10/24/08

Friday rain...

It's a gloomy Friday here on the farm... although we do need rain in the worst way.


In my kitchen, I have a roast in the crockpot for tonight's supper. I was talking with my dear friend Linda from Parker's Paradise the other day about recipes, and I told her I read somewhere that if you rubbed lard or Crisco on the top of your roast before cooking, it would help seal in the moisture and keep it juicy and tender. I've never heard of this before, so today I'm going to give it a try. I'll let you know how it turns out.






From my sewing room, I've been creating some pumpkins. My "real" pumpkins didn't make it- we planted too late. So, I've been busy just making my own... and even though there will be no pies coming from these, I'm still having fun. Who knows, I might even decide to give one away next week.... stay tuned.

(Did I just say... GIVEAWAY?! Nothing like a weekend cliffhanger, huh?)
Have a great weekend, everybody!

38 comments:

  1. Those are very cute pumpkins! If I knew shipping wouldn't cost me my firstborn, I'd send you a bunch of our pumpkins ~ we've got more than we know what to do with!!

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  2. Ooooh, I love the rain! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your pumpkin you made too. I so hope you give one away. Let us know how your roast turns out!

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  3. It is raining here today, too. We need the rain, but it is a bit gloomy! Love the pumpkin!!! Remember to let us know how the roast turned out!

    Juri

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  4. It's raining here too. I like your pumpkin! We haven't carved pumpkins yet this year. That reminds me- I need to buy some!

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  5. *perk* giveaway? one of those lil punkins would look so cute next to my hen and chicks (from your etsy shoppe)!!!!

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  6. I love the view from your porch. It looks like a park. We are a little overcast this morning too, but I don't want it to rain this weekend since we have kids coming for a visit again.
    A roast in the crockpot sounds good. I don't have a lot of luck with roasts for some reason, but I've never tried the crockpot method.
    The pumpkin you made is adorable.
    Ginger

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  7. I don't think that beautiful view is even affected by the gloomy day!!! Your place is gorgeous and I LOVE that pumpkin!!!
    Have a great weekend :)
    Tracey

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  8. Hey Paula,
    I used to flour and fry my roast good on each side before putting it in the crock pot. (I did say used to) I really couldn't tell the difference on the tender part.
    Can't wait to hear how the crisco works.
    The pumpkin is sooo cute!
    and guess what? we have rain also!!! finally.
    The well went dry this morning, so it maybe the rain will help with that.
    Have a good weekend.
    Pam

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  9. A give away sounds great; but, would you consider a swap? I've got some things in my etsy shop and some other things I might be willing to swap. Just e-mail me or contact me on my blog if you're interested; and, I'll show you what I've got.

    God bless you!
    Laura of Harvest Lane

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  10. Oh, definitely let us know about the Crisco too.

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  11. Oh, Paula, I think I can smell that roast cooking...yum!!!!! Sounds like the perfect supper for a rainy day.
    Our rain cleared out about an hour ago- hold on, 'cause sunshine is on it's way!
    Those pumpkins are adorable! Did I read "giveaway?" Yay!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend-
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  12. Cool pumpkin. It looks just like a pin-cushion my Grandma used to have!

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  13. Roast sounds great, when will supper be? I will try to be there in time, tehe. We had rain all day yesterday. We could use it too but it was awefully gloomy. I love your pumpkin. That one will have a longer shelf life then one from the garden!

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  14. hi...aren't crock pots great! hope your roast turns out good, I don't have good luck with them..they always shrink up to nothing...wish we would get some rain, very dry here. Like your pumpkin too...

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  15. You have rain ! Our weather man has forecast rain for a few days now, but nope...just crisp weather with lots of sun shine. I am wanting rain so I feel like staying inside and getting things done.

    I love your porch, and the pumpkin is cute. Please tell me how the roast turns out, I have never heard of that before.

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  16. I love my crock pot! I made applesauce today and it came out so good. It was enough (8 cups) to freeze some too. We've got some much-needed rain here too. The pond is so low from the August drought, I hope to see it rise some.

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  17. Great pumpkins. We didn't get all that many pumpkins this year either. Ours was due to having too much rain though.

    A roast sounds yummy.

    Have a great night.

    :)Doreen

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  18. Your view from the porch is lovely even with the rain and I love the idea of the roast in the crockpot while you sew away on your sweet pumpkins. Here in Ga, we've had rain ALL night and day and I have actually caught up on household chores! Have a great weekend!

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  19. It's been sunny here, but rain is on the way. We need it too.
    I bet your kitchen smelled good!
    Love, Debra
    PS The pumpkin is very cute!

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  20. It's been rainy here too, and cold! Your pumkin is cute! Sorry your real ones didn't make it. At least these ones will last forever.

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  21. Oh that is THE cutest pumpkin!

    ~Liz
    www.AGiveawayADay.blogspot.com

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  22. Such a cute pumpkin. Do you have a pattern? I almost bought one at Goodwill today but thought $3.38 was too much....Crazy, huh?
    It rained here all darned day- everywhere we went. And chilly, too. Your view is lovely, despite the rain. Doesn't look gloomy at all to me!
    Let me know how the roast was!
    Have a great weekend, dear friend. :)

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  23. The crockpot has got to be the greatest 20th century invention! I have 4 of them. Can you imagine? LOL That roast idea sounds good.

    Yur pumpkin is sooo cute. Lovely work.

    Have a fun weekend,
    Lea

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  24. Paula,

    I love your pumpkin creation! And I always love the sneak peeks of your home! I just love that log look! We had a good rain here yesterday!

    Okay, now you have me in suspense...waiting for...hmmm...a giveaway?

    Have a great weekend!
    Tammy

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  25. Oh, sorry to hear it was a gloomy day. We had the most beautiful sunny day...and warm.

    I too planted the punkin's late and did get 3 but the chickens ate them right off the vine....poo!

    I like your stand-in punkin, much cuter than the real thing.

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  26. I just found you from over at Darlenes. Your blog is lovely...your photograpy is beautiful. I love to craft too. cherry

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  27. Adorable!! I wish I had ANY sewing talent!!

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  28. Your pumpkins are adorable!! And the roast sounds terrific - how did it turn out???

    Give Hamburger a hug for me!

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  29. That is an adorable fabric pumpkin!! Oooooo and a cliffhanger giveaway tease huh?!?

    We could definitely use some rain here and that pot roast sounds YUMMY!

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  30. How did the pot roast turn out? Your pumpkin is adorable! I am finally starting to sew again but I was never any good.

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  31. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I was just looking at all your critters and they are adorable. Let us know if the crisco made a difference in your roast.
    Blessings,
    Kathy

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  32. I always love seeing the view from your front porch, Paula, even in the rain.

    The pumpkin is precious; and I'd be back wihout a cliffhanger, though cliffhangers are fun! :-)

    So, how did the roast experiment work?

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  33. Hi Paula, send some rain this way! It is still in the 90s here, I am so sick of this heat, I want fall weather!
    Your pumpkin looks so cute! I am curious to see how that roast turns out. Let us know!
    Love ,Ann

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  34. Ohmigosh,
    THAT LIL OLE PUNKIN is adorable.
    Hope your dinner was good! I've never added any fat to my meat either. ??? But who knows? Maybe it helps. My philosphy is if it isn't that great DIP IT IN KETCHUP, CHEW, AND SWALLOW. heehee
    I'm WAITING... about the cliffhanger, coz IF'N YOU GIVE AWAY ONE OF THEM THERE, PUNKINS, THIS CHICKADEE IS IN!
    Hugs to you my friend,
    Lea

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  35. So lets us know how the roast was. I always thought if they were made in a crock pot that were plenty moist. Do you add any liquid when you start?
    Good luck with the rain.
    Shanda

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  36. What a perfect fall day! A roast cooking and pumpkin decorating.

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  37. That pumpkin is adorable! I'd sure like to know how to make them.

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  38. Hi Paula
    Love the pumpkins especially the patchwork one!!!!. Hope you have a good day Oh and Love the Shepherd story. It´s wonderful and reminds us of our SHEPHERD. Thanks Mary

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