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Beef Barley Casserole (slow cooker recipe)

December 29th, 2009 No comments

1 pound beef round steak, cut into 1" squares
2 cans beef broth (14 – 15 oz cans)
1 cup barley (not quick cook)
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 pound mushrooms, quartered
1/2 cup (pound) carrots, julienned

Brown the beef and onions.  Put into the slow cooker.  Lightly toast the barley.  Add to the slow cooker.  Add all the other ingredients.  Stir to mix.

Cover and cook 3 – 4 hours on high or 5 – 6 hours on low.  Barley should be "exploded" when done and there will be some liquid left in the bottom.


I use the baby carrots and cut them into quarters lengthwise and then in half.  Adjust the onions/carrots/mushrooms to your liking.

Sear the meat well to get some real flavor in any slow cooker dish.  Yes, you can put it into the mix without cooking it at all but I find it comes out rather bland.

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A bit of a positive post, for a change

December 21st, 2009 1 comment

I've been a tad on the distracted and negative side lately and anyone who knows what's going on is being pretty understanding.  For those who don't know just bear with me for a while longer and I'll be my normal cheery (hah!) self again.

Today was an unexceptional day.  I got some stuff done, I gave away some things (the last one is still sitting on the front stairs waiting for a new home), I packed up the car so I can stop at the thrift store on the way to work and give them more stuff, got the shopping done, and then came home to make cherry jello, brownies and tidy up the kitchen afterward.

Doesn't sound like an exciting day, does it?  Well that's kind of what I'm after for a while.  I've set myself a deadline for getting things done around here and that's done a surprising amount to perk me up.  I think having a goal to achieve is going to help.

I'm still not doing any hobby stuff but I'm ok with that for a short time.  With any luck I won't have to use down time to do hobbies since it will be UP time.  I know that doesn't make much sense but trust me, it will.

On a funny note one of the dogs has finally learned how to 'play'.  Mimi never really seemed to know how to play but in the last couple of weeks she's started taking squeaky toys away from Muffy.  Then the two of them play together seeing who can take the squeaky toy and run away.  It's fun to listen to but I can't go watch because as soon as Mimi sees me she stops playing and wants me to pay attention to her.  Hearing the squeaking, the growling and the skittering feet makes me smile.

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