Monday, March 3, 2014

Wek 9 Monday (3/3/14)

Recipe Review

Week 9:  Monday
Today’s Recipe and Location:  Beef Stew
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Page 165 - 167      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 392 calories per serving, if 8 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)


         This is a warm, inviting, and filling dish. The stew meat just melts in my mouth probably due to the cooking time. Of course I used petite carrots, because of being an anti-veggie person I need to eat my vegetables in very small bites.  The carrots were actually good and didn’t turn me off. I did slice the potatoes smaller just because I wanted to get one in every bite.
         This stew is definitely yummy for your tummy. I expect to eat a lot of this in the dead of winter, in front of a roaring fire with a great book and a cup of hot cinnamon tea.
         We were having a soup luncheon on Valentine’s Day and this was my contribution to the event.  I think everyone enjoyed it.  This dish should be a staple in your winter diet!

Look at that yummy stew!

Today’s critics: 

       Brandy:  - really good, I love beef stew and yours was great, wouldn't change anything!

Craft Corner

         Today, I would like to share one of my favorite quilts. I first saw a rag quilt at Prairie Shop Quilts off of Randall Road in Batavia, IL.  I loved that they had precut squares, which were already fringed. 
         If you do not purchase a precut and fringed kit then you have to do all of this by yourself.  That is what took me the most time because I made this totally by myself.
         The way to create this quilt is to sew an X through the middle of each square after you put a front to a back. (One of the beauties of this quilt is that it does not have batting). Then, you just sew the rows together, and wash and dry it in a large public washer and dryer.  The lint is very hard on your home appliances.
         On the front I used dark North Woods colored flannels. On the back, I used old jean fabric.  The back of this quilt (the jeans) did not cost me a penny because I asked everyone I knew to give me any old jeans that they had outgrown or were going to give to Good Will.  The jeans varied in color and some were light and others dark. A few even had sparkle or a stripe, and some belonged to kids and others to adults.          
         The quilt is heavy and warm and a great throw for the cold winters in Illinois.  Jenny Anderson loved it so much she wanted me to make one for her son, as a comforter. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the time to create a second one. Maybe someday.

This is flannel front of the quilt

This is the jean back - I love the variety of jeans.
The fringe is the seams because there is no batting

Random Reflections

         I have been fascinated with the concept of Mooseheart ever since I learned that my Grandfather spent some time in an orphanage as a child.
         Mooseheart was not considered an orphanage but a place for Members of the Moose organization to place their children if one of the parents died or could not take care of a child. 
         Mooseheart in Batavia is a home and school for children. They have 30 homes for the children. They also have their own schools for kids ranging from age 3 through high school. 
         There is an admissions criteria now.  If you are interested in learning more about Mooseheart go to:

This is the beautiful sculpture of a moose near the front entrance

The plaque says that James J. Davis is the founder of Mooseheart

Wants and Wishes

         At this moment, I really want winter to end and to enjoy the beginning of spring. I did hear some good news on WGN radio yesterday.  Some scientist somewhere dug down into the freeze zone in the ground or water and said that all that was found was dead mosquito larvae.  This could be great news for our summer if the pesky little devils are reduced or diminished.
         Another positive that was conveyed, was that this freeze is helping to reduce the amount of mold.  That is great news for me because mold is one of my major allergies.  So join me in saying a prayer for spring to join us soon.

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