Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dutch Oven - Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables

This is how we roll!!!!

We love to go camping and Cast Iron cooking is usually on the menu at least one if not more of the nights we go. This is the Dutch Oven - Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables recipe I got from the August 2011 Sunset magazine. I have saved it all year cuz I knew we would try it. If you are familiar with dutch oven cooking, then this recipe is easy. If not, it does take a bit of time. This took 3 hours start to finish. So worth it though!!!

Cast of characters: chicken broth, vegis and beef (already in the dutch oven at this point)

My hubby likes to dig a hole in the ground to do this whole thing. It keeps the heat contained and the coals last longer. You can use coals form a camp fire or briquettes. Chris started with 50 briquettes and added wood as he went along. Put your dutch oven on the coals and get it smokin hot!! Then add the beef and brown it on all sides and add the broth. The rub for the beef was amazing!!! I put the rub on and kept it in a ziplock bag for a few days and man did it turn out tender and flavorful!

You begin to add coals to the top of the dutch oven at this point. Cook for an hour adding coals after 30 min

Add first set of vegis, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, corn on the cob, and onions. Cook for another hour adding coals after 30 min.

Add last set of vegis, green beans, and zucchini, & more broth. We added a bit of beer too at this point just for flavor. Cook for 15 - 30 min.

Delish!!! So flavorful and fun to do out in the woods. Here's the link to the recipe

 I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!!!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Giveaway Winner!!!!

And the Head Band goes to........

Congratulations Jean!! Please contact me with your contact info at and I'll send it right out!
Thanx to everyone who participated! I plan to do more giveaway's in the future when more talented friends make beautiful stuff!! Thanx Shawna for the pretty headband!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Time for another Giveaway!!!

Isn't this beautiful!!! This is a headband from The Hair-BAND-It!! My friend Shawna Weeks' beautiful creations!! You can check out more of her work at
The Hair-BAND-It  or


You have 3 chances to enter this Giveaway

1) Follow my blog and leave a comment saying you did.
2) Go to facebook and "like" Tiny Mights Tales, then come back and leave a comment saying you did.
3) Go to facebook and "like" The Hair-BAND-It and come back and leave a comment saying you did.

I will have this Giveaway up until Monday night and pick a winner Tuesday May 29th. I will only ship inside the united States.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!

What a beautiful day this is!!! We have gorgeous sunny skies here in the pacific northwest. And my hubby gets home today from a week away for work so I'm a happy girl!!!!

I wanted to share a mini album with you all that I made for My Joy for mother's day. My Joy, for all of you that don't know, is my wonderful, loving stepmother that I love with all my heart!! And I'm not just saying that cuz I know she's going to read this!! I mean it!!!

I used the Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic line of paper and embellishments that I WON through her web launch party. I LOVE this line and I've been waiting for a girly project to use it on. I got this mini album idea from the Creative place blog. I love it although it did turn out much smaller than I anticipated. BUT it did work out perfect!!!

I hope all you mothers out there have a great day and thanx for stopping by!!! God Bless!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Christmas Mini Album

I couldn't wait any longer, I just had to show you this. I was waiting until I got some betters picture's of this but I'm dying to show you all.

I have been thinking about all my albums and I'm not liking how each year my Christmas pages look exactly the same. So I decided that I will start doing some kind of mini album for my Christmas pictures. That way I can use all the pictures instead of just the important ones and not take up half of my album.

So this is the first one I did and as you can see, I was so inspired by Heidi Swapp's Memory Files that I made my own. I have a ton of the manila file folders left over from my Pampered Chef Consultant days and I just covered them with paper and taped them together. I cut one in half and adhered it with washi tape. It was so fun creating it but I did use 2 tape runners :) Oh well, what do ya do.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did making it!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Christmas in May?!?!

I got to go away for a weekend of scrapbooking with my sister recently and I finished up my 2009 album. Here's some more of the Christmas layout's I got done while I was there.

Most of the paper is My Minds Eye. The border punch is Fiskers.
I'll post more tomorrow!! Thanx for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Getting Closer :)

Got to have a craft night with some friends the other night and I got a few more pages done. Thought I'd share some of them.