Comfort measures

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austen


Today is a stay-at-home kind of day.

I don’t feel good. I’m coughing, my head is stuffy and I don’t really want to see anybody.

It’s a good day to cook.

Roast in the crockpot, creamy cucumber salad chilling in the fridge and an acorn squash ready to be cut, oiled, salted and sprinkled with cinnamon for roasting.

Easy Crockpot Roast

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • a 1 – 2 pound boneless chuck roast
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 1 can beef consomme
  • 1/2 packet brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 packet Italian dressing mix
  • 1/2 jar pepperoncini peppers w/ juice


Rinse the roast and place fatty side up in a crockpot.  Pour in the two cans of soup.  Sprinkle the roast with the 1/2 packets of brown gravy mix and Italian dressing mix.  Top with half the jar of pepperoncini peppers w/ juice.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.  Roast will be fork tender and fall apart when ready.

While I may make instant mashed potatoes for the kids, I have an alternative in creamy cucumber salad.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • a medium cucmber
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 a fresh lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 t. pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 t. fresh dill weed (but you can use dried)
  • 1/4 t. fresh ground pepper


Set the cucumber aside.  In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until smooth.  Slice the ends off the cucumber and cut in half (for ease of dicing).  Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips of the skin to give a striped appearance, leaving strips of skin on for variety.  Slice both halves of the cucumber and dice.  Stir into dressing until coated well.  Chill until time to serve.

I have to say that while food tastes the same regardless of how it’s presented, presentation can make food more appealing.  Therefore, if you think it’s stupid to peel alternating strips of cucumber skin, just to make it pretty . . . don’t do it!  But it does give it a more festive flair, even if you’re just eating at home with the kids.

Laundry is done and put away.  Groceries have been purchased.

I have typed the requested cover letter and sent it along with the resume in hopes of obtaining the job of my dreams.

Now . . . if I could just get the firewood guy to answer . . . .

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