Thunderstorms, Pretty Little Liars, and homemade stew

After I finished my last blog post, I couldn’t get my writing flow back. I attempted to do the next one with the recipe I put together. I started to write it, a few times, but it was pretty stinking boring. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do, get caught up in a Pretty Little Liars marathon and finish off the series. I curled up on the couch with my plush blanket, a warm cup of tea, and a thunderstorm brewing outside. It was actually pretty perfect, I could not have planned a better evening.

Now I am sitting up in my bed, listening to the thunder rumble, and wondering what I am going to do without the drama of five women who don’t know how to defend themselves? I will find another show to get lost in but until then, I will write.

So, I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a recipe from just an ingredients list. If you didn’t get a chance to read my last post, I was reading my book and the main character mentioned a list of ingredients she was going to put together. It sounded so good, I just had to make it.


Since there were no instructions I pretty much had to come up with the method on my own. I’ll have to be honest, even though the stew sounded good, I was a little skeptical about putting potatoes in it. I debated and in the end, I am really glad that I did.

After I was finished arguing with myself about the potatoes, I gathered all of my ingredients onto the counter; crushed tomatoes, organic chicken broth, grass fed ground beef, green bell pepper, white onions, red wine, white wine vinegar, minced garlic, and potatoes (I decided to skip on the veal, mushroom, and asparagus from the book list).  I added the crushed tomatoes and wine to the slow cooker on high and stirred in salt, sweet paprika, fennel, cayenne, basil, and Italian seasoning.

While that was all going I browned the meat and chopped the vegetables. After I added all the ingredients to the sauce, I poured in some chicken broth. I let the slow cooker do the rest. As my house filled up with the wonderful smells of cooking, I was able to have a relaxing day off work. When the stew was finished I added some splashes of white wine vinegar and stirred it in.

I served the stew in these god awful bowls that I keep in the back of the cabinet. They are the kind of bowls that you are too embarrassed to bring out at dinner parties, but won’t throw away. 

See, just utter chaos these bowls. Good thing that the quality of the bowl does not affect the taste of the meal. It turned out delicious, I am adding this to my list of foods to make again. The husband and kids really enjoyed it too. I will be eating leftovers for lunch tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited about it.


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My name is Kayla, I am 35, married (celebrating 15 years on July 4), and have two beautiful, smart, talented, whiny, needy, and sarcastic teenagers. When I am not working I am usually reading a book, going to the gym (mostly I'm just thinking about going to the gym), cooking, or bribing my kids to do their homework/chores. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time pulling my kids out of their electronics so they can complain during our walks through one of the urban forest we have in our community.

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