Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hearty Beef Stew

I LOVE a good one-pot hearty dinner in the fall and winter seasons, especially when it's cooking on the stove-top all day long. There is nothing like walking into the aroma of a delicious dinner getting better and better as it sits in your kitchen while you go about your day. I grew up eating my mom's delicious stew and for some reason I've never given it a try. I was at my friend Jenna's over the weekend and the topic of stew came up (we're so hip) and she shared a recipe she had with me. I took her recipe and changed it a bit with tips from my mom and it came out AMAZING.  It's so easy to make because it's a one pot dinner, the only thing you really need is time to let it slow-cook so the beef braises and becomes "fall off the bone tender".

Here is the recipe I used:


2 lbs. of chuck meat, or stew meat
1 cup of red wine
(2) 8 oz. cans of Hunt's tomato sauce
(1) 12 oz. can of beef broth
1 medium onion
A few carrots sliced up into coins
2 potatoes (any kind) cut into 1-inch cubes
1 big bag of frozen mixed vegetables (I used the one with carrots, corn, string beans, and peas

Flour and salt the beef and make sure it is cut into bite size pieces. Brown the beef in a dutch oven in 3 tablespoons of butter and a little olive oil (do in batches).
Put the meat back into the dutch oven, add wine, and scrape the brown bits from the pot. Add the cans of Hunts and the can of beef broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook for two hours.
Add carrots, potatoes and mixed vegetables and let simmer all day for as long as you want, yesterday it was like 4 hours.

Serve with rustic bread and voila!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Free November Printable - Watercolor Thanksgiving Place Cards

I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year as it will be the first time we are hosting in our new house! We'll have ten or so people and I've already started dreaming up the sides, pies, and place settings, and I'll leave the turkey to Brian...(scary!)
Anywho, I thought it would be fun to offer a free printable for all my loyal PJP peeps this November and these cute little watercolor place cards are it. My mother hand-painted them in her spare time and I converted them to graphic art to be able to share with the masses. I promise they will look super charming on your Thanksgiving day table, and even if you aren't hosting, you offer to bring them to the hostess! 
Click here for the free PDF download. All you need to do is print the file on some card stock or thick paper (US Letter size), cut the shapes and fold along the grey line, and write the names of your family and friends. You can obvi print as many as you like and please share the link ;)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last Day to Save!

Hi Everyone! Checking in quick to remind you that today is the last day to save 25% with the early bird special on our collection of holiday cards! Why choose Pure Joy Paperie instead of Minted, Tiny Prints, etc..? Well because we can custom tailor your card to however you choose, and because you're supporting a small business started by a mother working her a** off to get a business of the ground while taking care of a crazy toddler ;) And who knows, maybe we will be hiring soon and then we can all help each other! 

Monday, October 20, 2014


I know we've all just really started to get into the fall swing of things and I hate to rush the holidays but I wanted to share a special sale we're having on our almost complete line of holiday cards! Many friends and family have asked about our cards so I wanted to give everyone the chance to get them while the going's good and before the holiday insanity begins :)

Get 25% off your order with coupon code EARLYBIRD at checkout. And please keep on enjoying fall, we still have plenty of time before the holiday season begins! Hopefully getting your order in early with an awesome discount will bring you peace once the rush gets going :)

Photos generously donated by the uber talented photographers Heather Golde, Allison Lassiter, Kerry Heftman (credits in each listing on Etsy).   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Let's Put Our Phones Down

My friend shared this on her Facebook wall the other day and it me hard, so much I could almost cry! We all want to stay in touch and it's so great, but we might be staying "too in touch" looking down at our little screens it's making us "out of touch" with the real, you know what I mean? 

Just thought I would share!

Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Holiday Card Collection

Good Morning lovelies! I'm here to introduce the beginnings of the 2014 holiday collection at Pure Joy Paperie. I've been working my tail off to get these done and I'm so excited to hear what YOU think. I've just begun to list them in my Etsy shop and will have the full collection live on our new website in the next few weeks.

(photo credit: Kerry Heftman Photography)

Ta Da!!! More to come...suggestions welcome!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Abstract Art

So we moved over the past few weeks, Labor Day weekend was the final push and the first time we slept in our new little abode. WE LOVE IT! I'll post more about that in the next few weeks, but for now, I'm going to share with you my new favorite hobby which I have negative time for, painting. With all the other things I should be doing, like working on Pure Joy Paperie, putting things away, my biggest concern has been the art for the walls and I decided to literally take things into my own hands and get to work. I want our home to full of color so I went to Michaels, bought myself some paint brushes, canvases and acrylic paint, put little B to bed for the night and started on my blank canvas.

My first little pieces came out cute, and I love the way they look in our family room. I think we're going to end up mounting that TV but the prints will probably stay right where they are.

It's such a fun little activity and a MAJOR stress reliever for me. With the move and the business and the very active baby, this mama needed to get it out and I find painting to be such a lovely way to do so. Anyone can paint, and it doesn't have to be hard. Literally just mix colors and put them on the canvas and have fun with it.