Lucky Corned Beef and Cabbage Braised in Beer and Apple Juice (and some words on our adoption)

Dinner is readyOh meaty meaty goodness. If you are looking for a meal to impress a man this is it! There is nothing more satiating than a hearty serving of corned beef and cabbage and doubly so when the weather is as cold and dreary as it is right now. I made this the other night and have had it for breakfast lunch and dinner. I’m not one for repeat meals but I just can’t get enough. Yes I did say I ate it for breakfast, I will take it over cereal any day! Call me weird, we can still be friends I hope.  My vegan and vegetarian friends may want to overt their eyes on this post and to you I apologize. I do try to do days on end of meatless eating but it’s hard for me to go more than a week. I’m a hopeless carnivore.

 

 

 

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Apparently St Patrick’s Day is around the corner and maybe that fact is what subconsciously made me want this. Hopefully by starting the celebrations early I will be extra lucky this coming month. March is going to be a big month for us. I’ll tell you why if you have a moment. If not then you might as well just scroll on down to the recipe to get started on dinner but I think you have time because you can literally chop of some vegetables in 5 minutes and be done… so March is awesome because of course it’s the last month of this cold and yuckiness and then we have SPRING! I can hardly contain myself to see some green on the trees and have nice grass for my dogs to roll around in! That will make everyone happy right?

For the Larsen residence specifically March will be the month when we will be approved by our agency to adopt a baby. Yeah it’s kind of a big deal. Our last meeting with our social worker is this coming Saturday and she will be examining our house, making sure I’m not a hoarder, have guns laying around the house or any meth labs in our garage…at least I suppose these are things she will check on. Luckily I called my drug lord contacts to remove these items from my premises, haha. I’m really not all that worried especially after meeting and talking to her for several hours about my pinterest page and favorite shopping destinations. Yes, my social worker is a real person. She likes nail polish and good bargains and has annoying roommates. We ate pizza and talked about “home life”, what my childhood was like, what my relationship with my parents and siblings are, and if I have any mental issues…hmm jury is out on that one. When I think about our life on paper we are so white bread. We are middle class, stable with two dogs in a nice house in a charming neighborhood. I think it sounds lovely, it is lovely. I hope it stands out though to a woman who will love and trust us enough to give their child to us.

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

We have a photo shoot scheduled March 10th for our adoption website and Dear Birth Mother letter. I’m really excited and nervous since these photos will speak a thousand words to potential mothers about who we are. With these photos they will be able to imagine themselves and their child in our family. I found a lovely photography company here in Charlotte (actually a friend on facebook is personal friends with them and messaged me after I assumed they would be too expensive, I took it as a sign!) www.loveshutter.com 

Delicious corned beef

Corned Beef and Cabbage braised in Beer and Apple Juice

Ingredients:

Packaged corned beef with spice packet (2-3lbs)

4 Whole Carrots

1 Green Cabbage

1 Onion

4-5 Red Potatoes

4 Cups Apple Juice

1 Bottle Beer (preferably Irish- I actually used NewCastle)

Directions:

Chop your carrots into even sliced rounds. Quarter your onion and potatoes, core and quarter cabbage or into eighths so it will fit into your slow cooker. Put all the vegetables at the bottom of your slow cooker except some cabbage. Rub the spices in the provided packet into your beef and lay over vegetables. Pour in your beer and then apple juice until almost covered and top the remaining corned beef with the cabbage.

Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.

It’s that easy. I was done in 5 minutes of preparation! The results are an extremely tender, melt in your mouth corned beef with really flavorful and slightly sweet vegetables. The corned beef is so amazing for leftovers making corned beef sandwiches, add a little swiss cheese, some kraut and mustard on rye bread and you have another wonderful and simple meal the next day. Like me if you want to eat it for breakfast then make it into corned beef hash! That doesn’t sound bad at all does it?

 

Just for giggles I wanted y’all to see how patient all my children are waiting for dinner. Kyro is such a ham, all he wants is to lay in someones lap and be loved on and eat whatever falls on the floor when I am cooking. Full on wars erupt over a rogue carrot slice between these two gluttonous dogs. I trip over them constantly when I’m scurrying from one counter to another. I was ready to give Kyro a good lashing when I saw he had completely scratched up several of my beautiful cabinets while trying to garner cheese from the counter…But look at those faces! Who can stay mad at those dopey eyes?

 

Chris and Kyro

 

Chris Kyro and Baby

Modern Vintage Circus Nursery

For the last 2 months of being MIA on this blog we have been consumed by all things relating to The Adoption. It has been stressful and scary at times in the process but more importantly very exciting and fun! I am so happy to say how accomplished I feel at the amount of progress we have made in two short months. We have completed all our paperwork and are half way through our home study! Next Saturday our home study will be complete and by the end of March we anticipate “going live” which is adoption speak for officially approved and out there in the world to adopt a baby.

You may have read my previous post on the adoption questionnaire we were each required to answer. It was interesting to read the differences between my husband and I in our responses. He was short and to the point, I was ummmm…the opposite. I was skeptical and frustrated if you couldn’t tell but that is all behind us and once I got past being overwhelmed I was able to enjoy the process.

I have been dying to post all the pictures of the nursery/kids guest room so far. I wanted to have a room all of my little nieces and nephews could stay in when they visit and have the necessary nursery things just in case the baby comes sooner rather than later (I just want to be prepared!)

My 18-month-old niece MacKenzie will be coming with my sister in April so she will get to be the first to break the room in, I’m very excited for their visit. The room isn’t quite done yet. I need to frame a couple of the prints and put cute children’s books on the shelves instead of the ugly baby tutorial books.

The room is intended to be gender neutral and we wanted color in the room without having to paint the walls. Maybe when we actually find out if we are getting a boy or girl we will paint the walls too.

Without further ado, here are the pics. Let me know what your favorite parts are! What else do you think it needs? Other than an actual baby to go in it, haha!

I found the twin beds and night stands at the Metrolina last month. The beds were $100 a piece and the pair of nighstands was $125. The night stands were upcycled from an old armoire and the skinny size is perfect for my small space and they have two drawers for storage. The turquise quilts and tangerine pillow covers are both from Home Goods. Think I spend about $70 total on the bedding
I found the twin beds and night stands at the Metrolina last month. The beds were $100 a piece and the pair of nightstands were $125. The night stands were upcycled from an old armoire and the skinny size is perfect for my small space and they have two drawers for storage. The turquoise quilts and tangerine pillow covers are both from Home Goods. Think I spend about $70 total on the bedding

Circus nursery

I ordered this velour changing pad cover on Amazon for $13. It's really soft and goes with the lamp perfectly!
I ordered this velour changing pad cover on Amazon for $13. It’s really soft and goes with the lamp perfectly!
The rods ($17), curtains ($20/panel), tangerine ottoman ($50) and rug ($69) are all from Target.
The rods ($17), curtains ($20/panel), tangerine ottoman ($50) and rug ($69) are all from Target.
I got the tangerine lamp bases and Ikat shades from Target, mix and match. The giraffe was a vintage find and I love his mid century modern look. He is porcelain so he will be put away when baby starts walking.
I got the tangerine lamp bases and Ikat shades from Target, mix and match. The giraffe was a vintage find and I love his mid century modern look. He is porcelain so he will be put away when baby starts walking.
So a lot of people have clown phobias and think they are creepy and in general I think they are creepy too but this a circus room and it needed a clown. I found him for $10
So a lot of people have clown phobias and think they are creepy and in general I think they are creepy too but this a circus room and it needed a clown. I found him for $10
Mirror mirror on the wall...you are the awesomest of them all! This is my very favorite thing in the whole room. I stumbled upon it while antiquing at Gibson Mill. It is an upcycled find for $75!
Mirror mirror on the wall…you are the awesomest of them all! This is my very favorite thing in the whole room. I stumbled upon it while antiquing at Gibson Mill. It is an upcycled find for $75!
I found this antique upcycled dresser at the Metrolina for $100. I think dedicated changing tables are dumb and ugly to be honest..so I just put the changing pad right on top of it you can easily secure to the dresser for safety.
I found this antique upcycled dresser at the Metrolina for $100. I think dedicated changing tables are dumb and ugly to be honest..so I just put the changing pad right on top of it you can easily secure to the dresser for safety.
I was so ecstatic when I found this lamp at Home Goods, it was only $25!!!
I was so ecstatic when I found this lamp at Home Goods, it was only $25!!!
I got the 4 piece crib bedding set on Amazon for $136. It included the fitted sheet, the dust ruffle, the comforter and bumpers which I have not attached since it's not recommended for infants (SIDS risk). The crib mattress we got at Target which is American made and green certified on sale for $60, extra firm. I did a lot of research on off gasing.
I got the 4 piece crib bedding set on Amazon for $136. It included the fitted sheet, the dust ruffle, the comforter and bumpers which I have not attached since it’s not recommended for infants (SIDS risk). The crib mattress we got at Target which is American made and green certified on sale for $60, extra firm. I did a lot of research on off gasing.
I got these two shelves at Home Goods for $29 a piece. They are actually different colors which I like.
I got these two shelves at Home Goods for $29 a piece. They are actually different colors which I like.
I wanted a crib that was pretty minimalist and I loved the grey color that went with all my antique furniture. The crib was $120 and the canopy was $20!!!! Most cribs I looked at started around $500 so I am very happy with both the look and the price.
I wanted a crib that was pretty minimalist and I loved the grey color that went with all my antique furniture. The crib was $120 and the canopy was $20!!!! Most cribs I looked at started around $500 so I am very happy with both the look and the price.
I loved this vintage find. I love the little boys polka dot pajamas and top hat. It's just the kind of whimsy I wanted in the room.
I loved this vintage find. I love the little boys polka dot pajamas and top hat. It’s just the kind of whimsy I wanted in the room.
This bag I ordered at the last 31 party I went to from the Spring 2013 line. It's $50 so it was one of the pricer things but I figure I will be using it every day and it is extremely functional with a zipper closure and lots of outside pockets for easy access.
This bag I ordered at the last 31 party I went to from the Spring 2013 line. It’s $50 so it was one of the pricer things but I figure I will be using it every day and it is extremely functional with a zipper closure and lots of outside pockets for easy access.
I have no idea what I will store in this tin, maybe little memorabilia but it was a $8 find so I don't really care what I use it for!
I have no idea what I will store in this tin, maybe little memorabilia but it was a $8 find so I don’t really care what I use it for!
I ordered this hippo chair on Amazon for $36! It was the very first thing I bought for the room. Chris and I are totally obsessed with hippos :)
I ordered this hippo chair on Amazon for $36! It was the very first thing I bought for the room. Chris and I are totally obsessed with hippos 🙂
I got this two sided hamper from a 31 party. The center divider is removable and completely folds up. This will be so nice to carry downstairs to the laundry room. It also matches my diaper bag
I got this two sided hamper from a 31 party. The center divider is removable and completely folds up. This will be so nice to carry downstairs to the laundry room. It also matches my diaper bag
Who doesn't love his classic children's books?
Who doesn’t love his classic children’s books?
Turquoise frame from Target and vintage finds. The carousel is musical and I had it from my childhood!
Turquoise frame from Target and vintage finds. The carousel is musical and I had it from my childhood!