“We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.” ~ Walter Scott

Well, whadayaknow.  It snowed!!!

Once my husband was home safe and sound – it was wonderful!!! A glorious, perfect fluffy, white snow that didn’t melt in 2 hours. Such a rare, rare occurrence.

Unfortunately, that snow brought a lot of heartache for many people an hour or so away. My heart goes out to those people and families who were stranded or separated from one another.

Since we were snowed in, I’m glad I had the items on hand to make the a new crock pot recipe I had been wanting to try.

And no, it did not need any milk or bread. 🙂

Mississippi Chuck Roast

(adapted from A Perfectly Lovely Ordinary Day)

  • 1 chuck roast
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 package of dry ranch dressing
  • 1 package of dry au jus gravy mix
  • 5 pepperocini peppers (in a jar) – more if they are small, I used 8-9
  • 1 teaspoon pepperocini pepper juice

Place roast in crock pot.

Cover with ranch dressing, then gravy mix.

Place stick of butter on top of roast, along with the peppers.

Cook on low for 8 hours.

Shred with 2 forks in the crock pot. Serve with a slotted spoon to drain excess gravy.

This was beyond delicious! My husband said I need never make a different type roast again!



“If there’s cheesecake in the house, I’ll have some.” – Kelly Ripa

How was everyone’s Labor Day??

Mine was awesome. Spent the day at the Birmingham Zoo and because of the cloud cover it was very pleasant all day! Then it was off to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner where I showed great restraint when I ordered only a Skinnylicious Caesar Salad! Granted we did order a slice of the new Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake!!!

(before you start shaking your finger – it was split 3 ways)

Can you say awesome???

One of the best desserts I’ve ever had.

So – like I said – great day!

It was back to the ol’ grind today and after a trip to the gym (that makes twice in 4 days – thankyouverymuch) I started on dinner.

On the menu tonight is a recipe I adapted from the blog Relative Taste.

It looked interesting, all the ingredients were things I really liked and it seemed fairly simple. Because of this I thought it would work well for a workday dinner and since I had I postponed the Peanut Gallery meal until tonight due to the holiday I thought it would be perfect.

Teriyaki-Ranch Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup teriyaki basting sauce
  • ½ cup light Ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1½ ounces bacon bits

In a bowl mix together teriyaki sauce and ranch. Next salt and pepper your chicken, and using the vegetable oil, lightly brown the chicken on both sides.

Place in baking dish.

Pour sauce mixture over chicken.

Top with cheese.

Sprinkle bacon bits and green onions.

Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes.

I served it with rice (pour a little pan sauce over the rice) and top with the chicken breast.  Any green side would be great.

This was VERY, VERY good. The flavor was unbelievable! I was kind of surprised because it was so simple.

This will definitely be one of my “go-to” quick dinners.

Until next time!