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Monday, November 21, 2011

Beadboard Gobblers and Slow Cooker Dinner

Good Monday morning to everyone.  I wanted to share my fun bead board turkeys I made for Thanksgiving decorations this year.  These guys were fun and easy to make.  What's really nice is my husband was able to cut them out from scraps he had in his wood shop.  I got the idea from Leslie's Latest Creations.  She didn't give patterns, but they were pretty free form and easy to come up with.  I love the rich colors of Fall and have enjoyed decorating my home with them. 

I am starting to get really busy making all my Christmas gifts that I planned out.  I joined a gift swap on Craftaholics Anonymous and have really enjoyed getting to know my partner.  She seems really sweet and I have had a blast coming up with some handmade gifts for her.  I am almost done and will have them in the mail this week.  After she receives them, I will share them with you.  I was in my craft room Saturday night and all day yesterday and accomplished alot.  I may have a hard time parting with what I made!  After Christmas, I will have to make myself some of these things!

 Now that the weather is getting cooler, I am using my slow cooker more and more.  I made an easy delicious Swiss Steak in my crock pot and I want to share the recipe with you.  Put 2 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast or steak cut into chunks in your slow cooker.  Add 1/4 cup of steak sauce(I used our grocery store's own brand of A1).  Top with 1 sliced onion and 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes-undrained.  Cover and cook 9-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.  Thicken before serving with a flour/water slurry.  It was easy peasy and so good served over mashed potatoes.  The beef I used was inexpensive and usually tough but it was so tender in this dish.  Also, the steak sauce gave it a unique tangy flavor.  I will definitely be having this again. 

I hope everyone has a family-filled Thanksgiving with lots of turkey and the trimmings!  Take care.   Nancy


  1. Those little board turkeys are so cute! and that slow cooked beef looks REALLY tasty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. cute turkeys! Love the bead board:) I am a new follower!

  3. those little turkey's are super cute! i love the idea to use the beadboard, my mama always has tons of scraps of that stuff laying around, i'll have to snatch some from her! thanks for sharing!!

  4. Love the beadboard gobblers! Swiss steak is one of my favorites, but never thought to cook in the slow cooker - can't wait to try it! New follower visiting via The Shabby Nest!

  5. Swiss steak AND adorable turkeys-thank you so much for sharing at our Pin'Inspiration party.

  6. Way cute - I love the look the bead board gives! You should come and enter my Vanilla Bean Paste giveaway!

  7. Thanks for the shout out! I love the way your turkeys turned out! Thanks for visiting my blog.