Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stew Meat, Swap Meet & Singing Mermaids...

 Got to see and hear my incredibly talented and beautiful friend, Nikki Talley, last night!  A little over a year ago, she and her husband sold off all of their belongings, quit their jobs, bought a huge blue van and hit the ground running...traveling from state to state and city to city, belting out their own soulful music [mostly about birds, lost loves and the sea].  I call her the signing mermaid.  Check out her schedule and, if she is coming somewhere close to you, be sure to check her out.  You'll be glad you did!
 It was another successful clothing swap!  I was so proud of myself...only leaving with a pair of earrings and a tiny copper charm!  Lots of cool things found new homes and the stuff leftover was taken to "Safe's", an organization providing help and support for women and children that are the victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.  They are a great organization.  I've already started a bag for next far, there is one pair of tights in there!
Yum!  I cooked the most yummy pot of beef stew yesterday!  I love cooking stuff in the crock pot...delicious smells warm up the whole house all day long.  And this stew is easy, easy...

1-2 lbs. beef roast, cubed
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups water
2 or 3 carrots, sliced
2 small onions, sliced
4-6 small potatoes, peeled and cut up in chunks
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
10-oz. pkg. frozen peas
1.  Brown beef in saucepan.  Place in crock pot
2.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper.  
3.  Add remaining ingredients, except the frozen peas, mix well.
4.  Cover.  Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or on High 4-5 hours.  
5.  Toss in the frozen peas during the last 1-2 hours of cooking.
Serve over rice [if desired] and enjoy!!

[photo courtesy Michael Trufant]
So this is the secret ingredient for my next crock pot dinner [pulled pork samiches]!  Stay tuned for that recipe!  So easy!!  And this Root Beer is epic!  Made by "Oskar Blues", a brewery here in Brevard ~ yummy!

Today my heart is heavy for a sweet little friend of mine...she had to make the heart-wrenching decision to put her little dog down yesterday.  Makes me so, I wrote this for her this morning:
 hope the sun shines down bright on you today!

love and peace always ~ Kathy


  1. Hi Kathy,
    I am stopping by via the Etsy group on Linked In. I love your blog! How amazing your friends could sell off their things and hit the road. It must be so great and enjoyable to spread their music. The stew looks delicious. Although I don't eat meat I am always trying to recreate comfort food like this without the meat. :) ~Val

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Val!!! I think this stew would be really good just with big batch of root veggies! I'll have to try it like that this Summer, when all the fresh veggies start coming in at the Farmer's market ~ yum!


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