Vegetable barley beef stew

As I wait out the week for my next doctor’s appointment to see how this will progress, I still have to function. Sort of. I’m trying not to sink too far into depression as I wait for this to end. It took fourteen months to get pregnant and after one month it is no more. This is not my choice. This is my body’s choice. I have PCOS and we had no idea if we could even get pregnant without drugs. We can and that’s good to know.

To get myself out of the depression I’d fallen into, I decided to make dinner. I don’t care if it’s summer, beef stew still sounded really good. And I had everything on hand.

Vegetable barley beef stew
1.5 pounds beef stew meat
1 can each corn, green beans, and stewed tomatoes
12 oz bag frozen peas and corn
1 onion, chopped
1 carton beef broth

1. Preheat oven to 250F.
2. Place all ingredients in Dutch oven.
3. Bake for 3-4 hours.

I normally serve this with oatmeal muffins, but Italian bread works in a pinch.

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Pregnancy and food blogs

When I got pregnant for the first time, and before losing it a week later, I started reading my favorite food blogs and realized, they’re too complicated. Too upscale. Too big town. I’m from a tiny town in Iowa and quite honestly they’re not a right fit for my family. I realize that they’re much better cooks and bakers than I am, but they seemed out of reach for a small town girl with simple tastes. At our house we eat spaghetti and sometimes baked ziti. We have burgers with hamburger on sale and usually processed cheese slices. We eat barbecue chicken made in the crockpot. In fact, my crockpot is my most used kitchen appliance. My bread maker not so much. We like hot dogs and homemade mac and cheese. In fact most of my food is homemade. Homemade not organic.

Welcome to my kitchen. My therapy. My happy place.