19 January 2003

Lucky Little Lamb is a prolific artist. She draws easily 30 pictures a week--and that's just at home. Her people are getting more sophisticated. Some of their faces show distinct emotions. She draws specific people with specific attributes. She draws Lucky Ram with a beard. She draws herself with swirls of curly hair. And she has stories about the things she draws. She drew a little girl with cat ears. She told me the girl was wearing a costume. She draws hermit crabs and turkeys and they look like hermit crabs and turkeys. We're running out of places to keep her work. All of it is so cute (and in our eyes, amazing for a 3 1/2 year old) it's hard to part with it.

During my recent meat craving I made this awesome stew. I think it freaked the Ram out how excited I was when I came home with bison. I chalk the craving up to Aunt Flo who came a few days later. Maybe I needed an iron boost. This time I had no cramps. I wonder if there's a correlation. Bison is awesome. It's much lower in fat than beef, fewer calories, and while my dark vegetarian side would disagree, it's good for ya.
White Buffalo Stew--for a big crock pot, 10-12 servings
1 c. or more carrots chopped
2 c vegetable broth or boullion
4 cans (drained) or 64 oz various white beans (white navy, cannellini, butter etc)
1/2 lb buffalo (bison), ground or stew cut, slightly browned in skillet
1 package (4) Hans All Natural chicken sausage (I used "sonoma"), browned and sliced into 1 in chunks
Broccoli, chopped, as much as you like--don't waste those stalks!
1 1/2-2 c. coarsely chopped onion, (browned, optional)
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
2 or 3 zucchini. thickly sliced
1-2 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
2 t dried oregano
2 t paprika

Cook in the crock pot 6 hours on high or 8 hours low. Serve with brown rice, corn bread, etc.
(If you're doing Weight Watchers, this has 3.5-4 points per 1 cup serving)

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