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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

How I Make Soup...

Julie asked for my recipe... I actually don't really have one. This is what I do:

Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Saute onions and celery in a small amount of olive oil in large heavy pot
Cut up chicken (I prefer skinless, boneless thighs)
Add chicken to pot, stir together with onions and celery,
Add salt, pepper, parsley, ground sage, dash of cinnamon, about a tablespoon of sugar
Stir all together, cook till chicken turns white
Add cut up carrots, stewed tomatoes, can of chicken broth, two cans of water.
Simmer. The longer you simmer this, the better the flavors blend.
*Soup is also a good way to use up left-overs, such as peas, beans, potatoes, rice etc.

Dumplings (from Betty Crocker):
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
Mix all dry ingredients, cut in shortening, stir in milk. Mix will be lumpy.
Heat soup till bubbling, drop dumpling mixture by spoonfuls into hot soup.
Cover, cook 10 minutes.
Uncover, cook 10 more minutes.

This is basically how I make vegetable beef soup, also. (but skip the sage and cinnamon and add some garlic powder instead, change the can of chicken broth to beef broth) Then instead of dumplings, add rice or egg noodles.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Cold Weather = Hot Soup

It is COLD in northern Minnesota! So I have a pot of vegetable beef soup simmering on the stove. Otherwise, not much going on here to write about... sorry...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sorry About That...

Sorry about my last post... what can I say. I'm sorry. Didn't mean to gross everyone out.

I'm back auditing a class again, twice a week. 'Web Content Writing'. Dr. Morgan always makes it challenging and interesting. This is the third time I've taken this course from him, and he is constantly changing it, keeping up with what's happening in cyberspace.

And would you believe my SON is also taking the course! This is his senior year at BSU and the first time we have taken a class together! I told him that I would try not to embarrass him.... One good thing, we can share the texts for the class.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Knee Replacement?

I've been doing research on the 'minimally invasive' knee replacement surgery my dr. has recommended. I found this image...

Looks pretty INVASIVE to me!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Nasty Comments....

I've had nasty comments twice now. (Took me a while to figure out how to remove them). You know the kind, advertising weird sites about SEX!!! OH MY!!!

So I've had to enable comment moderation. Sorry...

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Bad Blogger!

OK, I bemoan the fact that some of my favorite bloggers don't post often enough for me. And then what do I do? I don't post... Bad blogger, bad, bad blogger!

Still no measurable snow here in northern Minnesota. It's embarassing. Our daughter lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and they have had ice and snow all over the place! In Texas, no less! What is the world coming to? We are supposed to be living in the 'icebox' of the United States. Mark Twain once remarked that the coldest winter he ever spent was one JULY day in Duluth, Minnesota! And the other night, on a news station out of Minneapolis, the weatherman said northern Minnesota could expect 'a little snow...about a flake an acre!' Funny man! NOT!

There is one up side to the lack of snow, however. At least we don't have those noisy snowmobiles racing through the road ditches at the front of our property.

Colorado has been getting tons of snow. My feeling is that it should be spread out a little. Most of the people living in our area have their own wells and septic systems and actually depend on a good thick layer of snow to keep them from freezing up in the winter! (I know you needed that piece of info!)

Oh well, as they say, you can't do anything about the weather except complain about it....

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I Wasn't Doin' Nothin'....Honest!

This is Tiny. Those are NOT teeth you see sticking out of her mouth. Oh, no. She's had her nose in some corner, sniffing up cruddies again...and this time she got caught!

And She Keeps Going and Going...

Yes, I'm still going... the knees are SO good! I can walk without my cane, go up and down steps with no pain, go from my bed to the bathroom first thing in the morning without the crutches...
Just like the Energizer Bunny, I feel like I'm going and going...
It's wonderful!
I know it won't last forever, but while it does, I am going to enjoy being pain free!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Better Living Through Chemistry...

Remember that commercial? Oh, wait, most of you are too young. It was for Dupont, extolling the virtues of all that that company had devised with chemicals...nylon carpeting is the only thing I can remember.

Anyway, two days after the cortisone injections, my knees feel almost 100% today!!! This dr. really knew what he was doing, where to insert the needle! I've never had such good luck with these injections, and I've been getting them several times each year for about seven years.

Soooo..... got a lot done today. Up and down the stairs doing laundry, baked two loaves of banana bread, changed the sheets on my bed, embroidered several more quilt squares, washed dishes, and took a nap!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Pick A Knee...

Because of increased pain and lessening of mobility, I went to the dr. yesterday for cortisone injections in my knees. After an initial examination, I was sent to the lab for Xrays. Then back to see the dr..... He was not pleased. 'You have no cartilage on the inner part of both knees. Bad arthritis, bad arthritis!'
This was not news to me. I am the one with the crutches every morning, then the cane when I 'limber' up.
He prepared me for the injections. Up on the examining table, pillow under my knees to flex them so he could get into the joints better. First, an injection of lidocaine to numb the area. Then manipulating the knee cap manually and trying and trying to get the needle INTO the joint for the cortisone... Four tries on one knee and three on the other before he was successful... Painful? Oh Yeah! Did I cry? Oh Yeah! Tears running out of my eyes and into my ears because I was lying down.
Then he cleaned up the blood, applied band-aids, helped me down, and said, "Well, Sharon, pick a knee."

I will have to have knee replacement surgery on both. CRAP!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Winter That Wasn't...

The calendar says that it is winter. The thermometer says otherwise, the lack of snow says 'no way'. It just doesn't seem right! This is northern Minnesota, for goodness sake! Anyone who has lived here for any length of time is disoriented, confused, and just plain mixed up!

In our area, we have an annual celebration of winter called ' The International Eelpout Festival'.
As of today, the ice on the lake is NOT thick enough to support the hundreds of vehicles and ice houses, and thousands of people who normally come for this event. Last year, the ice was thin and vehicles were banned from going on the ice. It looks as if this year may be a repeat, if it is held at all.

Only time and a drop in temperature will tell....

Monday, January 08, 2007

Interesting? I Think Not!

I really enjoy blogging. I also enjoy reading interesting blogs (see my sidebar). I love it when people read my ramblings and leave comments.

As I lie in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, sometimes my thoughts are on 'What in the world can I blog about that is REALLY interesting?'

I can think of all sorts of things . . . then in the morning I've forgotten them. So let's face it, folks. You are stuck with my mundane, boring posts. Sorry about that...

Saturday, January 06, 2007

My Porch...

I miss my screen porch... I am already looking forward to spring. I spend time sitting out there every day as soon as temps are above 60. Love to watch the birds, the deer, and even the squirrels... (as long as they stay out of the bird feeder!)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

A Gift from Loralee...

What a lovely surprise in our mailbox today... an assortment of goodies made in Utah from Loralee! Thank you SO much, Loralee!!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


This is the time of the year when many people make New Year's Resolutions. I've done it myself. I've broken those resolutions and felt bad about it.

However, this year I would like to TRY to make some changes, such as:

  • Eat healthier
  • Exercise more
  • Cut back on cigarettes
  • Take time to read more
  • Clean out some closets/drawers/shelves
  • Post INTERESTING things on my blog
Well, a person can dream, right?