Lazy Day Beef Stew

I just almost started this blog post with “I.” But, I’m always starting blog posts with “I” and I think it’s time we focus on YOU for a minute. Because YOU are really something, you know that?

Well, you are.

You’re so thoughtful about all those people you love so much in your life.

You’re always going the extra mile. Putting that little touch of love into the things you do. For your family. Your friends. Your coworkers and neighbors and the sexy-hot man in your life. You’re just a notch above nice.

And still, you worry about what you’re not doing, don’t you?

You notice how the windowsills have a collection of dust. There are finger smudges on the fridge and those belated birthday cards you never wrote. There’s the book unread on your nightstand. Forty two stray hairs jutting all willygonger from your needs-a-shave knee.  Not to mention all the dreams. All the things you want to do but can’t find the time to squash into a Monday or Wednesday or decade and a quarter. All the things you think need to be done.

But you know what? You’re doing more than you think. The way you smile at the grocery clerk and ask him how his day is really going. The way you call your sister at bedtime just to check in. The roundness of your shoulders bent over a sink of dishes. The wink of your eye. The leaning into a conversation with friends old and new. It’s so YOU. And every time you lend YOU to anything there’s that extra zing of energy and love and goodness infused into this tired old world of ours.

Thanks, You.

I made you an easy dinner so you can spend the rest of tonight working on your dreams.

Just crock pot it an go make some more of that special YOU magic. All of us who know you simple can’t get enough of it.


Lazy Day Beef Stew


2 pounds stew beef
1 small bag baby carrots
3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
8-10 red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, quartered
1 pouch au jus gravy mix
2 pouches brown gravy mix
1 pouch ranch dressing powder
3 cups water


Toss everything in your crockpot in the morning. Stir until well mixed. Set slowcooker to low and walk away.

Serve 8-9 hours later with hot biscuits, rolls, and giant spoons.