Friday, October 23, 2009

Where is Fall?

Well, fall is supposed to be here, but we have already had snow way too much around here. I want that fall feeling! So, I looked up some inpsiring pics to get me more in the spirit. I have the pumpkins out and wish I was sitting at a table outdoors like in this pic below and eating that wonderfully looking stew that I am going to make this weekend. Yummmm!!! Instead I am inside bundled up watching it snow and rain outside! Aghhh!

I just love the fall when you can go out in a warm sweater and jeans and feel the crisp air all around, going to the pumpkin patch, picking apples, and canning our wonderful bounty from the garden. We are still able to do some of those things, but it just hasn't been the typical fall here. Maybe next year. At least I have these images to remind me of how wonderful fall can be.

Hope you are all enjoying your fall!

via Country Living


{You can prepare the stew a day ahead, letting it simmer awhile. This allows the flavors to meld. Allow the stew to cool to room temperature, and then chill, covered, overnight. On next day, reheat it on the stove before serving.}

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

3 lb. boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbsp. olive oil or cooking oil

3 14-oz. cans beef broth

2 cups dry red wine or beef broth

1 cup water

2 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard

1 Tbsp. dried thyme, crushed

2 bay leaves

2 lb. Yukon Gold or other potatoes, cubed (about 6 cups)

1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (2 3/4 cups)

1 16-oz. pkg. frozen small whole onions or 2 cups peeled pearl onions

1 16-oz. pkg. peeled baby carrots

1 cup snipped dried fruit (such as apricots, golden raisins, and/or apple) (optional)

Crème fraîche or dairy sour cream (optional)

1. In a large resealable plastic bag combine flour, freshly ground pepper, and salt. Add the meat to the bag, one-third at a time, and shake to coat with flour. In a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven cook and stir meat with garlic, one-third at a time, in hot oil for 5 to 6 minutes or until meat is brown. Drain off any fat.
2. Return all meat to Dutch oven. Stir in beef broth, red wine, water, mustard, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and carrots. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Remove and discard bay leaves. If desired, stir in dried fruit.
3. To serve, ladle stew into bowls. If desired, top each with a spoonful of crème fraîche or sour cream. Makes 14 to 16 servings.

All other images and recipe from Country Home mag. Boy, do I miss that magazine!! :(


WhitePineLane said...

I'm right there with you! Fall is my favorite season, and it seems like we skipped right past it this year. The leaves seemed to turn one day and fall the next! It's only October 23rd, but we've already had 7 or 8 days where it's snowed, and 2 or 3 where it's actually stayed on the ground. Where IS fall, anyway??
Stay warm!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Great Post, one I am thoroughly enjoying! We don't have Fall either, although here it is still like SUMMER. Okay, who has Fall, and please give it back.
xo Lidy

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I know what you are saying! Where did Autumn go? Did he even stop by for a visit? I think I missed him!


The Flying Bee said...


It has finally been cooling off here...just a little. Love all the picutures! That stew looks delicious! We made stew last night! Oh, and I miss that magazine, too.

Have a great weekend!