One Pot Dinner Meal: Mulligan Stew

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2 pounds Ground Sirloin Beef

(or your choice of ground beef selection)

1 Sweet Yellow Onion

1 16 ounce box Organic Whole Wheat Elbow MacaroniElbowPasta-Tomatoes

2  28 ounce cans Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice


Step 1:

In large pot with 3-4 quarts water, prepare elbow macaroni as instructed on package, cooking to al dente stage (not so fully cooked that the macaroni becomes fully blossomed but rather while it still has a firmness but till it no longer has crispness.  I call it the “springy” stage.)

Step 2:

While macaroni is boiling, chop the onion to small fingertip size and saute in large skillet, saute the onion until it appears to be slightly transparent, and then add the ground Sirloin Beef and cover, cooking on medium heat until the meat is thoroughly cooked through.

Step 3:

While the Ground Sirloin Beef is cooking, drain the macaroni with a colander and then return the macaroni to the large pot, adding the two cans of tomatoes.

Step 4:

Once the Ground Sirloin Beef is cooked remove the cover and brown the meat slightly.  Drain any fat from the Ground Sirloin Beef and then add it to the pot of macaroni and tomatoes.  This stew should have plenty of moisture so if there is no visible moisture add about 14-16 ounces of filtered water to the mixture.  Mix the ingredients.

Seasoning to Taste  (If you like hot and spicy you can add Tabasco or Sriachi sauce or if you like it mild eat as is.)

You can serve this with toasted garlic bread or saltine crackers.


Crocheted Tam and Hand-Warming Muffler

My granddaughter’s favorite color is pink.  She loves all shades of pink it seems.  When she was younger (about 3), I had her in the shopping cart while we were strolling through the little girls’ clothing in Walmart and she spotted a dress that she just could not live without.

Before I knew it, she had the dress off the rack and off the hanger, she had pulled the tags off and was ready to slip it over her head.  It was so hard for me to keep from laughing, but I was a little stern with her and told her that if she really wanted the dress, we would have to pay for it first.  Oh my!  Patience is NOT one of her stronger points!

So here is the dress.  (The photo was not sideways until I added it to this page.)PinkStripedDress


I told of that little memory to lead to my next event.

While shopping for a new project in the fabric and crafts area at Walmart I came across this Rose Petal Pink yarn (about the color of those old fashioned pink chalky lozenges that my grandparents used to buy for us as kids).  I looked for a pattern that I liked and after much searching I decided to improvise on a pattern found  on the inside of the yarn packaging.



The yarn is Red Heart, Medium weight # 4, Worsted 100% acrylic.

Crochet Hook Used: 6.5 mm US (K)-10 1/2″.





This little project took me about 4 hours for both the hat and the hand warmer and I am very slow at everything I do so most people could probably do this in about 2-3 hours.

Chore Designation by Age


Chore Designation 

Growing Up on the Farm

Life was so simple as I was growing up some 50+ years ago! We were taught that from the time we could walk and talk, we also owned our own mess.  We had chores and responsibilities around our home and we all took pride in the way it looked.  There were two boys and two girls in the family and we all had our chores.   These I will list below:


    *  Age 2 to 5:


  • Get dressed on your own (but with assistance in clothing selection and learning to button, buckle, zip and tie)
  • Pick up toys, clothing, dishes and wrappers throughout the house
  • Help with gardening where instructed, mostly just harvesting small amounts
  • Mostly from 2 – 5 teach child that they are owners of their own messes if they are small in size and teach them that they can always ask for help


    *  Age 5 to 7:


  • All chores above, plus:
  • Wash and dry dishes after meals
  • Sweep through the house
  • Dust all furniture
  • Clean any spills and messes from the floor
  • Help in the kitchen with cooking where possible
  • Help water the garden and harvest food
  • Help with feeding farm animals and caring for them


    * Age 7 to 9:


  • All chores above, plus:
  • General Housekeeping including:
    • Sweeping and vacuuming through house twice weekly
    • Wax and buff wood floors every 3 months
    • Dusting and polishing furniture twice weekly
    • Washing windows mirrors and glass items throughout house
    • Cleaning appliances and counter items in the kitchen and bathrooms
    • Scrubbing toilets, tubs and shower stalls
    • After washing and drying dishes put them away
  • Laundry including:
    • Sorting clothes by color and weight for washing
    • Loading washer loads and adding soap and bleach when needed
    • Moving clothing from washer to dryer (if it was working), if no dryer, take clothes out to the clothesline and hang to dry
    • Check for dryness of clothing
    • Bring in the laundry from the clothesline
    • Put no-iron clothes away
    • Iron clothes that required pressing.
  • Preparing desserts and other dishes for lunch and dinner meals
  • Help with weeding and watering garden, and harvesting food.
  • Feed and care for farm animals and livestock
  • Take care of younger children in the family
  • Shovel snow off walks in winter


 *  Age 9 to 12 and up:  


  • All chores above, plus, with more responsibility (possibly in a leadership role occasionally) doing most of these chores without supervision (except when advice was required).
  • Help with preparing grocery list and help with clipping coupons for groceries.
  • Assist in finding best buy items at the grocery store(s).
  • Prepare one and two dish meals for family dinners and progress to full meals when ready.
  • Make (sew) dresses, shirts, window curtains
  • Helping to plow and disk the garden, dig for planting, place seed and water and fertilizer, cover with soil, continued watering and weeding, harvesting food.
  • Prune fruit trees, flowers, and bushes
  • Mow and trim lawn
  • Rake and bag leaves
  • Burn trash from house (paper goods back in the days when that was allowed)


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