Menu Planning + Rosemary Beef Stew

One of the most surprising things to me about running my own home is how much I enjoy meal planning. Over the last year and a half I have relished the process of meal planning even during stressful seasons. It’s a little weird.

I love how preparing to make a classic comfort food can be a comfort in itself during seasons of change and trouble. I love how planning a menu for an evening with friends is both exciting and cause for a little nervousness. I love how meal planning is a puzzle: “how can I make the best, most nutritious, most delicious food with ‘x’ amount of money this week?”

Meal planning is nearly as cathartic for me as the actual act of cooking or baking. I’d love to share my tips, tricks, and strategies for meal planning and grocery shopping with you sometime, if you’re interested. 🙂

And now, a story:

Last week, the weather app I use foretasted a drizzly day with dip in temperature. I decided to take this opportunity to give one last nod to winter’s comfort food before launching into the exciting season of produce abundance that is spring and summer. I made Rosemary Beef Stew with mashed potatoes. I’m sure this dish has existed in recipe form for a long time, but this recipe is my own:

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A more organized list of ingredients + full instructions below the jump:

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Good News!

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Hello and Happy Friday!

Have you been reading, watching, or listening to the news recently? While it’s important to know about the world we live in, the news can sometimes be oppressive and overwhelming. {Right!?}

So! Here is some good news from around the internet this week:

Findings: a simple way to boost creativity

A surprising recipient of the highest military honor for bravery

Outpouring of love in the form of books.

The first double amputee to complete an Ironman Triathlon is now a motivational speaker 

An unlikely poet

All about the motivation to take on adventure

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Meet Kira

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You are probably aware of just how much Michael and I have wanted to get a dog. We’ve spent many a Saturday over the last year visiting animal shelters to get our pet fix and to fall in love with all the animals we couldn’t have… breed restrictions at our apartment complex, etc.

Well, we bit the bullet so-to-speak and adopted a furry little pup. This is Kira.

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