Saint Patrick's Day is rapidly approaching, so we thought we would get into the spirit and share some delicious Irish recipes with you! Let us know if you either of these out!
We also have an announcement for the "Illusions" block of the month.
Remember to set your clocks AHEAD an hour tonight.
Guinness Beef Stew Recipe
Homemade Guinness beef stew is homey and comforting. It's also so easy to make!
To make in the slow cooker:
In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the beef cubes, in batches, if necessary to avoid crowding. Season generously with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Brown the cubes, turning as necessary. When all the cubes are browned, transfer them to the crock of a 6-quart slow cooker.
Add the onion and mushrooms to the drippings in the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, lose their liquid, and the drippings start to thicken.
Pour in the beer, paprika, thyme, bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer this mixture for 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetables and broth to the crock.
Add the potatoes and carrots and stir to combine.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the vegetables and meat are tender.
If you’d like to make this recipe in advance, you can store the cooked stew in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to two months.
To make in the electric pressure cooker:
Turn the machine to saute and heat the oil until shimmering. Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper and brown them, in batches if necessary to avoid crowding, in the hot oil. When all the cubes are browned, transfer them to another dish for a few minutes.
Add the onion and mushrooms to the drippings in the pot and cook on saute, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, lose their liquid, and start to brown slightly.
Pour in the stout, and add the paprika, thyme, bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon salt. Return the beef cubes to the pot. Stir. Add the small whole potatoes and then the carrots. Do not stir. Leave these layers as is.
Secure the lid and close the pressure valve. Set the machine for 25 minutes manual and then allow a 10 minute natural release before releasing the pressure and taking off the lid.
If the juices are very thin, you can thicken then by stirring in a slurry of cornstarch and water. This will thicken the hot juices. Stir, taste for salt and pepper, adjust the seasonings to taste and serve.
And for dessert, help yourself to a Guinness float!
1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened if necessary
2 cups Guinness or other stout beer
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- Divide ice cream between 2 glasses. Slowly top with beer; drizzle with chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.
WE HAVE CLOSED OFF THE RETREAT. If you have not signed up yet, you can call the shop and we can try to get you a room, but as of now there is not guaranteed space.
Who's ready for spring and bright colors? Keep your eyes open for a new line of bright, colorful prints and panels coming from In The Beginning Fabrics. "Summer" should arrive in the shop in April, "Autumn" arrives in July, and "Winter" arrives in October. "Spring" is not pictured. If you're interested in any of them, please give the shop a call to reserve yours. Shop samples will be ready to view soon.
ILLUSIONS BLOCK OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!
Dorene is working hard on getting your block of the month cut, and she is now ready to start thinking about oopsie kits! Would you be interested in purchasing an oopsie kit for the Illusions block of the month? Please let us know! Give us a call, or respond to this email and let us know if you would like one cut for you. It would consist of 9 fat eighths, one in each bright color of the main fabrics. If you need the background fabrics, you will be able to order that separate.
We also have the 108" wide backing that goes with this project. If you know for sure you would like this backing, please let us know and we will get it cut and hold it for you.
This wide back is a 108" Batik that was custom made for this block of the month!
We are creating an interest list for this new Block of the Month called "Masterpiece". It starts in May of this year. This quilt will be big! It is a 108" square. The price will be $24 per month and includes all fabrics for the top, binding and pattern. You have to see these fabrics to realize just how rich and beautiful these jewel tones are. The picture does not do this quilt justice.
Please remember the interest list does NOT mean you are signed up for "Masterpiece", it just gives us an idea of how much fabric we need to order, so if you think you might want to do this block of the month please let us know and we will put you on the interest list.
If there is a technique that you are wanting to learn, please let us know and we'll arrange a class. Without feedback from you, we don't know what our customers want.
class cost includes a kit. Learn how to do hand applique the easy way with this technique class. No glue, no freezer paper, no templates!
Students will make a 8" x 8" block made up of 4 paper-pieced squares forming a star flower. Learn a valuable skill to take your quilting to the next level! Paper piecing is a timeless art, and with Ruth's help you'll soon be on your way to mastering this talent.
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