Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday

I love slow cooker recipes. This is one of our families favorites. I throw it together at night and in the morning I pull it out of the frig and turn it on before I go to work. When I come home, there isn't much left to do for a great supper.

Slow Cooked Pepper Steak

1 1/2 -2 lbs round steak
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T. oil
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 c. soy sauce
16 oz. diced tomatoes
1 T. minced onion
2 lg green peppers (cut into strips)
1 clove garlic
1/2 c. cold water
1 tsp sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt

Cut beef into 3 x 1 inch strips. Brown in oil in skillet. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine soy sauce, onion, garlic, sugar, salt, pepper and ginger. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 5 - 6 hours, until meat is tender. Add tomatoes and green pepper. Cook another hour on low. Mix water and corn starch. Remove liquid from crock pot and thicken on stove with water/cornstarch mix. Pour thickened sauce back over meat and vegetables. Serve over rice.

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Paint touch ups

You know how nice a room looks when it is freshly painted? However - it doesn't last long. It seems that soon there are scatches or nicks in the new paint and who wants to drag out and open that gallon pail? We have found a new product that makes it easier to touch up these spots. It is made by Rubbermaid and we found it in the paint department of our favorite local store! It's a little plastic container that holds about a cup of paint. It has a small roller on top that may be used if you want. (It removes easily to be cleaned). The top snaps on tight to keep the paint fresh. If you fill it when you paint the room, touch ups are a breeze. It works for me!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Take time to smell the roses (or at least enjoy the flowers!)

I love this time of year when the flowers start blooming. At our house it is a time to watch old favorites bloom and start new ones growing. I can't take the credit for this other than planting a few annuals. Bob is the gardener/landscaper at our house. He is good at it and he enjoys it, which is a plus. Yesterday, after we both got out of work, he got a few flowerbeds ready and we planted our annuals. While doing this, I enjoyed seeing some of the perennials which are blooming. I thought I should share them. There is nothing like a flowerbed in bloom to put you in a good mood!
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Monday, May 28, 2007

Welcome to my blog!

Alright people - I have been told many times that I have to start a blog, so I'm giving it a try. I am giving no guarantees on how often this will be updated, but I'll do my best! You 'll have to put up with me as I learn how to do this.