Thursday, September 30, 2010

Little Book

I picked this book up at the $5/ bag book sale and I really loved it!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rainy Day

Split Pea Soup
3 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
5 cups water
1 1/2 cups green split peas
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried savory (or dried sage or extra thyme)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Thyme sprigs (optional)

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes. Add onion to pan; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add 5 cups water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add peas, dried thyme, savory, and pepper to pan; bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 20 minutes. Mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Stir in salt. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Final Gifts

I loved this little book.  It is a beautiful treasure.  Written by two hospice nurses, it is a collection of stories of several patients and their families as they navigate final days before dying. I am so fortunate to not have much experience with death.  But with that comes an uncertainty, a fear of the unknown.  I have always had a strong faith and this book confirmed a lot of my thoughts.  And after reading other reviews, I think it would be a nice gift for family members of hospice patients.  A girlfriend of mine who unfortunately lost her sister to cancer was recommended this book and she loved it, too.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What Fun!

After I walk the kids into school, Charlotte (our dog) and I meet my mom on the corner and walk for an hour. It has been so nice to catch up and get some exercise out of the way before I was even awake during the summer!

One morning she had to practically drag me to a fundraiser book sale but we had the best time! Each bag of books you filled was $5 and then I came home to look at all of my treasures! Three books are Christmas gifts for extended family names I drew, some are for Mary Fowler, one is for Davis, and the rest are mine!

If you look at the stack on the top, right of this photo, I have this thing for little, old, nothin' fancy church cookbooks.  They seem to have the best recipes with the fewest ingredients. You know they are the tried and true recipes.  And the small one on the ring had two recipes that mom and I have been looking for! I have always needed more specific instructions on the homeade heath bar toffee and mom wanted a particular hot, creamy crab dip recipe. What luck!