Happy Halloween (sort of)
We'll we survived Snowmagedon 2011. Just when the trees were starting to look pretty here in Northern NJ, Snowmagedon hit on Saturday.
We heard the first "Crack" of falling branches in the early afternoon and were hit with a power outage about 3pm. Our neighborhood was hit very hard. Luckily we have a wood burning fireplace, so were able to keep the Living Room somewhat warm. Power resumed Sunday afternoon (thank goodness).
This morning we restocked the fridge and bought a chain saw.
The Lumberjacks, my son and his best friend.
This is about a third of the tree you see standing on left.
Big Daddy came out to show the boys how it's done. They are really happy with the new toy.
It's been a long standing tradition for me to make Sue's Stew and Tom's bread on Halloween. When the kids were little it was an easy and quick way to get some dinner in while answering the bell and before they were totally sugar loaded.
The boys were very happy to sit down to a hot meal after the lumber hauling was over.
Happy Halloween! Back soon with Quilting.
Here are my recipes - they take about the same amount of time, so it works out great. Enjoy!
Sue's Stew (Sue is my sister-in-law)
1 lb stew meat
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
1 onion, wedged
2 cans beef broth
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
4-6 red skinned potatoes, cut into chunks
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" slices.
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1" pieces.
Dredge stew pieces in seasoned flour. Brown in a dutch oven with a little olive oil and butter.
Add onion, beef broth, bay leaves and tomato sauce. Simmer 90 minutes.
Add potatoes and carrots and simmer 30 minutes.
Add green beans and simmer until beans are done, about 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
This is a basic recipe and you can add corn, peas, sweet potato or other root vegetables.
Tom's Bread (Tom was a family friend who did the cooking on Rich's family boat)
1 Package dry yeast
2 cups hot water
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 - 3/4 cup honey
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbs butter
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups white flour
Combine hot water, oats, honey, butter and salt and let cool slightly.
Proof yeast according to the package directions.
(1/4 cup warm water, 1 tsp sugar and yeast, until foamy)
Add yeast and whole wheat flour to the oats mixture. Add and knead in remaining 3 cups flour. Knead about 5 mins.
Spray large bowl with Pam and add dough and cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled (at least an hour) in a warm place.
Punch down and let rise again 1 hour.
Divide dough into 2 loaves and put into bread pans sprayed with pam. Let rise 30-40 minutes.
Bake at 305 degrees for about 45 minutes or until its done and gold brown.
We like it best with butter and honey - yum!!