Fun Mom’s Pot Roast

20 May

Are you ready for the best pot roast you’ve ever had? Well here it is. Get ready for Fun Mom’s Pot Roast.

I have no idea who Fun Mom is. There was a shopping message board that my mom and I used to hang out on about ten years ago, and this recipe got passed around there over the years. Every so often someone would pipe up and ask for Fun Mom’s pot roast recipe, and then we would all wonder who Fun Mom was, but no one knew. So here it is.

1 pot roast
1/2 cup water
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 packet Italian dressing mix
1 packet brown gravy mix

Put everything in the crock pot, just layer it all in, don’t mix anything. You can add vegetables if you want, but I prefer to cook my vegetables separately because I think they get too mushy in the crock pot.

Cook it on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. Whichever works better for your schedule.

And that’s it. Because pot roast isn’t hard.

Of course you can serve it straight from the crock pot, but I take it out and shred it in a Pyrex so I can portion it out with different sides during the week.

Seriously, this pot roast is so good. The seasonings make a kind of crust on top of the meat, and the flavors are so. good. I admit to this one not being as good as when my mom makes it, but everything tastes better when my mom’s cooking.

The No More Excuses Diet

18 May

I’m sure you’ve heard of Maria Kang, The No Excuses Mom. Maybe you don’t remember her by name. Do you remember this image?

I have to be honest, I admired Maria from the moment I saw that photo on Facebook. I don’t think she ever intended to shame anyone, she’s just calling us all on our crap. Because honestly, how many excuses do you have for not working out and eating better? I’ve got a ton of them, which is why I was so excited to read Maria’s book, The No More Excuses Diet.

I really like the way this book is set up in three sections:

S.P.E.E.D. will help you identify your goals, set up your plan, and start taking action.

S.T.R.I.V.E. is all about the action – tackle your excuses and keep going.

S.C.O.R.E. is where you evaluate your progress, make necessary changes, and keep on keepin on.

What I like the most is that Maria focuses on honesty, not perfection. It’s fine to mess up. It happens. But don’t make excuses for it, just get yourself back on track and keep going. The sections are set up so that you can repeat them as necessary. You can repeat any of them if you feel like you didn’t quite nail it yet, or go back if you’ve gotten off track and need to reset.

So what are your excuses? No time, eating healthy is expensive, no gym, no support, too tired, love food, bad genes, no motivation, can’t get started. Yeah, I’ve got ‘em all. And Maria has a pesky way of smashing them all.

Too tired? Move. It will help bust your fatigue naturally.

No time? Schedule a thirty minute appointment with yourself, and keep it. Try moving it around to find the time that works best for you.

Don’t know where to start? Ummm… read this book. That’s a good start.

I’m still very much a work in progress. But I’m working on tearing apart my excuses, moving more, and eating better. With some help from Maria.

Keep up with Maria at MariaKang.com, and check out her book at Amazon.

Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging For Books for review. All excuses and opinions are mine.

Summer TV Schedule

18 May

There’s something special about summer TV. It’s deliciously trashy and indulgent and I just love it. So let’s take a look at what I’ll be watching this summer.

Sunday
8pm – Welcome to Sweden – NBC – July 19

Monday
8pm – American Ninja Warrior – NBC – May 25

Tuesday
9pm – Extreme Weight Loss – ABC – May 26

Wednesday
8pm – Master Chef – FOX – May 20
9pm – Last Comic Standing – NBC – July 22

Thursday
9pm – Wayward Pines – FOX – May 14

I wasn’t able to find a date for Wipeout, but I understand it’s coming back as well. I’m a little underwhelmed by this summer’s offerings. What do you think?

If you’re already anxious for fall TV, you can check out the lineups for ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.

FOX Fall 2015 Schedule

15 May

Rounding out the big four upfronts, here’s the lineup from FOX, and only a few days late! Stay tuned for next week, when I’ll highlight summer series and some cable offerings I’m looking forward to in the fall. As always, new shows are bold, shows I’ll be watching (or recording with every intention of eventually watching) are in red.

Sunday
7pm NFL on FOX
7:30pm The OT/Bob’s Burgers
8pm The Simpsons
8:30pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9pm Family Guy
9:30pm The Last Man on Earth

Monday
8pm Gotham
9pm Minority Report

Tuesday
8pm Grandfathered
8:30pm The Grinder
9pm Scream Queens

Wednesday
8pm Rosewood
9pm Empire

Thursday
8pm Bones
9pm Sleepy Hollow

Friday
8pm Masterchef Junior
9pm World’s Funniest

Saturday
7pm College Football

Five seems to be the magic number for new series pickups this year. Let’s take a look at the slate from FOX. (Also, is it FOX or Fox? I’m never sure. I guess I could Google that…) Show descriptions from FOX.com.

Minority Report

Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.

Grandfathered

John Stamos stars in a new comedy about the ultimate bachelor who discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather. Grandfathered is an unconventional, sophisticated comedy about coming of age – at any age.

The Grinder

The Grinder is a new comedy about a famous TV lawyer who decides to move back home and join his family’s real law firm – despite having no formal education, no bar certification, no license to practice and no experience in an actual courtroom.

Scream Queens

An hour-long comedy/horror with the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis. After a 1995 sorority pledge gone wrong, someone is out for vengeance when a college campus is rattled by a series of murders at the twentieth anniversary of the crime.

Rosewood

Meet Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Junior, the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami, who uses his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab to perform for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see.

CBS Fall 2015 Schedule

14 May

Alright, I’m here with the semi-timely update on the CBS schedule for this fall. CBS is always kind of wonky in the fall because they have Thursday Night Football. So things get a bit shifted in November. But let’s dive in. New shows in bold, shows making special appearances on my DVR are in red.

Sunday
7pm 60 Minutes
8pm Madam Secretary
9pm The Good Wife
10pm CSI: Cyber

Monday
8pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm Life In Pieces
8pm Supergirl (November)
9pm Scorpion
10pm NCIS: Los Angeles

Tuesday
8pm NCIS
9pm NCIS: New Orleans
10pm Limitless

Wednesday
8pm Survivor
9pm Criminal Minds
10pm Code Black

Thursday
8pm Thursday Night Football
– After November –
8pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm Life In Pieces
9pm Mom
9:30pm Angel From Hell
10pm Elementary

Friday
8pm The Amazing Race
9pm Hawaii Five-0
10pm Blue Bloods

Saturday
8pm Crimetime Saturday
9pm Crimetime Saturday
10pm 48 Hours

So overall we’ve got five new series orders. It looks like CBS is trying to find the right combo for its Thursday night comedy block. I personally loved The McCarthys and I’m sad it won’t be back. But we’ll see if these new offerings can bring the laughs. We all know I’ll be watching them; I’m a sucker for a sitcom. Speaking of which, The Odd Couple, Mike & Molly, and 2 Broke Girls will be coming back midseason. New series descriptions from CBS.com.

Supergirl

The long-awaited DC Comics adventure series about a young female superhero.

Limitless

A sci-fi thriller about an average guy who can suddenly access 100-percent of his brain capacity with the help of a mysterious pill. It’s based on the 2011 blockbuster.

Code Black

A heart-pounding medical series set in the nation’s busiest and most notorious ER.

Life In Pieces

An irreverent series about all the wonderfully hilarious and awkward moments that happen within a single family.

Angel From Hell

A single-camera comedy about a female dermatologist who comes face-to-face with her sassy guardian angel.