What’s for Dinner

After an already full morning of chores – feeding, watering and cleaning up after 48 chickens, 13 ducks and two geese; feeding, watering and cleaning up after five rabbits; filling all the bird and suet feeders around the farm; and finally feeding, watering and cleaning up after three parrots – two and a half hours later I decided to make stew for dinner.

I’m not much of a cook.  It’s not that I can’t cook.  I’m a very good cook.  I just don’t like it.  Having to decide what to make and futz around with all kinds of ingredients, spices and whatnot is not my cup of tea.  I can however, chop a bunch of vegetables and throw them in the Crock -Pot with some stew beef and water, and then forget about it.  My kind of cooking.

Crock-Pot Beef Stew

  • 5 cups fresh chopped vegetables.  I used potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery.
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 package McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning
  • 2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes.
  • 1/4 cup flour

Coat the beef with the flour and throw everything into the Crock-Pot.  Pour the water mixed with the seasoning over top.  Put the lid on and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 5 hours.

We can’t do anything in the kitchen without this guy (my miniature pig Finnegan) hovering around, nudging ankles for treats.  I had to cut up two more carrots just to keep him at bay!

At the last minute I decided to be adventurous and throw in a diced up red pepper for color.  When Brian comes home all he has to do is make some corn bread and we’ll be set to enjoy!

Eating good food is my favorite thing in the whole world.
Nothing is more blissful.

Justine Larbalestier

Until next time!

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