February #catchthemoment Week #6

I can’t believe we are 6 weeks into 2014! It’s been another bitterly cold week – lots of below 0°F weather. It’s been blowing or snowing every other day.  We’ve been working in the house and shop a lot!  Here are my pics from week #6.


Brett was bundled up ready to play outside for a little while. It was around -10°F. We went from the house to the shop! Lots of work for a 2 minute walk!


This is somehow a comfortable position.  Brett was having fun with an iPad while I was making dad his favorite chocolate cake.


I made this quilt for our daughter Kayla.  This was my 2nd quilt project since starting last year, but I just completed it.  She turned 20 today!


The boys and I went swimming with friends.  Brett only went down the waterslide once since it shot us right under the water at the end.  He was understandably leery after that! He’s going again on Friday. I hope he’s not scared of it!


We have our 1st tomato on our Aerogarden plant!  It’s a little hydroponic garden.  There are many more tomatoes to follow.  We love getting fresh tomatoes in the dead of winter!


Brett enjoyed a big chocolate chip cookie after lunch.  I think it took him 20 minutes to eat it!


Sadie couldn’t take it anymore.  She stayed up too late waiting for me to finish sewing.

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February #catchthemoment Week #5

Here are my #catchthemoment pics from this week.DSC_0490

The ongoing battle of snow removal seems to be a daily occurrence around here.


Sadie my sweet Sheltie stayed up late with me working on a sewing project. She’ll be 1 at the end of the month.


Friday we attended the farm show in Minot, ND.  We had supper at Kroll’s Diner before we left town.  Our boys shared one of those rare sentimental moments.


Max & Brett shared a bowl of leftover chili for supper.  Some days they get along so good! This has been an exceptional week for them!


Sunday we went to pickup our old car for a good washing.  We have it up for sale this week.  It’s a 1964 98 Oldsmobile with all the electric gadgets.  Pretty high tech for then! We bought it last year from my husbands’ cousin but never seem to have time to drive it.  The boys love riding in it!


The sunset at the Devils Lake, ND airport while we were picking up the plane from its annual.  Sometimes it’s hard to pick just one.  I had to throw in a plane pic after its annual with the shiny prop.  It won’t last long!


I cut open this tomato and found sprouts while making homemade tomato soup.  I’ve had sprouted peppers & squash, but never a tomato!  I should’ve planted it!


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Crock-pot Beef Stew

The sun-dogs were out in full force!

I have a heart-warming stew recipe for this cold winter day. It’s -8°F here today!  Brrr! This is one of our favorite recipes for the field.  It works great to throw together in the morning for supper or even at noon to have ready for supper.  It’s also thick enough to serve on a plate. The guys really enjoy it on a cold harvest evening.

Crock-Pot Beef Stew


Crock-pot Beef Stew
  • 2 pounds stew beef or round steak
  • 3 bouillon cubes or 1 Tbsp beef stock
  • 1 12 oz. can tomato juice
  • 1 15 oz can tomatoes, diced or stewed
  • 2-3 Carrots
  • 4-6 Potatoes
  • 1 Onion if desired
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Corn starch mixed in 6 ounces cold water
  1. Place carrots on bottom of crock-pot. Add beef and remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with Salt & pepper. Stir corn starch mixture into liquids.
  2. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Crock-Pot Beef Stew

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