Monday, September 19, 2011

Cool Weather Morning

Okay, northern friends--don't laugh at me. But it's 66 degrees at noon today. That's enough for me to pretend it's cold. I put on jeans, a turtle neck and my new red socks. (I probably would also be comfortable in shorts and flip flops. It's at that right-in-between temperature.) I made a stew this morning and I'm finishing a pair of thick(er) socks. Fall is almost here. I am so ready. Now if we can just get some rain.

Ground Beef Vegetable Stew

1 medium onion, diced
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
1 (15-oz) can green beans, drained
1 (8-oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes
2 (6-oz) cans Spicy Hot V-8 juice
2 cups water
4 beef bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef, browned and drained

Mix everything but ground beef in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 30-45 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add ground beef and let simmer an additional 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

This is the kind of recipe that you can make to suit what you have on hand and what your family likes. More or less of anything would be okay. The above recipe is how I did it this morning. Might be a little different next time. (I just looked at my empty cans and realized the ounces keep changing--but what I've listed will give you the basic idea.)

Ankle Socks (inspired by threepumpkinslittle)
Indulgence DK yarn
Size 3 needles
Cast on 48 stitches   Cuff--4 rows of K2P2 ribbing

And never fear, we did find time to be the baby sitters this weekend. While Mommy and Big Sister went to a play, Granddaddy and I spent some quality time with Baby Sister. Think she really liked her view from way up here on Granddaddy's shoulder. I can imagine things look very different than her usual view from the floor. Wouldn't you love to know what's going on in their little heads?


  1. I haven't had any soup yet but I am pretending it is cool. The weather is so much better. It is amazing what a difference it makes. I generally let the Campbell Soup Kids make my soup, but yours looks good, too! : )

  2. We had stew when the children were here from Arizona ... special request. The spicy hot V-8 sounds good! I'll have togive that a try. We use Ro*Tel to spice things up.

    The crew socks look great!

  3. The stew looks yummy--it's almost cold enough for stew here (in my book anyways). Love the colorway you chose for the socks!! And socks in DK weight is a great idea to welcome cooler weather.


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