Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Color of Stew

stew
firmly.planted
between.seasons
fall.mums
fall.cornersgold.gathering.spot
the.turn
pine.berries
tall
fireplace

I have been so busy finalizing the new patterns and getting them off to be printed, sewing some beautiful clothing with the new fabrics for the girls which will be used for some print ads and just simply trying to keep up with laundry and this house. Normally I don't even include any housework in the list of things I am trying to get accomplished, so even mentioning that here means things are finally starting to slow a tiny little bit after what seems like months of non-stop non-stopness.

Today I insisted upon a slow stew. Which included a slow shop around the grocery with coffee in hand and a sleeping baby in the cart. (Can you think of a better way to shop?) After the ingredient chopping was complete and the bubbling was just beginning, I also insisted upon a slow walk around the yard with my camera. Everything I found through the lens plus the warm smell of beef stew that hit me once I came back in the door reminded me why I seldom feel the need to leave this house. Especially this time of year. But it also inspired me to get out the doors a bit more instead of just looking through them.

And such is the color of our stew.

If you're in search of warm and wonderful slow cooking to inspire your palette/palate, don't forget about the famous soup entry post from about this time last year. A soup cookbook in itself! (and for those of you that skim posts: No. The contest was over a year ago. But we'll come up with a new one here soon.)

Be back tomorrow to continue sharing the rest of the Little Folks fabric family.
g'nite, xo,Anna

53 comments:

  1. Don't you just love embracing this time of year. The turn....the Fall! It's the best! The smells, the colors, hot food bubbling, fireplace cozy time, your post is so perfect!
    Hugs,
    Laurie

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  3. I could think of a better way to shop...having the baby in front carrier!

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  4. Gorgeous pictures - and yes, I love the feeling of just hanging out at home. Can't wait to get a peek at the new patterns...or get my hands on some fabric!

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  5. What lovely photos and colours x

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  6. caroline- right! left it at home ;-P
    xo,Anna

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  7. Like a visual meditation.
    Thank you.

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  8. You made me so hungry, I warmed up some leftover beef stew from the fridge-thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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  9. You said it! have plans for some good friends and green chile beef stew on Friday and am looking forward to it wholeheartedly!

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  10. sometimes a slow moment can lift one's spirit...i love your photo of the red chair by the firepit.

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  11. I agree with Natalie above. It made me slow down and savor every single word you wrote. I'm home alone tonight. Can I come over and share your stew?

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  12. I miss those trips to the store when my first born was litle. He would sit up front in the cart and we would have great conversations from the time he could sit upright in the cart. I was just htinking today about how much I just love being at my home. I am such a home body and fall really gets me ready to dig in deep and enjoy my time at the house. Your stew looks great and is such a nice cozy thing to make for fall.

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  13. I'm glad you mentioned your soup blog entry post from last year, I was able to bookmark it so I can read thru to see which ones I'm interested in. So far the pumpkin w/curry is calling my name.

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  14. No wonder your fabrics have such saturated colours. Inspiration is right at hand.

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  15. I was just talking to my friend yesterday about stew... there's something about fall that just makes you want to make a stew. In fact, we made one Sunday, and we are still enjoying all the leftovers... stew is even better on Day 2!

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  16. Stew is on my menu for tomorrow....hmmmm....thank you for the fallish inspiration! :)

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  17. I totally hibernate this time of year! When it's cold, dark, and wet, I want the comforts of home -- and a great soup. Thanks for referencing the older post -- I was not a blogger or follower of blogs back then, and I always love trying new soup recipes.

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  18. Someday you're going to find me sleeping in that very cool treehouse... I can cut fabric, so I might be useful. Your life looks lovely.

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  19. Anonymous8:47 PM

    I just love coming here, thank you Anna, kathleen

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  20. the stew looks fabulous and the fall colors are lovely - thanks for sharing the photos, especially for those of us who live where there are no fall colors!

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  21. Thank you for these wonderful pictures!

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  22. What a gorgeous garden. I love the treehouse and firepit.

    you can see the happy times.

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  23. Yum, is there anything better than a simmering pot of soup or stew in the Fall? I think I'll revisit that post for some fresh ideas.

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  24. Very beautiful pictures. And do I see a treehouse there? How great!

    Funny to read about take-away coffee. Something that sounds so American to me. You don't see that here. Coffee for me is something you sit with, together with someone. *grin* Love those cultural differences.

    The stew looks delicious!

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  25. That 2nd picture is breath taking! Thanks for sharing your Fall!

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  26. I love the coziness that those photos capture! Now I'm going to want to make my own stew so off to click through last years contest!

    I can't wait to see all the new stuff, on pins and needles here in VA!!!

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  27. holy moly, i loved those tulip clay pots in your third photo! any idea where those came from?

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  28. I absolutely love this time of year! Especially with all that cooking up soups and baking going on. Not to mention all that color going on in the yard. My stepdaughter said the other day that she thought this time of year was gloomy and boring. I mentioned that this was a wonderful time of year, as one can be busy and create lovely things with thy hands. She asked if I would teach her to sew up some things. All the more reason to collect fabrics and get excited about sewing things up!

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  29. Beautiful photos! :)

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  30. Lucky you to have all those fall's colours!!
    Here in my town in Italy there's already snow on the mountain and it seems yesterday that it was hot and sunny!

    no middle season this year...what a pity...so thank you for share these beautiful photo full of inspiration!!
    Paola

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  31. um, a yellow picnic table?! ... fab! i recently garbage picked {did i just admit that?} a very similar red chair that needs to be stripped and re-painted. looking forward to that! i cannot wait for your *new* 'stuff' ... i hope - hope - hope somewhere in this business that there will be a splat mat pattern available?!?

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  32. Your home is so beautiful! and you're right to enjoy it!
    I like to peep into your blog once in a while and your colorful world is fantastic! this made me order some of your fabrics a couple of days ago in a german e-shop and I'm looking forward to sew them into projects!!!
    go on like this, your're just wonderful!

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  33. Lovely photos! I could almost smell your delicious stew right through the computer. Yum!

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  34. breath taking. thank you for sharing!

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  35. Yummy and beautiful...just like always!

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  36. Ok, I am lovin' the new fabric and will be getting me some that :) But what I'm also lovin' is that stew! Can you tell me what's in it....pretty please. I'm as desperate as you were last year wanting some soup :)
    Thank you!!!!
    Stephanie

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  37. I love stew. I wish my family would eat it.

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  38. Maryellen10:41 AM

    Wish I could be in Tennessee right now! I just love that fall weather. Thanks for all sharing your beautiful life and creations (and stew inspiration!)--your blog is always one of my favorite places to "visit".

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  39. The stew looks sumptuous. Mmmm. Almost enough to make me eat meet again. Thanks for the lovely pictures!

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  40. Jannette2:28 PM

    What a treasure trove of soup recipes you have there - thank you very much for the link!!
    (And here's to loads more slow cooking/shopping/living..!)

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