Beef Stew with Dumplings

4 tbsp olive oil
3 lb. (1 ½ kg.) round steak, chopped in small pieces or already cut
​stewing beef
1 onion, chopped
4 to 6 cups water
3 tbsp beef Oxo
4 carrots, chopped
4 potatoes, quartered
½ cup frozen corn
½ cup frozen peas
3 celery ribs, chopped
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp each thyme and freshly ground pepper, cumin, coriander, cayenne,
​parsley, and paprika
1 tsp salt
¼ cup flour, or more, depending on preference

Heat oil in large saucepan; lightly sauté meat and onion. Add water and
​beef Oxo, stir constantly and bring to a boil. Add vinegar, herbs and spices,
​carrots, potatoes, corn, celery and peas. Cover; reduce heat to low to
​medium (depending on your stove,) cook for an hour. Stir in flour to
​thicken before adding dumplings.

1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp baking powder

pinch of marjoram, parsley and cayenne pepper

Blend in:
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp ice water

Mix until dough forms. Shape into 6 balls and drop on top of stew. ​
Cover and continue to cook for another 40 minutes.


FOREVER ENDS by Carol Hibbs

A move to another part of the province is Gabrielle's greatest transition. It is a turning point she and her sons desperately need. A new and safe house would be a wonderful change, or so she hopes. The house is haunted, or possessed, or something too evil to even imagine.

Gabrielle isn’t planning on any romances, never mind falling in love with her gorgeous cabin building neighbour, Ryan. Bad things seemed to happen to people she loved. It is impossible to resist Ryan, and lunacy to assist Christina, the young girl that is either trapped somehow in Gabrielle's house, or trapped in someone's world. Her sons, friends, Ryan and his daughter, Tess, helps her to save Christina.