Thursday, October 16, 2014

Are we through yet?

I know....every year I complain about
I'm ready for the canning season to be over!
I did insist on the applesauce since we ran out last year!
We spent a fun morning together bonding over
Grape juice is made, salsa, lots of canned beans!
Bring on the famine!
We did have a bounteous garden and that
I am thank-ful for!

Friday, September 26, 2014

My new favorite soup......

My love of mushroom soup started when I  was
young . When my mother announced we were
having Campbell's mushroom soup
my day was made. Actually I still enjoy it but
have searched for the perfect mushroom
soup over the years. The closest
to perfection was made by my one and only.
Sadly over the last few years the cream
hasn't agreed with me.........
So! Low and behold when I was in Oregon walking downtown with Lance and Luna I saw a chalkboard sign that said "Hungarian Mushroom Soup". I knew I had to try it! My daughter Rachel knew exactly where I was talking about.
So, I guess there has been some sort of a
competition between a few restaurants  to see who
could make the best mushroom soup.
Needless to say we went there for dinner and as they say ...the rest was history! My new favorite soup was born! (I'm probably  the last person to find out about it!) But in case I'm not , I'll share
this wonderful recipe with you....
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
recipe image
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Submitted By: HAMM
Photo By: LynnInHK
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Servings: 6
"This creamy mushroom soup is seasoned generously with dill, paprika, parsley, and lemon juice. Sour cream is added at the end of cooking, making the soup very rich and filling."
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups chopped onions
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup sour cream
1.Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onions in the butter for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 more minutes. Stir in the dill, paprika, soy sauce and broth. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
2.In a separate small bowl, whisk the milk and flour together. Pour this into the soup and stir well to blend. Cover and simmer for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
3.Finally, stir in the salt, ground black pepper, lemon juice, parsley and sour cream. Mix together and allow to heat through over low heat, about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not boil. Serve immediately.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014


I love seasons. Nature's seasons and my own. The fall is always a contemplative time
for me. The smells delight me, I don't even mind seeing the garden die back. I'm through with growing and want to snuggle in our warm little house, make soup and knit. (that's not how my winters always go but definitely some of it)
The next few weeks I will think alot about my two children Jonathan and Becky. This is around the time they both departed this world. Funny, I don't try to think about them, it's just there , their in me and that makes me happy.
Another season for me right now is the season
of aging. Not everyone gets to age.....
so I'm thank-ful, thank-ful to be a grandma.
Thank-ful to not care so much about things
that once seemed so important.
Thank-ful for making it through all my other seasons of life.
God really has been good to me!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer went by so fast!
We had some wonderful times with family and friends. Loved having grandchildren running around my yard, that always makes me happy. Our garden is going crazy and everyday we take produce to unsuspecting people!

Grandma , Lucy and the goat! They had the
best petting zoo ever!

Just finished with the county fair, my job with that is supporting my manly man while he volunteers at the bee booth so all the family can get free tickets . Thursday we went with James and Beth and the children, its such a joy to watch the children have fun.

the kid tractors are always a huge attraction! All the
children rode them.

The lumberjack show is always a big hit! Our son
James and his John.
We've had just wonderful weather this summer, getting much needed rain once in awhile. Speaking of which I'd better go get my clothes off the line. I think they've been washed by rain a couple times since I hung them out to dry.
They'll smell extra good!!
Our son has been helping at the store this summer since our right hand man moved back to Wyoming.(where a cowboy can be a cowboy!)
I was surprised when James talked about working with his dad. He's always been very vocal about how he felt about bees.(why have something that has the potential to hurt you?) But, he's done a super job, runs the store most days and even hand picks the queens out of the queen bank for people! My hats off to you James!  We will miss you! He really has missed his family during the week, they'll be glad to have him back.
I love this time of year for many reasons. It's kind of a beginning of sorts, a time to take stock and make a few goals. I have a couple projects I want to get out of the way (why did I ever start them!).
One I started six months ago and we go up and down them everyday so come on Linda!
I got alittle carried away with demolition that I might need to hire alittle help. I'll be sure and post a picture when I'm done.
Love you all!