Friday, October 29, 2010

Beef Goulash - Martha Stewart

I've fixed this during the Fall and Winter months for several years now. It's simple yet sooooooooooooo yummy!!!!!!!!!! If you try it please let me know how you liked it.


Serves 8 to 10.
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 pounds beef chuck, well trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 pounds yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Hungarian paprika
  • 3 cups Homemade Beef Stock (I USED CARTON stock)
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • 2 pounds broad egg noodles, cooked
  • Chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Season meat with salt and pepper to taste. Cook meat in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pot, and adding 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil as needed. Cook each batch of meat until well browned on all sides, about 3 to 5 minutes, and transfer to a plate while the next batch browns.
  2. Reduce heat to low, add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent, about 15 to 20 minutes. Return meat to pot, and add paprika and stock. Stir well to combine. Cook, covered,over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Adjust seasonings. Serve over egg noodles with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Goodwill Tidbit Tray

I found this tidbit tray a while back at Goodwill for 50cents (I think). It was silver and in good shape other than a few blemishes on the finish. I sprayed it soft celery green, filled it with cute soaps from Michael's and I now love it!

Witches Brew

I made witches brew today! It was my dads recipe. It isn't hot unless you use hot peppers. I sliced up green tomatoes, (almost red due to me letting them sit a few days before getting around to making this), sliced onion and peppers from our plants with hot vinegar poured over them. So good on fresh peas or vegetables!
I love the onion and tomatoes, too!!!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

My Next Project

I have several old canvas bank bags that belonged to my grandfather. I'm going to use three of them to make pillows with. One for my mom, one for my aunt and one for myself. I'm leaning towards faded black or blue design and a initial like I've seen chair's done. Maybe, cloth rolled flowers attached instead. I've wanted to make flowers since I first saw them. Oh! I even have some beautiful broaches that would be perfect with the cloth flowers! I'll post the results once I've finished them.
I love the idea of using something that was my families. My mom will be really happy :)

OH! I have handmade dollies and beautiful old buttons to use. I will roll flowers with these for the pillows, too! That way the bags and dollies aren't harmed in any way!
I also found beautiful antique buttons to make rings for all the girls in our family. (Pictures soon)!  I'm REALLY excited to feel my creative side alive again :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Something Blue....

I ask a woman with a carport full of stuff, if she was having a yard sale. She wasn't but was trying to get rid of items she was left with from a elderly man she took care of that passed away. She ask me to please take anything I wanted. She wouldn't take money. I have several beautiful Fenton pieces. This piece will go to my wonderful aunt for her blue/white beach rooms. I think I will fill it with white shells and a white starfish to lean against it.

A group photo of more found treasures that day :)

I'm love this piece! I'm going to look up info on it.

Monday, October 11, 2010


We have a lot of squirrels, chipmunks, Red birds and hummingbirds hangout around our backyard area. They've tried getting water from the pool lately. I put out dishes of water and this over sized cup full of pecans from my freezer (have to make room for this years pecans). Please remember the animals this winter.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

BoO Ya'LL!

I saw these cute ghost in a magazine last week and gave them a try today. EASY five minute project! Wedding bells from Dollar Tree, cheese cloth from Dollar General and the eyes/mouth are scraps from my wallpaper books. I get the books free at Sherwin Williams when the dates expire! I have just the place to put these fellows with a few white lights scattered about the floor to make them shine:)