Good morning, and happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to do something special with someone you love today.
We often go out to eat after church on Sunday, but we decided today is probably not a good day for that, if we could even get a table at our favorite place. They have a good brunch menu, and I can see it being popular for Valentine’s Day, especially since this one falls on a Sunday.
Instead, I’m planning to put a pot roast in the crockpot before we leave for church this morning. We all like a good pot roast with gravy, carrots and potatoes, and if I get really ambitious, I might make a pan of biscuits.
Did I tell you guys about the last time I tried to make a pot roast? It was a few weeks ago. Paul picked up a grass-fed chuck roast in one of those vacuum sealed meat situations, and when I opened it to cook it for dinner, the most disgusting, pungent odor filled the room.
Stupidly, I thought maybe it just smelled weird because it was grass-fed? I don’t know why I thought that mattered. I buy grass-fed meat all the time from local farms, and it never smells, but I actually put this meat on the stove and browned it… OH MY WORD. The stench was horrifying, and it quickly filled the house.
Everyone came out of their respective corners to see what on earth I was cooking for dinner. Well, we quickly determined this meat was not safe for human consumption, and Paul and the kids managed to get it off the stove and out of the house.
We opened all the windows (it was like 21 degrees) and lit candles, and I ordered Chinese takeout from DoorDash and declared the kitchen closed for the night.
Later that week, we were hanging out with friends, and we told them this story. He works in food service and knows all the food rules, and of course he admonished me for not immediately tossing the meat when I opened the packaging and smelled it.
I was embarrassed to admit I tried to cook it. I knew better, and I don’t know why I proceeded to cook that thing. He said it was probably botulism, and that if we had tried to eat it, we would have all ended up in the hospital. Nice!
Anyway, all’s well that ends well and all that, but no one in my house will never forget the story of the rancid pot roast. In fact, we are all a bit wary of having it today, but I assured them I will not cook it if anything smells the least bit “off” when I open the packaging.
In other news… I’m sure you are all happy to move on from that topic!
We are getting so much snow this winter, and I’m loving it. I was out driving R to and from her indoor drumline practice yesterday, and the landscape is so pretty all covered in white. I’m hoping all of the snow this month bodes well for a pretty spring.
It’s going up to like 39 this afternoon, which is weird because it’s been staying so cold here, so I guess it might start to melt off. I just looked at my weather app, and it’s definitely going to be warmer all this week (and by warmer, I mean high 30s and low 40s) so our snow will probably be all gone by next weekend.
I guess I’m ready to move on from winter, but the dreary, muddy-brown days of early spring are not my favorite.
But with March comes 23 Days of Spring Fashion, so I guess I need to start photographing some spring looks! Yes, Cyndi and I are teaming up once again for one of our seasonal style challenges. We will be doing weekdays only, so I’ll probably alternate Try-On Hauls and What I Wore Lately on Saturdays.
Spring is always a dicey one because the weather here isn’t usually very cooperative, so I’ll focus more on transition looks and pieces we can wear now and later. It will be interesting to experiment with the straighter denim styles, and I’m going to try to have a variety since I know we are all at a different place with that.
I’ve had requests for spring events such as bridal showers and things like that, so I will try to work some of those outfits into the mix. Since so much was canceled last year, it sounds like a lot of people are making up for lost time this spring.
Beyond that, are you all looking for casual looks, or do some of you need work wear? Admittedly, work wear is not my strong suit, but I usually try to incorporate a few business-casual looks into the series. And will you all be wanting some date night looks as well?
It’s an odd time to style outfits, as some of us are getting out and about more, and some are still pretty locked down. I want to be sensitive to where everyone is with all of that, but hopefully we will all be getting out and about more as the weather warms up and outdoor activities become more feasible.
Well, I better get off the computer and get that pot roast going. I wanted to run/walk this morning, but Paul says our driveway is a sheet of ice. He just went out driving to check out the roads and be sure it’s okay to have church. They are, but he said getting from our back door to the road would be a bit of a challenge.
I guess I could tread lightly on the yard, but we still have a good bit of snow. Would it be ridiculous to have him drive me from our garage to the street? Ha! I am so accident-prone, I don’t trust myself to walk on ice and not fall and break a bone.
Maybe I’ll just pour another cup of coffee and place a few more orders for our spring style series…
Anyway! I will stop rambling and let you go. If you missed it, I did post Part II of my Try-On Haul yesterday, and I also styled a shirt jacket, otherwise known as a shacket. I knew that one was going to elicit a variety of responses, and it sure did.
I like it, but it’s not for everyone, I get that. I do think the shacket can look more elevated in a solid color with more of a streamlined silhouette. I also think it’s important to wear a fitted top underneath, and I failed to discuss that in the post. If I include a shacket in our spring series, I’ll try to choose one that’s a little less lumberjack, haha!
Have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!