Happy September Sunday, friends! Thank you for joining me for my weekly lifestyle post called Sunday mornings at home.
In Texas, we really don’t need cooler temps, falling leaves, or sweaters to think fall…we only need one thing and that is FOOTBALL.
While all those things are welcomed changes, once football begins we think fall.
Football is something my entire family loves…grandchildren included. It is a bonding experience.
If not together, we are texting or calling one another about the games we watch.
My family includes support of six different college teams...we are very diverse….plus we support more than one professional team.
So, let fall and the fun begin.
Sunday mornings at home starts with a recent recipe for game watching!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: FOOTBALL FOOD
No matter what heat is outside, when we watch football, we bring our home cooked hot meals.
Pre-season included my traditional BEEF STEW.
I have told you before that I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. I believe by slow cooking infuses flavor into meals more than the fast and furious methods.
My life now doesn’t require speed cooking, but rather flavor forward cooking.
My Beef Stew begins in the slow cooker. Sometimes cook overnight, and sometimes begin early morning hours.
I put in the slow cooker two pounds of beef chuck, which I purchase in small cubes already trimmed by our local HEB.
With it, goes
One tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves of garlic…I like to mince them.
One large onion chopped
2 Bay leaves
1 tablespoon of salt, or two teaspoons of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper (Mr. B will add more)
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Dash of allspice or cloves
2 teaspoons of sugar + 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. (of course it tastes good without this)
Cover with four cups of water.
I slow cook this low for at least 6 hours….smells so good!
While it is cooking, I slice 6 farm fresh carrots (they are large), 6 small gold potatoes with skin on, and another large onion.
I put these in my soup pot covered in about three cups of water and cook on the stove.
When the slow cooked beef is ready, I remove the bay leaves and pour that into the veggies on the stove and mix together.
While that has cooked for about 30 minutes, I drain a can of my favorite small peas and stir them in.
In a small bowl, I pour 1/4 cup of water over 2 tablespoons of flour and make the thickening for the gravy.
I remove into a large measuring cup about 1 1/2 cups of hot liquid from the stew, mix the flour In it and pour back into the stew for the thicker sauce.
Then serve…it is great with cornbread muffins…though we haven’t had that for awhile.
Our favorite football meals include stew, chili, and chicken enchiladas.
No matter how the game is going, we enjoy it better with good food.
I told you last week that Mr. B has been in training for a big race which happens soon.
This means he eats more carbs and more beef for the iron.
Recently I also cooked for him a pan-seared ribeye steak with butter, garlic and rosemary.
While cooking, I thought I needed a sauce but I did not want to go to the store…so I opened the pantry and refrigerator.
In the pantry, I found two packages of McCormick brown gravy mix…..and thought, I can work with that!
I chopped a sweet yellow onion and cooked it in this Kerrygold Garlic and Herb butter…probably three tablespoons.
This butter is amazing…if you haven’t tried it…do…it would also be incredible in mashed potatoes.
In a small bowl, I whisked together together the seasoning packets in a small amount of water following the instructions on the packet.
I added the rest of the water in with the onions…except I shortened the amount by 1/4 cup. Then I added 1/4 cup of cooking sherry.
This sauce was so good and cooked together very well. I know I will make it again…maybe to go on those mashed potatoes.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: FALL BIRTHDAYS
We also have several family birthdays in the fall including a granddaughter who will turn seven.
Last year, I began a James Avery Craftsman charm bracelet for her at Christmas.
Her dad since then added a charm to it.
Since she is Texas born, I am adding the state of Texas.
For her birthday, I am adding her birthstone.
When she was a baby, we all sang “Jesus Loves Me” to her at nap and bedtime, so I am adding Jesus Loves Me (on the back, This I Know).
I know she will love this.
Her parents had to sneak out the bracelet to me, so I can stop by a James Avery location in San Antonio and have the new ones added.
I also have a special James Avery surprise planned for her at Christmas.
In Texas, women begin life with a charm bracelet and add to it into adulthood.
James Avery jewelry is a tradition in many families…just as it is in ours.
At some point, I will upgrade my granddaughter’s to a larger bracelet.
Thank you for joining me today for Sunday Mornings at Home…I have so much for you this week…fun fall fashion and inspiration too.
I hope you will join me…happy holiday weekend to all who are celebrating Labor Day..see you tomorrow…
By Pamela Lutrell
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