Have I told you lately...

THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH for visiting my blog and for your lovely, funny, encouraging comments. It means such a lot to me, and it bothers me a lot that I don't always have enough time to answer each and every one of you. My world would be a lot less without all of you that is for sure.

OK mushy stuff aside.

Back to the food porn... I made a yummy stew today for dinner.

Shelly's Beef & Black Bean Crockpot Stew

2 pounds Stew Beef
1 Tablespoon Flour
1/4 cup Beef or Chicken Broth
2 large cloves Garlic, minced
1 large chopped Onion
1 large (28-oz.) can Tomatoes, chopped (I used S&W Petite Cut)
1 cup Salsa
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Paprika
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 cup Frozen Corn (I used Trader Joe's Frozen Fire Roasted Corn)
1 (15-oz.) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 bunch Green Onions, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Cilantro


Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream

Toss beef cubes in flour. In a large skillet, brown beef. Deglaze the pan with broth. Pour into crockpot. Saute onion till golden, add garlic cook 1 minute. Transfer into the crockpot. Add tomatoes, salsa, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, corn, and beans. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Add green onions and cilantro during the last hour of cooking. Top with grated cheese, avocado, and/or sour cream.

I had a lot of fun today. It's getting chilly in Southern California and I only owned 2 pairs of pants (both capris) in my size. I think I'm finally at the size I would like to stay and I'm getting really cold wearing capris and sandals everywhere so I went shopping. I love TJ Maxx. I got two pairs of super cute jeans (size 10) and 2 great sweaters in my favorite color green. I also found a couple of treats to try a SF Maple Pecan Syrup (next time I make the Best Breakfast Ever I will give some a try and let you know) and a Da Vinci Amaretto Sugar Free Syrup (TJ Maxx is a great source for random SF syrups BTW). I also stopped at the supermarket to stock up on my Driftwood Dairy Cottage Cheese & Pineapple which I am completely obsessed with right now.

Highlights of the Day:

* Looking in a mirror and really beginning to like what I see. It took 36 years.

* I walked by people eating a huge pizza today and instead of coveting it I thought, "Damn, that is a lot of carbs" How's that for a mindset change??

* Ooooh I went to Starbuck's today and had them make me a Tall SF Cinnamon Dolce/SF Gingerbread Soy Latte with No Whip. They mixed the two SF syrups for me and it was seriously one of the best drinks I've ever had. Try it. Yum.

* The Christmas cactus blooming in my kitchen window (see above)

Listening to: Fleetwood Mac "Silver Springs"


Lea in WV said...

It is nice to hear how much the comments and such mean to you! I know that as I start getting into blogging, I sometimes wonder if anyone ever even sees what I write! LOL

The stew sounds great! I've saved that one!

KimJ said...

You really do inspire me, you are beautiful on the inside and out... YOU ROCK! and your Christmas Cactus is pretty cute, too. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip on TJ Max. I don't go there often but I will definitely check them out now. I so enjoy your blog and all the great recipes. Can I move in with you and have you cook for me? :o)

kathy w8'n nomore said...

I love this blog. I'm gonna have to hang around just for the food porn! WOW! You have really become quite the butterfly. It is so wonderful to see someone tranform and be happy! Thanks so much for replying to my call for CosMed patients. Seems this guy really knows his stuff. Have only heard postives about them except that the pain meds suck! LOL! You aren't the only one to say that one. Thanks again, and I'll be hanging around now.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so nice and tasty, my question is how in the world do u have time for all that cooking, and so expensive.I would be broke buying supplies to do all that cooking, but here on the east coast i just never heard of some of that stuff.... But it is fun reading.

Anonymous said...

holy #### this look delicious! now i'm hungry! i'll be making this soon! love you and your blog right back! -RebekaA from OH

Flying Sarah said...

I've got some chicken in the freezer so today I'm making this with chicken and using peach and pineapple salsa...can't wait for dinner.