champagne brisket and the diva dash

my friend teresa, sent me a bunch of amazing recipes a week or so ago, and i tried my first one on tuesday: champagne brisket. it turned out beautifully!

the recipe was originally for roasting in the oven, but since i needed it to be ready when i got home from work, i altered it a bit, and cooked it in the crock pot, along with the veggies. here’s how it went down.

champagne brisket

1 large trimmed brisket
2 cups champagne
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
1 pkg mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch green onions chopped
1 stick of butter
salt and pepper to taste

the night before, salt and pepper the brisket and place it in a baking bag. (since i did mine in the crock pot, i put it in the pot.) add 2 cups of champagne and 1 cup of water, along with cloves of crushed garlic. seal and refrigerate overnight. (i totally didn’t have any garlic so i used garlic salt and pepper.)

the next day heat the oven to 325 degrees .make some holes in the top of the cooking bag to allow the steam to escape. place the cooking back in a roasting pan and cook for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. let rest till cool enough to handle. drain juices from the mean and skim off the fat.

in a large skillet, melt on stick of butter. saute the copped green onion with lots of black pepper. add sliced mushroom and saute till brown. add the defatted juices from the brisket and thicken with 1 tablespoon of corn starch dissolved in a small amount of cold water. taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed. pour over sliced brisket. extra gravy can be served over mashed potatoes, too.


now, because i did mine in the slow cooker, i added the mushrooms, onions and butter to the brisket before turning the crock pot on. also, i drained most of the champagne out of there. i put it on low for about 8 hours, and for the last 45 minutes, transferred to the oven. this gave it a slightly crispy and wonderful outside. here’s a pic of the final product.

in other news, i have not yet established my work out regime, though battling the flu/cold/whatever it was this week certainly didn’t help. i have also yet to dive into ephesians purposefully. hopefully next week i will better report on these two. :)

however, i DID sign up for a 5K in april, called the diva dash! 3 miles of running and obstacle tackling. it’s for women only, and i’ve recruited several people to sign up with me. it should be a LOT of fun!

you get a lot of swag with this race, not to mention lots of luna bars (naturally), beer, diva SHAPE socks, and a sweet diva medal at upon completion of the race.

i’ll keep you posted on how the training is going. thanks for reading!

breakfast for dinner!

tonight we took a meal to our friends kelly and stephen, who just had a bebe…samuel! he is awesome and we had a great visit!! i have been wanting to make breakfast for dinner all week, so i tried out a new recipe that was a major success!

southern grits casserole (or breakfast pie!)
1 pound sausage (we used pork)
3 packages of instant grits (cook as directed. we did ours in the microwave using 1 1/2 cups of water)
4 eggs, lightly beaten, for scrambling
1 cup of shredded cheese (we used a sharp cheddar)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened

basically you cook the sausage, the grits (i added the cheese and butter to these while hot), scramble the eggs, and combine together in one big bowl adding the 1/2 cup of milk. cook at 350 for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

i also made strawberry butter (softened butter and strawberry jam combined. i tend to go heavy on the jam part, but you can do 50/50, or to your liking.), and drop biscuits.

drop biscuits
2 1/4 cups of bisquik
2/3 cup of milk

mix together in a large bowl, then spoon a handful of dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet. cook at 350 for about 7-8 minutes. these are so easy and quick!

top it off with some oj and champagne, or a glass of apple juice, and you’ve got yourself a really super breakfast for dinner!

the man, helped me pack up all the food to take to our friends…this cracked me up!


enjoy! thanks for reading!

charcoal and lemon update

those of you who know my husband, know that he loves all things star wars. i found this great print by handz on etsy a few weeks ago and showed it to him this morning. i told him if we had a kid i would want this print for his/her room, because it’s…well perfect. it’s star wars, AND it satisfies my charcoal and lemon desire.

needless to say…

we are now the proud owner of this print.

oh and while we’re at it, why not a blue one too?

major disclaimer: we are totally not expecting a kid.

charcoal and lemon

okay. are you a grey or a gray? i can’t decide what i am. nonetheless, “charcoal” and “lemon” were the two sexiest names i could come up with to talk about grey/gray and yellow. it’s pretty much my new color combination obsession.

we are getting ready to move into the big house, in just a few short months, so i’ve been reading design blogs and online window shopping for ideas.

here are a few awesome things i found in the charcoal and lemon category. enjoy!

life breathers and rick astley

“the one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” – galatians 6:8

my friend and former ‘boss’ (for lack of a better word, ha!), jon randles, taught me that everyone is either breathing life or breathing death. no in-betweens…it’s one or the other.

he said like birds of a feather, life breathers flock together, just like death breathers do too. in other words, if you’re looking for trouble, you can easily find it. and i think we’ve all had people in our lives at one point or another who just absolutely suck the life out of us. and we’ve also been those people too…let’s be honest. breathing death will wear you out.

on the other hand, how absolutely great is it when we are breathing life in community with others of like-mind?

tonight i had coffee with my friend tina. as described in a tweet earlier, it was filled with “satisfying laughter” and a “refreshed perspective.” i am so glad that i have tina…in a long list of others, that i share life with, who can breathe life into me, my choices, my fears, and my walk with Jesus. there’s nothing like it!

go get you a ‘tina’ and get some healing and love. in the mean time, here’s some life in the form of a pie chart, courtesy of my fav kelly bee. to all you melancholies (who adore charts and graphs)—you are WELCOME!