It’s been a loooong week…I’m glad it’s over. I’ve not enjoyed the past year, but I- we’ve- made it.
We buried my mother a year ago today. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I know she’s doing okay.
So. The new entry. I know that Mom wouldn’t want me to sit on my ass and be all depressed today…I know she would want me to do what I love to do. So, here’s three of them. Food, Tea, and Photography!
On to the food!
I got a new dutch oven. I love my new dutch oven. Everyone should have one. This weekend’s recipe was Beef and Ale Stew with Buttermilk Scallion Dumplings. Found it on From Away.
It was pretty good. I’m not a fan of cooked mushrooms, so I subbed potatoes for them. It was my first time making dumplings. I need to make them smaller. I also need a bigger dutch oven…at least for this recipe. It was HUGE. I actually had to transfer the stew to my big-azz stock pot. I will have leftovers for a week. Yum. Any ideas on what to do with leftover stew? Oh a side note… Dawn Bleach Alternative five min soak is AWESOME for getting little burned things off the bottom of your pan.
Next, the Tea!
This tea is special to me. It was actually the tea that got me hooked on tea. My Mom, Aunt Judy, and Cousin Donna took me to a little place in Augusta called Miss Muzzie’s Tea Shop, which sadly, closed several years ago. Mom had ordered some Wild Strawberry Tea, and encouraged me to try it (without dumping 6 tablespoons of sugar in it), and I was hooked.
I don’t brew it very often, but I felt today was the day to do so.
I love this tea. I mean love, love, LOVE this tea. It’s strawberry without the cloyingly sweet fake strawberry flavor. It’s an organic black tea with natural flavors. You can see the seeds and leaves in the bag. I highly recommend it. Without sugar. *grin*
Oh, and that teapot was a gift from Mom when I went off to FHSU. It’s the Assam, from Bodum, and I love it. I’ve been using it for years.
And speaking of Tea…go here…
Right now. I mean it. That link will take you to Adagio Tea’s website. Specifically, my best friend Steph’s blend page. That Taurus Blend looks yummy. (Yes, I am one. Just ask my family. I am Taurus personified.) Check out what she’s got!
And as for the photography…*points to the pictures* Duh…
And because I do this blog for my Mom…
I love you Mom!