Sunday, October 17, 2010

Home's Warm Glow

Have you ever noticed that warm glow as you pass by homes this time of year? After the time change, even my trip home shortly after 5 o'clock requires headlights. As I leave town and wind my way out Highway 12, the street lights disappear and the countryside is dark. But every home has a few lights on, illuminated for those inside already home, or welcoming those who've yet to arrive. Along the lake the reflections of lights double the pleasure. It's a warm, homey feeling seeing the glow though the windows. Inside families are gathering for dinner. Home is our haven, our nest, our castle. It's that place where we can be ourselves with those we hold most dear, our family.

If you have something in the Crockpot, then dinner is waiting on you. Gourmet cooks out there, cover your ears...I am about to give the recipe for Crockpot Roast. It's delicious and has loads of gravy to put on fluffy mashed potatoes or rice. This is Paula Deen's recipe out of her first cookbook "The Lady and Sons," but if you look in any church cookbook ever published you will find an almost identical recipe. It's just down home good and your family will think it took great skills to turn out such a tender roast. Whoever invented the Crockpot, Thank You from the bottom of my Grandma heart!

Crockpot Roast1 (3-pound) boneless chuck roast
1 1/2 teaspoons House seasoning, recipe follows
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 bay leaves
3 or 4 beef bouillon cubes, crushed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup Chardonnay
Sprinkle roast on all sides with house seasoning. Using a skillet over high heat, sear roast until brown in oil. Place roast in a slow cooker, and layer onions, bay leaves, crushed bouillon cubes, garlic, and cream of mushroom soup. Add the Chardonnay and cover with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Cook on the low setting for 8 hours.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months
Printable Recipe


  1. You are right about homes having that glow to them this time of year. Getting our nest and family ready for the harsh weather to come. Oh...the crockpot recipe looks good. Out to the store I go. Great recipe for tomorrow.

  2. I have always noticed the light on in peoples it! When I was a little girl, I loved to be playing outside just as it was getting dark and look at the house as the lights came on. Even as a child, when I would draw a house, I always colored the windows yellow to make it look like the lights were on.
    I love the crock pot recipe..will try it for sire..thank you!
    Come say hi anytime :D

  3. I notice the glow when we are taking our evening walk. It's now dark when we walk, and I welcome the glow from the homes in the neighborhood.

  4. The roast sounds wonderful Joycee!

    Great post!

  5. Hi there...just discovered your blog and wanted to let you know how cool I think it is. Love you thoughts on home and know exactly what you mean about the warm glow...and isn't it great to come home to smell a wonderful dinner! Happy Fall Ya'll from Houston.

  6. Only a food snob wouldn't like this! Thank you for the award! I linked back to you in today's post. I always enjoy my visit here!

  7. Your meal sounds wonderful. It's perfect for a crisp fall evening.

  8. I do love when it starts getting dark earlier and you can see the soft, warm glow of lights in homes.
    It just feels good and happy somehow!
    The crock pot roast looks delish!! The crock pot is one of my best friends :D

  9. Oh, great now you've made me hungry!

    I like the graphic of the house!

  10. great minds think a like I made pot roast today. not quite like that but yummy all the same. I love the crock pot. When I walk in after a long day and smell dinner cooking I get all warm and fuzzy inside.


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