** Purchase soft warm accessories this season- cashmere throws, velvet slipcovers and flannel bedding.
** Replace lamps that just aren't doing the job of keeping your house bright and light. You can also replace the bulbs with new ones that imitate the sun.
** Plan a family dinner in front of a roaring fireplace, with a hearty stew or piping hot soup. Add fresh baked bread ( I love my breadmaker!) and a warm apple pie crumble. ( one of my favorites below hearty Beef Ball Ragout)
**Go online to a gardening website and purchase items to get your garden ready for spring- bulbs, seeds, garden tools or outdoor furniture don't forget beautiful cushions covered in Sunbrella fabrics.
** For every degree you lower your thermostat in winter, you save about two percent off your heating bill. That can really add up! Buy new shades or drapes that add thermal insulating to your windows to keep the cold out.
Beef Ball Ragout
1 3/4 lb ground chuck
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
4 tsp steak sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 TBSP marg. or butter
3 Medium potatoes
3 med. carrots
1 TBSP flour
1 cup thin diced onion
1 clove garlic crushed
1 -6oz can mushrooms drained
1 -10 1/2 oz condensed beef bouillon undiluted
1 -8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp steak sauce 1/4 tsp Marjoram
1/8 tsp pepper
Make Beef balls: combine chuck,crumbs,egg,4 tsp steak sauce, salt & pepper. Shape into balls. In butter in dutch oven- brown the balls. Reduce heat, cook gently 10 min. Set aside covered. Add onion & garlic to pan drippings, saute til golden. Drain mushrooms, pouring liquid into dutch oven with bouillon, tomato sauce, salt pepper, steak sauce, marjoram. Add potatoes & carrots bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer covered 40 mins. Mix flour with 2 TBSP water til smooth, add meatballs & mushrooms, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered 10 mins. or til meatballs are heated thru. about 6 servings..... YUMMY!