BEST EVER Crockpot Beef Tips {{only 4 ingredients!}}

Y’all – if you’re looking for a super easy, cheap and RIDIC delicious meal, then this one is for you!  This is the recipe my momma has used forever and I’m so excited to share it with you!  It’s so perfect for a momma on the go or anyone who likes to toss everything in a Crockpot and just “set it and forget it!”  Plus, the entire thing only costs about $12 total for about 4 servings (although I always double the recipe because even me – the self-proclaimed leftover-hater – LOVES these as leftovers.  Maybe they’re even better the next day??)  I made these last night and I’m already wondering if 8:33am is too early for lunch?

beef tipsI N G R E D I E N T S

  • 1 package beef stew meat  *I usually cut the pieces in half or thirds because unless you’re my caveman husband, the ‘bite sized’ pieces they cut at the butcher are always way too huge for me.
  • 1 package mushrooms (totally optional, but I use Baby Bellas…pre-cut…because I’m all about being lazy these days)
  • 1 can Campbell’s Golden Mushroom soup (you can substitute French Onion soup if you can’t find the Golden Mushroom)
  • 1 can Campbell’s Beef Consomme soup (you can also substitute beef broth if you can’t find the consomme)

D I R E C T I O N S

  • Mix together the 2 soups in a mixing bowl.
  • Add meat and mushrooms and stir to coat everything.
  • Put the Crockpot liner in the Crockpot (trust me, it’s not a necessity, but SO TOTALLY WORTH IT when all you have to do to clean up is take the bag out and toss it.  Again, lazy).
  • SET IT* AND FORGET IT (that slogan will never get old)

*Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. 

Seriously – that’s it.  Your house will smell AMAZING, and your family will love it!  I promise!  I serve it over rice or egg noodles, but I’m pretty sure you could put it over a piece of cardboard and it would still be good.

E N J O Y ! ! !

XO LJ

DIY American Flag Pallet ((Happy Fourth of July!!))

Hey y’all and Happy 4th of July Eve!!  We’re packing up and headed to Lake Murray for my momma’s annual (huge) July 4th party, but daddy had to work this morning and Cohen and I were up super early, so we decided to craft a bit!!  I wanted to bring a one-of-a-kind hostess gift to my momma (attn ladies – never show up to a party empty-handed, without a gift for your hostess…even if it’s your momma, lol).  I was kicking a volley ball around the front yard with CJ and noticed the pallets I begged Andrew to bring home last year because I just HAD to have them RIGHT THEN, but of course never did anything with.  So, I brainstormed and noticing the lines of the pallet wood, decided this would be a quick and easy DIY!  It’s even quick and easy enough to do today, tonight or even tomorrow morning just in time for your 4th of July celebration!!

S U P P L I E S

  • Pallet (mine is the standard large size)
  • Acrylic* paints (red, white and blue) *make sure to use acrylic if your pallet is going outside – a water-based paint may run if it gets wet)
  • Paint brushes (I had this pack of 3 in the closet, so it was perfect for the 3 different colors)
  • Painters tape
  • A smaller detail brush for the stars

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S T E P S

1.  Use painters tape to tape off the square for the blue section at the top left corner of the pallet (this is pretty since the natural lines of the pallet are already there).  I just taped off where the vertical middle board was on the back of the pallet and since there was space between the horizontal boards I didn’t have to do any horizontal taping.

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2.  Start alternating the red and white stripes by painting every other horizontal pallet board.  This is where the kids can really help.  Just make sure to paint some red or white paint to mark which colors to use on which board (learned this the hard way).

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I left the vertical boards on the back of the pallet unpainted because I wanted to bring out the natural wood color and a rustic feel, but of course you can paint those as well!  May even look REALLY cool with some kind of designs painted on them!!

3.  Let dry (shouldn’t take too long) and peel the painters tape off.  Paint in the square with the blue paint and set aside to dry completely before the next step.

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4.  My original thought was to use a paint pen to perfectly create the stars, but I was out of acrylic paint pens and like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want to use the water-based one I had because I know that with this being outdoors at the Lake it’s going to get wet.

So I found a smaller-bristled detail paint brush and tried to paint a star.  FAIL.  I’m used to using paint pens and I’m awful at controlling a paint brush unless it’s wide, even strokes, so I went with a sort of ‘asterisk’-ish looking star.  I ended up loving the way it turned out because it gave it a little more character (and having to paint 50 perfectly pointy stars stressed me to no end).

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5.  Let dry completely (always the hardest part!) and display!  Voila!

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(((Cohen VERY quickly tired of me trying to tell him what to paint and where (2 year olds, am I right!?!), so I gave him a small block of wood I found in the garage and told him to go to town.  Easier on him, and WAY easier on me.  So that’s what you see him painting in the picture above…and of course I have to give a shout-out to his finished product.  I think I love it even more than mine!!)))

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From my family to yours, I hope you all have the best Fourth of July holiday ever filled with fun in the sun, fireworks and LOTS of amazing cookout food!

H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y ,  A M E R I C A ! ! !

XO LJ

Easy, Inexpensive, Fast and FAB CrockPot Pork Chops

Seriously – the title of this blog post says it all (although I betcha can’t say it five times fast!)

Whenever I ask the Hubs what he wants for supper, this is his response 99.9% of the time.  It’s so inexpensive (I got all of my ingredients at Aldi and spent less than $15 – and that included the box of ((highly recommended!)) CrockPot liners).  It’s so easy (hello, CrockPot…and with 0the liners, the cleanup is super easy too!) and its INSANELY good (even better the next day for leftovers!)  This is sure to a favorite in your family’s dinner rotation!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package boneless pork chops
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1) 8oz container light sour cream
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken (or Cream of Mushroom) soup
  • 1 packet dry Onion Soup mix
  • Egg noodles (or mashed potatoes) for serving

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STEP 1:

Slice mushrooms and onions.

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STEP 2:

Mix sour cream, soup and soup mix in small bowl.

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STEP 3:

Lay pork chops on bottom of CrockPot.

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STEP 4:

Put onions and mushrooms over pork chops & pour soup // sour cream mix on top.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.

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TO SERVE:

We like ours over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.  I always add a bit of poppy seed on top – it just seems to set the bar just a bit higher.

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You and your family are going to L O V E this (and if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, make sure to hide them in the back of the fridge so they’re all yours the next day!)

Make sure to leave feedback if you make it at home!!  🙂

XO LJ