Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

This Mississippi pot roast is so easy to make, but it tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen!

The recipe only calls for five ingredients, and your Crockpot does all the hard work for you!

This decadent pot roast is an unbelievably tender and moist roast swimming in a rich and flavorful gravy. It’s so soft, you won’t even need a knife.

Plus, while it’s cooking, the house will smell so heavenly!

It is also a fool-proof dish! Just place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and then forget about it!

You can go about your day and enjoy a delicious, home-cooked dinner with the family.

Don’t let your hectic schedule get in the way of making a hearty dose of comfort food. This roast recipe is all you’ll need.

Mississippi Pot Roast

This Mississippi roast is a southern favorite that combines chuck roast, ranch dressing, au jus, and pepperoncini peppers.

It’s cooked in a Crockpot for several hours to achieve that melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and insanely delicious flavor.

This popular dish all started with a home cook from Mississippi.

She actually never called the dish Mississippi pot roast! Instead, she simply called it a roast.

Her recipe was such a huge hit with her family and friends that it eventually spread to other southern regions!

It wasn’t until it became popular on the internet that “Mississippi” was added to the name.

Ingredients

  • Chuck Roast – For extra flavor, you can brown the beef before cooking it in the slow cooker.
  • Au Jus Gravy Mix – You can use either regular or low-sodium au jus.
  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – Hidden Valley is a good brand, but you can pick whatever you prefer. You can make your own ranch mix too.
  • Salt and Pepper  – to taste. Don’t overdo the seasoning! This recipe is already full of flavor from the peppers, au jus, and ranch dressing.
  • Pepperoncini Peppers and Juice – For maximum pot roast flavor! Many are iffy about adding the peppers for fear that the roast will be too hot to handle. But, don’t worry, it won’t make the roast spicy.

Plus, pepperoncini peppers come in different levels of heat.

So if you’re still worried about it, you can always opt for mild pepperoncini. Besides, you don’t need to eat them!

Don’t forget to skip the juice! Without it, the flavor just won’t be the same.

Tips for Making the Best Pot Roast

  • Go light on the salt when seasoning the roast. You’ll already have the ranch dressing and au jus gravy mix to take care of the flavor, so there’s no need to put too much.
  • You can use either whole or sliced pepperoncini for this recipe.
  • This recipe calls for the slow cooker to cook the roast, but you can also use the oven. Place the roast in a roasting pan or a Dutch oven, add the rest of the ingredients and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 4 hours, and voila.
  • You can also use the Instant Pot for a quicker roast, but you won’t get the same flavors as you will with slow cooking.

What Cut of Beef Should I Use?

The best one is chuck roast, which comes from the shoulder of the cow. When cooked, it becomes ultra-tender that it falls apart.

Best of all, a beautifully marbled chuck roast is super affordable and easy to find.

Your next best option is round roast – bottom or the top round. These cuts are both lean and easy to cut.

You can also use beef brisket. It’s very fatty, which means it’s very tender.

Lastly, pork butt, pork roast, or shoulder roast also make good alternatives.

Homemade Mississippi Pot Roast

How to Serve Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi pot roast is outstanding on its own, but for a more flavorful and colorful feast, go wild on the sides!

There are tons of side dishes for pot roast that will work well.

Pot roast and mashed potatoes are the ultimate pair! Their flavors and textures are perfect together, and you can also use the roast’s gravy for the potatoes. It’s a match made in heaven.

Pan-fry or roast some carrots, onions, and potatoes and add them to the chuck for a classic pot roast meal.

If you’re feeling particularly hungry, pair your roast with a starchy side, such as rice or noodles.

If you want something lighter, a bright and crisp salad is always a great option.

A rich and creamy green bean casserole also pairs beautifully with pot roast! It adds a wonderful crunch to the tender meat and gives the meal a pop of color, too.

Roasted Brussels sprouts glazed with maple also make a fine candidate. They’re rich, creamy, nutty, earthy, and downright delicious.

If you have any leftovers, make a sandwich for a hearty breakfast or lunch the next day.

Storage and Reheating of Pot Roast

Place leftover roast in an air-tight container or cover it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for up to 3 days.

Reheat it in a skillet over medium-low heat until warmed all the way through.

For a speedier reheating, just pop it in the microwave for a minute.

To prevent the meat from drying out, you can add a bit of water to the sauce and cover the container with a paper towel.

Pot roast also freezes well. Just place the leftover meat and the gravy in a freezer-safe bag.

Flatten the bag and squeeze out as much excess air as you can before sealing. Label the bag accordingly and freeze for up to 3 months.

To serve, thaw the roast in the fridge overnight. Reheat using the same instructions as above.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

Servings: 8 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Calories: 280 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (3-pound) chuck roast

  • 1/2 (12-oz) jar pepperoncini

  • 1/2 (12-oz) jar pepperoncini juice

  • 1 (1-oz) packet au jus gravy mix

  • 1 (0.4-oz) package buttermilk ranch dressing

  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • In a slow cooker, combine the chuck roast, pepperoncini, pepperoncini juice, au just gravy mix, buttermilk ranch dressing, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook on LOW until the roast is fork-tender, about 8 hours.
  • Pull the chuck apart with two forks. Enjoy!
  • To keep the pot roast warm, cover it with aluminum foil.

 

 

The Easiest No Sew Easter Bunny Craft

The Easiest No Sew Easter Bunny Craft

Looking for an easy Easter bunny craft? Make these adorable sock bunnies with materials you probably already have at home!

Do you have a bunch of unmatched socks and don’t know what to do with them? You can use them to make this cute Easter bunny craft in 5 minutes! Absolutely NO sewing involved! It’s an easy Easter craft for kids and teens. They also make fun easter crafts for adults and the elderly too.

There are so many things you can do with these cuties.

We ended up using them to make a DIY Easter vignette on our dining table for our Easter home decor. But you can also give them as gifts, they make a great Easter craft to sell at craft fairs, fundraiser crafts, classroom crafts for teachers, and more…

In this tutorial I will show you how to make this easter bunny craft with a simple sock, rubber band, some rice and a marker.

If you’r looking for Easter craft ideas, add this bunny sock craft to your list. You’ll love these adorable little bunnies so much, they might just end up multiplying around your house!

Looking for more bunny inspired ideas? Check out my Bunny Bum Candy Cake (makes a great dessert for Easter, or any bunny inspired party)

Now back to the tutorial. Let’s “hop” to it!

 

Easter sock bunny tutorial

Materials needed for this Easter bunny craft

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  1. Unmatched socks
  2. Uncooked rice (around 1 cup per bunny)
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Black Sharpie Marker (or any black marker)
  5. Pretty Ribbon (Optional)
  6. Scissors

Instructions for the no sew sock bunny

Step 1. Take the sock and place it over a tall glass so its easier to pour the rice into.

Step 2 Poor the rice into the sock. I used a measuring pyrex cup to make it easier to pour, but you can use anything.

Step 3: Take the rubber band and tie the top close

Step 5: Use another rubber band and make the bunny tail.

Step 6: To make the ears, cut any excess sock so that there is a couple of inches for the ears. If you want floppy ears that flop down,then leave them a bit longer.

Once the excess is gone, cut the top portion down the middle.

Using a marker, draw on a bunny ear shape. Take your scissors and cut along the marker line. Once done, your bunny ears should stand up straight (or flop down if you want floppy ears)

Step 7: Use the Sharpie to draw the bunny eyes and nose. To make the eyes, simply color in two dots with the marker

To make the nose, draw an “x” shape. Super Easy!

Step 8:  This part is optional but it really adds a nice decorative touch to your bunny craft. Cut a long enough piece of ribbon and tie a bow around the bunnies neck. I used both fabric and plastic ribbon. They both worked well, but I like the look of the fabric ribbon a bite more. You can also use bakers twine, instead of ribbon if you have some lying around.

Your done this bunny easter craft project!

Some extra tips for this bunny easter craft DIY

  • To make smaller or bigger bunnies adjust the amount of rice used.
  • Use bakers twine instead of the ribbon to make a bow tie around the bunny’s neck
  • To make sock bunny’s out of black socks, use a white fabric paint or white glue ( that doesn’t dry clear)
  • Make different types of bunnies. Some with floppy ears that don’t stick up, some with shorter ears, some with longer ears that stick up.
  • Use different colors of socks or even patterned socks.
  • Use kids or baby socks to make small bunnies
  • To make these bunny easter craft to sell, use new socks.
  • Glue on googly eyes for the eyes and a small pom pom for nose, with pipe cleaner whiskers.
  • Use them as bunny decor for Easter in your home or in an Easter vignette
  • Great idea for Easter craft activities for elderly
  • Easy Easter Craft fair ideas – if your looking for an Easter craft to sell or for a fundraiser idea
  • Fun Easter craft for adults, craft parties, gatherings, family events, etc..

And there you have it, a super easy Easter bunny craft that you make in 5 minutes or less! Hope you have a hoppy time making them!

We loved our DIY Easter bunny craft so much, they multiplied (and my stash of unmatched socks got a wee bit smaller to boot!). Check out our other bunnies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Easter Candy Jars

Easy Easter Candy Jars

What’s the Project? These easy Easter candy jars are a cute Easter craft to do with the kids or to use as a sweet Easter gift for a friend. Make a little chick or a bunny-covered in glitter and with darling faces, then fill with candy. It’s perfect for Easter!

I wish Spring would show up where I live! How about you? I’m ready for the flowers and the green grass and the warm days and the frogs croaking in the marsh behind my house. (It’s my absolute favorite thing.)

So, in an effort to welcome Spring or hurry it along, I am ready to kick off spring with a fun and cute Easter craft. This is quick and simple. Took me under 30 minutes to make all three of these Easter Candy Jars. It’s something kids could do and love too!

And they sparkle! (I love things that sparkle!)

Polkadot Candy Jar

And I love polka dots! So fun!

I hope you are excited to make this cute Easter craft!

 

Supplies Needed:

  • Small jars (any size or kind will do-mine are from the craft store)
  • Decoupage
  • Paint Brush
  • Fine Glitter
  • Craft foam or construction paper in pink, white and orange
  • Candy
  • Pom Poms
  • Googley Eyes
  • Hot Glue

 

Instructions:

Paint a thin layer of decoupage all over your jar. Sprinkle glitter on it and shake off excess.

Set aside and allow to dry.

To make the polka dot jar-use a round sponge brush if you have one or just paint circles with your decoupage and then glitter each dot individually.

Cut ears from your white and pink craft foam and hot glue them to the lid of your bunny jar.

Hot glue a pink pom pom for a tail.


Cute Bunny Easter Craft for Kids

To make the face glue on googly eyes and a pom pom nose and then cut whiskers and glue them in place as well:

Easter Bunny Candy Jar Craft

For the chick cut some little feet and glue them to the bottom of the jar and a little triangle beak and eyes for the face.

Easter Chick Jar Craft

 

 

 

How to make a no sew sock bunny

How to make a no sew sock bunny

Are you looking for home school activities and resources to keep the kids occupied and educated during lockdown?

There are so many Easter craft ideas to choose from, including a selection of super simple Easter bunny crafts I’ve collated.

This no sew sock bunny made the top of the list, it’s really easy to make and looks gorgeous with only a few simple materials and a little time.

So, grab your kids, a few stray socks (clean of course!) and spend some time bonding over this Easter sock bunny craft.

Of course, you don’t have to confine your children’s craft activities to Easter, you can make these cute DIY sock bunnies any time!

  • Socks!
  • Scissors (sharp enough to cut the sock material cleanly)
  • Rice for stuffing (or an alternative of your choice)
  • Twine or string
  • Ribbon(s)
  • A marker
  • Tape (optional)

 

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Easter Egg Slime

Easter Egg Slime

Have you tried making slime or silly putty yet? We had some fun making this Easter Egg Slime that fits into little Easter eggs. This is fun to play with on its own but also fun to fit into the eggs and take out of the eggs! We also had a lot of fun matching the colors with glitter and food coloring.

NOTE: We recommend adults make the slime and in our full slime recipe post you can get more slime safety tips. We like to make our slime with contact lens solution since there’s no mixing or diluting of borax required.

What is a polymer?

Slime is a polymer. Other examples of polymers are Jell-O, gum and rubber bands. White glue is also an example of a polymer. A polymer is made of long chains of polyvinyl acetate molecules. These chains slide easily making the substance like glue easily pourable.

The Science Behind Slime

When you add borax to the glue, it counteracts the glue and forms a viscous substance of slime which can be shaped and pulled. This slime forms due to the glue molecules cross-linking with the borate ions (in the borax solution). This is a bond that causes the large molecules to no longer slide freely past one another (like the substance was when it was a glue). Therefore resulting in the slime substance!

What You Will Need to Make the Easter Egg Slime

  • White Elmer’s Glue
  • Contact Lens Solution (see our full recipe for the brand we recommend)
  • Baking Soda
  • Glitter
  • Food Coloring

Steps to Make Your Easter Egg Slime

There are different recipes you can use to make slime. We really like our Contact Solution Slime recipe which uses Contact Lens Solution. It is our most popular recipe and we hope you give it a try!

We made the slime a bit less slippery which makes the slime more pliable like silly putty. That way we could easily put it into the Easter Eggs for play! You can do this by skipping the water that is called for in the recipe.

Now the fun part! Play with the slime however you’d like! Put them into the Easter Eggs and have fun taking them out and putting them back in.

Tip: For storing after use, keep your slime in airtight container.

 More Fun Slime Recipes

See some of these other slime recipes that we love to make!

This fluffy slime is so fun to make and play with!

If you have a unicorn fan in your house, you’re going to have to try this unicorn slime!

And if you are looking for some out of this world slime, this galaxy slime is a fun one to make!

 

How to Make an Easy Paper Lily

How to Make an Easy Paper Lily

These handprint lilies are so beautiful and surprisingly easy to make! They’d make such a thoughtful handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day if you make a small bouquet and tie them together with a ribbon. Or you could make a bouquet of handprint Easter lilies if you use white paper. Can Easter lilies be pink? I think they’re just white? Either way, they’re adorable for spring and they’re a wonderful low mess craft to make with the kids!

I had such an awesome helper when I made these paper handprint lilies! My spunky 5 year old loves crafts, and she loves helping me with the crafts that I make for the blog. It’s so much fun that she’s finally at an age where we can do crafts together! You know… as opposed to me making the entire craft while she watches me make the craft and “helps” makes each step more difficult. Big difference!

As a blogger, it’s a lot of extra work to make crafts since I have to set up a full photo shoot and take pictures every step of the way. Usually my kids lose interest, but my 5 year old was totally into it for this one! She wanted to be part of every step and insisted that I include a photo of her and the paper lily that she made all by herself (see below!). So I have to give a big shout out to my awesome helper and hand model for this one! I loved having her at my side!

The poor thing was home from school and sick with a fever when we made it, but a little bit of crafting (and children’s Advil…) made everything better and cheered her right up!

Here’s a list of what you’ll need. The affiliate link below will take you to products on Amazon that are similar to the supplies we used to make this craft:

  • Pink paper
  • 6″ Green and Yellow pipe cleaners
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Scissors

I used pink printer paper to make our lilies, but you could easily use construction paper. It would probably work if you made them out of thicker card stock too, they might just be a little bit harder to curve into shape.

Start by tracing the outline of your hand onto the printer paper.

Then cut out your handprint. If you have any pencil marks showing on the paper, just use an eraser to carefully erase them.

Curl the bottom of the hand shape into a cone. Leave a small hole at the tip of the cone, just large enough to fit a pipe cleaner through.

Then use a small piece of invisible tape to hold it together.

Use a ROUND pencil (not a hexagonal pencil like I’m showing in the picture below) to curl each one of the fingers of the handprint outwards. A pencil crayon, marker or round pen will also work well.

If you use a pencil with the hexagonal corners like I’m showing in the picture below, it will end up leaving little folded marks on your paper. I just forgot to go back and take a better photograph of that for you so just try to keep it in mind while you’re making these.

Curl each one of the fingers outwards so that your flower looks something like this:

I ended up using one 6″ yellow pipe cleaner and one 6″ green pipe cleaner. If you don’t have short pipe cleaners, just cut the standard 12″ long pipe cleaners in half.

Start by bending the yellow pipe cleaner in half:

Make a little “J” shaped hook on the end of the green pipe cleaner and loop it over the bend in the yellow pipe cleaner.

Then bend one side of the yellow pipe cleaner in half again, leaving the other side straight like in the photo below.

Pinch the “J” shape in the green pipe cleaner so it tightly holds the yellow pipe cleaner. If there’s room, you can twist it a little, but as long as you pinch it tightly, it should hold itself together nicely.

Then take the longer end of the yellow pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the shorter side of the yellow pipe cleaner. Keep wrapping tightly until you reach the end of the yellow pipe cleaner.

Take the pipe cleaner stem and poke it through the middle of the hand print flower, pulling it all the way through so the green stem is below the flower and the yellow part is in the middle of the flower.

Then repeat all of these steps to make yourself a small bouquet! The bouquet doesn’t need to be big. Three handprint lilies looks beautiful!

Don’t they look pretty? And they are so easy to make! Who would have thought!?

Materials

  • Pink or white printer paper OR CONSTRUCTION PAPER
  • 6 ” Green pipe cleaner
  • 6 ” Yellow pipe cleaner
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

1. Trace the outline of your hand onto a piece of paper.
2. Cut out the handprint. Use an eraser to carefully erase any pencil marks that are on the paper hand shape after you cut it.
3. Curl the bottom of the hand shape into a cone, leaving a very small hole at the tip of the cone, just large enough to fit a pipe cleaner through. The pipe cleaner needs to be snug, so make sure the hole is small.
4. Use a small piece of tape to hold it together.
5. Use a round pencil, pencil crayon, or marker to curl each one of the fingers of the handprint outwards.
6. Bend the yellow pipe cleaner in half. Make a small “J” shaped hook on the end of the green pipe cleaner and loop it over the bend in the yellow pipe cleaner. Pinch the “J” shape in the green pipe cleaner so it tightly holds the yellow pipe cleaner.
7. Bend one side of the yellow pipe cleaner in half again, leaving the other side straight. Then take the longer end of the yellow pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the shorter bent sides of the yellow pipe cleaner. Keep wrapping tightly until you reach the end of the yellow pipe cleaner.
8. Take the pipe cleaner stem and poke it through the middle of the hand print flower, pulling it all the way through so the green stem is below the flower and the yellow part is in the middle of the flower.
9.Repeat all of these steps to make a small bouquet, then tie it together with a ribbon.