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24 October 2016

Craft Lovers - You Are In For A Super Big Treat!

The first time I saw a Claire Armstrong project, it was her ultra-popular denim pocket wall organizer made from blue jeans. Soon as it caught my eye, I couldn't get away from it. It was so cute. Such a brilliant idea. I must have pinned it at least 5 times -maybe more- because I didn't want to lose track of it.

So, today I was browsing through the entries on our latest blog hop and came across an awesome project. It was a how-to on making burlap luggage bag-tag PILLOWS from a map. The pillows have that oldtime flavor to them, like you'd just found them in grandpa's attic. But they aren't old. Claire made them! 

Claire's blog, Pillar Box Blue, has to be one of the best kept secrets on the internet. In my humble opinion, she should have hundreds of thousands of followers EVERYWHERE, but those of us who are familiar with her work must be keeping her all to ourselves, LOL. Well, as for me, it is time for that to change!

upcycled blue jeans
Denim Pocket Organizer - Pillar Box Blue

I decided to make my contribution to her upcoming fame and spotlight Claire's handiwork today on Ducks 'n a Row, broadcasting it to my little part of the online world. If you love crafts and outrageously cute DIY projects, follow Claire everywhere so that you don't miss a thing. 

Check out just some of her marvelously crafty ideas:
DIY, craft projects, sewing

About Claire Armstrong: From her Twitter bio I have learned that she lives in the Bedford England. A long way from where I live in Upstate NY. Don't you love that about the internet? Where else would we cross paths? 

So, I hopped over from Twitter to her "about" page on Pillar Box Blue to get more info. Claire is married, has three boys and a cute little dog named Toby. Her passion is to create upcycled DIY projects and show us how to do it. When you see what she does, I just know you will be visiting her site often to see what her next weekly craft tutorial will be.
home decor, decorating, DIY projects

I'll make it really easy... 
The many ways for you to follow Claire at Pillar Box Blue==>

Hey, Claire...keep up the good work. We can hardly wait to see what you make next

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23 October 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

Welcome back to another great week at Happiness is Homemade Link Party!!!
We are so glad you are here! 
Happy Fall, Y'all! October is moving right along - and we have some great features to share with you from last week's extravaganza!
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21 October 2016

Perfect Pot Roast Every Time - Just Like Mom Used To Make!

Yummy beef pot roast like mother used to make! At least, my mom did and we always looked forward to it. 
beef recipes, roasted potatoes, carrots, broccoli, family dinner

Most of the time, she served it for Sunday dinner. She cooked a big beef chuck roast with whole carrots, big chunks of potato and broccoli spears all afternoon along. The aroma filled the air for hours and, as dinnertime neared, we'd start pacing. We couldn't help ourselves. The scent of this scrumptious meal drew us to the kitchen. Mom would tell us "not ready yet" and then she'd shew us away. But we'd come back. Hey, even the dog paced, too! LOL 

As serving time neared, my mom would add a thick gravy to top the roast in the pan. That was the signal that it was almost time!

Finally, dinnertime arrived. Everyone grabbed a plate -except for Duke, our boxer, who could only dream about it- and waited our turn to dish up. Quick to the table! The feeding fest had begun. "Mmm." "Mmm." "Mom this is so good!" Don't worry about the dog - he got to lick a plate after we were all done and he loved it.

Pot roast is easy to make but do plan on it taking some time. A 5 lb. chuck roast will take about 5 hours. Best to start it early enough, knowing that you can always turn the oven temperature down to keep it warm if it is ready sooner than you want to eat. So, here is how my mom used to make it and I still do, today:

Beef Chuck Pot Roast Recipe 

"Like Mom Used To Make"
Serves 4

5-6 lb beef chuck roast
1 - 2 cooking onions
6-8 whole raw carrots
4 large baking potatoes
4 large broccoli clusters
1/2 - 1 packet dry brown gravy mix
1-2 cans cream of mushroom soup
salt + pepper 

family dinner, recipes

Heat oven to 400°
Place chuck roast in large baking dish
Add 1- 2 cups water 
Cut onion in slices and lay all over the top of the roast
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake another 1 1/2 hours, then...
Wash and peel the carrots and potatoes.
Cut the potatoes in big chunks 2-3 inches in diameter. 
Lay the carrots, potatoes and broccoli on top of the roast and recover with foil.
Continue baking another 3+ hours till meat is tender.

Sunday dinner, beef recipes

About 30 minutes prior to completion...
Remove the roast from the oven and gently take the veggies off, laying them in a microwavable/oven safe pan.

recipes, dinner

Combine mushroom soup and dry brown gravy mix.
Add juices from the roast and mix it through - the consistency should be thick but pourable.
Put the gravy all over the roast.
Return the roast to the oven and bake another 30 minutes.

When it is ready, slice the roast.
You will find that some roasts cut better in chunks.
No worries, it tastes delicious either way!

Tip: Keep checking the roast periodically. If the water is getting low enough that it may start to burn, add more water. 

Tip: The veggies can be challenging. I have come to the conclusion that they go in 3 hours before serving time and, again, if they are softening too quickly I can pull them off the roast,  put them into a microwavable dish and nuke them later to rewarm right before serving.



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Anything you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row may result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you!" ... Sinea

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20 October 2016

Come Share Your Best Recipes

Welcome to the Recipe Sharing Party!

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18 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #197

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We are so glad that you are here! 

Hey folks ... got a favor to ask you! Before you leave will you please visit some other posts? Our submissions are high but clicks are very low considering. Our most viewed had 5 clicks, friends. We can do better than that!

One of the greatest benefits of participating in a blog party is to get our work seen by many. When we visit, comment, like, share, pin, yum etc. we are giving a big boost to others - it is like giving a friend a gift - and somewhere down the road you will find your blog traffic and follows will start increasing, too! 

Want a Twitter Tip? If you are looking for great content to tweet in addition to your own work (and you should cuz it works) go "shopping" at our party! Share other people's work with the image in their post, add hashtags and tag them in the tweet. I am telling you, if you do it regularly, your Twitter following will soar!

So let's check out our features...

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