Sear your roast. Place the roast in the Crock-pot.  Use the fat you seared the meat in to saute the vegetables. Add wine and reduce to Au Sec (means nearly dry), Add in broth and Spices.

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Pour into Crock-Pot. Put Crock-Pot on low for 8 hours. Halfway through add chopped Potatoes.

Serve over rice.

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Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December

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Howdy followers and readers. Or should I say Merry Christmas. It’s that time of year again! Lights, music, Mall Santa‘s, of course awesome recipes. I decided this month, since I have a lot on my plate to preview some of my favorite crock-pot/slow cooker recipes. If you are like me, you have relatives arriving in a week, with several other Christmas events in the community you must also be prepared for. So let’s commence Operation Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December. With some other recipes thrown in there for kicks.

 

A lot can be had with that pot you plug into the wall. And with little to zero prep. If you don’t have a crock-pot, these recipes can be adapted to be slow cooked on the stove or in the oven. Don’t you worry your pretty little head. You will truly love these recipes. You will believe the kitchen Elves came in while you weren’t looking and made a gourmet meal.

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Just a hint: but that bag is the best thing ever. Requires little to no cleanup for you. Hence why Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes are so awesome.

 

Prepared to be awed. Check out my next post: Crock-pot Pot Roast!

I will be making a category solely for Crock-pot/Slow Cooker Recipes just for your ease and comfort.

If you have any requests in mind, please email me or comment here.

bbalthaser23@gmail.com (I welcome the Spam lol)

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis

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Yup Pumpkin, again!

Are you sick of it yet?

Well, I have never added pumpkin to cheesecake before. I have made different variation of the cheesecake bite, with chocolate, mint chocolate etc. However, not a puree..

Well it really was too easy.

Recipe Card

 

First of all with cheesecake anything, your ingredients should be at room temperature so they come together like they should. If one item is too cold you may have liquid chasing the cheese around the bowl. Not Kidding. Had it happen. Cream you cream cheese alone before adding anything else, just as you would butter, add each item one by one. After all ingredients are adding, Whip well.

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Make sure you use liners in the your cupcake tins.

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Bake for 15 minutes, allow to cool. Refrigerate for best eating results.

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I didn’t add any spices, but I plan to top it with Whip cream and a dash of pumpkin spice.

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I will be placing this in ziplock bags and freeze until Thanksgiving. Allow to thaw and top with whip cream and cinnamon or cocoa powder.

My first batch I left in just a few minutes over, so they browned a bit.

Let me know how yours turns out!

 

Portioning in Baking

I have had a lot of people ask me how my cupcakes come out all alike. Simple, portioning.

Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc

Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc

I utilize ice cream scoops, Scoopers like above to provide even portions in each cupcake, mini cupcake, cookie, that I do. Unfortunately, the above scooper, my favorite one, broke. Pampered Chef sells this one, as well as 2 larger sizes. This one above is great for the mini cupcakes, mini cheesecake, mini cookies. Apparently, I am too  rough with my kitchen stuff.

But if you are wondering if these work, yes they do!

If you are interested in a product like this my very good friend Stephani is a representative for Pampered Chef:

http://www.pamperedchef.biz/stephanijones

 

Thank you! Check out my next blog post, Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis