Irish Stout Cake

Who says you can’t have your cake and enjoy a beer too? Pour a cup into this cake batter then enjoy the rest while the cake bakes.  This Irish Stout Cake is the perfect dessert for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  Did I mention that I made it with Michigan Craft Beer?  Celebrate the Holiday and Michigan in one sweet dessert that is so easy to make.

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I’m so excited this year to participate in #FoodBloggerLove recipe swap.  This event is all about showing the ‘love’ to other Food Bloggers and recreating their best recipes.  I am pairing up with Amy Bartlett over at Savory Moments.  There were so many wonderful recipes on her site that by the time I finally settled on one I had a bunch more on my list to make but once I landed on her Guinness Chocolate Cake I knew this was the perfect recipe.  Check out Amy on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and of course on her blog where she’s cooking it up in the kitchen – can you believe she does it all with twins running around?

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If you follow Bottom Left of the Mitten at all you know that I do a lot of food and beer pairing but I haven’t ever cooked ‘with’ beer let alone bake with it.  I’m glad that I went outside my comfort zone for #FoodBloggerLove.  Not only was Amy’s recipe really easy it gave me an opportunity to swap out the original Guinness that she used for a Michigan Craft Beer which I’m always 100% here for. So if you want you can use 1 cup of Guinness or do I like I did and reach for Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.  Now on to the cake!!

To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8-inch springform pan.  On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer.  Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar.  Set aside to cool.  In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine.  Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.

Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients.  Then add the sour cream & eggs to that.  Make sure the springform pan is liberally greased or you can even add parchment paper to it.  Place the pan on a cookie sheet just in case the bottom leaks a little bit then add the batter.  Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine went for a full 55 minutes.  The top of my cake did crack and you know of course I just watched a baking hack video where it showed how not to have that happen but of course I forgot and you know what, oh well.  It turned out perfect!

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Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan.  Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.  Time to make the frosting!  Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined.  Spread over the top of the cake.  Cut into 8 slices and here you are….

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

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Irish Stout Cake
Moist and fluffy chocolate cake that is so rich and delicious. Topped off with sweet mascarpone frosting. The perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day and beyond.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
  1. To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch springform pan.
  2. On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer. Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar. Set aside to cool.
  3. In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine. Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients. Then add the sour cream & eggs to that. Add to the pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
  6. Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan. Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.
Frosting
  1. Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Spread over the top of the cake.
  2. Cut into 8 slices. Enjoy!
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Shrimp Cannelloni #SundaySupper

February is here and love is in the air.  Looking for a romantic meals for two that won’t take you all day to make?  Try my Shrimp Cannelloni that has a short cut so you can spend more time with your love and not in the kitchen.

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The inspiration for these came after watching one of my favorite shows Diner, Drive-In’s & Dives.  They were at a restaurant where they made cannelloni and instead of spending all the time stuffing the tubes they used egg roll wrappers instead.  Genius!  Right up there with the making ravioli using ice cube trays that I want to try soon.  For the filling they used a food processor to make the filling.  Also genius!  So let’s get to it.

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Start by thawing out the shrimp.  I used cocktail already cooked shrimp to make quick work of this and then I have shrimp leftover for tacos and salads.  In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley.  Process until all the has been combined.  Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese.  Mix all together.  The mixture should be well combined to make it easy to spread onto the egg roll wrappers.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Now start the Alfredo sauce.  Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux.  Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese.  Stir to completely combine and it thickens up.  In a 8×8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.

Now time to wrap the ‘Cannelloni’.  Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings.  Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle.  Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up.  Place into the dish seam side down.  Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.  Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  And here you are…..

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Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Shrimp Cannelloni
Creamy Alfredo covers a rolls filled with savory shrimp stuffing then baked. The perfect romantic meal for two for Valentine's or any date night.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by thawing out the shrimp.
  2. In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley. Process until all the has been combined.
  3. Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese. Mix all together.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Now start the Alfredo sauce. Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux. Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to completely combine and it thickens up. In a 8x8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings. Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle. Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up. Place into the dish seam side down.
  7. Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Looking for a unique expression of love?
Here is a gift guide to for the one of a kind guy or gal in your life.

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Fall in love in the big city? This Custom City Skyline Pillow from FinchandCotter lets you choose different colors and cover options for a completely customized gift for your love & the place you live.

Custom City Skyline Pillow from FinchandCotter | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Talk about a one of a kind gift! This custom portrait from MengIllustration is as original as the two of you.

Custom Portrait from MengIllustration | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Looking for some creative gift packaging for the guy in your life? Check out these Valentines Beer Labels from PaprikaPaperie.

Valentines Beer Labels from PaprikaPaperie | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Have fun with this Little Box of Romance from FlytrapOnE.  Twenty-four love coupons that will add a little ‘spice’ to your Valentine’s Day and many nights more.
Little Box of Romance from FlytrapOnE | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This delicate little Date Bangle Bracelet from TomDesign will remind her of your anniversary in the cutest of ways.

Date Bangle Bracelet from TomDesign | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Is there a little distance between you and the one you love this year?  This Long Distance Surprise Box from WorldVibeStudio is a perfect way to save memories in this box so you never forget the fun you have together even when your apart.

Long Distance Surprise Box from WorldVibeStudio | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Wake up on Valentine’s Day and every day after and enjoy a nice morning together with these Mr and Mrs Mugs from BeholdenPrints.  Now all you have to do is decide whose turn it is to make the coffee.

Mr and Mrs Mugs from BeholdenPrints | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Want to prove you know your man as well as he knows you?  I love this personalized Solid Cologne & Bear Oil from ArcadiaNatural. Choose from 14 different scents that comes in custom packaging, just like him.

Solid Cologne & Bear Oil from ArcadiaNatural | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Forget the chocolate and flowers. Make this year extra special. Celebrate.

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Thick Crust Sausage Pizza

Even though it’s already the middle of January this is officially the first Mitten Movie Night of 2018.  I spent the holidays enjoying family and then the first part of the month just trying to get motivated.  Usually I hit the ground running once the holidays are over – so ready for the New Year that I take my tree down LITERALLY the day after Christmas.  This year thought with the holidays falling the way they did made for long weekends that called for being lazy and cooking some of my favorites, like this Thick Crust Sausage Pizza made with Michigan’s Own Jiffy Mix Pizza Crust.

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I’ve decided in 2018 to do Mitten Movie Night a little differently.  Over the holidays my husband and I watched tons of movies.  We checked out a few YouTube trailer sites (think best Horror Movies of 2016, etc) and picked one nearly every night.  Many of them were ones that I hadn’t heard of or ones that looked just okay but never got a chance to see.  Some of them were so good that I couldn’t wait to share them so that is what I’ve decided to do for the foreseeable future.  Usually what I’ve been doing is talking about movies we plan on seeing that night.  I decided that really didn’t make much sense since how can I give an honest review if I haven’t seen them yet?  Think of this now as a movie review night + good food + great beer.

First up was one of my favorites from our movie nights.  Most people know Anne Hathawy as the Princess Diaries and a million other rom-com’s but in between she was also in this weird but interesting sci-fi/comedy, Colossal. I will say if you look this up online it didn’t get really great ratings and I don’t think it lasted long in theaters but if your looking for out of the box thinking, dark and brooding comedy then you will be in for a treat.  Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While dinner is cooking chill some Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.  If you love Bell’s beer don’t forget that right now is the yearly release of Hopslam.  My husband looks forward to it every year and I know he is now alone.  Now on to the pizza!

To start the pizza combine two boxes of Jiffy Pizza Crust with 1 cup warm water into a bowl.  Stir to combine until there are no clumps then place a towel over the bowl and let rise 10 minutes.  While the crust rises in a pan over medium high heat cook the sausage.  Breaking it up as it cooks into small bite size pieces.  Halfway through add chopped onions and the can of mushrooms.  I find when you use fresh mushrooms for this pizza they get soggy and make the sausage slimy.  Using canned mushrooms helped with this problem but if you do wish to use fresh cook them separate from the sausage and then add as a separate topping.  Cook sausage completely through then set aside until the dough has risen.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9″x13″ cookie sheet (make sure it has an edge to it).  Flour your hands a bit and take the dough out of the bowl and form to the sheet.  Push the dough all the way to the edge and then up the sides a bit.  Take prepared sauce and top crust with it pushing to all sides.  Top off with the sausage and mushrooms.  Then add the shredded cheese.

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The last step I do when making this pizza is just for my preference but I really think that it make a delicious difference in the overall taste of this pizza.  Over the top of the cheese sprinkle 1/2 Tbs garlic powder then 1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning.  Put into the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.  Cut into 12 pieces and here you are…..

Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Thick Crust Sausage Pizza
Thick doughy crust sets the stage for tangy spaghetti sauce, Italian sausage mushrooms and onions. Top with lots of cheese and spices for a no fuss pizza night.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. To start the pizza combine two boxes of Jiffy Pizza Crust with 1 cup warm water into a bowl. Stir to combine until there are no clumps then place a towel over the bowl and let rise 10 minutes.
  2. While the crust rises in a pan over medium high heat cook the sausage. Breaking it up as it cooks into small bite size pieces. Halfway through add chopped onions and the can of mushrooms. Cook sausage completely through then set aside until the dough has risen.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9"x13" cookie sheet (make sure it has an edge to it). Flour your hands a bit and take the dough out of the bowl and form to the sheet. Push the dough all the way to the edge and then up the sides a bit.
  4. Take prepared sauce and top crust with it pushing to all sides. Top off with the sausage and mushrooms. Then add the shredded cheese.
  5. Optional: Over the top of the cheese sprinkle 1/2 Tbs garlic powder then 1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning.
  6. Cook in preheated oven 20 minutes.
  7. Cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy!
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‘Celebrate with 8’ for Get Organized Month

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

Did you know January is Get Organized Month?
Celebrate getting organized with items that will get you excited about cleaning up clutter.

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Start the New Year right and get on track with this Planner from IceyDesigns.  Beautifully laid out and ready for you to add all your hard work and big dreams for 2018.

2018 Planner from IceyDesigns | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Never lose your little bobbles with this Shit I Can’t Lose Ring Dish from DezCustomCreations.  Choose for 20 different font colors including some Glitter for extra ‘bling’.

Shit I Can't Lose Ring Dish from DezCustomCreations | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Ever have that one sock that never seems to find it’s match?  Throw them into this single socks solution hamper from JillianHollmann until the other one eventually comes back.  Eventually……

Single socks solution hamper from JillianHollmann | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Keep little ones clothes organized with these Baby Boy Closet Dividers from JennaCaseyDesigns.  Kids grow quick so make sure you don’t miss any of those cute outfits before they outgrow them.

Baby Boy Closet Dividers from JennaCaseyDesigns | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This cute Navy Airplane Toy Box from belliesop is made for little ones to be able to organize their toys on their own. Top comes off easily so they can get out their toys then replace the top so they have a cozy place to sit.

Navy Airplane Toy Box from belliesop | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
These storage boxes for dogs from PalletTimeBlue can keep your best friends toys all in one place. Super cute for any décor too as it comes in 17 different colors.

Fun storage boxes for dog toys from PalletTimeBlue | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
A place for everything and everything in it’s place and that includes your beautiful jewelry that should be well kept but displayed. This Rustic Dark Cherry Stained Wall Mounted Jewelry Organizer from TheKnottyShelf holds everything from earrings to necklaces.

Rustic Dark Cherry Stained Wall Mounted Jewelry Organizer from TheKnottyShelf | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Need a paper organizer that adds a nice touch to any office or entryway? This mail holder from RedHeartCreations can also be customized making a perfect gift for wedding or housewarmings.

mail holder from RedHeartCreations | 'Celebrate with 8' for Get Organized Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Don’t wait until Spring Cleaning to get organized. Celebrate.

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Book Lovers Gift Guide

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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

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

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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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TV Comedy Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.
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  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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