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With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it’s time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?
The due date is now officially just over 2 weeks away. Our bags are packed, and we’re about as ready as we can be…well as ready as one can actually be for a first baby.
So I’ve heard that women often have a nesting phase when they’re pregnant…especially if it’s their first pregnancy. They decide it’s a good time to repaint the house or get new carpet in all of the bedrooms. I get it. The baby will consume all of your free time soon, so let’s tackle those projects that are lurking around in the back of your mind. The good news for me is that we didn’t have any of those projects on the back burner. Or so I thought.
We’ve done more housework these past several months that we’ve done in the entire time we’ve lived here! There have been no less than 10 different contractors out here to give us quotes on various projects. We’ve changed out most of the windows in the house. We’ve gotten new siding. We’ve had a dehumidifier and an additional egress installed into our basement. (To make room for the baby, I moved my office from the spare bedroom down to the basement.) I’ve been shocked at the amount of work that we’ve done around here lately! Oh, and did I mention changing the curtains and curtain rods, too? Yeah.
But I can’t get on my wife’s case for all of this so-called nesting. I’ve definitely tackled a few extra projects on my own. For example, last Spring we dropped by a church yard sale to see if they had any useful baby items. I came across an old wooden high chair that was worn and weathered, but totally in good condition. I decided the summer would be a good time to refinish said high chair.
Woodworking doesn’t run in my family, but I was determined to make this high chair look new again! From multiple rounds of sanding to staining to coating with polyurethane, this high chair has become my nesting project. As is often the case, I procrastinated a little bit…but the baby is coming soon, and I needed to finish up this project! So I’ve been spending all of my after-work time making this chair look as good as new again. And I think I’m almost there!
With all of the chores and projects we’ve been doing around the house lately, dinner has often become an afterthought. We look up and see that it’s 6:30 or 7:00, and we think, “Hmmm…what can we cobble together for dinner tonight?” That’s when I re-discovered the wonderful invention known as the Crock Pot.
I can prep all of the ingredients in the morning, turn it on and let dinner cook itself for the rest of the day. Seriously. Dinner just cooks itself. Why can’t that high chair just refinish itself? Or why can’t the siding on our house just replace itself? Ah well, I’m grateful that the Crock Pot has taken out the stress of dinner planning lately!
The other night, I grabbed some veggies and a roast and tossed them into the Crock Pot along with the Beef Stew flavor from Campbell’s line of Slow Cooker Sauces. Talk about easy! The hardest part was trying to actually do my work while that beef stew was simmering away in the kitchen.
You see, whoever built this house decided that it would be a good idea to put the air intake for the heating/air system right there in the kitchen. So our entire house was literally filled with the mouth-watering smells of beef stew. Even the dogs were walking around with their noses up in the air all day!
I decided to take this easy beef stew even one step further and top it with a rosemary biscuit topping. This step only takes a couple extra minutes there at the very end, and you’ll definitely be glad you did it! The biscuits bake up nice and golden brown on top, but they soak up some of the juices from the beef stew and veggies below. My wife and I almost fought over who got the last biscuit. (Don’t worry…I gave it to her!)
With our son set to arrive in a couple of weeks, our families have already told us that they will be coming up for extended time to help us get used to the new routine. I know I will be forever grateful for the help as I hear that sleep is pretty much non-existent with a new baby around. With all of the guests in town, I suspect that our Crock Pot will be put to good use! Campbell’s is Made for Real, Real Life, and real life around this house means overdrive baby prep and the need for easy dinners.
I’m also thinking that the Crock Pot is going to be my new favorite friend on game day. Can you imagine serving up some Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork sandwiches just in time for kick-off…and not spending more than about a few minutes to make ’em? I’ve got important game day routines, and standing in the kitchen all day is not one of them!
In addition to the Beef Stew variety, Campbell’s has a number of other flavors in their line of Slow Cooker Sauces (linked to Campbell’s Sauces). Other flavors include Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork, Tavern Style Pot Roast, Hawaiian Pork, Southern BBQ and Sweet Korean BBQ. I’m already imagining how good the house will smell with all of those different sauces simmering away. Of course, I might be sleeping…or staining a high chair.
Have you ever refinished a high chair?
Which flavor of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces would you most like to try?
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