Slow Cooker Italian Beef with Spaghetti Squash

This stuff smells DIVINE.  Seriously y’all.. my kitchen is a wonderland of aroma right now and here I sit drooling at the computer putting this all online for you. Next time I make this, I’m investing in a bib to catch all this slobber. Ok slobber may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but if you make this you’ll know what I mean. I saw a few recipes of this online, but as usual, I decided to make my own version of it, because if you know me, you’ll know I can’t leave well enough alone. My version differs a little, but I think the changes are well worth it, so here we go!

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Ok so I realize I should have lined up all the ingredients and taken a shot of that, but honestly I forgot, so here’s a picture of everything already thrown in. I promise, there is a roast buried under there.

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So juicy!

Ok so I’m not a photographer.. I know. But that gives you a good idea of how it looks served.  I’ll definitely be doing this again especially with how fast my 4 year old inhaled it. Not sure she even chewed… Not that she’d really have to with how juicy and tender the meat turned out.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef with Spaghetti Squash

2-3lb beef roast
1 medium yellow onion diced4-6 cloves garlic minced
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
1tsp garlic salt
1tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 can diced tomatoes (fire roasted if you can get it)
1 can small red kidney beans (drained)
2TBSP tomato paste
1 cup beef broth

Cook the spaghetti squash in the oven once the beef is done. Cut them in half, pull out the seeds, wipe the inside with olive oil, place cut side down on a cookie sheet and cook at 400F for about 35-45 minutes.

Put your roast in the crock pot and dump everything (minus the squash) in on top of it. Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Crock pots are pretty forgiving so adjust as you need.  Also if yours turns out like mine did and was a little soupy, I suggest picking out the meat and then pouring the rest into a pot and cooking it down for a little bit. Only took about 25 minutes and it was thickened enough that I was happy. Serve over the squash for an extra dose of veggies.

If you don’t want to use spaghetti squash, can’t find it, or don’t like it, just serve over regular spaghetti noodles. Voila! Just as yummy. 🙂

Still a little sketchy on the spaghetti squash? Here’s a great video tutorial.

Kindle eBook Steals for June 24th, 2015

Good morning folks! It’s gonna be another hot one here in DFW with a high of 96 today. I know some of you up in the PNW are seeing a lot higher temperatures already this year, which is just crazy. It’s always a trip when my Grandparents in Idaho are seeing much higher (100+) temps than I am here in Texas. Crazy crazy weather. I always find it fascinating how weather patterns change year after year. Like, this year, we got a TON of snow (for us) and then so much rain that there’s massive flooding. Have you seen the red river lately?

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Crazy right? I can’t think in the years that I’ve lived down in the Oklahoma/Texas area that it’s ever been even CLOSE to this high. Okay, okay, I’ve talked about weather enough.. On to the books! Time to find out what Amazon.com has in store for us today.

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Daily Dose for June 19th, 2015

Good morning folks! Another beautiful and sunny day here in DFW.  It’s supposed to get up to the mid 90’s today so it’s going to be hot out. Luckily for me, I have a nice airconditioned home to escape to. Actually down here it’s not the heat that gets to me, it’s the humidity. I’m originally from high desert country. Single digit humidity is normal. It’s crazy how different the same temperature can feel with the addition or subtraction of humidity. Summer isn’t my favorite season for sure. I’m more of a Spring and Fall kind of girl, but obviously Summer has it’s place in the grand scheme of things, so I muddle through. On that note, it’s time to check out what Amazon.com has for us today.

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Cream of Anything

So I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and I came upon a recipe for Cream of Anything. Intrigued, I clicked on the link to see what it was all about. To my joy, I discovered it was a dry mix recipe for a soup base. Basically you can turn this stuff into any of the cream of soups by just adding whatever you want to the base. So say if you wanted cream of mushroom, just add mushrooms. Cream of asparagus? Add asparagus. You get the picture. I cook a lot of casseroles and a lot of them require a cream of some sort of soup, so I figured this could work out wonderfully!

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The ingredients I used.

It went together super easy. I just crushed up my bullion cubes until I had enough. After that, it was just measure, mix, and voila!  soup mix!

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Finished mix. No nifty glass jar here.

According to the directions 1/3 cup mix + 1 1/4 cups water = 1 can of cream of whatever soup. Click the link below and check it out!

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Daily Dose for June 18th, 2015

Good morning folks. It’s been a rainy couple of days with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill hitting us here in the DFW metro area.  It’s been a busy few days around here. Yesterday I had a job interview. I’m really hoping I get it. I have a second interview for it on Monday, so y’all cross your fingers for me. On other news, I’m really looking forward to getting into our new apartment next month. A little more room and a playground for the kids, for only a little more money. Can’t beat that. It also has a pool that I can’t wait to check out. Anyway, time to check out the books over at Amazon.com.

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Daily Dose for June 12th, 2015

Good morning folks! Things have been busy around here lately. Had a little one with a tummy bug, and then yesterday I had a job interview. Cross your fingers, send prayers, happy thoughts or whatever that I get the job.   It’s a little overcast here today, but it says it’s not supposed to rain until tomorrow. We’ll find out I suppose. If the temps could just stay in the mid 80’s I’d be a happy camper. lol I know that’s not really feasible, but a girl can dream right? Anyway, I suppose it’s time to see what Amazon.com has for us today.

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Daily Dose for June 9th, 2015

Good morning! It’s another beautiful, yet hot, day here in the DFW metro area.  It’s going to get up to 96 today so definitely another hot one. I can see 100+ temps in our near future. Being that this is Texas, I’m wondering how well a fall garden will go. I’m betting that will be a far better bet than trying to get things to grow in the full heat of the summer. It’s just too darn hot for all that. I’m absolutely itching at the chance to get over to the new apartment and plan out my balcony garden oasis. On that note, it’s time to check Amazon.com to see what they have for us today.

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Daily Dose for June 8th, 2015

Morning folks! It’s going to be a hot one today in DFW. It’s supposed to get up to 96 today. I don’t know about y’all, but that’s just too hot for me. I grew up in the north where we don’t have this hot of weather this early in the year. Unfortunately they’re going through a bit of a heatwave right now and it’s supposed to be about the same temps up there. *sigh* No relief in sight! All I can say is that I’d have a heck of a time going off grid in the south. I’m pretty sure I’d melt before I got anything actually done. This girl just doesn’t do heat. lol Funny thing is, I’ll happily go work in the garden in the evening or early morning. Something different about the garden, not sure what it is though.  On that note, time to check in with Amazon.com to see what they have for us today.

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Daily Dose for June 7th, 2015

Morning-ish folks! Moving kinda slow this morning. It was a late night last night and got back up at 6am this morning so pretty tired yet.  Kiddos are happily playing with their toys and life is generally good.  We’ve been approved for our new apartment, so in mid-July we’ll be moving. It’s not far from where we are now, but a little better section of town and a bigger apartment. I’ll also have a balcony so I’m going to try my hand at container gardening. Not sure how well it’s going to go, but it’s worth a shot for sure.  Without further ado, it’s time to check Amazon.com for more great books!

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Daily Dose for June 5th, 2015

Morning folks! Now that we’re finally not being rained on every day it’s starting to heat up here in Texas. While I’m all for some sunny days, this heat is for the birds. lol It’s so muggy out there with everything drying out that the humidity is just killing me. I’m from high desert and not accustomed to breathing water. I’d love for it to not get too hot like last summer, but I have a sneaky suspicion that I could be out of luck. Without further ado, let’s get on to the books from Amazon.com! Don’t forget to check out the deals from Amazon at the bottom.

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