Apr 092015

As I mentioned back when I challenged you to join me in trying a new cut of beef in your kitchen this month, I purchased a sirloin tip roast when it was on sale at my local market and had wrapped it and stored in the freezer.

Thanks to the Interactive Beef Counter [a resource I can’t stop raving about because I can’t stop using it!] I knew I wanted to cook this cost-friendly roast slowly in the oven and slice it thin.


Rather than use a metal rack in my pan, I choose to cut some of my veggies purposefully to be used as a edible-rack underneath the roast. [You can start to see my row of carrot slices peaking out underneath the pre-seared piece of roast in the photo above.]

When it comes to the freggies in this recipes, use what you love.  The size and variety of the produce available at the market often helps dictate how much of which ingredients get roasted with dishes like this in my kitchen!


I often double up on veggies in weekend dinner recipes to get extra, easy veggie power for leftovers throughout the week, and this recipe is a great dish in which to try this food prep trick. If you are over crowding the pan due to the amount of veggies you’ve got going on, just add an additional baking dish, sheet, or pan to the oven containing just veggies.

Sirloin Tip Roast with Freggie Medley

Rosemary and Thyme Rubbed Sirloin Tip Roast with Roasted Freggie Medley
1.5 – 2 lbs Sirloin Tip Roast
kosher salt
3 T chopped fresh rosemary
2 T dried thyme
2 tsp pepper
2 T mustard of choice
2 carrots, peeled and cut into long, thick strips [if using as roasting bed]
1 C baby carrots or bite sized chunks of peeled carrots
2 sweet potatoes, diced into large bite-sized pieces
3 red potatoes, diced into large bite-sized pieces
2 pears, cored and diced into bite-sized pieces
2 apples, cored and diced into bite-sized pieces
4-5 T EVOO, divided

[Not required, but I personally find that a little planning and including this step adds an extra bit of juiciness to the roast!…] The night before cooking, salt the roast evenly over all sides before wrapping tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerating overnight.

Remove from fridge an hour before cooking.

Move one of the racks to the center of your oven and preheat to 275°F.

Unwrap the roast and pat away any access moisture with a clean kitchen or paper towel.

In a small dish, toss together rosemary, thyme, and pepper.

Toss apples, carrots, pears, and potatoes in 2-3 T EVOO [depending on the amount of freggies] and half of herb mixture and place in bottom of roasting pan.  If you don’t have a roasting pan, a deep 9 x 13 oven-safe dish can work.

If you plan to place the roast on top of the vegetables, using the larger, long pieces of carrots to create a sort of rack/bed underneath the roast for support while keeping it off the bottom of the pan.

Rub roast with mustard, then rub half of herb mixture evenly over sides of roast.

In a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet with 1 T of oil, sear each side of the roast until browned, which should take about 2-4 minutes each side. I added more oil about half-way through the roast rotation.


After searing each side, place in prepared roasting dish and place in the preheated oven on the center rack.

Cook roast for a little over an hour, or until temperature reaches 115°F on your meat thermometer.  Turn your oven off, leaving the roast in for about 30-40 minutes or until it reaches 140°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium.

Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. [Temperature will continue to rise about 5°-10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.]

Carve roast to deserved thickness.  Serve with roasted veggies and your favorite dinner grain.  I love herb-flavored cous cous or quinoa made in broth!

with freggies

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau.  This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.

Apr 082015

I don’t consider myself trendy or even especially stylish. 

I do think that I have a style – my style.  Not that any element I would classify as “my style” is uniquely mine, but there are definitely looks or parts of looks that I see repeated on my person several times each week.

I wear a lot of black on black; layers like woah.
I like to wear a interest-insight-sharing T-shirt under a cardigan to the bar.
I rarely wear heels and swear by flats 99% of the year.
And I like to stack accessories, especially bracelets with a watch. I’ve almost always got an arm party going on.

Recently I shared a peak at some accessory organizing on Instagram and Ali asked me “What are your favorite places to buy bracelets?” 


Here’s my answer to Ali’s question.

Garage/Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc. – Every year during my small town’s “Garage Sale Days” I’m on the hunt for one fun piece of jewelry to add to my collection.  Good Will, Salvation Army and the like often have great costume pieces, too.


Mystic Knotwork – I came across this small American business by way of Martha Stewart and I have purchased from them several times since; a couple of times for me and couple of times for gifts. My most recent purchase is my favorite: the silver diamond paracord shackle bracelet. 

Riled Violets – Okay, so this Etsy shop is actually for hair ties, but I really like using the sparkly and patterned elastic hair ties as additions to my wrists when they are stacked.  This site has TONS of colors, designs, and variety packs, including a “choose your own” which is always a favorite for me. Also, dear Crossfit/Weight Lifting friends, please see this: Bar Bell and Kettle Ball Ties

MantraBand – it should surprise no one at these little bands engraved with words to remind you of the mantras you are focusing on in life are a favorite of mine. I wear my “one day at a time” band several times a week and have a lengthy wish list of other mantra stating bracelets I’d love to add to my collection.

Acre – I love the necklaces here, too.  This knot bracelet has been on my wish list for ages! 


bama + ry – I’ve talked about my love for bama + ry at length in the past, but it is definitely worth mentioning again in terms of wristwear.  I love my hand stamped healthy living blogger bracelet and  textured copper cuff for both stacking and wearing alone.  I’m also REALLY digging this stacked colors bracelet and am resisting the urge to buy it for myself as I type this! This gold chain bracelet is a bit dressier than my normal tastes, but I really dig the multi-chain-look.

purevida – I was first introduced to puravida when I received a bracelet as a gift from a dear friend.  Every bracelet purchased helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. This brand has grown way beyond arm candy, on top of their 15+ different bracelet styles.  You are likely going to find something you want on this site.  My current top 3: silver hammered flat bar in seafoam, LGBT Pride Awareness braided, and flat braided grey stripe.

BookFiend – These are on my favorite go-to gifts for friends; custom engraved bracelets.  Great for a graduate, musician, or actor in your life that has a certain quote, lyric, or line in your choice of font on your choice of color.  Such a great gift to show someone you care or to mark/celebrate a season in your life!


Good Works – This is another company I learned about through being gifted a bracelet from a friend and another company that donates a portion of profits to charity.  I love my You are Beautiful friendship wrap bracelet and have my eye on several others, including a couple from the bangle line.  Good Works sells a bunch of scripture-designed accessories perfect for your Jesus-loving friends, too.

Stalking the Wild Snark – I love the coin/charm wrap bracelets from this shop and have gifted them to loved ones across the country, as well.  I love the idea of gifting luck!

boo + boo factory – I love every item in this shop and browse through the new additions regularly, but I haven’t bit the bullet and purchased anything for myself yet.  This is a great idea for my next fitness challenge reward, though. I love the geographic shape pieces and the chain cuffs.

Bravelets – I’m obsessing over every style on the site, but especially the stitched leather and original leather styles.  Bravelets have a mission – to help you be strong and brave in tough situations, a visual reminder on your wrist of the strength within.  Bravelets is a nonprofit that supports YOUR causes with your purchase, you can shop by style or cause. 


Get crafty with yourself!  Here’s a few super fun tutorials for making some DIY wearable artwork of your own:

What is your favorite place to buy bracelets?