Easy Crock-Pot Ranch Roast Sandwiches

I made this roast beef sandwich recipe for our staff a couple of weeks ago and was asked to share the recipe. It’s easy – easy is pretty much all I do anymore.

Easy Crock-Pot Ranch Roast Sandwiches

  • 3.5 pound beef roast (ish on the amount) – any kind of beef roast
  • Dry Ranch salad dressing (3 packets or 9 T from a bulk container)
  • 1.5 C water

Are you ready for easy? Here you go:

Trim as much fat off the roast as you can.

Yummy, right? Now just pop that sucker in your busy day’s best friend, the crock pot.

Then you sprinkle on the dry Ranch mix:

Then you pour the water on top of all that:

(Note: All of the following photos disappeared when I transferred the blog back over to free WordPress)

Now you put the lid on and turn the crock pot on low and cook for a very long time. I’m talking 8 hours long. I’ve put this in first thing in the morning to have ready for dinner. I’ve also put it in at midnight so it was ready to shred by morning and kept warm until lunch.

When it’s ready to shred it will look something like this:

Then you start shredding it:

Then convince your dogs that this really isn’t dinner time and no, none of it is actually for them:

After I shred it, I put it back in the juice in the crock pot. At this point, I either turn the pot to “keep warm” so I can serve it soon, or I turn the pot off and let it start to cool down so I can bag it for the freezer.

This version got bagged for the freezer:

To prepare from frozen form, just thaw it out and reheat on the stove (or in the microwave if you have one of those fancy gadgets – we don’t, so the stove it is!). It is yummy on any type of sandwich roll, hamburger bun, etc.

In this case, I scooped out what I think my parents will need (2 adults) and another bag for my family (2 adults and 4 kids). I will update this post later to see if this was an accurate serving size for 8 or if we had any leftovers. I’ll also post a photo of the finished meal.


Bad Penguin

Apparently this Zhu Zhu Penguin has a history. Katie and Millie have been playing with their Zhu Zhu stash most of the afternoon. I just overheard this conversation:

Katie speaking on behalf of the above Penguin: “Oh, PLEASE, can I come too?”

Millie speaking on behalf of some morally superior hamster, “Okay, you can come this time, but NO TRASH TALKING.”

The bad penguin seemed to accept this admonishment with grace because he was included in the next adventure with the rest of the gang.

Intersecting Lives

Back when we met we had four different last names. Eagle Lake has a way of joining like-minded people together and sending them out to serve. There are so many people from our Navigator past who will remain in our hearts forever. There are just as many who came in for a season and left and I struggle to remember their names or which year they were at camp with us.

Kara and Jason could have been in that second category, but for the fact that we reconnected a few years ago on the internet. Kara has the most amazing way with words and has the ability to make you just want to sit at the feet of Jesus. It was during this period of cyber-reconnecting we discovered we were in seminary at the same time. Different seminaries, similar direction. And then this summer we found out that the Tippetts were headed to Colorado Springs to plant a PCA church on the west side of town. Y’all, I’m so excited for them in this venture. Part of me wishes they had done this back in 2000 and changed the course of our Colorado Springs church story, but I guess I shouldn’t wish away what God ordained to be ours.

We had dinner with the Tippetts and other long-time friends, the Stricklers, while we were in Colorado Springs recently. That night we found out Kara had been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I don’t pretend to know why God works the way He does. I don’t pretend that I don’t also wish this away from the Tippetts. I do. I wish it away with all my heart. I pray God would do a miracle in Kara and bring about health and restoration and long life and all that. I do.

And I’m asking you to pray with me for her in this. And above all else for the peace that passes all understanding to be hers and Jason’s and each of their four sweet kids from this time forth and forever.

Kara has started a new blog for this new season and her heart is so worth hearing. I wanted to share it with you. Read and be reminded to pray. Read and be blessed.

High Tea for the 11 and Under Set

Last week we enjoyed a high tea experience with a few other friends. We were getting together to discuss one the American Girl books about Samantha and decided to combine it with a tea party.

My 8yo and I made these using this Alton Brown scones recipe and they were darn good, if we do say so ourselves! And did I mention Devonshire cream? This was my first time to make it. If I’d realized how easy it was to make, then… oh, better to not have known, I guess. But watch out world (and waist lines) here we come! We served these with Lemon Curd too – oh man, where they good!

We made some super yummy cucumber tea sandwiches too.

And oh yes, what would a tea party be without TEA?

There was much tea drinking and giggling and talking and over-all tea partying to be had all around!

After our formal “high tea” we made our own stationery to write letters on.

I don’t know about you, but I think this was a definite hit. *grin*