The Perfect Roast Beef and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I. Am. Tired.

In fact, I am so tired that keeping up with the blog this week has almost been a chore.  I love writing, editing, cooking, photographing, and everything about this blog.  This is my happy place.  It really is.

YOU make this my happy place.

It amazes me when I get feedback from anyone other than my mother about my recipes.  I just love that what I write and post touches other people by making life easier or inspires them to try something new.

I know I don’t say it enough but THANK YOU!

Despite my fatigue, which is the result of lots of stuff, when I started editing these photos I got all giddy inside.  I had taken these pictures a couple weeks ago before my unfortunate meet up with the mother of all colds and hadn’t looked at them since.

They turned out rather fabulous, if I am to be perfectly honest.  And I’m not at all trying to sound conceded.  Photography is not exactly my forte so a “photo shoot” can actually be quite a chore when I’m not in the right frame of mind.  It’s actually a lot like exercising for me…I feel the best and most accomplished when it’s over.

I don’t want my photography in any way to turn you off to the fact that these really are meals I make for my family either.  In fact, as soon as I finished shooting these pics I moved the food from the floor right to our dinner table.  The whole shoot took maybe 15 minutes from set up to final shot.

I haven’t been doing a lot of photography this week because I am still recovering from that cold I mentioned and, at the risk of this post turning into the “poop diaries” my kids have been suffering from less than favorable diapers.  Which means lots of wrestling, Desitin everywhere, and more baths than I can count.

Not exactly the perfect prescription for cooking, baking, writing, photographing, etc.

I am definitely ready for the weekend.  The weekend means relaxation.  And this particular weekend means mr comes home to stay indefinitely until the next business trip at least.

All of these ramblings have little to do with food except for the fact that this is my kinda weekend meal.  It requires very little work which is just what I need.


  1. You take your photos on the floor?? I feel SO much better now!! I’ve been jealous of your wood planked dining room table for months now. lol…. Love love love your blog, it makes my day every day. Jen

    • Oh Jen…you are so good to me! And here is my little secret about the wood, those wood planks are from Home Depot and they were, wait for it, FREE! I’m sure the guys thought I was crazy when I stopped them from taking wood scraps out to the dumpster and asked to have it! Thank you so much for sticking around. I’ve loved meeting so many new people through blogging. It’s been the best part!

  2. Your photos look great and so colorful! And thank you for something simple and really delicious-looking for this weekend – just what I’m in need of too 🙂

    • Thank you so much Jen! I think I could make this every weekend and never get tired of it. It’s also one mr’s favorite Sunday dinners which makes it even better. Have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Oh how I love a good roast! They’ve been so spendy this year, I have yet to make one, and every week I put it on my grocery list hoping to find a good price and each and every week I’m at my budget with groceries. Sigh.

    I do much of the same with my photos too. It’s a process that I love to do, except when I’m feeling rushed. And since we have dinner around 6-7pm the lighting sucks! So most of the time, I end up taking our dinner pictures while my kids and husband are sitting at the table waiting for me to be done so we can pray and dig in, lol! If I don’t take a picture, my youngest always inquires as to why I’m not. Haha, I guess it’s a habit now for them so see me shooting pics.

    • That sounds just like our house! I was decorating the house for Halloween with candy corn and my 3 year old said “Can you take a picture now so I can eat them?” I just couldn’t stop laughing. It was too cute. As far as the roast goes, I hope they come down in price soon. We raise our own beef so I have a freezer full outside. Making roasts is a bit more budget friendly for me and I forget that sometimes. It’s such a great, simple meal.

  4. You will get through the tough times. I certainly appreciate this post. This looks a-ma-zingggg! My mouth is watering and my boyfriend is just drooling. Here comes the “Why doesn’t your cooking look like that.” This is happening tomorrow, I will let you know how it turns out.

    • Ha! Thank you Elise! That really means a lot. Fortunately, the good times do out way the bad times. I hope you have a fabulous dinner tomorrow!


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