Monday, December 20, 2010

Beef Bourguignon

In my effort to peak my culinary awareness and inspired by the book Julie & Julia, I embarked on the adventure of making, you guessed it, Beef Bourguignon!

After returning from my fav organic market, I set to work on prepping fresh, delicious ingredients.


After getting everything blanched, sauteed and fried it all went into the cast iron pot, swimming in a bottle of wine. Yum!


Three hours went buy, with every minute filling the house with an incredible aroma, making are belly's grumble in anticipation for this savory meal. I was afraid it would turn out as a glorified stew, but let me tell you, it did not. The first bite was heaven. The flavors were intense and much more sophisticated than what I would normally get out of a crock pot stew. The meat was fork tender and just melted in our mouths.


There are other versions of Beef Bourguignon that take less time. Julia’s takes about 6 hours, this includes a couple of prep sessions and cooking. I chose to make Julia’s dish because I needed the time in the kitchen. Time to re-focus and ease my mind of the cluttering, over-thinking and grinding it had been suffering this past month. It helped me remember to tackle my challenges, one step, and one ingredient at a time.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Not so Handmade Holiday-

I’ve realized that I just don’t do shopping. Really I’m no good at it. It always starts off when I pull into the parking lot of the mall. I get that first surge of annoyance as I try to find a parking spot and I can feel the the transformation begin to take over and turn me into a ruthless, greedy bitch. I will cut people of for the better spot. Once I step foot in the mall my face begins to twist into an expression that reads “Don’t F with me and get out of my way”. I’ll bump into people, usually on purpose if they are wandering around as if they had no mission, because they have become an obstacle of mine, get in and get out.. I will obnoxiously huff and puff when the lines are too long, rolling my eyes and shaking my head. Heaven forbid an off spring shall cross my path, the glare I will bestow up on them will give them nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Ah yes, here we are again, “The Holidays”.

For several years my gifts were handmade. It was all so perfect. I could show my love through taking the time to create for my loved ones. I would get my shopping done early for supplies. The stores that sell my supplies are generally not too busy and they are always “the happy place” for me.

This year, I decided I would just go and buy gifts. I don’t know why. At this point my family expects handmade. It has been a mistake. When I step into the mall, I get overwhelmed and turn into that unrecognizable creature and I lose track of why I was there at all. I had my chance this past weekend. I went to the mall with the kids so they could do some shopping. We went off in our separate directions since we generally don’t like to shop in the same stores. After standing in one line, I decided my sanity was more important and ended up here...

I was much happier. The margarita was marvelous and it was Happy Hour! What better way to spend a day of shopping!

So, I’m still empty handed. I’ve decided gift certificates will be the way to go, avoiding places that are in the mall. Next year I will not make the same mistake. It will be a Hand-made Holiday.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New! New! New!

While it has been be quiet over here, I have been working like a little elf.

Remember those flowers...

All My fibers....

And just for fun, bead mixes...

All updated in my shop, Love!

Next week will be a flurry of Christmas activities, shopping, baking, and decorating.

Happy Holidays!