Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Finally....

....there is some soup in those special bowls!


It was time for Vegetable Soup, and that was a perfect choice to "christen" these pumpkin bowls for the season!

VEGETABLE SOUP
3/4 cup chopped potato
2 cups vegetable, chicken, or beef broth
1 can sliced carrots, drained and rinsed
1 can zucchini with tomato sauce
1 can tomatoes with basil and oregano
- Cook potato in broth until tender, about 15 minutes.  Add other ingredients; heat to a simmer.  
Four generous servings!

You may have seen this recipe from me before - or something similar.  I have often used canned potatoes (which I chop), but this time I used the potatoes we had from the garden.

I am having just a bit of difficulty making it on my blogging rounds, and I hope you will bear with me until I am able to get back to keeping up with you!

China - Vineyard by Noritake, now discontinued
Pumpkin bowls - Williams Sonoma several years ago

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The "jury" is still out.....

....on this little gadget.


Do you remember when I featured it earlier?


Here is evidence of its handiwork.  This is zucchini "pasta."


After steaming, it was topped with Italian chicken sausage in marinara sauce.  

It was good, though making the strands of the zucchini wasn't all that easy, for some reason.

The Husband used it with potatoes one morning.  They were good (of course!), though he has the same hesitation about a whole-hearted endorsement as I have.

The Veggetti isn't taking up such a huge space for storing, so we will try again with something else.  If you have one of these, let me know how you use it.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Weather lore....

Many of you have undoubtedly heard winter predictions using signs of nature as your guide.  For many years, there was a woman in our area who was respected for her winter predictions.

Today, I want to join a group of winter weather predictors.:-)  Take a look at what actually came into our house!

That is what we have always called a "woolly worm!"  The fact that it is black all over does not bode well for a mild winter!  If there had been brown on it, that would have meant part of the winter would be mild, but part might be more severe.  We will just have to wait it out and see.  What surprises us is that it found a way to enter the house!  We saw it on the sunroom floor!  Hopefully it wasn't searching for that warm spot to hibernate for an early-approaching winter!

What kinds of weather lore do you remember?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014....

Quoting once again from Apples of Gold, compiled by Jo Petty, there are these words....

"To will what God wills brings peace."

From the United Methodist Women Prayer Calendar for today, we have the mission focus.  It is the Wesley Community Center in Houston, Texas.

May this be a day of love, joy, and peace for you.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"It's football time.....

....in Tennessee!"  Those are the words that a previous sports announcer used to lead into the game that was soon to follow on radio.  We were loyal listeners, as we rarely attended any of the games.  Now, on the SEC Network, it's possible to watch games from just about any of the SEC stadiums.  Today we will be watching as Tennessee visits Georgia for this week's game.

That is not the only team in which we have an interest.

  
Emory and Henry, the blue and gold, will be playing today as well.  Actually, a number of years past, they played the University of Tennessee!  They didn't win, but caused so much annoyance to the UT team, that they were called "pesky little wasps," and that is where Emory and Henry came up with that nickname.  

We are ready here to ease into "football mode."  


Who can go wrong with M&M candies in school colors?:-)  That popcorn bowl will fill as well, and we will be ready for the kick-off.  Our cooler weather has almost disappeared, and the temperatures are heading upward now, so a cool pitcher of Almond Tea will be greatly enjoyed!

I hope the team  you support will win today!  

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Friday, September 26, 2014

On the corner....

That's where Maurice very often found himself.  After all, there was really nothing for him at "home," and he might come up with a few coins that would help him buy something to eat.

It was at this location that Laura Schroff passed one day.  The small boy panhandling was not an unusual sight on a New York street corner, and she walked on past.  Suddenly, in the middle of crossing the street, she turned around and came back.  Thus begins a relationship that has spanned almost three decades.

Laura takes Maurice for something to eat at McDonald's, and plans are made to meet the next week, on the same day, at the same location.  As the relationship develops, Laura eventually invites Maurice to her apartment for a meal, and even takes him to her sister's home for special holidays.

Maurice has not known a stable background, as there has been domestic violence as well as the involvement of family members in the drug culture.  Oddly, Maurice has not become a victim at the age of eleven, and the "invisible thread" that ties him to Laura and her influence.

Laura was a successful ad sales representative in Manhattan when she met Maurice.  Her days were busy with the kinds of activities one would imagine for someone in this position.  When  marriage brought about a move out of the area, the ability for her and Maurice to continue to meet was affected.  As the marriage progressed, it became apparent that Laura's husband could not fully embrace her interest in reaching out to Maurice. 

The move of Laura's sister to another state also removed the possibility of having Maurice participate in family celebrations. 

Through all this time, however, Maurice continues to be influenced by the compassion that Laura had shown to him, and the decisions he makes are colored by that friendship.

An Invisible Thread is written by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.  It is one of the books that is mentioned on the United Methodist Women Reading List for 2014 in the Social Action category.  The copy I read was in large print, and I easily finished it in one afternoon!

I am linking today here for this fourth Friday book review.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Another "gadget...."

....just what I needed! LOL  However, this one is one I'm sure many of you have.  I'm just late acquiring one.


Here it is - still in the box!


It even comes with accessories!

It has already been "in service," and I don't know what took me so long to add this to my kitchen! 

It was definitely a "must have" for this:


Creamy Cauliflower Soup!  Yum!  Of course, it was too early to be served in those pumpkin bowls in the last post, so there will have to be more soup in our future. :-)  I used that wonderful mug from Camp Wesley Woods, and it was perfect.

Here's that simple recipe.  Oh - it is one that a Weight Watcher friend shared.

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUP
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1 medium head cauliflower, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 cups fat-free chicken (or vegetable) broth
- Make a roux with butter and flour; stir about 2 minutes.  Add chicken broth, onions, and cauliflower.  Heat to boiling and reduce heat to simmer about 20 minutes.
- Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Topping with grated Parmesan or Romano is optional, but really good.:-)  
Four servings, 1 1/2 cup each

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