Book Lovers Gift Guide

Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Have a bibliophile in your life? Or maybe you love to curl up with a pager turner.
Here is a gift guide to make all the Book Lover in your life happy.

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This ‘Drink tea, Read books, Be happy’ stamped spoon from The Paper Spoon 4U is what most of think when we curl up with a good book.  A great ‘twofer’ gift for tea and book lovers.

Drink tea, read books, be happy stamped spoon from ThePaperSpoon4U | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Give the smells of the Season with this Ghost of Christmas Past Soy Candle inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Books On Candles.

Ghost of Christmas Past Soy Candle from BooksOnCandles | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
These socks from Totes Burlap are hilarious as they are cozy.  Choose from 5 different colors or even change the saying on the bottom.  They make the perfect something special for the bookworm on your list.

Funny Socks from TotesBurlap | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This 100% handmade Fox Book Sleeve from Five Sprouts Stitching is the perfect gift for the trendy reader.  Five Sprouts book sleeves come in two different sizes and offers lots of room for while being lightweight and durable.

Fox Book Sleeve from FiveSproutsStitching | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the MittenThis Bookshelf scarf from Scarves2012 comes in 2 different styles: long and infinity/circle style to drape or wrap anyway the wearer chooses.  A beautiful statement piece for the stylish book lover.

Bookshelf scarf from Scarves2012 | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
From Printed For The Party this Never Judge A Book By It’s Movie Coffee Mug states the obvious that most literature lovers know.  The book is always better.

Never Judge A Book By It's Movie from PrintedForTheParty | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Know someone who is always carrying books around with them?  And snacks?  And maybe everything else they own?  This Tote Bag from Print Edition Co is a great gift for those who are always ‘literally’ juggling a million things at once.

Tote Bags for Book Lovers from PrintEditionCo | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
‘The Books Was Better’ Art from typeshyshop is artwork made out of classic book pages.  Perfect for display in any frame in the home of literature and art lovers alike.

Literary Art for Bookworms, The Book was Better from typeshyshop | Book Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Grab a great book. Cozy up in a favorite chair with a warm drink. Celebrate.

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Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Have a Michigander in your life? Here’s a chance for you to shop local-
Made in Michigan Gifts for everyone on your list.

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MICHIGAN INSPIRED GIFTS

Metal Grand Rapids – Beer City USA from Cutting Edge Steelwork
State of Michigan Ornament from Elliton Crossing
Michigan Native Steel Wall Art from Michigan Imagery
‘Up North’ Mug from A Pleasant Peninsula Co.

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

FOR THE TRAVELER

Herbal Salve Travel Set from Little Flower Soap Co.
Infinity Travel Scarf from Mitten State Scarves

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

ONE OF A KIND GIFT BOX

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip Box from Boxed By Bare

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip Box from BoxedByBare | Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

WINE LOVER

Christmas Wine Necklace from Rose Water Designs
Wall mounted wine rack from Wallis Family Customs

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

GIFT OF GIVING IN A CUTE PACKAGE

Vintage Little Girl Pop-Up Christmas Gift Card from MJsKraze

Vintage Little Girl Pop-Up Christmas Gift Card from MJsKraze | Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten
CHRISTMAS MOVIE LOVER

Jolliest Bunch of A**Holes – Christmas Vacation Inspired Candle from Wicked Pop Candle Co.

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten
GIVE A LITTLE PAMPERING

Snow Witch Soap, Peppermint Cream Lip Balm, Gingerbread Vanilla Emulsified Sugar Scrub and Spiked Eggnog Body Lotion from Wicked Soaps

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

QUIRKY AND PERSONALIZED

Detroit Coasters by Iconic Detroit Art
Pretty Good, Larry David Inspired Shirt from Dynamite Shirts
Garage Plaque from Sand Cast Address Plqs

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

POP CULTURE LOVER

Always Sunny Frank Mug, Always Sunny 2018 Calendar, Always Sunny Magnets, Frasier 2018 Calendar from The Bill TV

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

FOR THE CHRISTMAS PHOTOS

Christmas Unicorn shirt from Owl Behave
Too cute to wear ugly sweaters from Cloud Nine and Company

Made in Michigan Holiday Gift List | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Grab a Gift for Everyone on you List. Celebrate.

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Beef Ragu

Tonight is our local Christmas parade.  It’s the one thing that I refuse to miss so this Mitten Movie Night will be played out on the streets of our little town.  Before we head out I’m slow cooking Beef Ra on low in the oven so it falls apart and makes it’s own deliciously rich sauce.

Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The holiday parade in our little town reminds me of every small town in almost every Christmas movie I’ve ever seen.  The town crier comes out to start and ends with the most authentic Santa and in between the floats filled with people you do business with or have grown up with pretty much your whole life.  It always makes me feel like I live in one of the most special places around.

So tonight we will fill out bellies up with this delicious dinner then head off to see over 100 floats–let’s just say it doesn’t go quickly.  Then once we get home it will be time for some Holiday ‘Cheer’.  We picked up these mini kegs of Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery at Costco last week.  Perfect for sharing with guests who are visiting after the parade.  So now on to the dinner that will have your belly full and ready to tackle the cold.

Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To start remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.  When I first started making this I didn’t remove the fat and it would make the sauce very oily.  The roast still stays very tender.  If you prefer to leave it on you will have to skim the sauce once it has been cooked.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.  In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil.  Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot.  Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes.  Remove the beef from the plate.

There will still be some oil in the pan to that add the onion and garlic.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.  To the onions now add the wine, beef stock and tomato paste.  Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.  Add the beef back into the pan.  Finally add the carrots.

Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours.  Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot.  Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

When this comes out of the oven you should have a sauce that while thick still have a little ‘give’ to it.  Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine.

This beef is very versatile so boil some noodles or whip up some mashed potatoes.  I made some yellow skinned mashed potatoes because they are a major food group in my life.  Ladle the sauce and beef over the top.  Bake up some fluffy rolls and you and here you are….

Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Beef Ragu
Slow cooked in the over for 3 hours leaves this beef roast so tender it falls apart. Wine and tomato paste help make a rich ragù sauce to tie it all together. A delicious and hearty Winter meal.
Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.
  2. Remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil. Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot. Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes. Remove the beef from the plate.
  4. In the same pot add the onion and garlic. Sautee for 2-3 minutes. To the onions now add the wine, beef stock and tomato paste. Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.
  5. Add the beef back into the pan. Finally add the carrots.
  6. Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours. Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot. Adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.
  7. Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
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TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide

TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Have a Television Comedy Lover in your life? Or maybe you love half hour blocks of hilarious.
Here is a gift guide to make all those on your Holiday gift list ‘LOL’.

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‘Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do’ is a mantra to remind yourself to stay positive and be the best you can be. This oversized mug from A Pleasant Peninsula Co. is perfect for the Parks & Recreation lover in your life.

Mug from A Pleasant Peninsula Co. | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Is someone you know part of the Finer Things Club? This canvas t-shirt from Ronan Lynam is for anyone who is part of the most exclusive group around.

Canvas t-shirt from Ronan Lynam | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Are you planning on giving gift cards or cash this year? Give it in this “The Human Fund” Gift Notification Card from Chronically Funny.

Gift Notification Card from Chronically Funny | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Jack tells Liz that she has ‘ the boldness of a much younger woman’ to let her know she’s in control of any situation…or not. This handcrafted candle from Wicked Pop Candle Co. smells of Sweet Pineapple & Sage perfect to burn and bring out your inner Liz Lemon.

Handcrafted candle from Wicked Pop Candle Co. | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
‘In Omnia Paratus’ means ‘ready for anything’.  This Adjustable Cuff from Genesis One Designs is the perfect gift for the Rory in your life.

Gilmore Girls Adjustable Cuff from Genesis One Designs | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Welcome 2018 with this Friends Calendar from The Bill TV. Celebrate every month with a different Friends theme from Smelly Cat to Dr. Drake Ramoray. Are you near a Schuler Books? You can see The Bill TV Swag in store in GR/LAN/AA locations.

2018 with this Friends Calendar from The Bill TV | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Do you have a Dorothy, Blanche or Rose on your shopping list this year? Maybe Sophia? Cover all your bases with this Golden Girls Stay Golden Tote from Dynamite Shirts.

Golden Girls Stay Golden Tote from Dynamite Shirts | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
The Mindy Project fans will get a kick out of sending personal notes with these Mindy Kaling Postcards from Shelby Lynne and Vin.  Send a note of sarcasm with class.

Mindy Kaling Postcards from Shelby Lynne and Vin | TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Click on the Tube. Celebrate.

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Hot Chocolate and Toast

Well now that Thanksgiving is over let’s get cozy and ready for Christmastime.  That also means here in the Bottom Left of the Mitten at any moment we can be visited with the dreaded 4 letter word: S-N-O-W.  Now don’t get me wrong I love snowy days until about January then I’m done with it.  However Michigan does not listen to me and the last few years it can snow March-March I say!  So why not cozy up with a warm bowl of soup.  Or go out and play it then come home to a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

As a kid Winter was racing down the biggest hill in our area, Kincheloe Hill, on a bobsled that had *gasp* real metal skis on it.  My brother and I would build igloos brick by brick and then sit in it for hours.  No matter what the wintertime activity was when we were finally forced to come in and peel off the wet layers full of ice balls we would then sit down with one of my favorite treats.  The best way to warm up was a big mug of hot chocolate brimming with gooey marshmallows and buttery toast on the side to dip in it.

Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This hot chocolate could not be simpler.  Forget ever buying a packet again all you will want to make sure to keep on hand is some sugar, milk and really good cocoa powder.  In a medium saucepan add the milk and turn it on to medium heat.  Now to the milk whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.  Keep whisking and cook the cocoa for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.

Now it’s time to toast the bread.  Slather on LOTS of butter.  Split the milk between 2 cups.  Top with marshmallows.  And here you are…..

Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Hot Chocolate and Toast
A big mug of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. Dip in warm buttered toast for the ultimate winter comfort drink and snack combo.
Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Beverage
Cuisine Beverage
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Beverage
Cuisine Beverage
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan add the milk and turn it on to medium heat. Now to the milk whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. Keep whisking and cook the cocoa for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
  2. Now it's time to toast the bread. Slather on LOTS of butter. Split the milk between 2 cups. Top with marshmallows. Enjoy!
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Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Have a Craft Beer Lover in your life?  Or maybe your one?
Here is a gift guide to make all those on your Holiday gift list ‘Hoppy’.

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Give the ultimate personalized gift for the Craft Beer lover. This wood beer carrier from Wallis Family Customs has all the bells and whistles-choose from 2 different colors, a custom engraving on BOTH sides and holds a 6 pack and comes with a bottle opener. Boom!

wood beer carrier from Wallis Family Customs | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
A great Michigan Beer maker paired with a great Michigan Soap Maker? Prepare to spoil the skin of any craft beer lover with Chief Hopper Soap from Wicked Soaps.

Chief Hopper Soap from Wicked Soaps | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Show your support for local breweries with this Drink Local Embroidered Tank Top from New Vintage Embroidery.  Comes in a variety of tank and thread colors so there are so many ways this can be made for the one of a kind craft beer lover.

Drink Local Embroidered Tank Top from New Vintage Embroidery | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Put your loved ones stamp on any craft beer packaging with this Craft Beer Stamp from Tailor Made Stamps.  A really great way to customize home brew ales.

Craft Beer Stamp from Tailor Made Stamps | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Need to get fancy for the holidays? The beer necktie from Cyberoptix is the must have accessory for craft beer lovers.  Have the man in your life heading out in style this holiday season.

beer necktie from Cyberoptix | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This handcrafted Pumpkin Spice IPA Candle from Tavern Wick Candle Co. is inspired by the seasonal craft beer we all know and love.  It will keep any home smelling amazing all Winter long.

Pumpkin Spice IPA Candle from Tavern Wick Candle Co. | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Looking for a gift to update a bar area or even a man cave?  This Craft Beer Tavern Personalized Plaque from Sand Cast Address Plaques comes in 5 different colors and customized with the brewer or bartenders name.

Quality Craft Beer Tavern Personalized Round Plaque from Sand Cast Address Plaques | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Know someone expecting a little bundle of joy this holiday season?  For the craft beer loving parents to be this cute Locally Brewed onsie from KayeDesign Studio makes a great gift.

Locally Brewed from KayeDesign Studio | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Crack open a cold one. Celebrate.

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Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad #SundaySupper

Next week is Thanksgiving already! Can you believe it?  Time to hit the ground running with the shopping, baking, school activities and family gatherings wouldn’t it be nice to sit back and relax and still have a filling and satisfying meal that won’t weigh you down?  This salad is very easy and perfect to make between all the hustle and bustle.

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Coating the chicken breasts in a pecan and cheddar mixture just adds an almost buttery crunch to it.  Then you get a sweet bite of apple and cranberries.  Add the creamy zing of the vinaigrette .  It just hits all the right notes.  Did I also mention that it’s really quite easy to make?  Yes, yes I did.

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by heating your oven to 375 degrees.  Taking the 2 chicken breasts split them down them down the center so you have 4 total thinner pieces.  In a food processor chop add the nuts and the cheddar cheese.  Pulse until it has been finally chopped together.  Take a plate and add the flour.  Whisk one egg in a bowl.   Then on the final plate add the pecan & cheddar mixture.

On a baking sheet add parchment paper or tin foil, spray with cooking spray then get ready to assemble the chicken.  Dredge the chicken in the flour on both sides.  Now dip into the egg.  Finally cover the whole chicken piece with the pecan/cheddar mix.  Place on baking sheet.  Repeat with the last 3 pieces.  Place in the oven for 35 minutes.  Make sure to check and make sure chicken is cooked completely through before serving.

Chop the lettuce and apple and add them to a large salad bowl.  Sprinkle with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds.  Slice or chop the chicken and add to the salad.  Serve the dressing on the side or drizzle over as much as you or your guests like.  And here you are…..

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host! Check out all the other recipes that will keep your family in fresh salads all Winter long.

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Festive Holiday Salad Recipes

Bountiful Holiday Salad Recipes

The Sunday Supper Movement is committed to bringing our readers delicious recipes that encourage them to gather and eat together around the family table. Search for your favorite ingredients on our Sunday Supper website. Also check out the Sunday Supper Pinterest boards for plenty more ideas and inspiration.

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Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
Cheddar Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast over Greens, Apples, Dried Cranberries & an Apple Cider Vinaigrette. A great salad for Fall or during the holidays.
Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Taking the 2 chicken breasts split them down them down the center so you have 4 total thinner pieces.
  2. In a food processor chop add the nuts and the cheddar cheese. Pulse until it has been finally chopped together.
  3. Take a plate and add the flour. Whisk one egg in a bowl. Then on the final plate add the pecan & cheddar mixture.
  4. On a baking sheet add parchment paper or tin foil, spray with cooking spray then get ready to assemble the chicken. Dredge the chicken in the flour on both sides. Now dip into the egg. Finally cover the whole chicken piece with the pecan/cheddar mix. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with the last 3 pieces.
  5. Place in the oven for 35 minutes. Make sure to check and make sure chicken is cooked completely through before serving.
  6. Chop the lettuce and apple and add them to a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. Slice or chop the chicken and add to the salad.
  7. Serve the dressing on the side or drizzle over as much as you or your guests like. Enjoy!
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Star Wars Gift Guide

Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

‘Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

Have a Star Wars Fan in your family?  Or maybe just yourself?
Here is a gift guide for all the droids in your life this holiday season.

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Princess Leia is proof that ‘Girl Power’ is universal.  This poster from Music And Art Co USA is the perfect gift for the powerful woman in your life.  Or perhaps that’s you?

Star Wars: Princess Leia Poster from MusicAndArtCoUSA | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Grab a cold one and a Star Wars Coaster Set from Pipperillo Studios to make the ultimate fan statement in your home. Sit back, relax and leave the rings for the planets not the coffee table.

Star Wars Coaster Set from PipperilloStudios | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Have a little Star Wars lover on your list?  These cute hair clips from Nonies Custom Creation are great to add a flair to any hairstyle.  Would also look great with corresponding costumer any day of the week.

Star Wars Hair Clip from NoniesCustomCreation | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Never lose your keys with this Star Wars Stormtrooper Key Rack from Nobbins Bobbins N Bling.  A place for everything and everything in it’s place.

Star Wars Stormtrooper Key Rack from NobbinsBobbinsNBling | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Jewelry is a practical gift for the holidays. Star Wars inspired jewelry Cuff bracelet from Just Jaynes isn’t practical it’s a must give.  This bangle is lightweight and easily adjustable.

i love you to the death star and back cuff bracelet from JustJaynes | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Get your Christmas on with this Star Wars BB-8 T Shirt from The Goose Tee.  They are also offering a 15% discount to Bottom Left of the Mitten shoppers – take 15% your entire order (no minimum purchase required) Code: APPRECIATION Expires12/31/2017

Christmas Star Wars BB-8 T Shirt Gift from The Goose Tee | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Star Wars themed candles is probably a gift that you would never have thought of.  Wicked Pop Candle Co. has 5 different ones to choose from.  This Calm Before the Stormtroopers Candle smells likes the woods when it rains…ahhh….

The Calm Before the Stormtroopers - Star Wars Inspired Candle from WickedPopCandleCo | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Han Solo has some of the best lines in Star Wars as far as I’m concerned.  This silhouette print from The Joyful Fox comes in 5 different sizes and ready to hang in the home of the recipient who may feel the same way.

Star Wars Han Solo silhouette quote print from thejoyfulfox | Star Wars Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the MittenMay The Force Be With You. Celebrate.

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Beef Tips and Gravy

For this Mitten Movie Night we are getting ready to settle in for the long Winter.  That means it’s time for some classic comfort food, Beef Tips and Gravy with noodles.  Low and slow is the name of the game so these beef tips come out tender. This gravy doesn’t get too thick which is perfect to use to soak into the noodles and dip bread into it.  Stick to the ribs dinner perfect for the colder weather.

Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten

We had our first dusting of snow last night.  I am so ready for the colder weather, snuggling up in front of the fireplace and a big blanket.  Not going to lie thought that with the impending holidays while I’m excited to start decorating the new house I am feeling almost a little ‘homesick’.  We lived in our old house for 15 years.  That’s 15 Thanksgivings, Christmases and New Years.  Two babies came home to have their first visits with Santa there.  So many wonderful memories but now it’s time to focus on the new memories here.

However, I can still stick with tradition and enjoy a few things that we do every year and one of them is watching Scrooged.  Hands down one of my favorite holiday movies.  With dinner we’re drinking The Double Magician from Short’s Brewing.   So while the beer is cold and outside is colder lets get on to the recipe.

Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This recipe is one that I’ve been making since before Pinterest was invented.  I did find it online and then printed it out but I’ve been making it so long that I threw it out.  Luckily I think that I found it on Taste of Home and pretty sure this is it!

First off know that this recipe is time intensive.  If your hanging out at home on a Sunday this is the perfect meal for you.  I have tried cutting down on the time this simmers and it never comes out nearly as good as when I let it go the whole 1-1/2 hours.  So be warned.

To begin brown the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil.  This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.  In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce.  Stir it then add to the beef tips.  Turn the heat to low then cover.  Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips–oh no!

Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten

During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions.  Bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don’t stick together.  Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high.  In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy.  Stir to combine and add to the beef tips.  Let cook and thicken up just a little while you do the next part.

In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.  Then add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sautee until the mushrooms are cooked down.  It should take about 8 minutes.  Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.  Add a side of bread and a vegetable and here you are….

Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Print Recipe
Beef Tips and Gravy
Low and slow is the name of the game so these beef tips come out tender. Add the tips and sauce over noodles and you have a stick to the ribs dinner perfect for the colder weather.
Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1-1/2 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1-1/2 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Brown the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil. This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.
  2. In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir it then add to the beef tips.
  3. Turn the heat to low then cover. Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.
  4. During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions. Bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they stick together. Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer.
  5. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high. In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy. Stir to combine and add to the beef tips. Let cook and thicken up while you do the next part.
  6. In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Then add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sautee until the mushrooms are cooked down. It should take about 8 minutes.
  7. Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.
  8. Add a side of bread and a vegetable. Enjoy!
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‘Celebrate with 8’ for Peanut Butter Lovers Month

A favorite of kids & adults alike.
Creamy, salty and it can be spread on virtually everything. 

It’s time to ‘Celebrate with 8’ recipes for Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

‘Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

Have you ever tried making your own at home?  Crazy Easy Homemade Peanut Butter with Flax from Hungry Hobby shows you how simple it can be.

Crazy Easy Homemade Peanut Butter with Flax Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
I am all game for a unique sandwich experience and I think Trial and Eater has one for me.  Peanut Butter, Pickles and Chips Sandwich-sweet, crunchy salty, tangy.  This sandwich is my everything.

Peanut Butter, Pickles and Chips Sandwich from Trial and Eater | Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
With the holidays coming up who couldn’t use a recipe that would work well as a food gift or as a holiday dinner dessert.  Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge from A Turtle’s Life for Me has all the bases covered.  Bonus that this uses only 3 ingredients.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge from A Turtle's Life for Me Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
A classic no matter where your from these Easy Buckeye Recipe from Sugar Spun Run are simple to make and delicious to eat.  When you put these out I’m sure they won’t last long.

Easy Buckeye Recipe from Sugar Spun Run | Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Pasta with melted peanut butter?  And make it CRUNCHY which is my favorite kind?  Oh yes PLEASE!  This Peanut Butter Lo Mein Recipe from Mom Foodie is comfort for any PB lover.


Peanut Butter Lo Mein Recipe from Mom Foodie Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Have you ever made your own ice cream?  If not try this No Churn Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Cincy Shopper right now.  Look how loaded with goodies it is!

No Churn Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Cincy Shopper | Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This PB & J Burger is not the peanut butter and jelly you grew up with. PB & J=Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam make this burger an all out hit!

PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Talk about peanut butter lover layers!! Uncle Johnny’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake from Living Sweet Moments will have your crowd going crazy for cake.

Uncle Johnny’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake from Living Sweet Moments Peanut Butter Lovers Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Grab a jar or 5.  Spread it on.  Celebrate.

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