Sunday, September 7, 2014

YOP Week #10

Fall is here!  The humming birds left this week, it finally cooled off last night,  I have the windows open today and the Iowa Hawkeyes won their game yesterday!  College football is so much more exciting than the NFL.  I used to work in Iowa City where "the Hawks" reside and went to my fair share of games and the best part was the food and the wonderful atmosphere of a college town. 
As for YOP's, they didn't get a lot of attention this week as I was in my Fall cleaning mode and I committed myself to a book club (Cozy Little House) last week, online at Goodreads
It's not the book club commitment, as it is laid back and only 1 book per month, but  I ordered 4 books on wait list at the library lending portion, trying to play catchup (never dreaming they would all come in at once) and 3 of the 4 came in and I have until the 30th to get them read.   And of course, it's walking weather again and outside chores now that it's cooler (it was 97 the other day) and cooking some Fall delicacies such as Ed Debevik's Pot Roast which I always cook at the first sign of Fall. He has a restaurant (or did years ago) in Chicago that I ate at on a business trip and I was able to get the recipe.  It is synonymous with Fall.  I will share the recipe at the end of the good!
As for my projects.....
I got a little farther on my second sock.  The top ribbing is done and now it's 6 inches of stockinette stitch (great for watching the games this afternoon, lol!) I have my next sock yarn picked out and need to order it.  Wait until you see it....LOVE!!!
 I crocheted some more on the hood of Bina the bear (pattern by Lalylala)
...loving this yarn
and I dragged out my KAL project...remember this one?  Sometimes I literally put things away and forget about them.  I am on block number 25 of 54 so almost halfway.  I'd like to make another one of these using scrap yarn and it is one of those that you could just keep adding to when you have the yarn.
Here's those book club books I need to read.  I haven't read them yet so I have no idea if they're good but they were recommended by someone in the book club.  I started this one already and so far it is interesting and very well written and grabs you from the first least it did me.  I'll do a full review after reading the whole book.   
I've not heard of this author.........
I've read Barbara Delinsky before and although I'm not into romance novels she is a good writer and 
at least she portrays her female characters as having some intelligence and a life of their own.
Here's the Ed Debevic Pot Roast recipe I promised you...if you don't like spice leave out the red pepper flakes and even if you do use sparingly.....those suckers are hot!  I prefer using cayenne pepper sparingly as it is spread more evenly throughout the dish whereas the flakes are hot if you get one in your mouth.

Ed Debevic's Pot Roast    (6-8 servings)
 3-3 1/2 pound thick sliced beef chuck arm roast (bone in if possible but good luck finding any)
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons of oil
1 large onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 large cloves of garlic, sliced
1/2 bunch celery, thick sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed thyme or 3/4 cup fresh sprigs
4 bay leaves
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 cup burgundy or dry red wine
2 cups aujus prepared from envelope mix
1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, crushed red pepper (be careful with the pepper or leave out, I just sprinkle a little cayenne, very little and leave it at that)
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups water

Trim fat, season with some salt and pepper, coat with 1/4 cup flour.  In a 4-5 quart dutch oven, brown meat on both sides in hot oil.  Remove meat, add onion, garlic, celery, thyme and bay leaves to drippings in pan.  Cook and stir 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Stir in tomato paste and wine.  Simmer and stir uncovered for 5 minutes.  Add aujus, salt, pepper and red pepper (if you like).  Bring to a boil, add meat.  Cover and bake at 325 degrees F for 3 1/2 - 4 hours.  Remove meat from pan, discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs.  Mix 1/4 cup flour with water ( I use a small jar with a lid and cold water and shake it like the dickens!), stir into pan.  Cook and stir until thick and bubbly.  Cook 1 minute more and serve with the meat.
This makes a great gravy for over mashed potatoes and I usually serve green beans with it or a vegetable of your choice.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and I'll be back to visit later after I get my roast on!
Happy Trails!


  1. What pattern are you using for the afghan? Love the socks too. Makes me want to car a pair on.

  2. It's so beautiful..lovely knitting
    Hugs x

  3. Autumn is my favourite time of the year also... and I'm planning on some sort of harvest banquet for the family this year, and am looking at the trees anxiously to start conker picking with the boys! Thanks for sharing that recipie, that may just come in handy!

    Your projects are looking great x

  4. I like summer, but I too, love autumn, love the cooler weather and love autumn knitting! Love the way your blanket is looking - I have had a beekeepers quilt going for about 18 months (only done about 10 puffs!)

  5. I really like that blanket! It looks like mitred squares with sock yarn... Am I close?

  6. Wow love that sock yarn - I think every colour in the rainbow must be in there!

    I was at the library just yesterday putting holds on books for my fall reading list. Looks like I'll have quite a wait for most of them though. Four of eight aren't "in the library system yet" because they're too new, and for two of them I'm hold number 357 and 448! Might have to buy those two :)

  7. I like how you eat! Each of your projects made me smile. I like the nubs in the bear yarn. That knitted quilt is nice in the autumn colors. The sock yarn is like a roll of Sweettarts!

  8. I remember that afghan, it is coming along too! I should make a list of craft projects I need to finish...right now I am concentrating on wood carvings:) I hope you have a great week:)

  9. Sounds like your busy busy busy, I love the Autumn, it's my favourite season of all. I love that blanket, the colours and how you can add to it as you go along, always a good idea to have a project like that on the go. I've heard of the first book being good, haven't heard of the second and you hit the nail on the head as to why I don't read romance, I really hate it when women are protarayed as wishy washy with neither a life nor intelligence so I hope your right and this book is different.

  10. Thanks for sharing that recipe. I could use my homemade tomato paste too.

  11. OOOOHHHH, that recipe sounds divine. I must try that and soon. I love pot roast and since fall is in the is time to do that. Your projects are coming along swimmingly. The sock yarn is so pretty. The afghan looks like a fun one to do since you can do it as you like when you like. The bina the bear yarn is yummy looking too.

  12. I really liked The Light Between hubby and I both read it and liked it! Enjoy your week and wonderful projects! Hugs, Diane

  13. Love the socks, and the afgan looks fun. What pattern is it?


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