In my world-(cold and wintry) there is nothing better than a slice of homemade bread and a hearty bowl of beef stew. Unfortunately, there are some days (like today)-that do not provide me with the time to go through the process of making it the ‘old fashioned’ way. No problem. That’s when I pull out the ‘big guns’ and use the blessings that modern technology has given me. Does that mean that I can’t have a delicious, homemade dinner? No! With little time to spare today-I was able to create a hearty, home cooked meal, and do so-without breaking a sweat, or adding any additional stress!
One reason was because of this appliance I purchased almost ten years ago.
Of course-that was when they were extremely popular! Back then it took awhile to get used to, and actually trust that this machine would be able to do the same thing I could-and do it as well. But, soon after I’d adjusted to it’s capabilities- I suddenly lost interest and threw it in the back of a cupboard.
Just recently-I became ‘intrigued’ once more. I remembered that this dang machine saves time! Even better-it saves me a WHOLE lot of extra work. But, the best part is-the bread that comes out of this baby-is just as good as the stuff I used to sweat flour for! Don’t believe me?
Well- take a peek for yourself!
So, pull that monstrosity out of the cupboard-blow off the dust-and use this quick and easy recipe to make ‘homemade’, yes, I said, ‘homemade’ bread! Because, even though this recipe doesn’t allow you the pleasure of getting carpel tunnel-it does allow you to use homemade ingredients. That’s right-NO box!
Here is what you’ll need:
1 cup of warm water
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 pkg active yeast (2 tablespoons)
Place your water into the ‘loaf’ pan of your bread maker.
Combine flour, salt, sugar and shortening.
Scoop out a small hole in the flour mixture (without reaching the water below) and pour the yeast into it.
Turn your setting to “LIGHT”(for my bread maker this is 3 1/2 hours) and let it do it’s magic!
The next ‘modern technology’ blessing I used today-was my slow-cooker! How great is it-to be able to throw all your ingredients inside this wonderful appliance and forget about it for 8 hours? Even better-how awesome is it to come home after a long and tiring day-and SMELL that your dinner is ready!
Here is what you’ll need for my hearty stew:
1 lb top sirloin (cut into 1 inch cubes)-You can use stew meat if you prefer.
1 14 1/2 oz can of stewed tomatoes
2 packages of McCormick Brown Gravy mix
1 small onion (sliced thin)
1 clove of garlic (minced)
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2/3 cup flour
3 medium potatoes (cut into 1 inch chunks)
2 carrots (peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks)
2 stalks of celery (cut into 1 inch chunks)
1 cup of frozen peas
1 bay leaf