Friday, November 29, 2013

A Fall Finish

(Edit...Loops not lops. my iPad won't let me scroll down to fix it!)

I have been sewing, sewing, sewing, but most I can't show right now. I rarely get to make something for myself, but I did manage to make a fall quilt.

The fabric is Fall Phenomenal Fall and Awesome by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

Sandy is one of my favorite fabric designers, and she is an Iowan! Of course she sees these colors in Iowa in the fall.

I tried some new quilting, since it is mine if I screw it up a lot, oh well. I did lops and leaves.

You can see some of the leaves here.

And here. Some are better than others, but overall I am very happy with it! I hated to put it away, but it is time for Christmas decorating.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Five Hour Beef Stew

I am posting this recipe again because People keep asking for it. Soon, it will be winter and there is nothing better than a hot bowl of stew with some cornbread muffins on a cold winter day---YUM!

Five Hour Beef Stew
1 1/2 lbs. stew meat
5 medium potatoes, cut-up
2 c. carrots-cut up
1 c. onion
1 c. celery
2 (14 1/2oz.) can stewed tomatoes
2 T quick cooking tapioca
1 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper

Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix gently. Tun into a greased 3 qt. casserole, cover and bake at 275 for 5 hours. Serves 6 (I have used pork because that's what we have. When I did that I also added a beef gravy packet. You couldn't tell it wasn't beef!)

This summer I wanted to send some food to a family, so I mixed this all up, did not precook, but packed it into quart jars and canned it. Word is that it was great!
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