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Friday, October 7, 2011

Four on Friday ~ Idaho Lifestyle Photographer

Just some random thoughts on my mind today. Hope you have a great Friday everyone!

Did you know they make Pumpkin Spice marshmallows? Yuuuummy! I also saw chocolate, chocolate mint, caramel and vanilla swirl and strawberry flavored ones on the shelf at the store the other day. I was a little tempted to purchase them all. I'm not a huge marshmallow fan, but I think it would be fun to try them. I decided that might be a little excessive so I refrained, but maybe if I just buy one bag at a time it won't be so crazy. Maybe?! The chocolate mint ones would be fun for hot cocoa! Anyone try these flavors yet?

Speaking of pumpkin...that's what is melting in my Scentsy warmer--well not a real pumpkin, but rather Pumpkin Roll. It definitely reminds me of fall. I also have Dear Mr. Watson in our main bathroom-reminds me of my hubby's aftershave, Silhouette in our bedroom-kind of a musky, sexy scent and Lucky in Love in the girls' bathroom-light and girly smelling. What about you all? Do you have a favorite scent, candle or air freshener you use?

Yesterday I mentioned using my crockpot lately. I prepared one of my favorite recipes. In fact, my mom still makes it for me whenever we go home for a visit. It's called Creamy Crockpot-I know not super original of a name, but trust me it's delicious! My mom clipped the recipe out of the High Plains Journal when I was a kid. (As an aside-this was one of my favorite ag magazines my dad subscribed to when I was growing up. In addition to great news and features stories, and editorial columns, it also has a page of recipes and one with house plans. I still have a file of house plans for the home we may--or may not--ever build.) Anyway, onto the recipe:

Creamy Crockpot
1-2 lbs of top or bottom round steak-This is a more economical cut of beef and lends itself well to crockpot cooking, as you want to cook it low and slow. You can cube the meat or cut it in larger pieces.
2 cans cream soup (I use cream of mushroom or cream of celery, whatever I have on hand.)
1 cup each of green pepper and onion cut into chunks
Dashes of Worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
Just mix up the soup and spices, pour over meat in crockpot. I usually add the peppers and onions about halfway through cooking. Cook 6-8 hours on low heat. The longer it cooks the more tender the meat becomes. The soup makes this incredibly tasty gravy. I serve it over rice.

I would have taken a photo, but it isn't the prettiest dish. However, it tastes wonderful, is comforting and reminds me of home. :0) Do you have any favorite crockpot recipes?

And because a post without a photo on a photography blog doesn't make a lot of sense, here is a sneak peek to the family session that will be blogged on Monday! I had so much fun hanging out with them this summer! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Melissa Jean said...

Love the bubbles! So cute in the photo. And I always think it's nice to see families doing an activity rather than just smiling stiffly! Great job!

Danielle said...

Your pumpkin spice marshmallows remind me that I just discovered Starbucks' Salted Caramel Mocha today. Incredible!

Deborah Chetwood said...

Love these kind of posts and yes, had to have some photos!

Pink Doberman said...

Oooo bubbles!!



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