Top secret

So I’ve been working on something quilt related, but I don’t want to post about it or post pictures of it for a number of reasons, not least of which is I don’t want to jinx myself.  It’s going really well, and I don’t want to mess that up.

I will tell you about tonight’s supper (the evening meal here is supper, dinner is the noon meal, lunch is what my mother-in-law takes to the guys in the field when they don’t want to take the time to haul all the way back to the house to eat).


I can’t remember how I found this blog last night, but find it I did:  it is called A Year of CrockPotting.   The blogger’s New Year’s resolution is to use her Crock Pot everyday in 2008, posting pictures and recipes as she goes along.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to use my Crock Pot every day.  That would just be crazy.

But I did start thinking that maybe I could actually try to commit to using it once a week.  I could probably handle that much of a commitment.  I remembered that I had some stew meat in the freezer, and I opened up my trusty copy of Fix It and Forget It, and just happened to open to the page that had a recipe for Irish Beef Stew.  I actually had every single ingredient, and thought it sounded good, so, I got out the peeler and started peeling and dicing potatoes, chopping up carrots and dumping the tomato soup, onion soup mix, veggies, meat and water in the Crock Pot.

And voila — a yummy stew was enjoyed by all of us this evening.  Well, Mark and I enjoyed it.  The boys gave it a sideways thumb and ate it without complaining, so that was something.  We also had corn bread.  Normally I make the cornbread from scratch, but I happened to see a 3 pack of mixes at Sam’s Club and picked those up last week.  Super easy — just add water.  I think I’ll go back to making it from scratch, though.  It was OK, but from scratch is definitely yummier.



If you own the cookbook, the recipe is on page 83.    I’d like to post the whole recipe, and maybe it’s not a big deal, but it seems to me that that would be a copyright violation?  And I surely don’t want to get in trouble.

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  1. crockpot lady says:

    Suzanne, thank you for the visit and for the link!

    Using your crock once a week is an excellent idea–more often than not, the meal will spread to leftovers or for meat for other dishes.
    It’s nice to plug it in and have your dinner done at 6 am.


  2. Mary says:

    We had a crock pot dinner last night too – beef tips and it was also yummy. Since I’m such a night owl, my problem can be getting up early enough to get it started.

  3. Kate says:

    I tend to use my slow cooker more in the winter than the summer, but stew is always a good option – I don’t like all of the things in the Fix it & Forget it Book, but some of them are winners.

  4. Mary Ann says:

    In exchange for watching the energetic twins in Suzanne’s family for a short time last night, I got a container of the beef stew. I can testify to its yumminess.

  5. Deb Levy says:

    I use my crock pot on occassion, and wonder why I don’t use it more often. But then my husband cooks dinner at least 3 times a week… and that’s better than a crock pot for me!

    Good luck with the secret project. Can’t wait to see what it is!

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