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1  Winter Beef Stew (Instant Pot) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MareMare on: October 17, 2016 10:14:46 AM
Beef Stew in the Instant Pot

2 lbs beef chuck roast, cut in 1 inch chunks
salt and pepper
1/4-1/2 cup flour
3 T Oil

1/2 small can tomato paste
3/4 cup dry red wine
2 cans beef consomme
6 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried
2-3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 turnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
4 red potatoes, quartered (should be at least twice as big as your harder veggies so they don't fall apart during cooking)
8 ounces whole mushrooms

Salt and pepper the beef chunks and then shake with the flour in a large ziplock bag to coat. Heat up 1 T oil in the Instant Pot on Saute, and add 1/3 of the beef. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until several sides are browned. Remove to a bowl, and add another T of oil and another 1/3 of the beef. Continue until all the beef is browned.

Add the wine to the pan and stir until you get all the meat and flour bits off the bottom of the pan. Not only does this add flavor to the stew, but if there are any bits on the bottom, the Instant Pot may not come to pressure as it will think something is burning. Add the tomato paste and consomme and stir to dissolve the paste.

Add the herbs, garlic, and seasonings and stir, then add all the vegetables. Put the lid on and lock it in place and make sure the vent is moved to "seal."  Choose Manual pressure, 25 minutes. It took a little over 10 minutes to come to pressure for me. After the 25 minutes is up, allow to naturally release. We could only wait for 10 minutes since it smelled so good, so after the 10 minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR) I carefully released the rest of the pressure.

Remove the bay leaves and thyme stems, taste for seasoning, it may need more salt and/or pepper. Serve with some crusty bread and a green salad.
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2  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 28, 2016 10:11:17 PM
I'm so far behind in posting pictures, I apologize! I think I have everyone's sorted out correctly, please let me know if I label someone's wrong, It's been a crazy week with all the nephews here and my mom home from work (she's recovering really well!) and I keep clearing off the table and stashing everything in my room, which is a pit.

My pretties from sloth. These are so perfect for me, thank you! Super love the hedgies and the foxes and the little gray circles.

My pretties from alwaysinmyroom. You know me so well, I love it all! Thanks! Kiss

My pretties from Averia. I adore the birds and all the critters! Such lovely fussy cutting, thank you!

My pretties from Amazon_warrior. These are wonderful, super digging the Lizzy House and the math ones! And the paper crane fabric is awesome, thank you!

My pretties from Immaculata. I'm so sorry I stressed you out a bit with what I asked for, you did perfect! I love the little blue flowers and everything else is just bright and lovely and very "me," thank you!

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3  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: August 10, 2016 04:41:44 PM
Here are my pretties from quaggy! Thank you! I love the lil critters Smiley

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4  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by MareMare on: July 24, 2016 08:35:08 PM
This is some of the progress I have on my Madrona Road hexies, what I call my long term hexie project because I typically only pull it out to work on when I'm on vacation so I don't expect to finish anytime soon. Most of the fabrics came from the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge in 2013.

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5  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by MareMare on: July 22, 2016 11:42:52 AM
Turns out I have so much more fabric than I thought I had  Roll Eyes  

Story of my life! Last weekend my boyfriend and I were at the coast and I hit up one of my favorite fabric shops--Center Diamond in Cannon Beach, OR. I spent too much since the day before was payday.

I am REALLY excited about the pouch pattern I got! And I bought the hardware to go with it so I don't have any excuses not to make one right away!

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6  Quilting Featured Projects--Quarters 1 & 2, 2016 in QUILTING by MareMare on: July 06, 2016 11:50:44 AM
In no particular order, here are some beautiful quilts posted during the first 2 quarters of 2016. As always, these are chosen by you Craftster members when you use the "This Rocks" button! Quilts that have been previously featured in the Craftster wide Featured projects are not shown here, so we can spread the love around to other projects that you may have missed.

I adore this Harry Potter Marauders quilt by Craftster user Noelle. It has such a clean aesthetic but still includes a ton of lovely details!

The Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern has been super hot in recent years, and this Round the World Baby Quilt from Amazon_Warrior shows why with vibrant results. Not only is it created in a unique way, but the end result leaves a striking pattern.

As a huge Mario fan, I have to admit I squealed a little bit when I saw this Fire Flower Slots Quilt from semel. Who wouldn't love to have this bright quilt on their bed or their couch to cuddle up in while playing vintage Nintendo games?

While I try to spread the love around to as many members as possible, Amazon_Warrior has to make another appearance on this list with her incredible Gotham Baby Quilt. She designed this herself! I love the intricate piecing that gives the skyline extra depth.

I love the soft colors in the snowball pattern In Full Bloom Quilt by Immaculata. She finished this quilt from a WIP from 2009!

This set of mini quilts from mouseinmypocket features several traditional quilt patterns with a twist! Her Focus Through the Prism Challenge Quilts showcase 9 Patch, Churn Dash, and Friendship Star blocks, amongst others, with a modern update.

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7  Cauliflower Spinach Puree in Vegetarian / Vegan by MareMare on: June 28, 2016 07:56:15 PM
Have you tried mashed cauliflower before? It's so good, a healthier take on mashed potatoes but surprisingly delicious. I kicked the nutrients up a little more with this batch and added a bunch of spinach. You can't really taste the spinach but you get those extra vitamins and a pretty color!

I'm currently doing keto, a kind of low carb diet, and this is a good potato/starch substitute.


1 large head cauliflower, roughly cut up into florets
5 ounces raw baby spinach (half a bag if you buy regular sized bags Wink )
2 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder or paste (or salt to taste)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons dried chives

Add the cauliflower to a large pot of boiling, salted water. Test occasionally with a fork or knife, you will want it completely tender (maybe 8-10 minutes depending on the size of your florets). 30 seconds before you're ready to take it out, add the spinach. Drain the cauliflower and spinach well and transfer to a large food processor. Process until smooth, add the rest of the ingredients, and process until well mixed. Taste and adjust seasonings. You can easily leave the butter out of this recipe if you like, the Parmesan and cream cheese add a lot of flavor.

Makes 6 servings
Nutrition information per serving: 187 calories, 6 g protein, 15 g fat, 9 g carbs, 4 g fiber
Approx 35 fewer calories/4 g fat per serving if you leave out the butter

This is good with any kind of protein and I also serve it sometimes with a Garlic Cream Sauce.
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8  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 23, 2016 05:19:31 PM
I took a block printing class with Valori Wells today, it was so much fun!  I did a little block printing (on paper) in a high school art class, but this was so much better printing on fabric. I carved 4 little blocks and then spent a good chunk of time printing onto various fabrics. I am looking forward to making my fabric into something fun!

The blocks I carved

The lower right on the white fabric are my test prints

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9  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 16, 2016 09:08:03 PM
Those are all lovely, sloth! In theory I adore the idea of the having people pick from your stash...in theory I'd probably be like "No, that fabric is my precious....no not that one either, it's for a certain project....Definitely not THAT ONE!"

Last night I got my baby quilt top basted and quilted! Hmm, can't remember if I showed you guys the top, have to go back a few pages and check. I'm going to do a flange binding on it, and also finish the Elsa mini quilt (or maybe it will be a pillow) for baby's sister. And then I realized I should make something for the oldest boy too. le sigh. But it's one of my closest friends I've known since 1st grade.

ETA: Didn't see it. I just designed the anchor on graph paper and then assembled in strips. I did diagonal wavy quilting lines in one direction (this is just the top)

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10  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 06, 2016 11:19:24 AM
We have a Quarter 1 Winner! Amazon_Warrior, you are the next contestant on the price is right, come on down! I will private message you about your prize!

People who checked in every week and participated consistently got 2 entries, people who checked in consistently and participated but started late and missed early check-ins got 1 entry. A couple people began the quarter and checked in once or twice and then disappeared didn't get any entries, but they are certainly welcome to keep participating, it's a new quarter!

(Copied from my spreadsheet, so of course the formatting is messed up!)
aimr     1
aimr2    2
aw    3
aw2   4
c_q   5
c_q   6
carolmb   7
carolmb2   8
craft add   9
immaculata    10
mel   11
mel2   12
sloth003   13
sloth0032   14

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