Maybe I should reverse the title because I won't be able to contain my mail surprise for much longer! We spent the weekend getting ready for summer and by this I mean getting the house in order so I can spend AS MUCH TIME as possible outside and not have worry about inside stuff except cooking and the occasional cleaning. Off track there, sorry. I also started to wear a real shoe on the "fixed foot" this week so this morning was spent stumping around figuring out how to walk again. After lunch the cry went up "The UPS guy is here!!!" he only brings us happiness in boxes you know, not bills, ever.
The box was HUGE and marked from Newman's Own Organics. Holy guacamole! It was full to stuffed with Newman's Own Organics products. My kids were ecstatic. Literally jumping around saying "that UPS guy is SOOOOO nice" They could not believe all the beautiful food in that box was for them to try out. You have to understand, my kids lead a sheltered food life. Seriously. No cookies, microwave popcorn, pop tarts, granola bars, not a lot in "cool packs with PICTURES on it!!" Which was shouted several times. We buy a lot of bulk foods but we do buy Newman's Own Organic Alphabet Cookies for fun though and the no high fructose corn syrup thing, too. So to see this huge box o' goodies was almost more than they could take. They, of course, wanted to try everything at once but we had just finished lunch, so we took some pictures of this MEGA box, tried some Peppermint candies and let our geriatric yellow lab have some Turkey and Sweet Potato treats. We enjoyed the Peppermints immensely, not too hot and not too sweet. The dog tried to remove my hand for the sweet heart shaped biscuits, didn't know she still had it in her. We tried Newman O's for our bedtime snack and yeah my kids are in love. But I don't mind! These are occasional treats from an reputable company and they are about as healthy as you can get...for cookies that is. Who doesn't need a cookie every once in a while, right?
On to Cowboy Stew. In the summer I don't like to cook. It gets in the way of being outside. So I employ several tactics to get me through. There is the throw stuff on the grill tactic, thaw and grill baby. The salad tactic, everything can be a salad. Right? The 'oh I forgot what time it was, shouldn't you take me out to dinner tactic' I don't use this one much but I have it IF I ever NEED it. The crock pot tactic, pop it in and 8 hours late it's done, woot! Yes I know it's lame but summers are short and sweet and I hate to be in when the sun is shining, period. Cowboy Stew is an old favorite I pulled out because we are having company over and I won't be home to cook much. It has many variations so please feel free to play around with this basic recipe and make it yours.
1 pound stewing beef in chunks
3 cans great northern beans drained and rinsed
4 potatoes scrubbed and cut in chunks
2 cups water
1 cup barbecue sauce-with out high fructose corn syrup Tony Romas Natural or Bullseye
1 teaspoon garlic granules or powder
salt and pepper to taste-after cooking
add everything to the crock pot and cook on high for 1 hour and low for 6 or so
play around with it because all crock pots cook different
I have cooked this for 9 hours on low and it was fine
Serve with a salad and biscuits, perfect, they will think you slaved all day. HA!
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