Vlog: Holiday Plan, CrockPot Meal, Rae Dunn Haul!



Today I am sharing probably the best CROCK POT recipe I have ever share, I have a RAE DUNN and GROCERY HAUL and we will begin our planning for the HOLIDAYS!  There is always so much to do to prepare for the holidays that making lists and creating a plan can ease a lot of the anxiety associated with the holiday season.  I use my planner to create list and a game plan to not feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done and to help get my home ready to be decorated for Christmas!  


Every year on November 1st I begin a list of all those things I want to get done before the holidays set in.  I take out my planner and start a wish list all of the home projects and housekeeping chores that I need to get done before I can decorate for Christmas and before I can welcome in my first guest.  By creating this list, it helps calm all those little anxieties that begin to build this time of year.  Getting it all out of my head and down on paper is the first step to plan for completion (or attempted completion!)  I have the same hope every year; hit the ground running on November 1st and get a huge jump on the holidays!  Some years I have better luck then others but the joy is in the attempt!

I keep this list in my PLANNER and work diligently to get as much done as I can.  This year we have painting the kitchen and family room on the list along with making curtains and reupholstering dining room chairs.  A pretty ambitious list!  We will see how much I actually accomplish!  Whatever is completed will leave me in a better place than I started!
Find my Holiday List HERE.


I am also sharing an awesome crock pot recipe that is good enough to serve for a holiday meal!  Crock Pot Apple Butter Pork is probably the best Crock Pot meal that I have ever shared on my channel!  If you are looking for something simple and delicious this is the recipe for you!  

Crock Pot Apple Butter Pork Roast

3lb pork loin
20oz jar apple butter
half cup of apple sauce
one chopped onion
3-4 minced garlic
1 cup water
S/P
garlic powder
Mrs Dash
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
Season pork roast well with salt pepper, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash.  Brown in a pan with  butter and olive oil, 3-4 minutes on each side.  Place in the bottom of your crock pot and cover with chopped onions and garlic.  Combine apple butter, apple sauce and  water and pour over top.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours on high and then reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 2 hours.  Check with a meat thermometer before serving.

Roasted Potatoes
Chop 3-4 sweet potatoes and 3-4 red potatoes and place in a 9x13 dish.  add one small chopped onion 3-4 cloves of garlic crushed, fresh rosemary salt and pepper.  Cover with olive oil and toss until all the potatoes are coated.  Cover with foil and bake in oven for 35-40 minutes at 425.


Starting the stock the pantry with staples for the winter and upcoming holiday season!


New Rae Dunn pieces for the collection!  For all the details watch the video below!  

                       

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Fall Playlist



Hello Friends!

I wanted to share with you all a Full Fall Playlist of all the Fall inspired videos that have been posted to the My Bashful Life YouTube channel this Fall season!  I have been so very behind in posting them here on the blog and there is really some fun videos that I don't want you to miss out on!  I will continue to add to this list over the next month with new videos every week!  Thank you all so much for visiting and I hope you tune to My Bashful Life on YouTube.  We have a great community there full of awesome friends!  
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Fall Crock Pot Meal and Table Skirt DIY



Warm comforting crock pot meals are perfect for those chilly Fall evenings!  Today, I am sharing the simple answer to What's For Dinner Tonight?  Crock Pot Beef Tips with Mushroom Gravy served over Mashed Potatoes!  So good and so simple to make!


CROCKPOT BEEF TIPS AND MUSHROOM GRAVY 3LBS STEW MEAT 3 GARLIC CLOVES CRUSHED 1 MED ONION CHOPPED 3 CUPS BEEF BROTH 2 CUPS SLICED WHITE MUSHROOMS A FEW SHAKES OF WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE 1 PACK LIPTON ONION SOUP MIX 1/4 CUP WATER 3 TBSP CORN STARCH 1 TBSP BUTTER 1 TBSP OLIVE OIL S/P MRS DASH GARLIC POWDER (TO TASTE) SEASON BEEF WITH S/P GARLIC POWDER AND MRS DASH. BROWN IN BUTTER AND OLIVE OIL IN MED SKILLET. WHEN BROWNED PLACE IN THE BOTTOM OF A COLD CROCK POT. ADD ONIONS, BEEF BROTH, ONION SOUP MIX, MUSHROOMS AND WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE. RETURN TO CROCK POT BASE COVER AND COOK ON LOW 5-6 HOURS OR HIGH 3-4 HOURS. 30 MINUTES BEFORE DONE WHISK TOGETHER WATER AND CORNSTARCH AND ADD TO CROCK POT AND STIR. LET COOK 30 MINUTES TO THICKEN UP. SERVE OVER MASHED POTATOES!

  I am also sharing an easy DIY project to do on a lazy Fall afternoon! Adding a skirt to a side table or sofa table is functional, simple and beautiful!  


 For recipe details and project instructions, check out the video below! 

                                    

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2019 FALL HOME TOUR




We are playing a little Fall catch up today!  I am sharing some of my favorite posts over the last few weeks that never did make it here on the blog! I hope you enjoy!

Fall has arrived here in NOVA and I am so excited to share with all  of you my 2019 Fall Home Tour!  Truth be told, I am so grateful for Fall!  I think Autumn is our gift for enduring the heat of summer!  No other season makes me so happy to decorate the house and pull out scarves and boots!  You can keep you Pumpkin Latte and give me Spiced Apple Cider every time!  

Pumpkin is one of those colors that always brightens up a room was the perfect color to bring just the right amount of Fall into our family room.  The pillow, throw and pumpkin garland on the fireplace were all found at Home Goods!



I have been going for a simplified approach to my decorating this season.  I have a tendency to go a little over board, especially in the Fall.  This single painted Dollar Tree pumpkins is perfect atop of the vintage typewriter on the side table.



For even more fall decor be sure to check out the video below! 


                           

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2019 Halloween Home Tour


I am so excited to share with you our 2019 Halloween Home Tour! Halloween has always been my absolute favorite holiday! The only expectations are to have fun, care a pumpkin, run around in some leaves and eat some candy, which is something I can definitely get behind!


I really think our house comes alive in the Fall.  In the summer time we are always running and traveling, spending more time out side of the house then in.  Come Fall, I think my whole family is ready to settle in a bit and spend more time at home and gathered together around a good meal!  


Halloween holds such happy memories for me that the colors of the season just make me simile!


Trick or Treating is such a wonderful community traditions. No other holiday depends so much on neighbor's kindness and community involvement like Halloween does.


See my full Halloween Home Tour in the video below!


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Summer Crock-Pot Meal, Dollar Store Farmhouse DIY & Vintage Shop With Me


We are officially on summer break and today I have a great summer crock pot meal, we are heading out to visit my favorite antique store and we are making our own farmhouse stamped books!
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Today we are just hanging at house and bumming around so I am wearing a simple outfit of a  Tie Waist T-Shirt in white from JCrew, a  Lemon Lime Cardigan from Loft some Target cropped  Jeans.  I am also wearing my new Keds Sneakers I found on Amazon.




This recipe couldn't be any simpler!  It's a wonderful summer time recipe that cooks in the  Crock-Pot all day and makes your house smell wonderful.  

BBQ Pork
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This recipe is just 3 ingredients, 
1 16oz jar of peach salsa
1 16oz bottle of BBQ Sauce
2 port loins

Place pork loins in the bottom of crock-pot.  Season generously with salt pepper and garlic powder.  Cover with both bottles of bbq sauce and peach salsa.  Cover and set on high to cook for 5-6 hours on high.



I recently posted this pic on Instagram and got so many questions about the stamped books!  You can find these books all over Pinterest and ETSY but it is really simple to make your own.



For details on how to create your won Farmhouse Stamped Books and to do a little antique shopping with me, check out the video below!





Thank you so much for spending some time with me today!  I hope you will visit my YouTube channel for some more great ideas!
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Spring Decorate With Me

As I sit here watching the rain fall against my window wraped in a blanket, I'm thinking of the spring season upon us.  So many things fo through my mind as I think about warm spring days, flowers, sunshine bunnies, Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs... I think that is a story for another day!  I am more then ready to bring a little spring in my home!  




So on this first day of spring rainy afternoon I am taking some time out to do a little spring time decorating in the kitchen.  I thought it would be fun to take you all along with me as I build our spring time tablescape!




I have gathered some things from around the house that I would like to include in my table decorations. I have also picked out a few new things this year from Pier 1, Home Goods and my favorite Target Dollar Spot.

Actually decided to build the table around these pink and gray bunny napkins that I found in the Dollar Spot a few years ago from Target.





I always like to use something to ground my centerpieces and arrangements.  Today I am using this beautiful cream serving platter:





When ever possible I love to add ribbon, to me nothing is as budget friendly and gives the most impact than ribbon. I found this great checked ribbon on Amazon and it's perfect to add a  big fluffy bow to the top of the birdhouse It adds a great finishing touch and I think it pulls in the table runner and place mats





I really love the way my spring table has come out. I like to keep things simple and light in the spring time and I love how these neutral colors brighten my kitchen in this rainy day.


For all the details what the video below!




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Cooking Day! Celebrating St. Patrick's Day




St. Patrick's Day for our family is a day of fun!  We gather together with some good food, relax and enjoy our time together.  Today I share two recipes that we have every year to celebrate March 17th!  


A quick OOTD before I head out the door!  I found the dress at Ann Taylor, the denim jacket is from Denim & Co and can be found on QVC, I am wearing Marc Fisher boots and the earrings were found at Target!


This awesome sweatshirt can be found HERE


I have had a love/hate relationship with Irish Soda Bread.  I know its odd to have any kind of relationship with bread but these are very particular circumstances.  I married into a large Irish family and St. Patrick's Day is their JAM.  I mean, all Irish families celebrate St. Patrick's feast day but few families take this day to heart like my husband's family.  Its more like St. Patrick's Day month.  They party, they gather, they wear green.  They spend no expense rounding up the essentials,  green rainbow suspenders, hats, hats with attached leprechaun beards, bow ties, clay leprechauns pipes, chocolate gold coins, Shamrocks, rosaries (yes, green) Bailey's Irish Creme, Irish Stew, Ham & Cabbage and the exalted, ever present much anticipated Irish Soda Bread. (Cue the angel chorus) I believe your value as a person is only judged by the quality of your soda bread.  

Now, I come from a long line of wonderful cooks and bakers.  My Italian grandmother was just incredible in the kitchen, she cooked, canned, made home made sausage and wine, grew her own vegetables and was even credited with keeping her neighbors fed during the snowstorm of 1947.  But even she did not make Irish Soda Bread.  How hard could it be really, flour, raisins a little of this, a little of that.    Well, my torment began in the late 1990's when my early baking attempts were used as street hockey pucks by the neighbor kid.  I'm not even exaggerating, no one ate it, no one even attempted to eat it.  This is how it went for years, every year  I baked and every year there it sat untouched.  Until I met Mrs Wolfe.  Mrs. Wolfe was a wonderful teacher at my daughters elementary school.  Every St. Pat's Day she would bring in several beautiful golden loaves for everyone to share.  After several years of envy, I finally asked Mrs Wolfe what her secret was.  She simply laughed and said "Oh honey, its easy" and wrote down her recipe from memory.  I brought it home, tried it, and from that very first loaf PERFECTION!

I want all of you to have a LOVE relationship with this sweet Delicious and moist bread so I am sharing wonderful Mrs. Wolfe's recipe exactly like she gave it to me all those years ago.

Irish Soda Bread
1/2 cup Crisco
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp baking soda
1 egg whipped (with fork)
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup raisins

Mix all put in greased round cake pan bake for 45 mins @ 350

That's how Mrs. Wolfe wrote it out for me.  This is how I put it together:  Cream the Crisco and sugar together, add the egg.  Combine the dry ingredients and slowly add the dry to the wet ingredients adding the buttermilk a little at a time.  Put mixed ingredients in a round greased cake pan and bake.  That's it.

I hope you give it a try, maybe bake a few extra loaves, bring it to school and be that dear Mrs. Wolfe for someone else.


Beef Stew
2lbs beef cubes
3-4 chopped carrots 
3-5 celery stalks chopped
one med chopped onion 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
5 red skinned chopped potatoes
A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup wine  optional
28oz can of tomato sauce
2 cups beef stock
2 tsp garlic powder
tablespoon dried parsley
s/p
3-4 Bay leaves
1 tsp tyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp Mrs Dash
In a large pan add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season beef well with s/p garlic powder and Mrs Dash. Dredge beef cubes in flour and add to pan to brown.  Meanwhile in a large sauce pan saute onions celery and garlic in olive oil.  About 5-8 minutes when veggies are soft add the white wine and cook a few more minutes.  Add tomato sauce and beef broth.  Slowly bring to boil and add chopped carrots and chopped potatoes.  Bring to a full boil, lower temperature cover and simmer on low for 40 minutes or until veggies are desired tenderness.

For All the details on these recipes watch the video below!



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Laundry Room Organization and Clean With ME



In today's Decluter, Organizing and Clean With Me Video we are in the laundry room!





Our laundry room is a really hard working space! This room is only 5'x6' and plays a big roll in our family as the landing spot as we come in and go out everyday, where we do our laundry and where we store our cleaning supplies.




This also seems to be the landing spot for anything heading out the door and can get very messy very quickly.



So today we are going to clean this space out, sort through it all and get ourselves back on track with a clean organized space!



Watch the video below for more detail!  


                                


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