Can we make crockpot Wednesday a thing?
Not going to lie, it seems all I have time for lately is to throw dinner into the crockpot, forget about it all day while I work, and then realize it’s nine o’clock, and um, dinner time!
I feel like a lot of us are in the same boat (while maybe not the nine o’ clock dinner part), so more crockpot recipes, right??!
Speaking of being busy, have any of you noticed that we are less than two weeks from Halloween??
I do not even know how that happened, just insane. AND you guys, I haven’t given you a baby goat update since mid September! Ahh, I think now is the time!
The baby goats are really not tiny babies at all anymore, they’re kind of like teenagers, and growing at rapid speeds. I swear they grow a half an inch per day! I wish they’d just stop getting so big already. New moms, you probably know the feeling…
We’ve talked about selling the boy goats, but trust me, that is NOT happening. Every time I watch all five of the babies playing together, it reminds me that there is no way we can separate them. I mean, I know it’s kind of how life works in the animal world, but not over here. They are just too cute.
In other news, we are currently weaning them off their mom’s milk, since most of them are already eating grass, but it’s kind of a tricky process, and they whine and cry all-day long. Not only is it semi-annoying, but it’s pretty hard to hear, I feel so bad! But in the end they’ll be better off, and ok, I kind of want all the goat milk to myself…muahahaha 🙂
Ok, leaving the farm now, back to recipes, and crockpot cooking, and THESE Crockpot Cider Braised Short Ribs!
For real though, this is such an awesome fall recipe, and for a few reasons…
…one: nothing beets short ribs that have been cooked low and slow for eight hours. They fall off the bones and are just so darn good!
…two: apples… in a savory way! I was just writing a story for my cookbook manuscript and I mentioned that I loved using apples, not only for baking, but for cooking as well! In fact, I might just like using apples in savory recipes even more. Or well, it’s at least a tie!
…three: browned sage butter mashed potatoes…enough said. 🙂
Obviously, the fact that this recipe is super easy, makes it just that much better!
I do like to sear my short ribs on the stove before adding them to the crockpot, I know it’s kind of a pain, but the added flavor is so worth it! The cider adds a nice sweetness and pairs well with the meaty short ribs. Not to mention, it creates the most perfect sauce to spoon over those mashed potatoes, which yes, have me way too excited for the Thanksgiving feast that is coming up!
Also, I know it’s only Wednesday, but how perfect is this for a Sunday night dinner? I dunno why, but I truly LOVE Sunday night dinners. There’s something so cozy and wonderful about them. This meal feels like the perfect fit!
Whatever day you decide to make this, just know you’re going to love it! OH, and maybe serve it up with a side of bread…or ok maybe salad…ahh no, lets be real, we all want the bread! 🙂
PS. there’s cheddar in those mashers. Yup!