Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mid-week meanderings

Photo by Prairie Flower Farm

There is certainly not a lot going on in our little world this week, but somehow I am still tired. I am taking to heart this quote which I recently read on Abby's blog, Little Birdie Blessings: "If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there."  -- Elisabeth Elliot

You can read the entire quote here:  Everyday is a Gift and the brief post will be well worth the read.  Abby's blog is one of the most inspiring out there.  It will leave you with some food for thought every time.

Let's see, what I have I been up to that I can share with you?  Last Friday I had three of my grandchildren here for several hours while their mom was at an appointment.  I thought it would be fun to try some new fudge recipes with an eye to Christmas giving for next year.  The fudge came out  fine, but didn't really meet my criteria for kitchen gifts.  You can read about our fudge making adventures here.  I didn't think to take pictures, sadly.
This is not the fudge we made, but I think this is a splendid idea for a gift.
For Sunday's potluck, I tried a new recipe from my new Gooseberry Patch Weeknight Dinners cookbook.
 It was Chicken Tortilla Soup.  You can find the recipe and a review here : Chicken Tortilla Soup at my friend Linda's blog, Prairie Flower Farm.  A visit to Linda's farm is always a blessing!

Yesterday, I cooked a chicken in the crockpot and used the meat (which falls off the bone when cooked in a slow cooker) to make a pot of chicken soup and a large container of chicken salad sandwich filling for Mr. T's lunches.  I made these Brazilian Cheese Buns to go along with the soup. 
Picture from King Arthur Flour
They didn't turn out just right this time (looked more like pancakes) and I'm not 100% sure what I did wrong, but they still tasted good.  They are made with tapioca flour and are one of my favorite quick gluten free breads.

Last night we enjoyed a winter concert which two of our granddaughters were taking part in at the elementary school.  The students did a fantastic job and we were thankful for the opportunity to go.  Several last-minute issues on the way out the door made us later than we intended to be (although we were not late), so we ended up standing for the entire time.  It was only an hour or so, so that was not too bad.

I've been enjoying making some new pages for my "What Do I Know About My God?" notebook, using the concept outlined in Mardi Collier's book of the same name.  If you need some encouragement in your spiritual life, I highly recommend this book.  It will get you into God's Word in a new and very encouraging way.

Last week I made a couple of winter-themed mug rugs for a little gift and hope to post pictures of them soon.  In other craft news, I've been working on a cross stitch for my granddaughter Emily's birthday and am continuing to plug away on the pieced place mats.
Two of the more recently finished place mats
Today is warm but the roads (the back roads, like the ones we live on anyway) seem to be rather messy.  I need to go out this afternoon so am praying for safe travels. 

Well, there are my mid-week meanderings.  Hope your week is going well wherever you are!


  1. Anonymous5:08 PM

    Mrs T, so many new recipes available and not enough time to make them all! The tortilla soup sounds delicious!

  2. I have to say that the book and notebook "What Do I Know About My God" are excellent! I'm so glad you recommended them to me. I read the Bible with my eyes open for anything I can add to my pages about my God! :)

  3. I very much enjoyed seeing what you had been up to this week. Thanks for sharing. :) Your soup sounded delicious.

  4. Looking forward to seeing your cross stitch project Mrs T. I am working on one for fall but it will probably be next fall before I finish it.:) We went to a program that Kendall's class put on at school Tuesday evening. Love seeing the grands perform!! Then Wednesday morning, tornado warnings!! Thankfully the storms missed us this time!!

  5. Ladies, so nice to see you all here!

    Mrs. R -- I agree, so many good recipes, so little time! I am trying another new one this week for the potluck -- oh, and maybe a new dessert recipe for that too. I'll post about the results!

    Susan -- I am so happy you are enjoying that book and notebook as much as I am!! What a blessing to learn more and more about our wonderful God! And to have it at our fingertips in a little notebook!

    Mrs. Josh -- glad you enjoyed the peek into our midweek. I should write this type of post more often, I think. That soup *was* delicious, and it made a lot. I think maybe a double batch would be enough for your crowd. You could use less chicken and more beans and tomatoes if you wanted to.

    Arlene -- we have so much in common, don't we? Slow-moving cross stitch projects, busy grands, love of cooking, crafts and Cracker Barrel -- and much more! No tornadoes up here but we are having crazy, crazy weather. It was 55ยบ (and rainy) this morning -- and for New England, in January, that just doesn't happen.

    Hope to see you all again soon! Have a great rest of the day!


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