Sunday, November 29, 2015

pinterest food finds. beef stew

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The weather has FINALLY cooled down--sweater weather for Arizonans is probably summer weather for most places but hey, it's where I live!  Anyway, I was wanting a good stew, I found this deliciousness:
food/recipe credit: Jenny Can Cook

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, visible fat removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade beef stock or canned unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 medium red potatoes (about 1 pound) cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • For thickening: 
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup stock

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the meat on one side for 5 minutes without turning over. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  2. Turn meat, add 1 tsp. oil & brown another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Do not crowd the meat. Brown in two batches if necessary.
  3. With all the meat browned and in the pan, reduce heat to medium. Add onion & garlic. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes until onion is browned.
  4. Add stock (enough to cover the meat), salt, thyme & bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover & simmer for 2 hours, checking occasionally.
  5. After 2 hours, stir in potatoes, carrots & celery and bring to a boil. Cover & simmer 10-15 minutes until vegetables are done.
  6. Combine flour with 1/4 cup stock or water, whisking until there are no lumps. Stir into stew and cook 5 more minutes until thickened.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

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Hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

pinterest food finds. quick and easy ground beef stroganauff

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photo/recipe credit: terrell family fun
I have to be truthful we haven't had ground beef in a while--I've switched to using ground turkey so that's what I used!  And instead of beef boullion I used chicken soup base from my FAVORITE spice place.  (I had a friend who went to culinary school turn me on to them, and I haven't looked back since!)  anyway, I normally use a different recipe but couldn't find it and was in a hurry.  I was happy to find this on Pinterest:

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 8oz Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp (or one cube) Beef Bouillon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Package of Egg Noodles
  1. Bring a large pan of water to a boil and cook the full package of egg noodles.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef until fully cooked, Drain.
  3. Return the ground beef back to medium heat and add in the mushroom soup, sour cream, onion powder, beef bouillon and water. Mix together well and let simmer lightly, stirring occasionally.
  4. Optional - Add salt to desired taste
  5. I leave the sauce simmering lightly until the pasta is done cooking.
  6. Drain pasta and plate
  7. Pour sauce over pasta and serve!

Friday, November 20, 2015

friday funnies. diving finals.

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seriously these guys crack me up:

Thursday, November 19, 2015


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For my layout today I featured a picture I took this year of my dad on his birthday with two of my kiddos.  Even though my daughter was only there for 15 minutes we took the time to snap a picture.  Can you tell grandpa is pretty proud of his oldest grand daughter, and she thinks he is pretty okay too?  And then there is my goofball youngest...PHOTOBOMB! When I think of families I think of quilts.  Quilts are intricate and colorful and each one is different.  With that thought in mind I used the Zig Zag background.  For the hearts I used the Basic Hearts, and the title I used the Gratitude file cuts.
Here is a closer look at the title work:
I want to thank you for the visit today--I REALLY appreciate it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ward merry party.

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I was struggling just a bit trying to find some holiday type pictures to scrap--then I came across this beauty of my cute parents back in the day:
1988, they were at a church Christmas party.  I remember that jacket and tie (my dad's favorites) and I remember that dress that my mom is wearing...good times!

closeup of the cute deer in the corner:
Thanks a ton for the visit, I know that with the business of life at this time of year it takes a lot to do one more thing! ;)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

pinterest food find. Asiago Cheese Rolls

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photo/recipe credit: the recipe critic

These are yummy!  My 13 year old likes them as they are--but when I make these again I will make the rise time more so that they will be lighter in weight and flavor.  He says they taste like Eistein cheesy bagels if you know what those are....

30 minute Asiago Cheese Rolls

  • Dough Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Egg Wash Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 4 oz Asiago Cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To make the dough: Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together. Let that sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add flour and salt to the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix this until smooth and let it raise for 10 minutes. I used my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and it was so easy and worked great!
  4. Divide the dough into 12 sections. Roll each section into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Whisk the egg and the milk in a small bowl. Brush on the top of each roll with the egg wash. Sprinkle generously with asiago cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


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Seems like I'm doing A LOT of remembering around here! ;)  For this fun layout my theme for JustNick Studio was REMEMBER.  So, I looked on my desk and found this picture that definitely REMINDS me it's time for a new family's like 5 years old or something...
 closeup of the 5 cuts I used on my page:
The five cuts which I used were  Remember, Sweater Weather, Basic HeartsDoilies and Simple Scallop files.  Phew!  I just LOVE how they all came together--don't you?!
thanks SO much for the visit today--I REALLY appreciate it!