Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crockpot Beef Stew- SO good!

  It is getting COLD here in the Midwest.  The cold weather always makes me want one of my favorite recipes… Beef Stew.  I can remember my mom making this stew when I was younger and I love it (so does the Hubs!).  I am not sure where my mom got the recipe from originally, I just got it from her.  But, I wanted to share the yumminess with you!


Crockpot Beef Stew


-carrots- cut into pieces (I use bagged baby carrots, because they are easy.  I usually use about half the bag and I cut the baby carrots into 2 or 3 pieces.

-3-4 potatoes cut up (I peel them first.  We are not fans of the skin.)

- onion- quartered (or more if you love onion like we do)

-1 pkg of beef stew meat (my mom sometimes uses a roast cut up, it tastes awesome.  I just do the beef stew meat because it is easy.)

-1 cup water

-1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

-1 tsp. garlic salt

-1 bay leaf (dig this out before serving!)

-1 tbs. salt

-1/2 tsp. pepper

-1/2 tsp. paprika

-1 beef bullion cube


Put all ingredients into the crockpot.  No need to cook beef stew meat before placing in slow cooker.  Cook 6-8 hours on low.


OOHHH!!!  The smell that permeates throughout the house…awesomesauce. 


If you try this recipe, let me know how ya like it!



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bathroom

Well, after the paint, flooring and mirror frame were finished (see more on that here) in the playroom bathroom, it was time to add some fun!

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This is a learning space, filled with color and character. So, I really contemplated how to add that into the bathroom space. Fish and ducks had been done… so, I came up with using the coconut tree from the book: Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr!


I used by Silhouette Cameo and lots of vinyl to do the job. It was NOT an easy project. With the tree being so large, I had to slice the coconut tree into many different pieces for cutting on the Silhouette. Once I had them all cut, it was like a jigsaw puzzle getting them back together! Also, cut the coconuts and sand myself. Then, I cut letters get many different colors to be go up the tree and in the tree.

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I LOVE how it turned out and the kids do too! I hear them in their finding letters while going potty. Win Win!