Southern Stroll

Submitted by Christi

I took a nice stroll through the yard on this incredibly beautiful day. The low was 45 and it warmed up to a glorious 72! Here is what is going on in my yard today:

First stop, the porch. A red tablecloth and a few fall items are ready for us.

First stop, the porch. A red tablecloth and a few fall items are ready for us.

This beauty was blooming in the yard.

This beauty was blooming in the yard.

My rusty red fence kids playing tug-of-war

My rusty red fence kids playing tug-of-war

This tree has started to turn early. It was damaged in the ice storm. Hope it makes it okay.

This tree has started to turn early. It was damaged in the ice storm. Hope it makes it okay.

Autumn Sedum - beautiful!

Autumn Sedum - beautiful!

A little outdoor red for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer and Rednesday! with It’s a Very Cherry and today’s lagniappe is a great idea for Crockpot Wedneday with Dining with Debbie.

Today’s Lagniappe: Crockpot Beef Bourguignon

A wonderful way to make a great meal!

  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked, reserve grease
  • 3 lbs. beef, cubed
  • flour
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 to 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper

Slowly cook bacon in large skillet; remove to crockpot. Dredge beef cubes in flour, brown in bacon fat. Transfer meat from skillet to crockpot. Saute vegetables and garlic in bacon fat; remove to crockpot. Gently stir beef, vegetables, bacon and wine. Add bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low 7 to 9 hours.

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34 Responses to “Southern Stroll”

  1. KBeau Says:

    Love your pictures. I was just noticing today how sharp the shadows are this time of year. Maybe it’s because we’ve got sun for the first time in many days.

  2. Sandi Says:

    Lovely RED photos … have a happy REDnesday!

  3. SueLovesCherries Says:

    Your Southern temps were about the same as my Northern temps on Tuesday! I’m sure your tree will be just fine – the leaf colors are very beautiful on it!

  4. Claudie Says:

    Hello from Canada
    I was just looking at some Rednesday… not too many. I posted Ruby Tuesday this week and OW.
    Are those real birds on your tablecloth? lol
    Happy early Wednesday Christi ( you are very beautiful)
    Love Claudie

  5. Carol @ Old Glory Cottage Says:

    Oooo, I hope we get some more 72 degree days! A chilly 55 here. Love all of your reds, especially that gorgeous rose, and those rusty kids on your fence! They’re so cute!
    Happy Rednesday!

  6. Kammy Says:

    Such pretty pictures….one day I will make one of your recipes – they look so yummy !

  7. LaVoice Says:

    You combined your post very well. All y our photos are great.

  8. Jane Says:

    Yum…this recipe sounds as delicious as your photos are beautiful. Were the birds on your table “real”?
    I am looking forward to the temperatures dropping a bit…right now, at 10:30pm, it’s 80 degrees…but it feels cool!
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  9. Ann Messick Says:

    Very nice!

  10. [email protected] Says:

    Such a fun post!

    Today in Utah was a lovely 80 degress… can you believe tomorrow they are calling for SNOW!!! nooooo … i cant break out my shovel yet!!!

    If you get a chance please stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  11. Karen Says:

    I can picture you sitting around that table in the evenings with the oil lamp lighting the area.

  12. Elizabeth Says:

    Yummy recipe and great pics.
    Have a splendiferous Wednesday!

  13. luna miranda Says:

    superb shots! i love the antique glass lamp in your first photo. my grandmother had those lamps when i was a kid.

  14. Dawn Says:

    Love your rusty red tug-of-war kids! How fun!

  15. Olde Dame Penniwig Says:

    Love all those reds and the recipe, too. Happy Rednesday!

  16. Diann @ the thrifty Groove Says:

    Lovely reds today!

  17. Valerie Says:

    Love the red! Your fence decor is so neat! What a great idea.

  18. Sandi Says:

    Your reds are wonderful! Are those real birds on the table? I love the children along the fence! Happy REDnesday.


  19. amy Says:

    Recipie looks yummy. I love cooking in my crockpot and your red rose is so pretty.

  20. Becky K. Says:

    A very nice stroll…indeed!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  21. Myrna Says:

    Great Pics ,I love the rusty fence kids! ;~)


  22. Jane Says:

    Great photos! I love your rusty kids and Autumn Sedum!


  23. RobinW Says:

    Neat photos! I enjoyed stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  24. Mary Says:

    Your pictures are proof positive that fall is on its way. That’s a great recipe for crock-pot beef. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  25. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    Ohhh…love all your beautiful display of red, my friend!!! It’s just difficult to decorate for autumn without a few splashes of this beautiful vibrant color! Enjoyed all of your photos…I especially like your rusty red kids playing tug-of-war on the fence…just precious!!! Thanks for sharing your pretties with us today!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  26. Christi Says:

    Hey Y’all. Just popping in. Gotta let you know that the birds on the table are not real. They are one of my favorite decorations for my outdoor table. That is where they live most of the year. They keep watch over the bird feeder and the bird bath in the yard 🙂


  27. Tracy Says:

    Hello Christi,

    Great photos! I love your rusty fence kids!

    ~ Tracy

  28. Brenda Kula Says:

    That’s a cool low! Sure is pretty at your place!

  29. megan Says:

    This sounds like a meal I need to make. I would love to sit at your table with a big bowl of this!

  30. Shirley Says:

    Great post. My mouth is watering for your beef.

  31. jeanne Says:

    Hello Christi, your table is very festive and aren’t you lucky to see some fall color already. Are the birds real? I wonder if your rose is the last rose of summer. The kids on the fence are fun. The recipe sounds great.


  32. Cherry Says:

    love your rusty kids they are too cute !
    Everything looks so fallish ~ hugs, Cherry

  33. Eileen Says:

    This recipe sounds fantastic! I’ve been looking for some good slow-cook recipes, thanks so much for posting this!

    And I love your rusty fence kids! Beautiful!
    All the best,

  34. Betty 819 Says:

    What brand of red wine did you use in this recipe? We’ve had this dish served at dinner parties and it was delicious. The hostess gave me her recipe but it was one of those recipes with a zillion ingredients. Would like to try yours. Do you serve it over rice or noodles?

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