Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew: The Charm of Home
It is really easy to make a satisfying beef stew in the slow cooker.   I tend to love the cut up and dump recipes because when your busy you don't want a lot of prep time.  This recipe is like that, but I added a step at the end to make the thick stew like gravy so it is nice and filling.
  
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients:
2-3 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into cubes
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
5 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 stalks celery, chopped
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1-1/2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons butter
3 tablespoons flour

Add all ingredients; except butter and flour, to slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hours.  Stir occasionally.  When cooked 1o hours make the roux.  In a heavy bottom sauce pan melt butter.  Stir in flour and whisk till thick.  Add some of the stew juices from the slow cooker to the roux and whisk till smooth.  Add the roux to the slow cooker and stir in until all mixed evenly.  Can leave slow cooker on low  for up to two more hours and serve hot with crusty bread. 
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe adapted from: North Texas Kids

Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
I am so happy to bring you a wonderful product review with my Halloween & fall tablescapes.  I was contacted by Corningware, Corelle, & More to review the new pattern of Corelle dishes "Boutique Cherish" Square Dinnerware Set.  I have to say that it wasn't a hard decision to say yes to this review.  My everyday pattern of dishes here at home is "Country Cottage" by Corelle.  I have raised three boys and I still have the basic dish set.  It is hard to imagine that dishes can withstand the family meals at my house for around twelve years and still be in one piece, but the Corelle dishes have.  

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
These new dishes are more modern.  I love their square design and the white-on-white embossed pattern.  They give an everyday dish pattern a contemporary and chic look. No longer will the Corelle dishes have to stay in the cabinet on holidays. They will look equally stylish on the Thanksgiving table.  My oldest son will soon be out of the nest and a dish set like this would be perfect for him.   

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
For my Halloween tablescape I created a black and white themed table.  The lunch and dinner plates have a spiderweb suspended across them which makes the soup/cereal bowl bounce as if it's caught in the web.    

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The tablecloths are a simple white cloth layered with a spiderweb tablecloth.  The black and white check napkins were just fabric that I sewed into napkins.

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The centerpiece was a few white pumpkins tied with a gingham check ribbon, a lantern with a white pillar candle, some acorns I picked up at a local park, and one little glittery spider trapped inside.

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The white dishes are so versatile for any table and I will happily be using them for tea and coffee posts too.  I already ordered the bread and butter plates to go with them for future posts. 


Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
I switched up the table linens to show you how easy it would be to go from Halloween to a fall table.  I removed the tablecloth and added a black and white gingham table runner.  Then I switched out the napkins with a modern bright pattern.  The table runner and napkins were something I made.  

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
As you can see, the pattern and color of these dishes will complement many table designs. 

Here is a closer look at the dishes. 

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
They are made of the same lightweight break and chip resistant material as my original dishes, "Country Cottage." 

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The mug is a generous 11-1/2 ounces and made of procelain that will be perfect for serving any hot beverage.


I really love these beautiful dishes by Corelle and recommend them highly for your table.  
Thank you to Corelle for this product review!  
Corelle provided the dishes to me for review but the opinions are all my own.

Sherry

I will link this to:
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Project Inspire at Cupcakes and Crinoline
Weekends are Fun Party at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Wake Up Wednesday at Sew Crafty Angel

What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Totally Terrific Link Up Party at Live Randomly Simply
Treasure Box Tuesday at Yesterfood
Your Going to Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Bewitched By Autumn

Autumn Photography: The Charm of Home
I am bewitched by Autumn and the display the trees put on.   

Autumn Photography: The Charm of Home
Autumn Photography: The Charm of Home
Autumn Photography: The Charm of Home
Autumn Photography: The Charm of Home
Autumn Photography: The Charm of Home
Everywhere I went this weekend the beautiful fall leaves were at about peak color.  I was glad I grabbed my camera, I can't remember a year when the colors were so vibrant.  
 "Autumn carries more gold in it's pocket than all the other seasons."    ~Jim Bishop

Sherry
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Weekend Recap at Grapefruit Princess Reloaded

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home Sweet Home #191

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I was a lucky girl I got to try out chocolates in Lily's Chocolates and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oh, you know how I love Halloween so I am having fun with it in the Marauder's Tea.


I was so proud of this cake I created the recipe all on my own, in the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake.  



There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post!! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Peonies and Orange Blossoms had a fantastic looking soup in German Pumpkin Soup.

At Everyday Living, Pam Richardson shared one of the most gorgeous barn wedding receptions I have ever seen in Tablescape Tuesday: The Wedding Edition.

At Karen's Up On the Hill she shared her beautiful baths in A Tour of 4 Bathrooms.

Anjana, At the Corner of Happy and Harried shared these amazing looking Crème Pâtissière Filled Mini Apple Tarts.


I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
Have you felt the chill in the air?  Gotten out a sweater yet?  I know if your American you have probably gotten something pumpkin spiced!  It is a trend that has swelled to a fever pitch and been made fun of around the world but, Americans love their pumpkin spiced anything.  I couldn't help myself I had to bake something pumpkin spiced and not just anything pumpkin spiced I wanted it to be pumpkin spice latte flavored.  That name isn't patented, by the way.  I couldn't find a cake recipe for this so I created one.    

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
The cake turned out really well.  I haven't really created a lot of my own recipes before but, I did for this because I just couldn't find these exact flavors in a cake recipe.  

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
I was super happy with how it turned out.  Here is the stabilized whip cream icing to mimic the topping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
And who wants just plain whip cream when you can add a caramel drizzle?

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
Try this cake out for yourself.  It baked up like a dream and had the texture of carrot cake but with all of the pumpkin spice latte flavors instead.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake
Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons espresso powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-15 oz. can 100% pure pumpkin puree (1 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup strong black coffee
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened, (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
3/4 teaspoon ginger

Stabilized Whip Cream Icing
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder
1/4 cup cold water

Easy Caramel Drizzle:
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup butter

Toppings:
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Cinnamon sticks

Steps:
Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Prepare two 8-inch round baking pans with a baking spray or grease and flour.
Mix dry (flour, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) and set aside.
Whisk together in a separate bowl pumpkin, milk, coffee, and vanilla and set aside.
In a mixer beat butter, brown, and white sugar for 3-5 minutes until fluffy.  Add spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger) and beat an additional minute.  Add eggs one at a time and beat in well. 
Reduce to low speed and add flour mixture in three batches and pumpkin mixture in two batches alternating between the two as you add. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed. Mix until smooth.  May mix last flour mixture by hand. 
Put in prepared pans smooth batter on top and bake for 35 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes and then invert.  Cool completely before icing with whip cream.  

For the whip cream:
In a small bowl add gelatin to cold water and whisk.  Scald 1/4 cup of the cream and pour over the gelatin until completely dissolved.  Refrigerate the gelatin mixture for 10 minutes, will have the consistency of egg whites.  
Manually beat the gelatin mixture with a wire whisk.
In a stand mixer with a whip attachment add the rest of the cream, salt , and sugar.  Add the gelatin mixture and whip everything; scrapping the bowl as needed,  until it forms stiff peaks and is thick.
Add to decorator icing bag and pipe on cooled cake as desired.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
Caramel drizzle:
Bring cream, brown sugar, and butter to boil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat stirring frequently.  Reduce heat to a low simmer and and stirring occasionally until mixture is reduced by half.  Takes around 45 minutes to an hour.  Cool it down in the refrigerator, (checking it for drizzle consistency) then drizzle on cake.  

Toppings:
Sprinkle on pumpkin pie spice as desired and may garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake: The Charm of Home
I had a great response to this cake from my family.  Some wanted more caramel, which you can always add because there is plenty of extra caramel with this recipe. 
Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Wake Up Wednesday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Marauder's Tea

The Marauder's Tea: The Charm of Home
I am having a little Halloween fun today with my tea using a mug from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

The Marauder's Tea: The Charm of Home
The mug has an image of  The Marauder's Map on it from the Harry Potter movies.  I always loved reading the books to and with my sons.  The Marauder's Map was a favorite prop of mine from the Harry Potter series.  If you know the story, it is a magical document that reveals the complete grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when you recite the words, "I solemney swear I am up to no good."   When the characters in the story do this, the map reveals the whereabouts of all the castle grounds and everyone on the grounds and where they are going. 


The Marauder's Tea: The Charm of Home
The back of the mug has the famous line, "I solemney swear I am up to no good."

The Marauder's Tea: The Charm of Home
But, I was up to some good this weekend.  I created this fantastic cake I will tell you more about tomorrow with the recipe.
Universal Studios or the Harry Potter franchise hasn't compensated me for this post.  This is just a vacation souvenir of mine.

The clip of where the Weasley twins give Harry the map in Prisoner of Azakban.

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage

Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Treasure Box Tuesday at Yesterfood

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