Monday, January 28, 2013

January 27th in Western MA

Cold and snowy and sleety today, nothing unusual for New England.  A great day to stay home, I didn't even take Luke for a walk. 
The view from the kitchen sink window! Makes washing the dishes so pleasant.  Yes It is true I still was my dishes by hand , why not, I can do it faster and certainly cheaper than using a dishwasher.  I'm an expert, 34 years of no dishwasher, why get one now, after the kids have grown and almost all of them out of the house?
 
It was definitely a soup kind of day, and with Steve home, I love to make a pot in the am so that we can eat it all day.
This was the soup at 11 am
 
 
Then again at 6pm.
 
 
and somewhere in the middle.
 
 
this was very easy!  I/2 pot of stock, add 1  large chopped onion, 1cup of barley and cook on a simmer for an hour, next add 3thinly sliced chicken breasts ( I do this while they are partially frozen - very easy and no messyness).  Add 2 thinly sliced carrots, 1 cup cooked black beans, 1 large can of diced tomatoes and 1/2 cup risotto .   I use my own blend of spice which includes the following: white pepper, freshly cracked black pepper, onion powder, saffron, basil, chives, tiny teeny bit of  tarragon and rosemary. a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.  Salt to taste. Simmer for another half hour.  Then I turn the heat off and eat with hot crusty bread (should have gotten a picture of that!) So this is pretty healthy almost no fat and lots of protein with complex carbs.   The cost to make this 6quart pot of soup was about $6.20 and that includes the bread!!
 
In between the cooking and card making  I did  cleaning and laundry, but my home is not large and we are generally pretty neat so house work only takes a couple hours a couple time a week.  I do have a washer and dryer, I'm not crazy!
 
Pintrest, oh yeah I might have spent a few minutes there too!
 
Cards for today:  Both for Oriental Stamp Art swaps:
 
 
 
They all required red or pink to be included.

This was a get well that went in the mail today

 
and last but not least my Bird stamps came off their blocks!
 
So that was my day, quiet and peaceful, I hope your day went well too!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

1 comment:

  1. wow what a lovely selections Ginny of cards.. of cooking (funny to think of soup over here in Oz.. when am making salad for tea!!) :D and can smell an evening shower in the summery air as I type this.. thanks for popping over too and making my day, love and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

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