Friday, September 23, 2011

Apple cider+beef stew=heaven

Do the happy dance... It's fall!!  This is my second favorite time of year after the holidays.  I love when the nights get colder, the days are crisper and brighter, and my cookbooks come out of hibernation again.  This past sunday i treated my family to one of their all time favorite fall dinners... Cider Beef Stew.  I have been making this recipe since I was given the cookbook for Christmas in 1999.
Here is the recipe:
Apple Cider Beef Stew
2lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons salt, optional
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 medium carrots, cut into 3/4" peices
3 celery ribs, cut into 3/4" pieces
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
In a dutch oven, brown beef in oil; drain. Add cider, vinegar, salt if desired, thyme and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours. Add potatoes, carrots, celery and onions; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender. In a separate bowl combine flour and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Yield: 8 one-cup servings. 315 calories per serving.

And some pictures because i love to share like that...

Browned beef swimming in cider

 I have to insert right here that this does kind of smell funky while it's cooking!  Don't let this turn you off, it does get better and tastes incredible when it's done!
All the ingredients minus meat and veggies

Veggies waiting to be chopped

oh this looks so good already!

waiting for scraps... poor doggy, she will be waiting quite a while for those...

Finished products after several bowls were taken out.  Delicious!

I served this with some crescent rolls.  Hubby actually turned off the Patriots game to come sit down and eat with us!!  This recipe is such a hit with my family.  We actually have to hoard our own leftovers.  I was able to snag some the next day which was kind of amazing for me. =]
Try this recipe out, you won't be disappointed!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Customs

I am currently working on a custom order through Etsy.  Here is what I have done so far:
Three Irish Girls "Aidan" on Lindon
Sugarbubbie "Silly Old Bear" on Licorice Twist

October Customs:
Jeffrey Coat for Jeni
2 pairs small longies for Candice

If you would like to get onto my customs list just shoot me an email or message me on Facebook!

Prices and Sizes

I am such a slacker... here I have been in business for over a year and I have yet to post my size and price charts... Well, here i am to rectify that situation!
Schluttli Sizes

Sizes for any other items can be discussed via emails to, through conversations at Etsy, or messages on Facebook.  I am open to making hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters... basically if there is a pattern or I can write one, I can knit it for you!

While I usually use my own pattern for longies, shorties and soakers, I am a licensed Butt Knits knitter.  I am also licensed to knit Comfort Wool's Springtime in Hollis sweater, Julibeans Juliette Skirty, and KumfyKozies Kumfy Schl├╝ttli Collection.

My price list only shows prices for longies, shorties, capris, and soakers.  If you want me to knit something else for you, feel free to send me a message and I will get a quote right out to you.

These prices are for my knitting only (YYMN: your yarn, my needles). If you would like to use some of my yarn, there will be an extra charge added for the yarn based on the original price of the yarn and amount needed.
Charges per ounce for MYMN(My yarn, my needles) with my current stash yarn:
Three Irish Girls - $4/oz
Mosaic Moon - $4.50/oz
Purewool - $2.75/oz
WWbN - $4/oz
Available yarns are posted here.

All longies come with an i-cord drawstring.
Additional options:
Cables - $10
Cargo Pockets - $5 per pocket
Duplicate stitch – starts at $10, price depending on the size and complexity of the design
Stripes - $10 for longies, less for shorties or newborn sizes
Ruffles: single - $5, Double - $10
Fancy cuff - $10
Feel free to contact me for any additional options you would like added!

I know everyone has their own feelings as to pooling... I personally don't mind it at all and tend to let the yarn do what it wants while knitting.  If you don't like pooling, please let me know before i begin a project and I will do what I can to prevent it.