My grandma used to make a killer vegetable soup, and I recently found a recipe in one of her cookbooks for a stew. I don't think it was the exact one she made, but I kinda used it as a base to go off of. My dad also makes a killer stew, his "son of a gun stew." Oh, I love it when he makes that. This recipe is completely my own, though, as I added things to mine just from what I can remember both my grandma and my dad adding, with a few of my own touches. I hope you enjoy!
1 lb. of stew meat, browned well
46 oz. bottle of V8 Juice (my dad's idea from his stew)
1 can Italian diced tomatoes
Handful chopped carrots
3 potatoes, chopped
1 bag mixed vegetables
1/2 bag corn
1/2 onion (med. to large)
2 stalks celery, chopped
Dash of marjoram- Not too much as it could be overpowering.
Dash of thyme- Not too much, as it could be overpowering, as well.
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
Take all of these ingredients, and add them to crockpot or slow cooker. It will fill your slow cooker up. Stir together, and let simmer all afternoon. It'll fill your house with a wonderful snowy day coziness. (Hint: I made Oatmeal Bread in the breadmaker to go with this, and the meal was complete.)
I hope your family enjoys! This is now a family favorite around here.