27 September 2009

Fall has hit the Steffes Home!

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Finally!!

I am finished with my September fall decorating! I totally skipped my August decorating this year, with the family funerals and my surgery. Thanks to Pat and Barb and Judy and Manuela for their wonderful posts on Fall. Reading them kept me hopeful that I would eventually get my house decorated.





My house looks like Fall now!







25 September 2009

MU Football Tonight!

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The Tigers are playing Nevada tonight at Nevada. The game is televised, but I am probably going to be at a High School football game. That's what Friday nights are for!

21 September 2009

Vegetable Soup

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Pat from Back Porch Musings posted on Sunday that she made a big batch of vegetable soup. It sounded so good to me that I put down the computer and made some for myself! Bob had already planned dinner for Sunday night, so I saved it for Monday, when Bob had a dinner meeting. So, on this cold, wet, foggy last-day-of-summer day, I had a fabulous vegetable soup.

Pat said that she uses what she had, so here is the recipe I came up with using what I already had....

2 carrots, sliced
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can green beans
1 can kidney beans
2 cans beef broth
2 basil leaves rolled and cut into thin slices
1 twig of thyme

Saute the onions, carrots, mushrooms and garlic in enough olive oil to brown the vegetables. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer on the stove a couple of hours. Cool, refrigerate and eat the next day!! Serve with garlic toast.

Thank you Pat, for the inspiration!

20 September 2009

Another Football Weekend!

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Had another wonderful Tiger Football weekend! We decided to do a brunch. Since I had to supervise a high school football game on Friday, Bob planned the menu and got everything ready!

We had a breakfast brunch with biscuits and gravy, eggs with cheese, a fruit tray, brownies (Ashley insisted) and cinnamon rolls. Andrea brought some mini muffins. All served with wonderful mimosas, which were delicious once the champagne cork decided to come out!

The Tigers won, I didn't get sunburned and we had a great time with Ashley, Eric and friends!

13 September 2009

We're such proud Parents!

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Today we watched Ashley accept two fellowships from the University. Those fellowships help so much toward the expenses of graduate school. Since she is a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Textile and Apparel Management she gets her tuition paid for but she still has lab fees, books, computer time, etc... and all that adds up to be expensive!

10 September 2009

Our First 2009 Tailgate!

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Saturday is our first tailgate party! The Mizzou Tigers play Bowling Green at 6 and while I will make the game, I will not make the tailgate party! My first class of my doctorate program starts Saturday and I cannot miss it!

Our menu:

Yummy chili, a new recipe which will be shared if it is a success. Basically instead of hamburger, we are using steak chunks. Should be a lovely dish!

Green chili corn muffins

Monkey bread (for a breakfast treat)

And we are conducting a taste test between Nathan's hot dogs and Oscar Meyer. We'll let you know the results!

Dessert: Cake Mix Cookies (I'll have to hide them from Bob or come up with another dessert!)

Since I cannot be there I will be assembling the foods ahead of time and all Bob will need to do is grill the hotdogs and heat up the chili! It should take off some stress, although I know Ashley will step up to the plate and be a grand hostess. I cannot wait to see the pictures!

Go Tigers!!

07 September 2009

Making Beouf Bourguignon with Julia Child

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French cooking is complicated and time consuming. No shortcuts allowed here!

Bob peeled pearl onions while I cleaned and quartered a pound of button mushrooms. Bob browned the onions and I made a bouquet garni using fresh herbs from our garden. We continued to brown onions and then to sautee mushrooms for nearly an hour.




In between times we snacked on this little lunch I made to tide us over til dinner!



Bob cut the carrots into sticks while I derinded the bacon and cut it into small pieces. I put the water on to boil and to parboil the bacon slices. Bob prepared the chunks of meat to brown on our dutch oven, which we love dearly. It is a red Le Creuset. We learned by using this pot that good tools produce good results.



My mom called and so Bob continued on... mashing garlic, trimming the meat, preparing the bacon, and prepping for the actual cooking of the stew. In the meanwhile, I have been taking shots of Robitussin, as I have developed a mean little cough.

The meat is browning in the dutch oven and Bob is ready to move onto the vegetables. He is adding his carrots and onions to the pot. The kitchen is a tad smoky as the bacon fat is very hot. Our kitchen is not used to bacon fat.

Bob has added the wine, the stock and the veggies to the pot and in the oven it is. Now, we wait for 2 1/2 hours for the goodness!



Bob sat down to watch the Cardinal game and promptly fell asleep! I think I will go in and clean the kitchen while he naps! I think I will set the table, too!



06 September 2009

Go Tigers!!

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Well, it was quite a day yesterday for the season opener for the Missouri Tigers! They were a six point underdog and the final score? Missouri 37, Illnois 9.

We were unable to watch the game in Boonville, so we scurried back to Columbia and watched the game at our old haunt, the Sports Zone. We had our favorite, Monster Nachos and watch the Tigers kick some Illinois butt!





I have a new favorite player, kicker Jake Harry (the IV). I cannot tell you why but I have always liked kickers who kick rugby style!

05 September 2009

Julie and Julia

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LOVED the movie Julie and Julia. In my opinion, I liked the movie better than the book! I thought the movie softened the book quite a bit. Bob enjoyed it too, so much that he made Au Fromage (on page 126 of the Mastering the Art of French Cooking) for breakfast. The eggs were fabulous and so creamy and good.

On Sunday we will be attempting Boeuf Bourguignon (beef stew) on page 315. This stew was featured in the movie. We are going to visit our local butcher rather than buy the meat from the grocery store, so we are making our own adventure from the experience!

We are also checking out the bakeries in Columbia for some good bread to eat with it. Don't want to miss out on any of the good juices!

While we loved the movie and we love to cook... I don't see us working our way through the cookbook anytime soon... aspic just doesn't sound all that appetizing to me!

Now I want the Julia Child TV series on DVD... hoping Bob can find those for my Christmas present!!

04 September 2009

Fall is Around the Corner!

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Flowers from Suzy Q to help me speed along my cure from breast cancer. Thank you Suzy, it's working!!


When September comes, my thoughts start to get all jumbled together in an attempt to decide if I want summer to end and fall to begin! Fall is by far my most favorite season, and Bob will tell you I have crates and crates of fall decor. Ashley was born in October and my birthday is in November, so it is a special time for us!! Not to mention Mizzou Football (go Tigers) and homecoming parades and tailgate parties and pumpkin patches, craft festivals and apple butter.

But today I decided that at least the blog was going to get a little fall on it, even if I am not ready to commit to the pumpkins, leaves, acorns and scarecrows at the house quite yet!

02 September 2009

Cutest Little Things

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My friend Judy has started a new blog called Cutest Little Things. She and her husband are marvels at taking what appears to be "junk" and turning them into masterpieces. Plus Judy has the most wonderful way of saying things that make you just want to make those words your own! Please stop by and say "hey" and tell her I sent you!

Cutest Little Things