Wednesday, November 13, 2013

winter is stewing

A few days ago, there were snow squall warnings in our area, and weather reports warned us of snow heading our way with messy driving conditions.

When I hear the word "snow", I begin my preparations for the long winter ahead.

It's a sign to get the winter boots out.  It's a sign to make sure all the winter coats, hats and gloves are ready to go....and to make sure the snow gear for the car is primed and ready for good use.

I began working on our Christmas cards and stumbled upon some photos of the snow from last winter.  The snow looked so beautiful, and for a brief moment (very brief!), I looked forward to seeing white covered rooftops, admiring the twinkling of the light reflected on the snow as we drink hot cocoa and eat comfort food.  I love how the cold temperatures gives us many opportunities to cuddle and spend time with each other.

Although the snow still hasn't arrived yet, you can feel it's just around the corner.  While we can feel the winter season stewing in the air, we will be ready for it...with our own kind of stew.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 1 lb. potatoes, cut in 1" chunks
  • 4 organic carrots, cut in 1" chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes, undrained (I use the "unsalted" versions)
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut into 1" chunks (I didn't have it on hand this is fine without it, but much more flavourful with it)
  • Spices:  thyme, oregano, black pepper, salt (to taste)
Stir all the ingredients together in the crockpot and cook for 12 hours on low (or 6 hours on high).


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