Sunday, December 14, 2008

Beef Stew for Homecoming!

Saturday was the day my 3 were scheduled to return home from WVU, and I was hopeful for no delays. You see, my son is an RA this year, and stayed late at the beginning of Thanksgiving break so he'd have no set return time at the end. Of course, this means they must go through all rooms, and make sure there are no fire hazards, nor people trying to remain in the dorms even though they're closed. So there were 2 teams, one of girls, and the other my 6'5", red pony tail sporting son with a "skinny little guy". Sure enough, the girls found 2 guys who were refusing to leave, so they called "Big Red" for backup. After a quick stop at the supply closet, my son's team showed up to help the stragglers find their way out. The first one said it would take him a few hours, because he hadn't packed anything, to which my son responded, "No problem. Get your wallet and keys, and I'll help you pack," pulled a couple of trash bags out of his back pocket, and dumped the contents of a couple of drawers into them. Tying a knot in the top, he handed the 2 bags to the kid, said, "Look! New matching luggage for you!", and steered him to the exit. The process was repeated for the second straggler, and the RA teams were out only 2 hours late. Fortunately, there was no need to provide anyone with new matching luggage before Christmas, and at 6PM the call came that they had just hit the highway.

"Beef stew will be waiting!" I chirped.
"We'll be there at 11:45!" they promised.

At 11:27, they stormed in, having made no pit stops, and having filled the 40 gallon tank in my Suburban the week before, explaining that they just LOOOOVE beef stew!


I'd give you my guidelines, because calling this a recipe is absurd, but when I got to the part where you need 6 to 8 quarts of beef broth and/or water, you'd all laugh at me. What does make my stew spectacular is that I grate potatoes, about 3 per pound of meat and half gallon of water, which dissolve and thicken the broth over the course of the 4 to 6 hours cooking time. Sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, barley and celery round out this delight. I usually ad spinach to it 15 minutes before serving, but I had none, and wasn't going out in 19 degree weather for it. Parsley was a poor substitute, but I need green in my bowl! Choose your bread product; we usually opt for baking powder biscuits.

Tomorrow, we present the eggnog ice cream, with a humorous Patrick story to go with it. See you then!

9 comments:

doggybloggy said...

danga buh danga .....that must be some good stew.....

noble pig said...

I love their packing method, that's hilarious. Why didn't those kids want to leave? Coming home to stew was heaven for them for sure!

Cayleigh said...

Yeah! I'm glad they got home safely! I get a kick out of your son being an RA ... it reminds me of the Harry Potter books where more than one of the Weasley boys are made Prefects!

I'll take a BIG bowl of this stew, please! I bet the kids savored every bite, especially after their long ride.

We got snow today! Schools have already canceled classes tomorrow, so I'll have everybody home. The kids played outside, and after downing steaming cocoa, played lots of board games and twister! Would love to have your little boys come over and join them ... but I bet they'd miss their siblings!

Paula said...

Hey Marjie ... the last post is from me. I didn't realize my middle child was logged in (her school account). Anyway ... it's from me!

Darius T. Williams said...

The stew looks good - can't wait for the story tomorrow...oh, and the ice cream!

Grace said...

who doesn't love beef stew? hearty, healthy, and delicious--very nice.

Katherine Aucoin said...

The stew looks so good and hearty. The egg nog ice cream sounds like the perfect way to top off the stew.

gaylen said...

Oh, grated potatoes, I'll have to try that. It sounds perfect. g

Pam said...

Grated potatoes what a grate idea! Get it? Grate idea?? I crack myslef up sometimes.