I don’t mind dentists –my grandpa was a dentist and they are usually kind caring people and I know the more I cooperate the sooner they can get the job done and send me on my way.
I love my dentist, Melanie. She often comes into the room humming, and has the most beautiful singing voice. I bet YOU were never lulled and comforted while having your tooth reamed while your dentist hummed Motown beside you?
She came in with a cheerful greeting of “How are you today, Sunshine?” And I started singing right off ((Because I have a habit of being a juke-box this way)) “I’ve got Sunshine --- on a cloudy day….” And she sang the NEXT line “When it’s cold outside –I”ve got the month of May …” FUN!
And then she cursed me for putting that ear-worm into her brain and thanked me that it would follow her all the day long. So while she worked on me, she hummed “My Girl” and I proceeded to find myself numb from my chin to my nose. I'm not complaining ---when it comes to dentistry? NUMB IS MY FRIEND!
It only took about an hour, and we were able to get by fixing that cracked molar with a filling, no crown needed for now, thank heavens! It was still pretty deep, and the nerve was affected so off I went to the pharmacy for a zpac and pain meds. While those were filling I ran next door to Food Lion and that’s where this post becomes relevant
It’s been rainy! It’s very fall-like out there even if the temp is still hovering around 70. I am in the mood to pull out the crock pot and let something simmer all day. I know I’m going to need comfort food --- soft food---for dinner. How about some Rainy Day Beef Stew?
The ingredients are simple:
2 lbs beef stew meat cut into small cubes
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp pepper.
Shake flour, seasoned salt and pepper in a bag. Toss in the beef cubes and shake to coat evenly.
Brown the beef cubes in 3 Tlb vegtable oil, turning occasionally to brown meat on all sides.
Place the browned beef into the crockpot and add veggies of your choice. I added:
1 cup peeled baby carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 medium onion chopped
4 small potatoes, washed and unpeeled, chunked.
1 bay leaf
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
2 beef boullion cubes
3 cups water
1 can low-fat cream of mushroom soup.
Cover and cook. On low heat it will take 8 to 10 hours. I set mine on medium, it should take about 6 hours for the veggies to be tender and the beef to be falling-apart yummy.
Ready for the lid and hours of simmering!
Season to taste after cooking – remember there was already salt in the flour, and the bouillon cubes are salty too. If more thickening is desired, dissolve some flour in a small amount of water. Turn the cooker up to HIGH and when it is boiling, stir it in.
An easy hearty rainy day meal – perfect with cornbread or biscuits from the oven.