Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

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This slow cooker beef bourguignon is a delicious company-worthy dish that simmers all day and makes your whole house smell delicious!

One day on her facebook page, one of my favorite authors mentioned making Beef Bourguignon for dinner that night, and that her kids inhaled it and she loved it and her husband was amazed by it.

With that kind of of reviews (I mean, if I like her writing, I’m sure to love the same food as her, too right?), I looked at the recipe and decided to make it for my sister’s family and some friends one night. The original recipe was Ina Garten’s, but of course with everything I cook, I tweak it to make it my own. My favorite thing I changed? Instead of the oven, I make mine in the slow cooker. (I’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to my beloved crock pot.)

This has quickly become one of our favorite dishes at our home now. I’ve made it for company several times and it always is well-received. (Haven’t had any vegetarians over though, they probably wouldn’t go for it. ;) )

You’ll need 1/2 package of bacon, 2.b lbs of beef chuck (although I’ve been using venison the last few times), a bag of baby carrots, 1 chopped yellow onion, 1/2 bottle of red wine, beef broth, and some seasonings you probably have on hand. (Full recipe is on the printable below)

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Cook the bacon until almost done, but not crisp. Add in the carrots to give them some bacon flavor. :) I actually prefer the baby carrots but for some reason I used shredded this time, probably because that’s what I had. (At this step I sometimes add in 1 Tbs. fresh rosemary as well.)

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Remove the bacon and carrots and set aside. Sprinkle the meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on all sides. Leave the bacon drippings in the skillet and brown the cubed meat on all sides. (Unless you have a massive iron skillet, you’ll have to do this in batches.) Place the meat in the crockpot, then layer the bacon and carrots mixture over the meat.

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Remove the meat and add 1 tbs. olive oil. Add the onion and cook the onions until translucent. Remove them and place in the crockpot.

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Add the wine and deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom to remove all the bits remaining. Pour over everything in the crockpot.

Add one cup beef broth to the crockpot. You can also add mushrooms too, but I’m sadly the only one in my family that loves them.

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Now put the lid on and let that yumminess cook on low for about 4-6 hours. (Check the meat periodically, you don’t want it to dry out. Remember the meat already cooked a bit in the skillet.)

I added potatoes as well this time when I made it (chop them and put them at the very bottom of the crockpot; sprinkled generously with salt and pepper.) You could also serve it over rice, or my favorite, buttered, toasted French bread. Yum!

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
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Serves: 6
 

Ingredients
  • ½ lb applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary, optional
  • 2.5 lbs beef chuck
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • ½ bottle red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 7 chopped and peeled potatoes, optional

Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon until almost done, but not crisp. Add in the carrots to give them some bacon flavor and rosemary if desired.
  2. Remove the bacon and carrots and set aside.
  3. Sprinkle the meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on all sides.
  4. Leave the bacon drippings in the skillet and brown the cubed meat on all sides.
  5. Remove the meat and add 1 tbs. olive oil.
  6. Add the onion and cook the onions until translucent.
  7. Remove them and place in the crockpot.
  8. Add the wine and deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom to remove all the bits remaining.
  9. Pour over everything in the crockpot.
  10. Add one cup beef broth to the crockpot.
  11. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours. Check beginning at 4 hours for the meat’s doneness.

This slow cooker beef bourguignon is a delicious company-worthy dish that simmers all day and makes your whole house smell delicious!

his grace is enough

My new book!

a hodgepodge of goodness, including my book!

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Hi there! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ben and I, due to the generosity of a sweet friend, were able to attend the Houston Symphony on Saturday night. The music was absolutey beautiful- the talent of those musicians blew me away!

So I have a few things to share I hope you’ll find exciting….

First up…I finished writing my e-book!!!! I’m so incredibly excited. I’ve worked almost three years on it and to have it done feels amazing. It will be available on Amazon by the end of the week. It’s on Amazon now! Woohoo! I was reading it on my Kindle today to check for errors and I have to say it was a little bit surreal!

You can read a little about the book on the site I created for the book, His Grace is Enough and I’ll do a more in-depth post later this week about it here.

his grace is enoughThank you so much for being such supportive blog readers. I hope you’ll be able to purchase the book and that you’ll enjoy it and learn something from it. It shares our story of Landon’s birth and illness in more detail than I’ve shared on here- and the stories of many others who have suffered through trials in life.

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In other very exciting news, my high school friend Brooke and her family are working on adopting a sweet girl from China. Her name will be Annabelle and I’m just so excited for them! They are featured on GiveOneSaveOne this week. I didn’t know much about this site, but it’s an amazing opportunity for anyone to help with others’ adoptions! Basically, one family is featured each week and readers are encouraged to donate at least one dollar to help with offset their adoption costs. (In case you haven’t heard, international adoptions are crazy expensive!)

That’s her family pictured above- her little boys are so precious and are already praying for their new sister!

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing one of our very favorite recipes. “See” you then!

 

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chasing God: book review and 4-book giveaway!

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One of my very favorite authors (and the very first blogger I read!) is Angie Smith. I was able to hear her speak last year at a women’s conference and she is just as real and honest in person as she is in her writing. I was recently able to read her latest book, Chasing God. I’ve also read Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole and I Will Carry You (I highly recommend this one and I give it to grieving mothers that I know- it’s so good. You can read my review here.)

Anyway, Chasing God took me a minute to get used to because it’s written just as if Angie is sitting at the table chatting with you over coffee. By the end of the book, I was loving it as much as any of her others! The basic premise of the book is that as Christians, we say we’re trying to follow God, when really sometimes what we’re doing is trying to catch up to him. This makes for a tiring existence, am I right?

I love Angie’s chapter on the holiness of God. Ahhh it’s not something I often just sit and think about it. But he.is.holy. Angie brought to my attention that it’s the only attribute of God that is repeated three times (as in “holy, holy, holy” in Isaiah 6) and that repetition is a key to listen up- because it’s important! On page 63, she says that “God’s holiness is emphasized above His other characteristics , such as ‘loving’ or ‘just.’” Wow.

I am also a fan Angie’s tales from her early days as a Christian. In her chapter on prayer, she tells a side-splitting story of gathering to pray with some college girlfriends and the turmoil that preceded the actual prayer time- she was so nervous! But then she succinctly sums up, “He doesn’t rely on our prayers to keep things running. But He wants them, because they are an indication of our heart for Him.” I love how she is able to seamlessly segue from a hilarious story to a punch-in-the-gut truth.

As usual, Angie’s book didn’t disappoint. If you’re tired of chasing after God- but of course never able to catch Him- this book is for you! You can buy it here on Amazon or see if’ it’s at your library!

Enter to win 1 of 4 Christian books by amazing authors such as Beth Moore and Angie Smith!

And now the part you’ve been waiting for! I’ve teamed up with Icon Media Group to host a giveaway of the last three books I’ve read through their blogger promo group- Chasing God, God is Able by Priscilla Shirer, and Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore, plus another book I LOVE- the Christian Parenting Handbook by Scott Turansky. (click on the titles to read my review of them)

The best part? There will be 4 winners- each winner will receive one of the books! How fun is that? Good luck!

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