Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grandma Smith's Beef Stew

Hard to believe the week is already halfway over!  It's flown by for me.  The morning started out gray and drizzly so I spent the morning working on little decorating projects and some Christmas presents!  Since our day started off gray I thought a hearty beef stew sounded good for supper.  My Grandma Smith has the BEST recipe!  It's super easy too!

                                                  Grandma Smith's Beef Stew
2 lb. Stew meat, browned
4 C. H2O
1 sliced onion
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (I squeezed 2 lemons)
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. worchestire sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. allspice (I didn't have any so I used cinnamon)
2 bay leaves
Diced Potatoes
Diced Carrots
1 Tbsp Cornstarch

For some reason I didn't have the assembly part of the recipe written down.  So here's how I did it (forgive me if this is wrong Grandma!!!)

I browned my stew meat in olive oil.  I made sure to salt and pepper my meat really well while it cooked.  Once browned I added my sliced onions and turned it on low for about 30 minutes to simmer.
While the meat was simmering I assembled the water, lemon juice, salt, sugar, worchestire sauce, pepper, paprika, allspice and bay leaves into a stew pot.
Once the meat and onions had simmered for about 30 minutes I poured them into my stew pot (which had the water and spices in it).
I cooked the meat in this juice for about 30 more minutes on low.
Then I added my potatoes and carrots to the pot.  I used about 3/4 a bag of carrots and 3/4 a sack of potatoes.  I just kept adding to the pot until it looked like I had enough.
Put the lid on your pot and let it cook on low for around an hour.

Take 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch and stir it into a tiny bit of water until the cornstarch is dissolved.  Add this slowly into your beef stew, stirring as you add.  This will help to thicken the liquid in your pot and turn it into a gravy.  Let it cook for another 10 minutes or so.

And there you have it! The BEST beef stew you will ever eat!


Crazy and Crazier before bed last night.  Can you tell by the picture that they fought bedtime? :)


Here's a little sneak peek of the fabric that I'm working with for Blue Cottage Kids!
I'm working on a few last things.  One of them being something for boys!


This pic was from last week's nailbiting game.  14-16.  The two games before that we won by a touchdown.
After this season is over I will be going in for a serious massage.  Talk about a stressful season!!!
We have one last regular season game on Friday.  This game determines if we head to play-offs! I can already feel the heartattack coming on! :)

Off to sew for a little bit before bed.
Go to the store tomorrow and buy the ingredients for the beef stew.  Oh, and side note.  Only add the required amount of pepper :)  I MIGHT have added 3x the amount of pepper because I've been craving spicy foods. And my family MIGHT have complained of the beef stew being really spicy ;) ha! 
Nighty night!


  1. Hi Ashley,
    Your stew looks SO good! I am going to try this one soon! As soon as it is not 90 degrees that is. :)

    Cute picture of your husband and your kids. Does he coach a high school team? What fun for the whole family to watch Dad doing his job!

  2. LOVE those babies!!! Just makes me laugh out loud!