Monday, November 12, 2012

Slow Cooker Beef Dip Sandwiches

Where do I begin to describe these amazingly tender and luscious sandwiches. You know, I think I'm gonna call them sexy. Yes, I said sexy. These are the sandwiches you make for your man if you are trying to get a ring on your finger or maybe just trying to get him to finish that honey-do list or heck, maybe you just want to sweeten him up a bit. These will do the trick, I'm tellin' ya.

Maybe this is a better way to describe them: my husband is quiet the entire time he is eating these sandwiches. Did you hear me? Quiet. Not that he's a big talker normally. But we all know what it means when folks are super quiet as they eat the
food you just prepared.

It means my man was really enjoying this meal and that is bigger praise than any spoken compliment. We eat these with some homemade french fries and boy, was this a fantastic meal! And it was made in my slow cooker - whoopee!

3-4 lb. Beef Round Steak (or any type of beef roast)
1 packet Onion Soup Mix
1 packet Au Jus Seasoning
1 (15 oz) can of Beef Broth or Stock
½ cup water
4 slices mozzarella cheese
Sub rolls (I like Bolillo Rolls)
Put beef roast in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine Beef broth, Onion soup mix, Au Jus seasoning and water and stir until combined. Pour mixture over beef, put cover on slow cooker and cook on low for
about 8 hours. An hour before serving, shred meat with two forks or take it out and slice thinly. Place meat back in the slow cooker for another hour.
When ready to serve, place several slices of beef on roll, add sliced mozzarella cheese and place under the broiler (or use broil option on toaster oven). Watch carefully, broil for just a couple of minutes until cheese is melted and roll is just slightly toasted.
Serve sandwich with a bit of Au Jus from the slow cooker (you may want to strain it first). Also, I added just a bit more beef broth to our Au Jus.

Cook's Note: Optional toppings include sauteed onions, green peppers and mushrooms.
Also, instead of the water, you can substitute with more beef stock if you like.
Here's another picture in case you need a little more convincing.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Wayne L. Gough Sr.
May 21, 1937- September 20, 2012

More than the greatest love the world has known
This is the love I give to you alone
More than the simple words I try to say
I only live to love you more each day

More than you'll ever know
My arms long to hold you so
My life will be in your keeping
Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping
Longer than always is a long, long, time
But far beyond forever, you'll be mine
I know I never lived before
And my heart is very sure
No one else could love you more...
  (Norman Newell/Riz Ortolami & Nino Oliviero) ("Mondo Cane")

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Great Depression classic photograph

Great Depression classic photograph
For eight years dust blew on the southern plains. It came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North. The simplest acts of life — breathing, eating a meal, taking a walk — were no longer simple. Children wore dust masks to and from school, women hung wet sheets over windows in a futile attempt to stop the dirt, farmers watched helplessly as their crops blew away.