Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
1 pound ground beef
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 T canola oil
1 ½ cups water
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 T Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
1 T soy sauce
1 T House Seasoning
2 T sugar
1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
In a dutch oven, sauté onion and garlic in oil just until tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef and sauté just until pink disappears. Drain. Return to pot and add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, house seasoning, and sugar. Stir well and cook, covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow to sit covered for 30 minutes more before serving. Serve with salad and garlic bread.
1 cup salt
¼ cup pepper
¼ cup garlic powder
Mix together and store in air-tight container for up to 6 months. Can be used on meat and vegetables as well.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I didn't get any stamping accomplished today, but I will try to post tomorrow. I have been working on some cards for a monthly swap I am in, and this month's assignment is to use vellum. At first I was hesitant about this because I really have not used it all that much, but the card actually came out very nice. More to come tomorrow....I'm off to bed!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Cider Beef with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
2 pounds top sirloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
6 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups good quality apple cider (the dark cloudy ones always taste the best)
1 can beef consommé
4-5 Idaho potatoes, peeled and chopped
Milk, as desired, for mashing potatoes
½ stick butter
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (super-aged and super-sharp!)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add EVOO and butter. Season the beef with salt and pepper and add to pot. Brown on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Add onions and carrots, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add flour, stir to combine and coat. Add the apple cider and the beef consommé, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover and place in the oven for 1 hour. Once the beef is about 3/4 of the way cooked (about 40 minutes after putting it in the oven), place potatoes in a large sauce pot, cover with water by at least 1-2 inches and place over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, add some salt and cook potatoes until tender. Once the potatoes are tender, drain and return to the pot. Add the milk, sour cream, butter, and the cheese. Smash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and reserve until you are ready to serve. When the beef is done, remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. To serve, place a spoonful of potatoes in a wide serving bowl. Make a well in the middle of the potatoes and spoon the beef into the center.
This recipe is awesome and actually really simple to make. I got it from the Rachael Ray show's website and have made it tons since then.
Another card to come yet today!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tonight, Adam and I decided to run to Hy-Vee and get some steaks for the grill for supper. Adam ended up buying a "cowboy"cut steak that was $25.50 -- the thing was probably 3 inches thick and weighed over 2 pounds! I could have dropped over dead right at the meat counter! But, I composed myself and thought, "Well, it's not like I haven't ever wasted $25 on scrapping/stamping supplies...." LOL! And PS -- to his credit, the steak was really really good.
Well, I'm off to hit the sack for tonight, hopefully I will get tons done tomorrow :)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
For some of you, this card may look familiar..... :) I CASE'd this card from Julia Stainton's card on page 8 of the new STAMP IT! summer magazine by Paper Crafts. Her cards are just awesome! I love looking at her blog too (see at right). I had some square envelopes lying around so I thought I would give it a shot!
I have had this patterned paper lying around for a while now and this is only the second time that I've pulled it out to use. I really need to use patterned paper more!!!
Bazzill cardstock and Basic Grey Scarlett's letter paper
Eyelets and Crop-a-dile
Stamps: Best Blossoms and Warm Words
Ink: Stazon black, craft white and clear EP
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Today was really busy at work....but that's been the norm lately. The upside to that is it goes by super fast! 8 hours just flies by. So what was for dinner tonight? Pizza and salad. I picked up a really good thin crust sausage pizza and made salad with homemade ranch dressing....mmmm, can't beat that! Here's the recipe for awesome homemade ranch:
1 tsp Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Mix together well and refrigerate before serving. It will keep in the fridge for about a week.
Well that's it for tonight! I've had my sister's copy of "Little Miss Sunshine" for about 2 months now, and I think I might actually watch it tonight! Plus, Adam bought me a DVD player for upstairs...even better!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
It's been a few days, but man, what a busy week at work! Too much to do in so little time, and we have been full on the floor I work on. All I want to do when I get home is eat supper and crash on the couch. :)
I did, however, find the time to go to my demo's stamp class on Tuesday night. We made some awesome cards, as you can see! I also placed my first order for the new catalog. I will be getting the sets Year After Year and Absolutely Fabulous, along with some new In Color cardstock and inkpads. Can't wait for that stuff!
I visited my Grandma today and dropped off her (belated) birthday gift, the two sets of notecards. She is always so complimentary of my work! :) I guess that's what Grandma's are for, and thank God for them! We had about an hour long conversation even though I had cold groceries in the car......lol!
I will be posting another card soon that I made today. Bye for now!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
I had this weekend off work, plus... I got an awesome box of goodies from a gift exchange in my Yahoo Stampin' Up group! (Thanks, Brittany!) She got me 3 retired stamp sets that I wanted: Trick or Treat, Best Blossoms, and Fun Filled. Two of them were even unmounted! Plus, she got me a ton of ribbon, embellishments, and other goodies! Wooohooo! I am anxious to get started with my new (to me) stamps!
Yesterday, I worked on a birthday gift for my grandma. I love the clear boxes from Papertrey -- they make giving cards as a gift so cute! I did two sets for her of 4 cards each. The card posted here is one of them. I used the long agapanthus stamp by Stampendous, and the sentiment is A Muse. Just a simple, reproducible card!