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West African Groundnut Stew

It's so nice to find a new favorite in an old friend.  I feel like I see something new every time I flip through the More With Less Cookbook, and this recipe caught my eye on a recent perusal.  One of the things I love about Doris Janzen Longacre's book, which is a collection of "suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources," is the heart behind it.  Throughout there are notes from other home cooks striving to make wholesome, inexpensive meals for their families.  Our favorite pancake recipe, which I've adapted endlessly, and our "love chicken" recipe come from this book, as well as a few other family faves.  We all liked this easy stew--even the peanut passionate-disliker in the family found it tolerable--and my husband said he enjoyed the leftovers each time he brought it for lunch. 

West African Groundnut Stew
Serves 8

3 T. oil
2 lbs. beef cubes, rolled in flour
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 T. chili…

Quadro: The Coolest Toy You've Never Heard Of

Usually the content of my blog falls under either parenting, homemaking, or food.  Sometimes you get a poem or some thoughts as I meditate on what God is teaching me through his Word.  Usually my goal is to encourage, inspire, and perhaps amuse.  Today, my aim is not so noble--I just want to share a unique thing my family has been enjoying. 

This is Quadro--modular building toy, a prop for imaginative play, and active play equipment. 

Winters are always rather intense in our neck of the woods, but this one has been particularly frigid.  Nevertheless, my son asks to go outside to play pretty much every day.  I've had to say no a lot, or risk little frostbitten fingers or losing short stuff in a snow bank.  How's a little guy to burn off energy when running circles through the living and dining rooms gets old and his best playmate (his older sister) is busy with school?  This was one of our considerations as my husband and I discussed Christmas gifts for the kids this past yea…

Even Better Thai Peanut Sauce & Homemade Peanut Butter

Like most of my generation, I grew up watching Sesame Street...and the very best episode of Sesame Street was the one that showed a clip of a peanut butter factory in full production mode.  I thought that was pretty much the coolest thing ever, and it solidified in my mind peanut butter's status as awesomeness in a jar.  Peanut butter has gotten me through three pregnancies spoonful by spoonful, and is also a key player in some of the most decadent desserts I've shared on this blog. 

And yesterday, I made some.  From peanuts!  This is big.

In March of last year I posted a recipe for Chicken Fried Rice that I like to serve with  peanut sauce drizzled over the top.  But the recipe I shared for the sauce wasn't very authentic, and I've since discovered a recipe that I like a lot a lot a lot more.  The new recipe calls for 3/4 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter, which is not the kind I usually keep around.  So I had to make some--and it's so easy.  Great party tri…