Thursday, November 15, 2012

You elected him. Now live with it.

President Obama met Wednesday with 20 of the nation's top CEO's, looking to tap into their nearly $2 trillion in cash reserves to help stimulate job creation.

But the looming fiscal cliff, financial uncertainty in the Eurozone and the ongoing implementation of ObamaCare have businesses fearful of expansion. On Monday, Hostess Brands announced it is closing three bakeries and laying off 627 employees. The company joins Boeing Company, Groupon Inc, Applebee's international, Papa John's and Murray Energy, which have all announced layoffs or other job cuts since the election.

My take: 'This guy is not a total CF. He just needs a little more time....'

Now, how many times did I hear that lament in the months prior to this election? Well everyone, he's got four more years of rope with which to hang both himself and this country.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Obama’s Dream of Nanny-land comes true!

'We’re living in a world called Nanny-land
and trying not to let it show…
Somewhere in that world called Nanny-land
Heartaches can turn into joy!'

Yes, my fellow thinking Americans, I know this is hard to believe, but millions of your not so smart fellow citizens have taken the bait! Obama is da king and America the beautiful will soon be magically transformed into Nanny-land - Taker from the evil rich and giver to the lazy, the poor and the weak. Yes, in Nanny-land it’s all about you baby!

Listen up! You say you don’t feel like working? You say you’re tired and worn out and can’t seem to get up off that couch? No problems matey! Nanny-land will come to your rescue with all the cash you can possibly handle! You just settle back and take it easy while Big Mama Washington makes that mean old booboo called work go away. Yeah, she’ll take it from the rich and give it all to you, you sorry sot, so you can sit on your ass for as long as you want.

See! It is all about YOU! Wow! And though it may seem just a bit too good to be true – our government has so many pockets (really deep pockets) and mirrors that you’ll be long dead and buried before your kids even get wise to this wild and crazy scam.

So, let us all rejoice, drink and make merry…..while we can, Jan.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Making a rump roast in a slow cooker!

The problem: I wanted to cook a rump roast in my slow cooker, yet most recipes refer to cuts of meat in the 3 to four pound range. My little roast came in at only just over 2 ½ pounds.

In general, cooking a roast is pretty much a no brainer. You sear it over medium high heat in a frying pan to brown it and then you dump it into a Dutch oven along with some carrots and potatoes with just a little bit of water and wine and then throw it into an oven set to 350 for about two hours. No big deal….

However, after doing some research, I came across this slow cooker recipe and instructions:


  • 2-3 lb beef roast of your choice
  • olive oil
  • 2 carrots, cut into pieces
  • 2 Russet potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 1 can beef stock
  • 2 cans hot water


  • Brown roast in a pan with a little bit of oil over medium-high heat.
  • Layer half of the carrots, garlic and all of the onion on the bottom of crock pot
  • Top with browned roast
  • Arrange the rest of the carrots, garlic and potatoes on top of roast
  • Mix beef base in the hot water, pour over roast and veggies
  • Cover crock pot tightly, set on high
  • Cook for six to eight hours, meat will be very tender, falling apart and veggies cooked through
OK, I thought to myself, I’ve got most everything listed here, so let’s give er a go! Note: I did modify the original recipe for some items (won’t say which ones) to accommodate what I had on hand and to suit my personal tastes). The slow cooker used in this preparation was an old three quart model made by Rival.

After 3 hours of cooking on high, I decided to check the contents of the slow cooker to see how things were going….. (I figured if either the meat or the veggies were not done, I’d dump them into a Le Creuset and finish them off on the stove top). Instead, I reduced the heat to the low setting and went 2 more hours at which time everything looked good to go.

The end result was pure ambrosia! The roast came apart using just my fork!  And, with a little bit of Horseradish I thought I was in pot roast heaven! Serves 4 (see note).

Note: If a mistake was made here it's that next time I might need to add maybe two more potatoes along with two or three more carrots! Then, I might have enough to serve 5 or 6! 

Update: It's about time to make this again! It's November 2015 and I've just moved into a condo. I'll publish a link here as to what happens!