Sunday, December 4, 2011


It is a lazy Sunday, because I spent three days with the grandkids and used up a lot of energy. While I was there the 4-year old and I made gingerbread which we served with Ready Whip. Yum! I also mixed leftover (from Thanksgiving) turkey with rice, cream of mushroom soup, water and Half'n'Half for one meal. The eight-year old had three helpings.

Back to today - Sunday. Because it is a lazy day, I didn't take the usual quota of photos and I'm going to give condensed versions of my usual ingredients and directions.

While the stew was cooking in the crock pot (I'll get back to that), I quickly made up Peanut Butter Blossoms from the Hershey's site. My daughter made them for Thanksgiving and when we sampled these today, she said her Dad had told her the base was sugar cookies. No-o! Peanut butter is a must! I used Jif. One other change was that I used bittersweet Hershey's kisses.

I averted a near tragedy when I realized I'd added baking powder to the flour and salt. Hadn't whisked them together yet, so I scooped out what seemed to be the bp and added the correct ingredient, baking soda.

The stew, a Busy Day Stew from Woman's World magazine was so-o simple...

Coat 1-1/2 pounds of stew meat with flour and brown in a large fry pan in 2 tablespoons oil. The original recipe continues in the same pan/pot, but I transferred the meat to the crock pot, then added one (1 ounce) envelope of Liptons Onion Soup Mix, a can of diced tomatoes (with their juice) and about 1-1/2 cups of baby carrots. These cooked on a low setting all day, and just before serving, I added 1-1/2 cups frozen peas. (Next day correction: mix the soup mix with 1 cup of water!)

Although the recipe didn't call for them, I was tempted to add potatoes and might in the future. I happened to have cooked rice in the freezer and served the stew over the rice.

The dishes are washed (no machine -- I am THE dishwasher) and I'm settled in for the night. What you see pictured here is the remains of the stew, good for several more meals after feeding myself, my daughter and my grandsons. Yes, even after three days with them, I invited them over for supper.


  1. Looks Yummy! Lucky family to have you near by. You always have some wonderful meals.

  2. Stew is just the perfect relaxation food. Sounds like a fun few days!

  3. @Grammy... Thanks! What's a favorite meal at your house?

    @Anna... Relaxation food. Yes, that sounds right. Very easy to assemble and I relaxed as it cooked all day. Even tucked a bit in the freezer for another day.


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