Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019....

On March 23, 1869, a group of women met in the basement of a Methodist church in Boston and created the Women's Foreign Missionary Society.  Through the years, this organization has had a few name changes, and today is known as the United Methodist Women.  Their focus has continued to be on mission with children, youth, and women worldwide.

Today's Mission Focus is the Epworth Children and Family Services in St. Louis, Missouri.

This is the Third Sunday in Lent.  May you be surrounded by hope, joy, love, and peace on this day!  Special blessings to all!

Friday, March 22, 2019

If it's Friday.... probably suspect a recipe is on the way!  You would be correct on this day!

It started out this way....slices of bacon in the iron skillet; fry until crisp; drain on paper towels; crumble, and set aside for later.

Saute onion in the bacon fat until it is tender.  Meanwhile, simmer 1 pound of fish (we like cod or flounder) in 1 1/2 cups water.

This will take about 15 minutes, probably, but you will want to watch it until it is almost ready to flake.  It may take less time, or it might take a little more.

After you remove the fish from the pan, add 1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes.  I used Russet.  They hold their shape better as they are cooking.  Cook them until they are tender, abut 8 minutes or so.

Add the flaked fish and 1 1/2 cups of milk.  If you want to combine half and half or whole milk with skim, that will work.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  

Oops!  Did I leave out the step of adding the sautéed onion and crumbled bacon?  That goes in with the milk, as the pot is simmering away.  You will also want to add a little salt and some pepper.  We go easy on salt in our house, so you decide how much you need. 

After all that, here it is!  Ready to enjoy!  We call this Fish (or Seafood) Chowder at our house.  I have made it for years from researching different methods of preparing this kind of soup.  It is one of my favorites, and I am always excited when my favorite market has a special pricing on cod! 

Happy Friday! 
The weekend is on the way!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Paper work....

Are you a fan of college basketball?  If so, be prepared for exciting times ahead!  March Madness is upon us!

This is the kind of paper work to which I refer!  Do you follow the games and fill in the brackets?

Do you have a favorite college team?  Do you agree with the #1 seed selections?  

We will be watching the games, especially those in which the #2Vols will be playing.  They are scheduled for Friday afternooon at 2:00 with #11Colgate as their opponent.

Not only will we be keeping up with the Vols, we will be watching the Lady Vols as well!

As a #11 seed, they will be playing #6 seed UCLA on Saturday at 1:00.

Living in this area, we will definitely be cheering for both the Vols and the Lady Vols as they play in the NCAA tournament!

Happy first day of spring!  Watch for that full moon tonight!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time for a book review....

There is a group of us over on Twitter who have connected through our following of Susan Branch, and a number of months ago, we began a book club.  We have read a variety of selections through the months, of course including the latest three of Susan's own books.

Our most recent selection was this one....

 I have read other selections by Sue Monk Kidd....The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (autobiographical)....and have enjoyed each one.  The Invention of Wings is a work of fiction, though inspired by actual historical facts.

Sarah Grimke and her sister Abigail are historically known as abolitionists during the years before the Civil War when slavery was widely practiced in the Charleston, SC area where their home was located.  The Grimke family was no different from others in their area, and Sarah was presented with her own personal slave, Handful (or Hetty), as a 12th birthday "gift."

There was something about the whole slavery issue that didn't set well with Sarah, and she attempted to cancel that sort of relationship with Handful.  She quickly learned, however, that her approach was not accepted by the family.  Neither was her desire to embark on an educational path that would lead her in her father's footsteps.  These were the days when women just didn't enter the professional world that was dominated by men.

Sarah was not to be deterred, however, and becoming an influence on her younger sister, Abigail, the two of them eventually set out to mount opposition to slavery and calling for the freeing of slaves.

The novel inserts fictional accounts, though based on what has been learned through the years, of the interaction between slaves and their "masters," as well as their fate as they maneuvered through their difficult existence.  It is my opinion that one of the darkest spots in our history is the practice of slavery.

Are you giving yourself time for reading these days?  What are you currently reading?  Have you read anything you would recommend recently?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019....

Today is the Second Sunday in Lent.  May you be surrounded by hope, joy, peace, and love on this special day.  Blessings to all.

The United Methodist Women Mission Focus for today is the Dumas Wesley Community Center, Mobile, Alabama.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weekend wishes....

I know....St. Patrick's Day isn't until tomorrow, but why not honor and celebrate all weekend?  My ancestors would be happy! 💚🍀🍄👒🌈 Still looking for that pot of gold among my emojis!  It isn't here on my iPad.

"Pi Day" was a couple of days ago, and you've already seen the "pie of the day" from here.  I was, however, motivated to continue the pie baking....

Since I had the Bisquick out already, it just made sense to make this quiche.  I've had the recipe jotted down from an unnamed source for awhile....Country Quiche, it's called there.  Later, I saw the recipe in a book called "At Our Table."  In that book, it is called Kinderhook Quiche.  Whatever you call it, I call it delicious!

After blending 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1/2 cup Bisquick (add some salt and pepper, if you wish), pour that into a dish that has been lightly oiled/greased.  Then, add 1 cup of shredded cheese and 3/4 cup cooked ham (could use bacon, sausage, or even make it veggie and use steamed broccoli), and lightly press them below the surface.  It will look something like this....

Then, place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until set.

Voila!  Delicious for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!

Have a good weekend!

Friday, March 15, 2019

The cooking continues....

Do you wonder what I've been doing recently?  Are you surprised that the cooking has continued?

I recently volunteered to provide some soup for a gathering at our church.  It was a great opportunity for me to make what has become my favorite homemade soup!  Turkey Wild Rice Soup is a Taste of Home recipe that I found on the Internet in 2014, and I have made it many times since then.

I started with 1/2 cup butter, cubed, melting it over medium-high heat.

Also needed are 2 carrots, finely chopped; 2 celery ribs, finely chopped; and 1 medium onion, chopped.

Four cups of chicken or turkey broth, 2 cups cooked wild rice, 2 cups cubed cooked turkey, 2 cups half-and-half cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper are also needed.

Saute the carrots, celery, and onion until tender.

Stir in flour until blended; cook until bubbly.

Gradually whisk in broth.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in the remaining ingredients; return to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 Here is the finished pot of soup!  This makes about 3 quarts, with one cup equaling 222 calories!  It is so delicious and comforting to me!  Oh....there were no leftovers to bring home, so I'm going to make another pot for us to enjoy here!  

Wishing all good things for you today!