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Toni's Roast Beef Dinner

This is one of my favorite comfort foods.  Try this on one of the remaining cold winter nights.
Please note.  I do not normally use measurements.  This is a close approximation to what I use.

3 to 3 1/2 lb of Boneless Rump Roast
3 cloves of garlic cut in medium sized pieces
Salt and pepper
1 medium onion, 1/2 inch slices
½ Green Pepper, sliced
4-5 small red potatoes with skin on
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup Red Wine
1 can Beef Broth
Thyme sprig
3 carrots, cut in medium slices

Preheat your oven to 375°F.  If roast is too fatty cut most of it off, but not all    Position roast at room temperature, with fat side up in roasting pan.  This will allow the roast to have its juices melt into the roast.

Poke knife cuts into meat with a knife. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stick pieces of garlic inside cuts.  Add remaining ingredients

Cover and cook roast at 375°F.  It should take about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the roast.  Check periodically to baste roast and veggies in the juice.  As it cooks, it will thicken and form a delicious gravy.  Use a meat thermometer to verify it is done in the center.  The meat will need to be about 135° to 140°F to ensure it is done.  If liquid not cooking down enough, cook uncovered for 20 minutes or stir in a little cornstarch.

Goes great with with warm buttered rolls.  You can also omit the potatoes from the recipe and serve with mashed potatoes.

Serve with the remaining wine used in the recipe to add a delectable flavor to the entire meal.

18 degrees below zero

Wow!!! This morning at 5:30am it was 18 degrees below zero here at our rural home. Why do we live in Minnesota? We have such extreme temperature; it can be 100 plus degrees in the summer months and drop to minus 40 degrees in the winter.

We live here because we absolutely love it; the people are friendly and kind. There is a bunch of wild life to be seen every day. We can snowmobile in the cold months and boat during the warm months; we can visit Lake Superior or go cruising down the Mississippi.

Since it’s so cold, I just know our routine. We’ll warm up with a cup of coffee, do various chores around the house, then later on tonight, settled on a warm spiked Apple Cider drink.

Here is a recipe of one of our favorites winter drinks:


1 quart boiling water
1/3 to 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (it depends on sweet you like it)
3 or 4 orange spiced tea bags (the amount of tea bags is determined by your taste for orange)
2 cups of Appleton Rum (or similar light rum)
2 cups apple cider
6 or 7 cinnamon sticks
2 table spoon of butter

Remove boiling water from heat and put in the orange spice tea bags. Wait about 5 minutes, remove tea bags, add the sugar, apple cider, rum and two of the cinnamon sticks. Reheat, but do not boil again.

Serve in cups with 1/2 teaspoon of butter and use the remain cinnamon sticks to stir your drink while sipping on it.

Remember to drink responsible, and do not get wasted (LOL); this drink will definitely keep you warm.