Saturday, October 23, 2010

Game Day Stew

This morning I was awake before the sun came up because it's soccer tournament day! It should be outlawed to rise so early on a Saturday when it's 43 degrees out. Tournament days are full of excitement!! The Hurricanes were ready to play; clothed in their bright uniform shirts and their red and white tie-dye socks. We are so blessed with a wonderful team of girls, the BEST coach, and an always-willing-to-help group of parents. Game 1 tied. Game 2 a HUGE win of 4 to 1. Game 3...sad loss. But that didn't kill our spirit...custom hurricane tattoos, a "tailgate party", plenty of snacks, drinks, and chill time made our day fantastic.

Check out this great shot I got of my sweet Izz!

We were all wiped out after a long morning at the field. On game days, it's so nice to come home to a simmering crock of stew with some nice crusty bread.

Here's a recipe for a hearty stew with great flavor and it's so simple. A hot stew in the fall is just the ticket whether it's soccer day, a football party, or just family night.

1.5 pounds of beef stew meat
4 potatoes peeled and cut into chunky pieces
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper
1 can (28 oz) of bbq baked beans
1 cup of bbq sauce

Place beef, potatoes, onion, and water in the bottom of your slow cooker, season with salt and pepper, top with beans and bbq sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours or until beef is tender.
What goes better with soup or stew than a sandwich? I have an assortment of cookie cutters for all occasions. The kids are crazy about these little ghostly sammies :)
PBJ, Tuna, or cold cuts are perfect for cutting these cute shapes. And let's face it, shaped food is more fun to eat.

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