Sunday, August 16


I love the show on the food network--Semi-homemade, because I enjoy cooking, just don't have the time or kitchen space to make from scratch meals. Thought I would share one of my semi-homemade meals today--pot roast! This is what is for Sunday lunch at the Cohenours today! Total prep time for homemade pot roast--about 30 minutes.

First boil some veggies--whatever you enjoy in your pot roast. We enjoy--potatoes, carrots, celery and corn!

My new cutting board (a gift from Ryan's Grandma Dorris this Christmas--I had it packed away since we have a tiny kitchen, but I got it out today and love it)! Here are the potatoes--I used small ones.

Carrots--I enjoy these crinkle carrots and take them to work for a snack--they also worked great for the pot roast!

Celery--for the roast and I cut up the rest of the stalk to use this week for snacks--with peanut butter or french onion dip!

Corn--that was easy, just pop the can open and add to the veggies.

While all of the veggies are boiling in water (I put them all in the same pot and boil for about 10-12 minutes until tender), saute onion and fresh garlic in a little olive oil.

Here is where my trick for "semi-homemade" comes in! I LOVE this product. It is a bit pricey--around $6-7 dollars, but so good and quick. Pop this in the micro for 4 minutes and you have tender roast meat!!! We stock up when these are buy one get one free.

After the meat cooks for 4 min in the microwave, peel back the package edge and add the juice to the sauteed onions and garlic.

Shred the meat!

Add the meat to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes to let everything meld together!

Add everything to a nice serving dish and eat up! Or, pop it in the oven on low if you made it a bit early. I put mine on 250 degrees in the oven for an hour since I made it earlier today. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!! And left overs are great!

Going to serve or pot roast with some warm bread--love this type of crusty bread from our local store. Pop it in the oven for about 5 minutes and you are good to go!

We like this dipping sauce with our bread--olive oil and Parmesan dipping sauce--we bought this at the local kitchen store!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, August 14

Friday Fun

Last night we went to see Julia & Julia--the late show! I was tired, but I loved it!! Very funny and inspiring!

We were awoken today by a 5 am fire alarm--thankfully no fire, but staff got a little extra practice in responding to a fire before the students arrive!

So today was a busy day--this morning I met with two community agencies for our Saturdays in Service project (kick off on August 29). A committee at work is organizing a day of service for our Iowa students and offering 14 different work projects on Aug. 29. I met with two great agencies today--a community center and our local Habitat chaper. I am excited for this great service event. Both Ryan and I are on this committee at work--so that is fun.

Got new t-shirts at work--Iowa just loves to give away t-shirts! Ryan did the designs for both of these shirts--he is so talented!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 13

August fun

It has been a busy month!

I turned 31 on August 3rd. Ryan and I went to the Amana Colonies to shop and have lunch it was great!

Lunch at a family style restraunt in the colonies.

In the Amana Colonies--even their gas stations are cute!!

Then we went to the mall to walk, shop and play some ski ball. Ryan playing ski ball at the mall--I love this game.

Got a new haircut--it is super easy to dry now that it is shorter!

Got this great package in the mail from my dad today with some great travel bags from Cabella! Thanks DAD!!

Ryan has been busy with RA training. I made this ice cream cake for his RAs as a treat. I made them cookies the other night for training and they just loved them. This desert is packed full of chocolate--so hopefully they will like this too!

First layer--ice cream sandwiches topped with hot fudge.

Next mix up Oreos and and some whipped topping--yum!

Spread oreo and whipped topping on top of the hot fudge layer--notice my new pan (Paula Dean--now has a dish/plan line at Wal-Mart. I love it)! Only $12!!

Final layer--top with Oreo pieces and lots of Magic Shell! Then freeze for several hours and serve! I think the students will love this ice cream treat.

Wal-Mart--did some shopping this afternoon for work. We are putting goodie bags together for all of the RA staffs on campus for move-in next week. I had two carts full of goodies for them!! It was fun to shop for some sweet treats for them (and a few healthy options too)!