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Cowboy Stew…Thanks to Freeda

One of my lovely blogging friends mentioned Cowboy Stew that she was making…


It sounded so good for a cold snowy day… and that’s just the kind of day we were havng! k10369666

She was sweet enough to pass the recipe k14882261 onto me…

This is the link to her posts…


She writes the most wonderful poetry and talks of her life in the Ozarks in Arkansas85px-Seal_of_Arkansas_svg

I had received a new crock pot for Christmas and have been wanting to try it out…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This was the opportunity… wanting to try this yummy sounding recipe!…

Cowboy Stew
1 tbsp margarine (butter)
1 lb ground beef (turkey)
1 onion, chopped
4 green onions, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup celery, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 #303 can tomatoes (1 can rotel tomatoes)
1 16-oz. can whole kernel yellow corn
1 32-oz. can ranch-style beans
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cups water (or enough to make sauce without scorching)
* Melt butter in 5-6 quart pot.
* Add ground beef and brown well.
* Add onion, green onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; saute with browned meat until soft.
* Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and sugar; stir in well.
* Add rotel tomatoes, corn, beans, cubed potatoes, and water.
* Stir all together and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to keep from scorching.
* Reduce heat and cover.
* Simmer until potatoes are soft (about 30-40 minutes).

(Freeda Baker Nichols’ Variation)

1 tbsp. margarine
1 pound ground beef ( a little more than that)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
I package McCormick Chili Mix, Original flavor
1 small can tomato sauce, unsalted
1 can (16 oz) ranch-style beans
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed ( small cubes)
3 cups water ( more, as needed)

* Melt butter in 5-6 quart pot.
* Add ground beef and brown well.
* Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté with browned meat until soft.
* Add salt, pepper, chili powder mix, stir in well.
* Add tomato sauce, beans, cubed potatoes, and water.
* Stir all together and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to keep from scorching.
* Reduce heat and cover.
* Simmer until potatoes are soft (about 30-40 minutes).

I made the original version… wanting everything in it!…

since I was going to make a big pot!… and figured we would eat on it a couple of days!…

It is a little spicy just hot enough!… szo0041

My guys loved it and so did I!…

More of a soup to me… would be awesome with Corn Bread 11115885 

but we ate it late tonight to taste it… so just had it all by itself… DELICIOUS!


Will bake some corn bread another time…

Thanks Freeda!

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“Thanksgiving… a Labor of Love”

I thought I’d let my thoughts wander to my Mom and Dad‘s home for a moment… It is Thanksgiving Day …

Actually, I’ll have to back up a few days before… maybe weeks…because my Dad was the shopper   and bought all of the ingredients for our wonderful Holiday Feast of Thanksgiving … From the moment I could remember… I watched him slowly begin to bring in all the ingredients   a little at a time… not knowing then, how expensive a big dinner like we were about to have cost… anything my Mom needed to cook our meal for this glorious day! … About a day or two before the big day my Mom would start to thaw the turkey … It was placed in water sometimes to thaw…

Usually not enough room in the refrigerator … with all the goodies for baking pies   or making salads… especially 5-cup Salad… pineapple, mandarin oranges, sour cream, coconut, and maraschino cherries   … I woke up to the smell of the turkey already baking  wafting through the air …enticing my nose with the anticipation of homemade dressing with lots of celery and onions…not just one kind but, three … regular, cornbread and oyster… I tasted all of them! sweet potatoes with marshmallows melted  and browned in the oven mashed potatoes with extra butter sitting right in the middle of them oozing down … the colorful salad with those wonderful cherries only bought on holidays … I, hoping there were some left for me to eat right out of the jar Green beans, Ford Hook Lima-beans   and corn for our vegetables… Mom’s homemade Mashed Potato Rolls… the aroma was scrumptious… wonderful turkey gravy made from the “drippings”... Cranberry relish made from fresh cranberries, sugar and oranges YUMMY! … besides the traditional jelly type… There would be pumpkin pies, pecan pies , a cake or two… I set the table with a pretty tablecloth, napkins, the “good” dishes/silverware and glasses… many years later… paper plates, but not in this memory!… I iced the glasses…cut the cranberry jelly in rings and placed in the pretty relish dish… sometimes there would be celery stuffed with pimento cheese… because of left overs from making dressing… The table was so crowded and just sumptuous! … We waited for all to arrive… My two brothers/wives/kids…my two sisters and their families … and friends and relatives who were invited…  Never enough room at the big dining room table…although at least a dozen would crowd around… Extra places in the living room sufficed for the little ones and whoever was running late… Grace was said  by whoever volunteered to thank our Lord for the abundance of food and family that we shared…

I remember all talking at once, much laughter and lots of “yums” as the food was passed and tasted… My Mom had outdid herself again … and now I wonder how she pulled it off… So much to do…So many to prepare for… and not one complaint… I can only believe it was done with the help of Dad, a good provider… and the LOVE  she had for all who entered their home … a true blessing!

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“My Kids”…

I just recently heard that two of my favorite teachers, a Ms Mantooth and a Ms Grubbs are thinking of retiring… They were the leaders of a team of students at TJ called “The Shooting Stars”

… Every other October this team held what was called Muster Day… Some would call it Pioneer Day … The kids mustered together like they did so many years ago and planned a big event for the Fall Harvest

Included in this tradition was a roasted pig (BBQ) , fried bacon, homemade apple cider , corn on the cob, beef stew

, pumpkin pie, corn bread and butter making … Pioneer games, jewelry, corn husk dolls and square dancing … Displays explaining many aspects of pioneer life… A wonderful event enjoyed by the students, teachers , friends and families… Soon after these same teachers and students held a Thanksgiving Luncheon complete with turkey and all the trimmings for all the participating students and their families… And since our little group of Special Ed Kids provided the beef stew , corn bread   and pumpkin pie   (“Pioneer”- Patriot Bake Shop) for Muster Day…we were included…  Tablecloths were spread on the tables, handmade center pieces arranged on each table, food set out in long rows with great care… The students greeted everyone that was invited and then enjoyed the fruits of their labor just like the traditional Muster Day people   … The LOVE  these teachers showed through this event was truly a blessing!  ...They will surely be remembered.

Happpy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Taking Part In “The Old and New”

It’s been 7 months since I started my BLOG … I think I will start a new one for the year 2012 … I started writing about working with my kids at school … almost a never-ending story…but, since I have found my interest going in a different direction … I’ve learned that’s OK… I will finish what I have started… I’m like that… need to complete tasks I start… and then I can go on to other ideas … I find that maybe it’s because I am finally starting into another part of my life … When you have done something for over 30 years …it’s hard to stop thinking about it…In my case the schools , the teachers , the kids, the adventures and friends I made… I was so drawn to what I had left… but, now I’m looking in other areas… of things to do, to see  and feel…It’s kind of encouraging that I can go on to new beginnings … and I do intend to try new things, meet many more people, learn new things every day and maybe even change my thoughts and patterns that are so instilled in my being…The world is so glorious with all that it has to offer Why not take part in it! 

“My Kids!”…

In the Fall , a team at school called “The Shooting Stars, held Muster Day in October… It was like a pioneer day apple cider making , square dancing , corn husk doll making , quaint games from years past, cake walks , making beaded necklaces, cooking corn in the husk , roasting a pig  and serving BBQ to all who wanted to try it, frying jowl bacon on an open fire and our contribution would be beef stew , corn bread and pumpkin pie … We had such a good time! … It took months for the students and our kids who were included to learn the steps to the square dancing… laughing and getting to know each other as they found out who had two left feet or who wasFred Astaire in disguise  of a gangly teenager … Studying about their particular subject that was assigned to them… from making moccasins to apple butter … The kids came up with their own costumes… dressed in the clothing of the period they were learning about… very original… Many posters were made and many stories were told to all the spectators and parents who had come to view all of their hard work… Such a good memory to hold within me and brought to surface when the calendar turns to October, the air starts to cool and the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider entices you to enjoy those times again…I think I’ll take part in the past as well as the present…