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After a heat wave this past weekend with temps in the 90s, a.k.a. miserable in October, we have some cooler temps to look forward to this week. Finally. I mean, it IS Fall. Yesterday it rained for most of the day and was just plain dreary. And anytime it’s gray outside, I have a craving for comfort food. Who doesn’t? I tried a new recipe for Beef Stew that was delicious and super simple to put together. And I got all wild and crazy and made some sour cream biscuits to go with it. And let me tell you, I was excited after my first biscuit success. But to know that I’ve made more edible biscuits from a different recipe? This. is. epic. I know there are some of you out there who made biscuits that look like hockey pucks and taste like crackers. But listen, if I can do it, you can do it. You have my word.

Below are the recipes for the beef stew and biscuits. We had apple pie for dessert that was deeeeelicious. My husband said (with a mouth full of pie) “This is a serious pie!” And it was. I even had a piece for lunch today. Not for lunch dessert. The pie was my lunch. It’s so good. If you’re not subscribed to my blog posts, sign up in the sidebar to the left. You don’t want to miss out on the apple pie recipe coming later this week!

Beef Stew served over Sour Cream Bictuits

 

Beef Stew
Serves 6
An easy, delicious, comfort food meal - perfect for cool nights. Serve over sour cream biscuits.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs chuck roast, cut into 1" cubes
  2. 3 Tbl vegetable oil
  3. 4 C beef stock
  4. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  5. 1 tsp dried parsley
  6. 1 tsp black pepper
  7. 1 tsp kosher salt
  8. 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  9. 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" lengths
  10. 4 stalks celery, cut into 1/2" lengths
  11. 1 large onion, diced
  12. 2 Tbl cornstarch
  13. 2 Tbl water
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Sear beef in oil, until brown on all sides.
  2. Add beef stock, rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. While beef is simmering, chop all of your veggies.
  4. Stir potatoes, carrots, celery and onion into the pot, cover and simmer for another hour.
  5. Dissolve corn starch in 2 Tbl water, and whisk into the stew. Leave lid off of pot and let simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
  6. Pour over sour cream biscuits before serving.
  7. Enjoy!
Adapted from allrecipes.com
Adapted from allrecipes.com
the Sparrow's Nest http://sparrowsnestblog.com/
Sour Cream Biscuits
Yields 1
These biscuits are the perfect side for those comfort food dinner meals.
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Ingredients
  1. 5 C all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 C butter, cut into pieces
  6. 2 and 1/2 C heavy cream + 1 Tbl
  7. 1/2 C sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor*, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix for a couple of seconds. Let food processor run as you drop in the pats of butter. The mixture should resemble course crumbs.
  3. Mix together the sour cream and heavy cream, and mix into flour mixture just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Put your dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to 1-inch thick. Cut out biscuits and place on baking sheet. Brush tops of biscuits with remaining 1 Tbl cream.
  5. Bake until lightly browned on top, 15-18 minutes.
Notes
  1. Don't have a food processor? Use a large bowl to cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender.
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Here are snapshots of my gifts of grace for this past week. God really showed out in the nature I saw. Gorgeous sunsets! I spent a few minutes in a cotton field, and He showed me a reminder of the cross. I received a lovely note from my daughter that is now laminated and hangs by my kitchen sink. We spent fun family time at our state fair and at our school football game. I always look forward to how He’ll show up in my days. Take time to stop and look. You’ll find Him too!

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Gifts of Grace | Finding God in the every day.

 

As a mom (or dad), how often do we hear “Good job!” from our kids? 

Last week, I had a notification on my phone for my Reminders app which is nested in a group of other apps that I hardly ever use. When I opened the Reminders app I saw the following picture. See that first reminder? I’m pretty sure my husband put that in there for me. Because if I don’t write something down, I will forget it. That whole pregnancy-brain concept? Yeah, my youngest is 6 years old, and I’m still suffering. I don’t even know if that bill got paid, because, I don’t use this app! But then I saw the second reminder. “Mommy is good to me”
 
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And it made me stop and think. One of my children wrote this, with or without the intention of me ever seeing it. And here I was finding it weeks later. I took it as a wink from God. Yes, motherhood is hard. Parenthood is hard. Teaching our children right from wrong and being the ultimate example for them at all times? So many times I feel like I fail over and over again. I lose my cool. I yell. And I am the ultimate example of what not to be.
 
And then yesterday my youngest came up to me and handed me this note.
 
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 “Good job, Mom! I know I’m not easy to deal with sometimes, but I love you, and I think you’re doing great!”
 
I’m keeping this reminder by my kitchen sink where I will see it daily. And on those days when I feel like pulling my hair out, I will make a point to read this note. And breathe.
 
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It’s fall, y’all! I woke up this week and it was 58 degrees outside. Yessssss. Fall delivered right on time. And yes, there may or may not be a cold front that’s moving through, but still. It is officially Fall, and I decided to celebrate by making one of my favorites, potato soup. It is wonderfully delicious, and you will find yourself going back for a second bowl… or three. Until you realize that you overate and your belly hurts. It’s that good. Make it soon!

Potato Soup Recipe | allHisgrace.net

Potato Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 slices bacon
  2. 10 Tbl butter (1 stick + 2 Tbl)
  3. 1 C onion, diced
  4. 1/2 C celery, diced
  5. 1/2 C carrot, diced
  6. 2 tsp garlic, minced
  7. 2 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp pepper
  9. 2 lbs potatoes (about 4 medium size), peeled and diced
  10. 6 C chicken broth
  11. 3/4 C flour
  12. 2 C heavy cream
  13. 1 C sour cream
  14. 2 C cheddar jack cheese blend
  15. 1/2 C green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place 1 Tbl of butter and bacon in a heavy stockpot and cook over medium heat. The bacon will curl up and brown as it cooks. While bacon is cooking, chop up your veggies.
  2. Once bacon is cooked through, remove and set aside. Pour out most of the bacon grease and add 1 Tbl of butter, as well as the vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes until vegetables are soft. While vegetables are cooking, peel and dice your potatoes.
  3. Add potatoes and chicken broth to the stockpot and cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  4. In a separate small saucepan, make a roux by melting 1/2 C of butter (1 stick). Stir in the flour until smooth. Gently whisk the roux into the soup and stir to mix well.
  5. Add the heavy cream, sour cream, and cheese. Stir well and bring soup to a simmer before serving. Chop the bacon and green onions to serve on top of each bowl.
Adapted from Robert St. John's Deep South Staples
Adapted from Robert St. John's Deep South Staples
the Sparrow's Nest http://sparrowsnestblog.com/

We all have something that we love to do. I’m not talking about going to see a movie or eating ice cream. Yes, those are fun, but there are certain activities that are refreshing to our souls. Something that our souls are meant to do.

For me, it’s studying God’s creativity with my camera in hand. I almost get giddy when I have the chance to slow down. And focus.

Realizing the care that God puts into all of His creation. Because the tiniest of flowers has the most intricate details that often go unnoticed.

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notices.

A petal’s edge and the way it curves down to its core.

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The symmetry.

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The ugly beautiful.

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The last of the summer blooms.

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Fun swirls.

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This flower looks like it’s having a partaaay!

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New buds waiting to show their splendor.

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And realizing that things aren’t always what they seem. This flower is not wilting to die.

It’s waiting to release these dainty little flowers. Flowers within a flower.

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Thank you, Lord, for refreshing my soul and giving me time to stop and focus on your limitless creativity that is unimaginable by man.

What is it that your soul is meant to do?