A birthday Crown Roast

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to Joanne!

Today we slept in a bit and then Steve made breakfast for his Mom (Joanne) to begin her birthday.

I made some oatmeal and had some coffee before I went to the basement to run on the treadmill this morning.  It’s so nice to have a treadmill in the basement at Steve’s parents house because it’s cold, snowy and icy outside.  They even have a TV set up in front of the treadmill.  Yesterday I ran 6 miles while watching Four Weddings.  Best start to my day!!  Oatmeal - USE

After my run we hung out at the house watching the snow fall while the guy’s played with the snowblower plowed..  Got just a bit of snow Saturday night…. Patio snow - USE Backyard - USE

The dogs loved the snow and of course wore themselves out per usual.

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Later in the afternoon we headed over to his parent’s friend’s house to watch the Green Bay Packer game.  We brought over some leftover cheese dip and they made some tasty treats as well, including an appetizer version of my absolute favorite….Monte Cristo sandwich.  It was very tasty and I will add that to my appetizer recipes.  

We had fun watching the game, unfortunately the Packers lost…Boo!  We had planned to go watch a movie afterwards but decided to go drive around looking at Christmas lights.  We went to Olin Park in Madison and they had a beautiful light display.  Lights - red truck - USE Lights plane -USE Lights gingerbread man - USE Lights capitol - USE Lights - USE

Today I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and then walked another mile.  Then we to the mall because Banana Republic (Steve’s favorite store) had some great sales in addition to the coupon he just received in the mail.  The mall was surprisingly quiet which was nice, we were able to get in and out quickly.  After the mall we went back to Brennan’s Market to pick the Crown pork roast that we ordered on Saturday for Joanne’s birthday.  Saturday morning we were all watching Secrets of a Restaurant Chef by Anne Burrell and she was making a Crown pork roast.  I have always wanted to try making it but it always seemed so hard and intimidating but she made it seem pretty easy.  We decided to give it a try and wow it turned out great!!

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We followed Anne Burrell’s recipe for Crown Roast of Pork and a made of rub of olive oil, minced garlic, sage, rosemary and red pepper flakes.  We were fortunate enough to have the crown roast assembled in a circle by the butcher so all we needed to season and pop into the oven.  I rubbed the mixture over the roast.

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Once the roast is nicely seasoned then cover the rib bones with foil so that they do not burn and set in the oven for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.

Roast foil - USEAfter cooking for 30 minutes at 450 degrees, decrease the temperature to 325 and continue cooking for 2.5 hours (or longer depending on weight).  Once the roast reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees then it is done.  Let it rest and then add the decorative rib bone covers (we added Happy Birthday wishes to ours).

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Celebration birthday dinner for Joanne!

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We had green beans and stuffing and it was soooo good!

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Do you see Noah trying to sneak in waiting for some yummy Crown Roast to drop….also he is giving Steve the “pretty please” look.  LOL not this time boy.
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We ended the evening with some German Chocolate Cake to finish off Joanne’s fun birthday!

Have you tried a Crown Roast of Pork?

What is your favorite Birthday dinner meal?

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Shopping and baking…

Happy Sunday!

Been a busy past couple of days for us!

To recap:

Thursday I hit the cardio hard by taking spin class in the morning.  I rode 20 miles during the morning class before heading off to work.  Then after work I went to Body Pump (had to squeeze it in since we will be out of town) and another spinning class.  Rode another 21.5 miles for the evening class for a total of 41.5 miles.  Woo Hoo!  Now if only I could find a triathlon close by….

Friday morning I ran 8 miles on the treadmill.  It was tough!  My legs were definitely tired from all the spinning the prior day but again since we are going to Steve’s parents house the Christmas I am not sure if I will we able to fit in long runs so I sucked it up and did it.  

We had been keeping a close watch on the weather since a storm was on its way and decided to leave at 3pm on Friday.

Saturday morning we split up (Steve and his mom, me and his dad) to do some Christmas shopping.  Shopping the weekend before Christmas was CRAZY!!

After shopping we came home with our presents and groceries.  It was sample day at Sam’s and at Brennan’s Market (awesome market in Madison, WI) but we were hungry after we got home so I decided to make Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip.  This was in no way shape or form healthy but hey I’m in Wisconsin, beer and cheese are their main food groups :)  This dip is soooo good!  You won’t be sorry if you try it. Steve also started making his cheesecake, he found this recipe while watching Secrets of a Restaurant Chef by Anne Burrell.  This recipe is very good.  It has goat cheese in it as well which gives it a wonderful savory flavor.

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Then I started working on some white chocolate peppermint biscotti.  I love biscotti in the morning with my coffee.   They turned out pretty well and definitely have a great peppermint taste.We ended the evening by watching Home Alone and Muppet Christmas Carol and sipped on some hot apple cider with caramel liquor.   Wonderful way to end a busy day.

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