Simple & Tasty Beef Stew

Tonight’s dinner was awesome.

Last week, I happened to be rummaging through my recipe binder and came across a recipe I received a couple of years ago from a former co-worker for beef stew.

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I’ve only made this stew once, which was actually before I even started blogging, so it’s definitely been a while. Now usually, you guys know that Jay is in charge of cooking red meat, but I decided I’d be super awesome and treat him to some red meat for dinner, without requiring his labor.

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He thanked me all during dinner. Smile

This stew recipe really does not get much simpler, honestly. I made a few of my own changes to the original recipe that I had once received, one of which included substituting london broil for the stew meat. London broil happened to be on sale at my grocery store so I figured it couldn’t hurt to just cube that up and use it instead. Turns out, it’s just as tasty of a substitute!

This is a perfect recipe to throw together before heading off to work in the morning and then popping it in the oven as soon as you get home. Plus, if you’re like Jay and I and it’s just two (or one) of you, it makes for plenty of leftovers, which you could freeze; or in our case, incorporate as leftovers for later in the week. (See? I’m always thinkin. Winking smile)

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Originally, I attempted to make a loaf of homemade bread from the bread machine, but a typo in the recipe book (I swear, it wasn’t me…I’d admit it) caused that batch to get dumped, quickly. Luckily, Jay stopped on his way home to pick up a fresh loaf of Italian bread to use for dipping into our stew and it was perfect.

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Also perfect was the fact that Jay knows me so well and picked up not only the bread, but some delicious goodies, too…

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Fudge Fancies for dessert? Yes, please! Smile

Question for the Evening:

Do you keep many recipes as a hard copy, or do you get them from the internet?

I’ll Always Be Proud To Call Him Dad

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Today, I had the pleasure of spending a good portion of my afternoon with the “Big Guy.” Since it was such a beautiful day, we spent a good amount of time outdoors either by the pool or playing ladder ball.

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Jay was my partner, and umm…let’s just say I may be in the market for a new one.

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Actually, I think I may have found a new partner. But no hard feelings, mmkay Jay? Winking smile

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Shortly after, we got the grill fired up and got ready for some dinner.

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I had to laugh, because after looking back on last year’s Father’s Day, I realized that we had the exact same meal. Hey, I guess we’re creatures of habit, right?

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For dinner, I had some of mom’s amazing pasta salad, corn on the cob (which was pretty good for being so early in the season),

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and half of a large piece of grilled chicken which I topped with some sautéed peppers and onions…hence making this piece of chicken absolutely delicious.

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We all ate dinner out on the patio while watching the cutie Irishman, Rory McIlroy, win the US Open. It was so exciting to see such a young, humble player win!

Not long after the win, dessert was brought out…

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Oh Strawberry Angel Pie…how I adore you.

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Knowing full well what happened the last time I encountered this stuff, I made sure to have mom portion out my piece and keep the rest out of reach. I can’t be controlled.

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But luckily, mom did a good job of keeping my portion closer to that of a human being, rather than a small army of them. So along with the pie, I also nabbed a mini fudge fancy cookie. I picked up a package of them early from Bella Napoli, since I know they’re one of my dad’s favorites.

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I can’t blame him…they are pretty amazing.

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It was a great day spent with family and, of course, the man of the hour. I’m so thankful for my dad for so many reasons…

Not only has he been the most amazing father a girl could really, really ever ask for. But he’s also taught me some of the super-duper important things in life.

Like how to bargain shop at the grocery store.

Or how to get the most out of clipping coupons on a Sunday morning.

He’s taught me how to keep my crap organized.

And how to heckle the other team at softball games.

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He’s a pretty awesome guy, and I’ll always be proud to call him Dad.

Happy Father’s Day, Big Guy! Smile