Went to a lovely wedding of dear friends – the best organized wedding I have attended in a while!


Kay and John married – surrounded by grandkids, children, siblings and friends – what a gorgeous wedding. Exactly as one would dream about!

Kay Napier and John Zanotti Wedding picture Jan 3 2016

And now as we hope and wait for rain – here is a great rainy day recipe! Enjoy – this recipe is for two people  since we are empty nesters – and works well in a slow cooker or even in the oven



  1. Brown beef in butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onions; cook until lightly browned.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and salt.
  4. Gradually add water and apple juice.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Place the bay leaf, allspice, and clove in a cheesecloth bag; add to slow cooker ( or pot).
  7. Turn to high  if you want to eat in 4 hours and low if you want to eat in 6-8 hours, cover and cook in the slow cooker until meat is almost tender.
  8. Add carrots and apples; cover and cook until meat, carrots, and apples are tender. This will probably be about 3/4 way through the cooking process.
  9. Discard spice bag and thicken with additional flour if desired.


And here is the stew BEFORE the carrots and apples are added

Beef Stew



About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all - Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.
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