Sunday, October 7, 2012

Prospectors Stew

Brrr the temperature has really dropped here early in the year.  Tonight it is supposed to be a chilly 34!  I usually take advantage of October as being a fairly middle of the road month and am able to leave both the heat and air off.  Sometimes it's a bit chilly and sometimes a bit warm but rarely ever flat out cold.  Last night DH convinced me to go ahead and set the thermostat to fifty five degrees.  I reluctantly agreed because this is after all my heat and air free month lol but go ahead and set it for sixty so they would be a bit warmer than expected when they woke up.  My treat :)  However...when I woke up it was fifty nine. Even I thought it was fairly cool!  Hmmmm, something didn't add up. DH spent a bit of time trouble shooting the heater as he works with things like this at his work all the time, in the end he believes it needs a  part we cannot obtain so tomorrow a call to the repair man.  Thankfully we are prepared and have two back up heat sources and everyone has several comforters and blankets.   With the cool in the house today I could only think of all things warm.
 I started my morning off making nice warm chocolate chip scones.  Then started a delicious pot of stew simmering all afternoon for dinner.  The house smelled wonderful.
While that was simmering my friend visiting for the morning asked for a quick review on knitting dishcloths before she set off for home.  When she left for home I repaired my DD1's sweater.  The things on the sleeve are bobby pins for your hair.  That is how she held it together to show me where it came undone. Very creative!!! This has hung in the closet to be repaired far too long.  I was so happy to finish it off and hang it up for her.
I made a quick dash to another friends who is a seamstress where she had two garbage bags full of fabric scraps for me to take!  She was cleaning out her sewing shop and posted on FB for anybody who wanted them to come pick them up.  My friend that was visiting told me about her post and walla!  I have two bags to go through and get what I would like from and pass on the rest to other sewing friends.  How amazing is that???  I gifted her with a cutting ruler holder in thanks.  I hope she can use it.  It's a wooden holder for cutting rulers to use with rotary cutters.  I now hang mine on the wall to take up less space.  She said she could use it so I was so happy to pass this on in return.  I am so appreciative for the scrap fabrics :)
 I dashed  back home and in between all of this we of course drank hot chocolate and I am at the moment learning to knit a pattern called entrelac knitting.  Oh wow!  I am looking forward to accomplishing this style of pattern because I think it will make a beautiful scarf.  I am not an advanced knitter. I am self taught so I could make dishcloths but I do pick things up fairly quickly so with practice at some point in time I might finish a scarf for DD2 lol  If not it has been fun and it's good to learn something new.

Recipe for Prospectors Stew:

1 lb. Kielbasa cut into bite size pieces
2 cans green beans 14 1/2 oz
2 cans cream of mushroom soup 14 1/2 oz
3-4 potatoes peeled and  diced
1 onion quartered
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Place all ingredients except cheese in pot.  Cook until potatoes and onion are soft.  OR place in the crock pot for 6-8 hrs. on low.

Hearty, delicious, and warm enjoy :)


Donna said...

Our weather has been on the chilly side here too. Nice score on the fabric scraps! This winter I am going to teach myself embroidery.

prairieharmony said...

Oh embroidery will be so nice. I can't wait to see a post about what you have made :)