Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beef Pot Pie


I made beef pot pie for Sunday's lunch. We love chicken pot pie and I kept remembering those little  frozen beef pot pies I used to buy years ago.    They were mostly beef and potatoes, not many vegetables. 

The recipe I came up with starts out in a frying pan looking like this:
  

After being transferred to a baking dish and adding the crust, its cooked in the oven until lightly browned.


After being dipped into a serving bowl, it looks deliciously yummy!




Here's how I made it:

Ingredients:

1 lb of beef, cut into bite size pieces.

Mine was chuck steak.  I think ground beef would be good and I plan to try that next time.   This is a great way to use those small packages of meat you sometimes see marked down at the grocery store.

Small amount of chopped onion
Olive oil for browning the beef and onion
1 can of Vegall, undrained.  ( I sometimes add 1 small can of garden peas, but didn't have any on hand this time.  You could also used frozen mixed vegetables or fresh vegetables that you have precooked.  You can use your imagination and put together any combination of vegetables.)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups beef broth
3 or 4 small potatoes, peeled, cut into bite size pieces and boiled in a separate pot
pepper

Directions:

Brown the beef and onion over medium heat in the olive oil until done.
Sprinkle the flour all over the mixture and stir
Add the can of vegall and stir
Add the beef broth and stir.
Cook over medium heat until it starts to slightly bubble and then reduce heat and simmer for 10 or 15 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.  You can always add more liquid if you think its too thick.  It will thicken more when baking in the oven.
Then pour it into a baking dish
Stir in the extra potatoes

The crust can be made in many ways.  You can make your own pie crust or use store bought.  I have even made it using a can of crescent rolls.

This time I used this recipe:

Crust:

1 cup of milk
1 stick of margarine melted (butter does not do well in this recipe.  I don't know why, but it doesn't)
1 cup of self rising flour
1 tsp of baking powder

Mix together until just blended.  It will be lumpy, but that's ok.
Pour it evenly over the beef and veggie mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until lightly browned.

You may notice that salt wasn't listed as an ingredient.  There's already plenty of salt in the Vegall and the beef broth.  We try not to add salt to our food if we can help it for health reasons.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Christmas stockings for our grandsons....

Good Friday Morning to you! I can't believe its already December 12th and in only 2 weeks, Christmas will be behind us! Here's a picture of all five of the Christmas stockings for our five grandsons. I needed to make two new ones for the last two years in a row. 4 grandbabies in diapers and 1 in second grade. I am amazed!

And the Stockings were hug by the chimney with care....

The little tin Christmas ornaments were bought while in the Tennessee Mountains and while on a trip to Pennsylvania Amish Country.   I think they are really cute and make the stockings more special.

I made the one for Jake using some black and white houndstooth fabric with the red cuff in an effort to please his Alabama fan Mama.  She likes it!

Enjoy your Friday!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Goodbye October


 My first attempt at making a garden flag.  I appliqued the curly "J" on the fabric with the sewing machine and put rocks in the bottom to help keep the flag straight in windy weather.  Everything worked well, except the black fabric "J" was faded in just a few days by the sun.  I fixed that by painting the "J" with some acrylic paint that I had on hand.  Worked like a charm! 

 


Baby Jake's pumpkin was put to good use in his family's Fall display.


These lilies bloomed really late this year.


I finished the Papa Jack Quilt.


Loads of pumpkins.


A pumpkin topiary designed by my hubby.


Baby Eli playing the piano.


My hubby brought me these beautiful mums and pumpkins.




I did a lot of Fall cleaning.  You can get a good amount of work done in only 20 minutes a day.  I loosely followed Flylady's zones.  Each week before work I worked in a different room of the house doing some detail cleaning.  The biggest problem in our house is dust.  Its everywhere.  I have to vacuum, dust and dustmop constantly to stay on top of it.  Thinking ahead to the holidays is much less stressful for me when I have the housework under control.


I love this time of year and look forward to November, and the winter. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Look what I made!

Sometimes I get in the mood to do a little crocheting, especially this time of the year.  Here's my most recent project.  Its a Minion hat!  I made this for grandson #4, who is now 2 1/2 months old.  The size of the hat is 3 to 6 months, so should be perfect for the Fall and Winter.   He looked soooo cute in it!


I'm still learning how to crochet.  Believe me, after not picking up a crochet hook since before Christmas last year, I had to relearn what little I knew! 

If you aren't sure what a Minion is, HERE they are.  I chose the Minion with one eye, since the hat was kind of small. 



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