Target Haul, OOTD, DIY & Stew!

We are expecting about 10" of snow here in Virginia, yes 10" on the first day of Spring!  Personally, I love snow.  Winter is my favorite season mostly because of the snow.  Not only is it beautiful and I love getting cozy inside and watching the snow fall but I love getting a snow day off from school!  Few things make me happier!  So on this snowy spring day I thought it would be just perfect to make our favorite Beef Stew to fill our tummy and keep our spirit warm.  This recipe is inspired, as all my best recipes are, from the stew my mom would make when I was young.  Mom's was light years better but when ever I make it I think of her so that makes me happy.

Beef Stew
1 1/2 lbs of stew meat
large onion chopped
6-7 celery stalks chopped
1/2 cup wine
beef stock
28 oz can of tomato sauce
5 red skin potatoes cut in bite sized pieces
several carrots sliced
garlic powder

So first off, this recipe is very forgiving.  Meaning that you can add as many potatoes, carrots and seasonings as you like and it will still taste delish!  First add oil and 1 tblsp butter to a large pan.  season well meat with s/p and garlic powder. Roll each piece in flour and brown in pan.  Meanwhile in a stock pot saute celery and onion in oil and butter until soft.  Add wine and cook 1-2 minutes.  Add about 3/4 of the tomato sauce and 2 cups of broth.  Bring to boil.  When meat is all browned, add to stock pot.  Season with s/p tablespoon garlic powder, half teaspoon of rosemary, teaspoon of basil, tablespoon of sugar.  Add chopped potatoes and carrots bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat and simmer for about an hour until veggies are soft and meat is cooked through.

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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie...for 2

How many times have you been wishing for a homemade cookie but you had zero interest in baking a few dozen when you just wanted one?  You know the feeling, you want something sweet, something chocolate, you just can't stop thinking about it.  You know what you want, you have known all along.  For me that "something" is always OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.  They are my favorite and if I can put them in a bowl and cover them with ice cream, all the troubles of the world fade away...

Here is a recipe that is sure to come in handy when those cookie cravings hit but all you want is two cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for 2

2 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons oatmeal (I use minute oats)
3 tablespoons chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Cover a small cookie sheet with parchment paper.

1. Melt butter in small sauce pan.
2. Add brown sugar
3. Add granulated sugar
4  Add pinch of salt

5. Add cinnamon
6. Add vanilla 
7. Add egg yolk
8. Add baking soda
9. Add flour
10. Add oatmeal
11. 5. Add cinnamon
6. Add vanilla 
7. Add egg yolk
8. Add baking soda
Add Chocolate Chips
12. Mix all ingredients together well.  Divide dough in half and roll each half into a ball and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Bake for approx 12-15 minutes.  Maybe a bit longer depending on your oven.
This recipe makes 2 large cookies, you could make 4 smaller cookies just remember to adjust baking time!

If you need a little more happiness in your life, put your cookie in the bottom of a bowl and top it with ice cream, chocolate sauce and the secret ingredient...extra chunky peanut butter!

Please try this recipe with your special someone or like me my gal pal, my daughter Boo!  Let me know how happy this makes you!

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Sick Day vlog / March Meal Plan / Grocery Haul

My Sick Day Vlog video will be up on Friday morning
My Sick Day Vlog video will be live on Friday morning but I wanted to make available immediately the March Meal Plan Calendar!  One of the tasks I never look forward to each week is meal planning.  Sometimes it can be so hard to come up with something new to make for dinner!  Some weeks it feels as if we are eating the very same meals we ate the week before.  

i have put together a month of meals for March that is available as a free download to help you with your meal planning.  There is a dinner listed everyday in the month of March with some leftover days included.  I have also included some meatless meals throughout the month as well.  

You can down load your copy of the March Meal Plan HERE  Let me know in the comments below if this was a helpful tool for your own meal planning.  I would love to include a meal plan each month and feature some of the recipes in upcoming videos!

Thank you so much for visiting and please SUBSCRIBE, I would love to have you all back as part of our Bashful community!

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Spring Tour / What I Did With My Haul

I have been dealing with a serious case of spring fever!  Today I am sharing some of the ways I have brought spring into my home.  Last week or so I shared a haul of some spring decor items that I found at Kirkland's and Hobby Lobby.  In the video below I share what I did with all those things I bought, how I arranged them and where I put them.  I usually buy decor items with a specific intention in mind, it's fun to see where things actually end up when all is said and done!  

I also share this beautiful addition to my living room.  This is my grandma's 1910 Minnesota A sewing machine.  I received it some years ago and have been keeping it in my basement thinking about what I wanted to do with it.  I had thought about painting it but I can't bring myself to touch it!  My very first memories of my grandma are of her sitting sewing at this machine, I have loved it ever since.  My parents had saved it for me when my grandma passed away and now it is here with me.  We believe it was originally owned by my great grandmother and passed on to my grandma.  Inside the drawers are notes and old zippers and spools used by my grandma over 40 years ago.  These things are truly treasures to me.

If any of you have an old sewing machine like mine, please leave me a comment down below and let me know what you have done with it, where you have it in your home and how you preserve it.  Thank you so much for taking some time to visit with me today.  To subscribe to my YouTube channel go HERE.

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Big News!

Well, if you are already here then you know my big news!  The big news is that I had my blog redesigned and it looks beautiful!  I have had a blog for the last few years and since beginning my YouTube channel my poor blog had been very neglected.  One of my goals for 2018 was to combine YouTube and Blogging.  The blog will be an accompaniment to my YouTube channel and where more information on projects, recipes or products mentioned in videos can be found.  I also hope to offer free printables as we enter into spring.  So if this is your first time here Welcome and I hope you will continue to follow along!

In this Vlog video below, I share a great recipe for breakfast oatmeal, an outfit of the day and my Valentine's tablescape!  Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate both with my little ones in my classroom and my loves at home.  


Thank you all for visiting today and please take a moment to leave a comment down below and let me know how you  celebrated Valentine's Day this year!  You may Subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE

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