Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches are so incredibly good!  This recipe is incredibly easy, too.  This dish has been a staple in our home for over twenty years and is one of my youngest son’s favorites.  There is little preparation and the crockpot or slow cooker does most of the work.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of a sale through these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this blog!)

The chuck roast cooks on high for 5 – 6 hours, but you could put it in the crock-pot on low for 8 – 10 hours before going to work.  After a couple of hours, your house will smell so good!  Returning home after work to the smell of this French Dip will put a smile on your face!

Sometimes, I substitute beef stock for the water in this recipe but it is not necessary.  Just using the water, the meat flavor in combination with the soy sauce and seasonings, create a very flavorful broth.

 

The first time I ever had French Dip was in Adak, Alaska.  My chief petty officer introduced this delicious sandwich to me at a lunch meeting.  I believe the recipe below creates an even better version of this classic and it’s so easy.


French Dip Sandwiches

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1 beef chuck roast  (2.5 – 3 lbs.)

2 cups water

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tsp. dried rosemary

1 tsp. dried thyme

                                   1 tsp. garlic powder

   1 bay leaf

4 whole peppercorns

French Rolls

Place the chuck roast into a slow cooker.Crock-pot French Dip Sandwiches on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add the water, the soy sauce, the herbs, and seasonings.  Cover with the lid and set slow cooker on high for 5 – 6 hours or until the beef is very tender.Crock-pot French Dip Sandwiches on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

Remove the meat from the broth and use a fork to shred.  (You can strain the broth and skim off the fat, if you like.  I usually just strain the broth, removing the bay leaf and the peppercorns.)

Return the meat to the broth.  Serve the meat on French Rolls.  Ladle broth into small bowls for dipping.  This recipe will serve 6 – 8 people.


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Fire up your crock-pot and enjoy!  Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches – they are so good!

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How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Looking for some additional ways to use our lavender flowers, I came across several pictures of lavender lemonade!  Lavender makes such a pretty drink!  So, I did some research on how to make the lavender syrup.  The lavender color of the syrup is enhanced with the addition of a few blueberries.

The simple syrup is so easy to make.  This recipe uses fresh lavender buds but dried lavender buds could be used, too.  (You can purchase these from Amazon by clicking on the link.  We will receive a small portion of any sale at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting our website.)  You would probably want to substitute 1 teaspoon of the dried lavender.  This recipe makes lemonade with just a hint of lavender.  You can add more but there is a fine line between a lovely subtle hint of lavender and a taste reminiscent of a fine milled soap!How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

With the addition of the lavender and the blueberries, it makes this drink extra special.  Anyone can do this.  Just imagine this lovely lavender lemonade at a tea party or for a bridal shower.

 

 

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Pour 1 cup fresh lemon juice into a pitcher.

Mix in 1/2 cup lavender syrup.*

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Add 2 cups of club soda and stir well.

Pour into glasses filled with ice.

                                                                Garnish with lemon slices, lavender sprigs, or lavender ice cubes.**

 

If you want to increase the quantity, the proportions are – 4 parts soda, 2 parts lemon juice, and 1 part lavender syrup.   Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more of the syrup.

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*How To Make Lavender Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 Tblsp. fresh lavender buds

2 Tblsp. Fresh blueberries (for color)

 Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Mash the blueberries with a spoon.

Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1o minutes.

Switch the heat off and allow to cool.

 

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Pour the syrup, lavender, and blueberries into a sieve over a bowl.  Gently press the berries and lavender to release any remaining liquid.  Discard the berry skins and lavender captured in the sieve.How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Little pieces from the lavender buds will still remain.

To filter out the small pieces, pour the syrup into a glass container fitted with a coffee filter.

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After the lavender syrup had been filtered, a little bit of gel food coloring was mixed into it creating a deep lavender color.  This can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

You can also use this lavender syrup to make a beautiful Lavender Martini.  A recipe for that cocktail can be found here ►from Vianney at Sweet Life.

Lavender Ice Cubes

For these ice cubes, you will need an ice cube stick tray, distilled water, and fresh lavender stems with flowers.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if purchased from this link.  Thanks for supporting this site!)

The lavender flower buds and stems were simply placed in the ice cube stick tray and distilled water***(see below) was poured over them filling the openings half full.  Then, they were placed in the freezer and allowed to freeze.  More water was poured over the frozen flower and cube sticks, filling the cavities.

Be forewarned, these silicone trays are very pliable, which means on your way to the freezer, you may spill half of the water!  Place a tray or something solid underneath the silicone tray to save yourself a cleanup!

***Well, I knew that distilled water makes clear ice cubes.  Water from the faucet usually makes cloudier ice cubes.  After checking the lavender ice cubes I made, a little more research was done and the “all knowing” says to boil the distilled water, too!  Seems I remember using distilled water for ice cubes before and not having to do that…  Anyway, if you want your cubes really crystal clear, boil the distilled water first!  I will be doing that next time.

How To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade easy, beautiful, and delicious!

 

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How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream

   How to make Lavender Macarons with Blueberry Buttercream Filling, doesn’t that sound good?  I have made these lavender macarons before but filled them with buttercream.  As I was making the lavender wand last week, my mind started wandering and I considered other things to do with the lavender.   Remembering the lavender macarons, I decided to make them again but use blueberries with them.  Lavender and blueberries complement each other nicely.

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   A pin on Pinterest caught my eye.  Ashley at bakerbynature.com made lemon cupcakes with blueberry buttercream frosting.  The frosting looked so delicious, I decided to use her recipe for the frosting to fill the macarons.  Obviously, these macarons did not need a large amount of frosting.  So, I simply cut her recipe in half.

The complete instructions for these gorgeous cookies follow.

Lavender Macarons

3/4 cup ground almonds

1 cup powdered sugar

2 extra large egg whites

1/4 cup lavender sugar *Recipe below

violet food coloring

1 tsp dried lavender**

1 pinch cream of tartar

 

**Dried food grade lavender ◄can be purchased through this link at Amazon if you don’t have any in your garden.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.)


*How To Make Lavender Sugar

2 cups white sugar                                                     How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

1 Tblsp. dried lavender

   Place the dried lavender in a blender and blend for a few seconds to release the oils.  Add the sugar and blend for a few more seconds.

 Store in a glass container.

   Allow the lavender to infuse flavor into the sugar for two weeks.

    Place the almond flour and the powdered sugar in a food processor.  

(I used the Cuisinart mini processor for this.  I love this little processor for small jobs.)  Process for about 20 seconds.  (You can find one of these at this link.  We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of a sale at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this site.)

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   Sift into a bowl.  This will take a little while.  There will be some of the almond flour that will not sift through the sifter.  See picture below. Throw this away.

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   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or have the non-stick silicone macaron pan ready.

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   Using a stand mixer, place the egg whites in

 

the bowl and whip with the whisk attachment

until the eggs are opaque and foamy.

 

   Add the cream of tartar and increase the speed to medium-high.

 Beat until the egg whites are white and hold a soft peak. 

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   Beat slowly and very gradually sprinkle the lavender sugar over the egg whites.  Continue beating until the sugar is combined, the peaks are stiff, and the egg whites are glossy.   This should take about a minute. Add enough violet food coloring to make a lavender color and beat to blend in the color.  Don’t over beat.

      With a spatula, gently fold about a third of the

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comsifted dry mixture into the beaten egg whites until the dry ingredients are combined.  Repeat the process with a third more of the dry ingredients and repeat once more until all of the dry ingredients are folded into the egg mixture.

    It will look like the picture below before it gradually all comes together and then will look more like cake batter.

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    You will know it is ready when it flows ribbon-like from the spatula.  (The first time I experienced this, I have to admit, I was excited!)

   Transfer the batter to the pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip.  Pipe circles onto the prepared baking sheet.

   Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter to release air bubbles.  Using a toothpick, quickly pierce any bubbles to pop them.  

   Sprinkle a little of the dried lavender on half of the piped macarons.

   Leave the piped macarons on the counter to dry for one-half hour.  

 Then preheat the oven to 325°. 

    Let the oven heat for another half hour.  The tops of the macarons will be dry.

   Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.  The bottoms should be dry.   Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on a rack.  (I slid the silicone pan off the cookie sheet and onto the cooling rack.) Carefully peel the cookies from the parchment paper or the silicone pan and let cool completely.

Fresh Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, (If using frozen, don’t thaw.)

1 Tblsp. lemon juice

1 stick unsalted  butter, very soft

1/4 tsp. salt

1 – 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (more if needed), sifted

1/2 Tblsp. heavy cream (more if needed)

   Combine blueberries and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil.  Turn heat down to low and simmer, stirring constantly smashing the blueberries smooth.  Simmer about 10 minutes until a thick, deep, dark blueberry reduction is made.

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Remove from the heat.  Using a fine mesh strainer, push the puree through the strainer, leaving the skins and large chunks in the strainer.

Allow the mixture to completely cool.

After the blueberry puree has cooled, place the butter in a large bowl.  Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until smooth.  Scrape the sides as needed.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add 2 tablespoons of the puree (the blueberry reduction will make just about 2 tablespoons.) and beat for about one minute until combined.

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Add about half of the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed.  Then, add the other half and mix on low again.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add the cream and salt and beat on high for 2 full minutes.  

The frosting should be thick and fluffy.

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag with a decorative tip.  Pipe frosting on the flat side of one of the plain macaron discs and add one of the discs with the dried lavender sprinkle on top of the frosting.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Lavender macarons with blueberry buttercream frosting – these are really tasty and how pretty?

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30 Minute Meal For Two – Shrimp In Wine Sauce

30 Minute Meal For Two – Shrimp In Wine Sauce

   30 Minute Meal For Two

   We have entered another stage of our life.   After cooking for a hungry family for so many years, it has become necessary for us to cut back on the family sized meals and prepare more meals for just the two of us.  I don’t know about your husband or significant other but Dave does not like leftovers that much.  That was not much of an issue when the boys were here!

      This post is about a method not really a recipe!  You decide the seasonings and flavor to make it your own.  This time we used blackened seasoning but I have also used the Cajun spice created a few weeks ago for the paella.  On another occasion, we went with an Asian flavor.  You can use whatever spices and flavorings you like.

How To Make A Perfect Sauce

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   My favorite way of making a sauce consists of blending butter and flour together and whisking into the hot liquids and pan drippings.  The butter and flour both whisk into the hot liquid almost effortlessly.  The result is a foolproof smooth, lump free, sauce.   How easy is that?

Shrimp in Wine Sauce

 

  Place fresh shrimp, or if frozen, thawed shrimp shelled, deveined, and rinsed, into a glass bowl.  Add olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, and blackened seasoning to the shrimp in the bowl.

   While the shrimp is marinating in the olive oil, dry white wine, lemon juice, and your selected seasonings for a few minutes, combine 1 tablespoon of soft butter and 1 tablespoon of flour in a small bowl.   Place the bowl next to the stove so it’s within reach when you’re ready to thicken the sauce.  Cooking this is so fast, you want everything ready!

   We enjoyed this shrimp dish over thin spaghetti.  Water was heated and boiling before the shrimp was placed in the pan to saute.  The Barilla thin spaghetti was placed in the boiling water, brought back to a boil,  and the timer set for 6 minutes.

   By the time the shrimp was cooked and the sauce was prepared, the spaghetti was perfectly al dente.

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   Drizzle olive oil into a hot pan and saute the marinated shrimp on one side.  Once the shrimp turns pink and opaque on the edges, turn over and saute the other side.  This only takes a couple of minutes per side.  Remove the shrimp from the hot pan, place on a dish and set aside.

   Pour a splash of dry white wine (We used our favorite Chardonnay.) into the skillet to loosen any of the good flavors in the pan.  Add the cup of chicken broth and bring to a boil.  (You don’t have to use wine but the wine gives the sauce a velvety quality.)30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Using a whisk, add the butter – flour mixture and whisk into the broth.  The butter – flour mixture will melt right into the liquids and begin to thicken the sauce.  Whisk and simmer for a couple of minutes until the sauce is thick and creamy.30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Place the shrimp back in the pan and cover with the hot sauce.   The hot sauce will heat up the shrimp.  Serve immediately over thin spaghetti or rice and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

  We have prepared the shrimp like this several times now, using different spices and herbs.  Each time we are amazed at how simple, quick, and delicious these dishes are!   What flavors will you be bringing to the table?

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   In truth, this should be titled

 ‘Less Than 30 Minute Meal For Two – Shrimp In Wine Sauce’!30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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Delicious Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

     This Delicious Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting will definitely impress your guests!                                              

Delicious Carrot Cake!

  Preheatoven to 350º

2 – 1/2 cups all-purpose flour      

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 Tblsp. vanilla extract

3 cups lightly packed shredded carrots

1 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup golden raisins

1 can (8 – 1/2 oz) crushed pineapple in juice

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

4 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

 

   Line the bottom of two round 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.

   In a large bowl, with the mixer, beat eggs until blended.  Gradually add sugar, then brown sugar; beat 2 minutes, frequently scraping the bowl with rubber spatula.

 Beat in oil and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and beat about 1 minute, until smooth, frequently scraping the bowl.

   Fold in carrots, walnuts, raisins and pineapple with juice.

   Pour batter into pans. Bake for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake, comes out clean, with a few moist crumbs attached.  Cool cake completely before frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting, (recipe below).

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened

8 Tblsp. unsalted butter softened

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

   In a large bowl, with mixer on low speed, blend the butter and cream cheese together.  

Whip for 8 minutes.

 Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until blended.

 Add the vanilla and blend, then increase speed to medium.

 Beat 1 minute, or until smooth and fluffy.

 

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Carrot Cake - Moist Delicious!
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Carrot Cake - Moist Delicious!
Cream Cheese Frosting
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Instructions
Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350º Line the bottom of two round 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, with the mixer, beat eggs until blended. Gradually add sugar, then brown sugar; beat 2 minutes, frequently scraping the bowl with rubber spatula.
  4. Beat in oil and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and beat about 1 minute, until smooth, frequently scraping the bowl.
  5. Fold in carrots, walnuts, raisins and pineapple with juice.
  6. Pour batter into pans. Bake for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake, comes out clean, with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool cake completely before frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting, (recipe below).
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, with mixer on low speed, blend the butter and cream cheese together. Whip for 8 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until blended. Add the vanilla and blend, then increase speed to medium. Beat 1 minute, or until smooth and fluffy.
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