Category Archives: Scott Peltier

Southwest Roast with Special Ingredient

I’m not that clever in the kitchen.
I love tablescaping
more than cooking.
You know, if you set the table in an enticing manner,
company might not notice you overcooked the roast
or you have lumps in your smashed potatoes.
Once everyone oohed and aahed over my table setting,
complete with nut-filled  tiny wicker baskets edged with lace
sitting by each place setting,
my creativity came in handy because while they were nibbling,
I was dividing the uncooked  meatloaf into my muffin pans and
trying to get them cooked in less than 15 minutes.
I shoulda’ actually put the meatloaf in the oven,
I set the table.
So, when I do find a good recipe
that I can make and my family will enjoy,
I like to pass it on.
Southwest Roast
Put 1 cup dry pinto beans in the bottom of a Crock-pot.
Put enough water to generously cover the beans
(If you soak the beans ahead of time, you won’t need to cover with water.)
Place boneless roast on top of beans.
 Add 1 tsp garlic salt,
1 tsp cumin,
 1 tsp oregano
 1 tsp pepper
 one can green chilies
  one can Rotel tomatoes
one can of beef broth or water
Pour this mixture over the roast.
Cook 20-24 hours on low in Crock-pot.
After about 18 hours, stir so the meat will fall apart.
Add water if necessary as cooking.
Serve in flour tortillas with grated cheese and sour cream.
I like to double all the ingredients,
to make my roast extra spicy.
I also use 5-6 pounds of roast,
because I cook for a large crowd
and like this for leftovers.
This meal can easily be started one evening
when you are cleaning up after dinner.
Then you have almost 24 hours free of worrying,
“what’s for dinner?”
We also have started it on Saturday afternoon
to have ready when we come home from Sunday fellowship.
My thoughtful hubby threw this recipe together one evening
when we knew the next day was going to be really busy.
Are you wondering about his special ingredient?
I discovered this in the roast while serving,
but you really don’t have to include it.
I’m pretty sure your roast will turn out just fine without it.
But that’s not the secret ingredient.
Proverbs 15:17
Better is a dinner of herbs
where love is,
Than a fatted calf with hatred.
But, beef with love?
Oh, yea.

It’s what’s for dinner.

Linking up!



Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier created a hot air balloon 226 years ago, and mankind has been enthralled with them ever since.

When we spotted balloons being filled alongside the road, I knew we were in for an adventure. My husband has always been very impromptu and loves to experience the world around him.
Occasionally on a Saturday, we get ready, jump in the car and drive. Once, we ended up watching a Native American make an intricate ring out of silver and turquoise. Another time, we watched a semi unload a shipment of new cars. (Haven’t you always wondered how that works?) We have watched sidewalks being poured, a roof being lifted onto a house with a crane, sunsets, sunrises, eclipses, para-sailing, and wind-surfing.
Sometimes, we find an adventure just where we are. This time we couldn’t drive by. We had to experience.

While he’s watching the balloons, I am watching him. I am remembering how I always kept the diaper bag fully stocked when the kids were little. I never knew when he would pop up and say, “Let’s go!” Despite having a lot of little ones, I wanted to support that sense of adventure.


I knew it would make all of our lives fuller and more exciting, even though at times I had to contend with forgetting something or missing a naptime.
Now, the kids are older and my camera bag has replaced the diaper bag. I keep my batteries charged and keep personal care items in my camera bag, never knowing where I am going to end up or what I am going to see.

You can go up for about $200. You can watch for free. Really, though, it isn’t the money. I am a little scared of heights.

Didja’ know they have to have a commercial pilot’s license to fly/steer/raise one of these beauties? From the website above, “They must have at least 35 hours of flight instruction, attend ground school for basic aviation training, pass a written test for hot-air balloons and have a flight check from a Federal Aviation Administration official.”

It just seems so daring, adventurous, romantic and scary all at the same time. At least in a boat, you have a life preserver. I was wondering what was going through the minds of those people in the little, tiny basket hanging under the brilliant balloon. Was this a dream come true, an adventure to cross off their list of “Things To Do Before I Die”?

My mind is wondering what my next adventure will be with this man. He fills our life with love, excitement and enthusiasm. Where ever the road leads, I am ready.
So is my camera.

2008 Christmas Greetings from Peltiers

“Children are a blessing from the Lord,” Psalm 127:3

We are very blessed.

It is always an interesting challenge to get this many people to look at the camera, to stop fidgeting, to stop touching each other and to make a normal face. Every year we take 20 or more pics to try to find the perfect shot. Each previous year, one person ended up looking dorky, because there wasn’t a perfect picture.
This year everyone looked great – little Brookie is a little excited, but her finger wasn’t up her nose in this shot, so it was a keeper.

My guest blogger today is my daughter, Grace, the author of this year’s Christmas letter.

She did a great job.

Greetings from the Peltiers!
Well, another Christmas is upon us, and I, Grace, was bestowed the privilege of writing the wonderful Christmas letter.
To begin with, this coming June we celebrate our fifth year of living in Washington. Scary how time flies. Seattle has done us good, and we now know the difference between showers followed by rain and rain followed by showers. We also are astounded when this big yellow ball comes through the rain clouds and warms us up. I hear the tourists call it the sun.
Mom and Dad
are getting gray hair, wrinkles and are wondering if it is too late to change their minds about having six kids. Mom joined a Writer’s club and loves to get out of the crazy house. Dad still works at a computer company and can’t wait to be home at the end of the day, to get away from the crazy computer geeks.
Aaron and Jana
currently live in a small cozy apartment about two hours away from us. July will be a very special month for them; first they will have another baby and then Aaron gets out of the Navy. Meanwhile, Jana is busy eating pickles and chasing Brookelyn.
is busy drinking coffee, banging on the drums, and fixing his car. Funny, the past two Christmas letters have said, “Dan is planning to go to college next year….” I don’t want to break the tradition, so, Dan is planning on going to college next year in Minnesota for Music Production. Sometimes I wonder if he will go to college at all.
day consists of sleeping in, (because she was up late the night before watching a Cary Grant or John Wayne movie), scrounging around the house, maybe running some errands for mom, cooking, and helping around the house. The evening sets in and she chooses another old movie to fall asleep to. Oh, what a life! Also, she is currently teaching a young girl how to sew and helping Bekah with school.
I, Grace,
am a busy sophomore who misses her sleep. School, the kitchen, my books and babysitting take a lot of my time. Also, I have mastered the art of procrastination, so if you want to learn sometime, just ask. If i ever graduate I want to to to Lake Washington Technical College and get my degree in Baking Arts.
is a typical boy and would rather be with his imagination than his schoolbooks any day. his afternoons consist of making guns, building forts, fighting Nazis (he loves WWII history) and he has become quite a strategist and tactician. When he is not in war, he is off in the NAB playoffs beating the Lakers. When mom forces him into reality, he actually ‘enjoys’ school. Who knows, maybe someday we will all be working for him.
is also best friends with her imagination. She goes to college and coffees with her friends, but her biggest worry is whether to wear her pink dress or jean skirt with a flowered top, and then her purple fuzzy heels or her cowboy boots?? Oh, the decisions of a six year old. In reality, she is in kindergarten and is slowly, but surely, learning how to read.
I hope you will have a most blessed Christmas, and remember, it’s not about the presents, pretty lights, yummy cookies, or decorations; it’s all about the Lord Jesus.
Luke 2:10-14
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; I am bringing you good news of great joy, for all the people; to you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a child wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace goodwill among men!”
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