Crockpot Burrito Roast

Easy Burritos - from Southern Living, February 2004

1 large onion, sliced into rings
1 (3-4 lb) sirloin beef roast
1/2 c. water
2 (1.25 oz) envelopes taco seasoning mix, divided (or 4 Tbsp. homemade fajita seasoning mix, divided)
flour tortillas

Place onion in a crock pot; add roast and 1/2 cup water.  Sprinkle 1 package (or 2 Tbsp) seasoning mix over top of roast.
Cover and cook on high 5 hours (this is what the original recipe says.  What I did instead is cook it on high for 3 hours, and then cook it on low for another 11 hours - which was overnight + church).  Remove roast, and shred with 2 forks.  Return to slow cooker, and stir in remaining taco seasoning mix.  Cover and cook on high 30 more minutes or until boiling.

To serve, spoon seasoned roast evenly down center of flour tortillas.  Top with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and/or cheese.

This has been a special weekend for our family - the baptism of our sweet daughter.  We celebrated today with our loving family and friends - both at church, and at a luncheon afterwards where we had burritos.  You might be thinking "Hm.  Burritos for Sunday Lunch?  Never."  Well, I happen to know that tex-mex is always a favorite for our families/friends, and that it was the one kind of food I could prepare 100% ahead, so I wouldn't be rushing about the kitchen while I should be enjoying fellowship instead.

I diced all my veggies on Friday (tomatoes, peppers, onions, and lettuce), bought shredded cheese so I wouldn't have to bother with that, and cooked giant batches of seasoned rice and black beans.  On Saturday, I prepared the roast.  Sunday morning, I put the rice and beans in the oven to warm during church, and the roast stayed hot in the crock-pot.  Besides pulling out the sour cream, cheese, and guacamole from the fridge, it was all done.  Amazing.

And now, some pictures.

Our sweetheart

Thanks for being here, grandparents!

maybe my favorite picture from the whole day

she passed out in the nursery afterwards ... she's NEVER done that before!


vintage quilt winner

Congrats to Cat in Berlin ... she wins the vintage quilt, and soon will be doing her part to spread American Antiquities all over Europe.  Hooray to you!

And stay tuned, folks ... for more news and information (and cute baby pictures) from here!


Vintage Quilt + Giveaway!

Today, I came in possession of an old, hand-sewn star quilt.  Sah-weet!  I'm a sucker for antique patchwork.  This is so awesome!

But I have to confess: I do not have the time to fix the places where seams have come apart, nor do I have the energy to be that particular.  So, I opted for the quick-and-awesome choice: wall hanging!

That's right.  Those are embroidery hoops, and I cut up (gasp!) the quilt to fit the hoops.  This way, I get to enjoy their handmade beauty every day, and didn't have to do any fixing of seams.  Furthermore, when I have a house with my own sewing room (cough IhopeyoureadthisMr.rhymeswithsmile cough), these can go on the walls of that room.  Until then, they're next to my side of the bed.  So I get to see them first thing every morning!

And, next ... a little bit of fun.  I only cut up half the quilt to use in my wall hangings.  So, I still have half the quilt that I'd like to pass along to someone who wants it.  It's 18 squares (3x6) and three of the sides are hemmed (it's pictured above ... the second picture from the top is a pretty good view of what's there).  Measures maybe 30"x60".  So, leave a comment, and tell me why you want it.  I'll randomly pick someone next Wednesday at 5:00.  I hope it's you!

Finally - Little Girl!  Look how precious.
Maybe she looks like me?

She really is happy most of the time.

something in the basket was funny, I guess.

It has been determined:
She looks like her dad (and I believe
she's wearing one of his old shirts)


Square in a square

First: tear blank paper from the mister's journal.
Second: Doodle.

Third: Cut fabric, and lay it out in desirable pattern.

Fourth: write down some instructions.  But not a ton of them.  Assume the blog reader is smart and capable.

Fifth: Snap a picture of the backing for the quilt - wide yellow happy bright stripes!  Use quarter for scale.  Then use quarter to start a load of laundry.

Sixth: Sit on the couch and catch up on Hulu instead of sewing through the night.

What a great Friday.