Shepherd's Pie

I wish I was sitting here telling you we had beautiful snow coming down.  Instead, I'll tell you the reason the stores will be packed tomorrow is because of freezing rain and 7 degree weather headed our way.  7 degrees.  No one wants to go outside when it's 7 degrees!

I'm sharing this recipe with you today because it'll have you feeling warm inside.  It's not the same as the recipe I remember my friend's mom making growing up, but I love it nonetheless.  It's amazing how far two pounds of ground beef can stretch when you make it into something like this.

Don't like casseroles?  I'm from the Midwest.  Maybe you need to call it a one pot wonder?!  Either way I really do love this and think you can add more vegetables or mix up the mashed potatoes if you like them more creamy - add in some cream cheese or sour cream- or if you want more vegetables you can add peas, or more carrots.   You could even do a ground turkey and sweet potato situation if that's more your thing.

The point is, don't be scared to cook.

Having a 9x13 casserole with nice high edges comes in handy for recipes like this.  You'll be able to add in all those extra's and you won't be worried about anything bubbling over!

Grab the ingredients, make this, and enjoy the leftovers all weekend long!

Recipe adapted from The Magnolia Table

Ingredients You'll Need:

  • 6 russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon steak seasoning 
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
I took a more steak heavy twist on this than Joanna's which has ground nutmeg in the potatoes.  I'll also tell you you can steam the green beans in about 2 inches of water and a steam basket for about 8 minutes- OR get one of those bags where you and steam them right in the bag to make for even less work.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. First up you'll want to get water boiling for the potatoes.  While that heats up peel and chop your potatoes and the carrots while you're at it.  Once the water is boiling put the potatoes in and let them cook about 15-18 minutes, checking until they are done.
  3. If you don't steam your beans in a bag, now is the time to steam those, run cold water over them to stop the cooking, and set them aside.
  4. Now it's time for you to add some oil to a large pan or dutch oven and then add in your onion and carrot.  After about 5-8 minutes add in your beef and season well with salt and pepper.  Cook the meat until it's done then add in the flour, stirring it for a minute or two, then the tomato paste, water and sauce.
  5. Once the potatoes are tender you'll drain them and using a potato masher mix in salt and pepper to taste, the butter, milk, and cream.  Yum.  Add in the steak seasoning to taste.  Optional! I also love something like Lawry's which is salty, so use wisely!
  6. Now it's time to spray your pan and start assembling.  Meat, beans, potatoes.  Bake it all for 30 minutes and up to 40 making sure it's nice and cooked through and the potatoes are just a little brown on top.
Enjoy! I know we have!

Hello 2019

What's in a number? Or several of them?  Okay.  So we may be two weeks into the new year, but that's about as long as it's taken me to get myself assimilated to this 2019.  Christmas break is always nice, but we find ourselves itching to be back into a routine.

We finally experienced a snow day and some school delays in true Virginia winter form, and Evan enjoyed walking into the woods far more than sledding down the hills.

As I type this I'm coming at your from my new office space.  Although I love the idea of my home offie in the basement, the reality is it wasn't getting used often enough.  I was finding that if I went down there three little people would follow and then ask for several things.  This way I'm able to do what I need to do in small pockets of time.  It also means all the papers and all the emails hopefully get responded to more quickly!  

I'm excited for the year ahead.  I have some exciting news coming in this space,  and my business with Rodan + Fields continues to grow.  It'll be four years this month since I joined.  I always get a little reflective about big milestones, and this month is no different.  I'm so thankful for it and for this space.  Getting work done and helping others while using creative and other gifts is no small thing in my book.  I'm so thankful to have done this all while the boys grow up and am thankful to be home with them each day!

Other mama's will get this part of a new year.  Just as we come back from Christmas we're somehow looking into the year ahead and what school will look like in the fall.  Other mama's listen up- February is somehow the time you need to be thinking about and enrolling in all these things! I would have never known this before and find it a little crazy, but also understandable I suppose!

With that, the babe is waking up and I need to go.  See.  Look at that.  Just got a post done thanks to this computer being right off the kitchen!