January 12, 2010

Pot roast and firearms

Yeah, that was our Monday night.

I made my first pot roast. It was tasty! I wasn't sure that I'd like it, I was never a fan as a kid. It wasn't even something I considered making as an adult. Then, last week Smith's had chuck roast on sale and I found one that looked good. Why not give it a try? I went to allrecipes.com and searched for recipes using chuck roast and I selected the one with the best reviews, I made a few changes and came up with this:

2.5 pounds chuck roast
pepper to taste
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3 carrots, chopped
9 baby gold potatoes
1 stalk celery, chopped

Brown roast on all sides in a large skillet over high heat. Place in the slow cooker and add the soup mix, water, carrots, potatoes and celery. Cover and cook on low setting for 10 hours.

I browned the roast the night before and put all the ingredients except the water into the crockpot and then put it in the fridge overnight. Before I left for work, I added water and turned the crockpot on. Dinner was done when I got home, it couldn't have been easier. I baked crescent rolls to round out our enjoyable no-fuss meal. I'll definitely make it again.

At work, I chatted with a co-worker about shooting and off-roading. He told me of a new gun store that opened in North Las Vegas, New Frontier Armory. I mentioned it to Frank and we headed out there after dinner. He's been wanting a security shotgun, and we're still in the market for a .45.

Their cheap security shotgun wasn't a good fit, but the pricey one was light and had a pistol grip. Perfect for me. Still, it was more than we wanted to spend. Frank has his eye on one at Big 5 that he likes, so we'll likely be getting that one. Then, I asked if they had any Taurus or Ruger .45's. No dice, but they did have a nice Springfield XD with a comfortable grip. We talked them down on the price and it was sold. That is until they mentioned that they can't do background checks after 5:45. Why be open until 7:00? To make matters worse they're closed on Tuesday, and open at noon on Wednesday. Frank wouldn't be able to get out there again until Monday at the soonest. I'm sure it'll be gone by then, oh well. The good news is that I have a third choice with a good grip.

We're in no rush so we can wait until the right one is found. Although, it would be nice to put the .45 ammo we bought to good use. At least, we're ready when the time is right.


Hurricane Mikey said...

I need to get a new .45 myself. But no plastic guns for me. I want a Springfield 1911 model--probably get it pretty soon.

And I've got an ammo can full of a thousand rounds of .45 ACP that weighs a *ton* that I've been lugging around for a few years. I need to get a new gun just so I can use up all that ammo!

Kellee said...

Those are great models. I don't mind the polymer frames, they're lighter and I seem to have better accuracy with them. Although, I did love the steel Ruger .45 I fired.

Grip and ability to manuever the slide are most important for me. I'm a wuss with small hands so I have to be really choosy.