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I really baby my slow-cooked meals and this Guinness Beef Stew is not an exception! As a bonus, this is the best version of Guinness Beef Stew that I ever made! It has a wonderful full flavor with a bit of sweetness. Most stews need to sit a day or two for the flavors to …

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Did you see my Wordless Wednesday picture and video of the vehicle that became an ice sculpture when large waves from Lake Erie were breaking over to a parking lot on a freezing cold day? Click here for the picture and video. Well good news! The owner got his car out of the frozen ice …

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Are you living in a cold climate experiencing bitter cold temps or experiencing rainy damp days? Do you come home after being outside trying to get warm? Give this delicious soup a chance – it has a nice level of spices and heat! A few years ago, I made a similar recipe – click here …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day with a slightly different version of Guinness Beef Stew! This year’s version includes some wonderful parsnips, turnips, and raisins adding a nice sweet undertone! Before adding the vegetables to the stew, I roasted them in the oven to bring out their flavors – the house smelled wonderful with so many aromas! …

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This year our winter in the Northeast consists of arctic air from Canada and far too much snow! Somehow it does not seem fair to have wind chills of -20 degree fahrenheit (or -29 Celsius) and it still snows! Heavy sweaters are a must and driving with gloves is also imperative (I dislike driving with …

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Is everyone enjoying the last few days of March? I know I will be glad for this month to be over and hopefully get closer to real spring weather. It still has been bitter cold – though today it got a bit warmer and we are hoping for better temperatures to come – and stay! …

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It is a good time of year to try different versions of my original Minestrone Slow-Cooked Stew. It is still bitter cold and we rarely get a warm day. Most of us are so looking forward to spring! I am so done with this winter – but am trying to find projects to keep me busy. …

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I must admit this Chicken Chili rivals my Turkey Chili and has become my favorite! We tend to make our chili thick, therefore; if you prefer a more broth-based chili just add more chicken stock. This chili is fabulous with tortilla chips for dipping. I love the crunch of the tortilla with the spiciness of …

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! Whether or not you are Irish or Irish American, I wish you a wonderful, blessed day filled with much happiness! Today I would like to share this Old Irish Blessing and an Irish Guinness Stew recipe. An Old Irish Blessing May love and laughter light your days, and warm your …

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