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Friday, October 31, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Hello everyone! I’m Meagan, from The Curried Nut. My blog primarily focuses on seasonal/local food (holla to any Washington readers!), books, and, increasingly, travel – with a little wine thrown in! I’m so excited to be here and to share my family’s recipe for beef stew with you. There’s something about the onset of fall that makes me want to hunker down with a sweater and huge blanket, listen to the rain pouring outside, and turn on Lord of the Rings with a huge bowl of something hot and hearty in my hands. One of my favorite lines (of which there are many) from the LOTR trilogy comes from Gimli, as the Fellowship prepares to enter the Mines of Moria: Soon, Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the Dwarves. Roaring fires, malt beer, ripe meat off the bone. My brother and I often quote this line, for one reason or another; and it routinely sums up my sentiments about fall, bringing all of my favorite things into one epic one-liner! The recipe below for beef stew is one I make frequently throughout fall and winter; it’s the perfect stew to dump in the crock pot before I head out for the day, and has the added bonus of meat and veggies all in one dish. Not to mention, it will make your house smell absolutely divine! It can easily be made vegetarian/vegan, or the meat swapped out for another cut or kind of meat altogether. Also, the stew is even better the next day, as the flavors really have time to come together, and the tapioca can thicken a little bit. All cans are ~14.5 oz. 

Ingredients:  1 can green beans (with juice) 1 can stewed Italian-style tomatoes (with juice) 1 large onion, chopped, or 1 can pearl onions (with juice) 3 carrots, sliced 3-4 potatoes, cubed, or 2 cans whole potatoes 2-3 lbs. stew meat 1/3 - 1/2 c. tapioca 1/2 tsp. each basil, oregano, and black pepper Dash salt 

  Directions: Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Alternately, put in a dutch oven and cook in the oven at 225°F for five hours. Serve with your favorite dark beer (such as Newcastle Brown, Guinness, or Deschutes Porter) and lembas bread. Image (c) The Curried Nut, 2013. 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Project Parade #16

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Burlap Monogram Picture

One of my girlfriends had me make one of these for a friend's birthday, and I thought why not share it before I send it on it's way.  Everybody loves burlap and and monograms, why not combine the two into a gorgeous picture like this!  Of course the banner makes it that much more personal by adding the year of your wedding.  
Burlap Monogram

 For the process of making this project, you will need:
1 picture frame
burlap fabric
white fabric
paint colors of your choice
 Start out by taking the glass out of your frame.  Spray the glass with adhesive spray and lay your burlap fabric onto it, leaving about an inch to fold over your edges.  Turning it onto the back side, use your adhesive spray to glue your edges down.  Place your covered piece of glass back into the frame.
With the paint color of your choice, use a large stencil to paint on the monogram.  As for the banner, cut seven small triangles out of your white fabric.  After there cut out, place stickers onto the fabric pieces, reading "EST 20??".  Now that you have your text on, again with the color of your choice, spray paint the fabric banner pieces.  After dry, pull of your stickers, now leaving the white lettering showing.  Use hot glue to glue the banner pieces to a piece of twine.  Add the banner to your frame, and there you have it.  A gorgeous new personalized wall decoration for your home!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Family Room 2015

Here's a peek at our family room fall decorations.  Again, like most of my rooms, I have a hard time finding anything in the blues to match.  Luckily, I found these two fall printables on pinterest, and made my burlap harvest banner.  I went ahead and painted my pumpkin aqua and added the small white pumpkins to fit right in!
Fall Family Room 2015






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Project Parade #15

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