Monday, October 29, 2012

weekend & some recipes

Team Flip is still battling these colds. I was feeling much better this weekend (although as of this morning it has returned) but our little guy didn't fare as well. Our weekend was filled with bulb syringing (aka boogie sucking), cuddles, and soothing vapor bubble baths. Jon and I also took some time once Elden was in bed to reconnect over dutch apple pie and hot cocoa. We had to miss the wedding of our friends, Maryann and Ralph (congrats you two!), because of Little's condition, but I saw pictures and it looked like a beautiful wedding.
Trying to persuade the boogies down

& some recipes:
As you know, I am in the midst of a steamy love affair with my slow cooker. I have a bit of a tradition these days--every weekend I make a meal in our crockpot that lasts us most of (if not the entire) week as leftovers. I'm a huge fan of this method because I usually put it together Saturday morning before Jon leaves for work so that he can attend to Elden if he wakes prematurely and then I can leave it the rest of the day. Not to mention I'm really only cooking one big meal per week...

Here are a few of the recipes I've tried lately:
Olive Garden Copy-Cat Chicken Gnocchi Soup (loved this!)

Chicken Noodle Casserole (not so much a fan of this one, but Jon liked it. I think it was missing dill or something like that)

Enchilada Casserole (this one was pretty good and made a TON)

Italian Beef Sandwiches (our friend, Jessica, made this for us when Elden was born and I had to get the recipe I loved it so much):
1 boneless beef chuck roast (3.5-4 lbs)
1/4 c. water
1 3/4 tsp. basil
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 large onion, sliced and quartered
Cut roast into large chunks and place in a 5 qt. slow cooker. Add water. In a small bowl, combine seasonings. Sprinkle seasonings and 1/2 of the onion over the beef. Top with remaining onion. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until tender. Shred with a fork, serve with a slotted spoon on sandwich rolls with provolone cheese and mild banana pepper slices.

I'm not sure what I'm going to make this weekend. Since I made the chicken gnocchi soup on Saturday I want to use a different meat than chicken. However, given that the only meat I generally eat is chicken and beef, this could pose a problem after a while...

Have any delicious slow cooker recipes you want to share?


  1. We tried the gnocchi chicken soup recipe tonight. Thanks so much for sharing. It was super tasty!

    1. You're welcome. I made a new soup tonight--ham and potato. It was amazing! The recipe is here: