Time for Fall

fall-decorationsIt’s time to pull out the fall decorations and get into the spirit of things! (Well, first I need to find all of the fall decorations. They are still in unpacked boxes in the basement. I guess that’s good motivation for me to get down there.) I think Fall is my favorite season of all. I’m usually so tired of the heat and humidity of summer, and it feels good to get the house changed over to a cooler season. I try to stay out of cute shops until I’ve decorated the house with the things I already have. Otherwise, I tend to practice selective amnesia and think I actually need to buy MORE fall decorations. (Because, really, there are such wonderful fall decorations out there, and each year seems to get better than the next.) Do you decorate for Fall? And have you started doing that yet?

Here’s a wonderful recipe to throw into the crockpot on a cool day. This originally came from kalynskitchen (great recipes on her blog), and I stumbled across it on Pinterest.

balsamic-pot-roast-with-onionsBalsamic Pot Roast with Onions

3-4 lb. boneless chuck roast
1-2 Tbl. steak rub (I used McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak)
black pepper to taste (I will leave this out next time. The steak seasoning was enough.)
1-2 Tbl. olive oil
1/4 cup water
2-3 large onions, cut into thick rings.
1 cup beef stock that you then cook down to 1/2 cup
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup tomato sauce

Rub meat on both sides with steak seasoning (and black pepper, if desired). Add olive oil to a heavy skillet and brown both sides of the roast. Searing the meat will help to develop the flavor. The sugars and proteins on the surface undergo a change (called Maillard’s Reaction) that creates a richer, more nutty flavor. I browned each side for about 8-10 minutes.

Add the onion slices to your crockpot. The onions will help to hold the meat up out of the liquid for most of the cooking time, which is why you want to cut them so thick.

When the meat is done, add it to the slow cooker on top of the onions. In the pan where you browned the meat, deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup of water, scrapping off all of the browned bits. Add the reduced beef stock, balsamic vinegar, and tomato sauce to the beef stock. Pour on top of the pot roast and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until meat is tender.

I made that a couple of weeks ago, and typing up the recipe makes me want to make it again. Yum. Off to the store for ingredients.

Have a great long weekend! Remember, Monday is a No-Mail-Monday here, so we’ll be busy getting all of your weekend orders out to you on Tuesday. I’m not sure if we’re doing a Monday Update or a Tuesday Update next week. I’ll blog on Monday if we put new things up, so keep an eye out.

Sheri whomightstealProjectThreefromGracieandworkonitthisweekend


  1. I understand what you mean about the heat and humidity, though this week after Irene has been kind of surreal. The weather has been gorgeous, but definitely in the fall mode with the temperatures only rarely getting past the mid 70s.

    I am about to leave the day job so I can knit my way to peace and prosperity (or at least get a lot closer to the finish in Project3).

  2. Your pot roast looks dee-lish and with the 98 degrees this may have to wait ’til next week, Thanks for tempting us.

    ABsolUTely loved Camp Loopy ! ! ! ! ! ! Certainly s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d my knitting world.


  3. Here in the desert southwest, fall is no where to be seen. It remains HOT. I love the fall too and look forward to it arriving whenever it gets here. When will we be putting up our photos for Project 3?

  4. Hannah – next week! πŸ™‚ And Gerry – I’m so glad you have enjoyed Camp Loopy. I have loved seeing all of the beautiful things that you all have completed.

    Seanne Lea – keep knitting!

  5. Can we please see some photos of the Fall decorations when they are up? I have never decorated for Fall and it sounds fun.

  6. You won’t have to worry about that humidity stuff any more! When we lived in Colorado if the humidity had two digits in the number the natives hated it. They’d never last in some areas!

    Camp was fun and everyone sure made gorgeous projects!

  7. I bought a fall candle and filled a vase with dried leaves today …. even though it was almost 100 degrees out- YUCK. I LOVE decorating for fall, even when the actual weather won’t cooperate.

  8. Your pot roast looks yummy, and I don’t even much have to wait for cooler weather to arrive! We’re in the middle of fall here right now, and I’m hoping it lasts for a couple more weeks. It’s my favorite season, but it doesn’t hang around for very long!

  9. Not decorated for fall yet, but, in August and early September, I put out the sunflowers, watermelon and bee things that I’ve collected. They’re all the color of late summer and make me happy! In the meantime, the pumpkins are still on the vine decorating the garden and growing into the lawn, some are turning orange and giving a fallish look to the yard.

  10. Lovely orange and red leaves cover the mantle with little cute orange and red votives scattered around. And yes, selective amnesia was practiced when the leaves and votives were purchased last week. I love Fall! Now, if the horrendously hot temps would just calm down…

  11. After reading your blog I have decided:
    -spring cleaning might as well be called autumn cleaning for the time it has taken me to do it.
    -until the house is clean I don’t plan to decorate much (some gourds and Halloween)
    BUT the coop exterior could be decorated. My chicken coop is almost cleaner than my house, so it deserves the leaf garlands.

    Oh, I do love my fall towels and tablecloth so those will be out.

  12. Hard to think about fall when it is still 105F and so very dry….but I do long for it. It might be here by November!

  13. I love to decorate for fall, but I have to do some cleaning and organizing first. I made the mistake of going over to Pinterest to see what it was, and now I’m hooked. Now I may not have time to clean and organize. πŸ™‚

  14. Sheri – I love to hear from someone else who decorates for the seasons. Autumn is my favorite also – I think it’s a “nesting” thing. I have so many nooks and crannies (sp?) in my little cottage that it is so fun to get out my stuff. I’ve been thinking about it all weekend….while I’ve been knitting like a crazy woman on Project Three!! However, I can see the end in sight so I might just start pulling out totes. September is also when I purchased this little house so this is my two year anniversary!! Yeah me!!! Love it, love it, love it…..even the little mouse that will eventually find it’s way into the house….her name is Emily….I figured if you can’t catch her (even the cats can’t) then you might as well name her! I believe she is litter trained because she leaves no traces except she cleans up the dry food around the cat’s bowl. Happy September to you and the Elves!!

  15. I have just opened my crock pot and tasted the most unbelievable pot roast. Just like Mom used to make. My local grocery store had chuck roasts on sale this week. The very nice butcher cut me a 4 lb roast and all I can say is thank you for this recipe. I am going to make gravy from the liquid that gathered.

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