Monday, September 28, 2009

These Days...

These days...

...are spent wondering when fall weather will be here already!

...we're planning the kids' Star Wars-themed Halloween costumes. And when I say "planning", I mean browsing Amazon for appropriately sized Princess Leia costumes complete with side buns for Harper girl.

...I'm sorting through a garage full of hand-me-d0wn clothes for Harper, trying to decide if 12 month clothes will be big enough to make it through the cooler weather. Girlfriend is a bit robust. And I think she'll be in 18 month clothes by January.

...I'm still cleaning the kitchen from a youth leader party we had here 2 days ago. I hate cleaning out crock pots with every fiber of my being, and am seriously considering throwing out this crock pot instead of cleaning it, since the inside pot does not separate from the plug-in part.

...I want a good soup recipe that I can't screw up. Things that are mostly beans I screw up because I overcook the beans and have "bean mush" instead of soup. Recipe, please. Please share. :)

...I'm dreading next month, when I am working 11 12-hour shifts at a hospital over an hour away. I usually work, like, 5 12 hour shifts a month. I love you, family of mine. See you in November.

...I'm planning imaginary vacations that I can't afford to take in my head, because have I mentioned? New York was so. much. fun.

...looking forward to going to the State Fair of Texas next week. Is Harper too young for her first Pineapple Whip?

...and hoping the pumpkin patch won't be too crowded when we're up in my parents' neck of the woods soon.

What are you up to these days?


Kay said...

I love this new background. It is so cute. I will email you a recipe...

Anonymous said...

I will give you one this weekend. I am sure Brandon will enjoy making it.... Does any woman on earth make soup??? I only know men that make soup. Your brother makes real good soup.

BTW.... If a woman tries to give you a "soup recipe" containing 3 or 4 cans of different things, just smile, thank her and whatever you do never ever make that "soup" NO NO.

Kalena Hanke said...

Are you ready for this one! Boil some chicken ( I do a whole package of boneless, skinless breast or tenderloins and shred some for the soup and some for a later recipe). Take the chicken out and shred. Dredge out the fatty floating stuff. Make sure you have the amount of broth you want. Add some salt and pepper. Put back in the amount of chicken you want for your soup. You need 10 to 20 (depending on how thick you want your soup) flour tortillas "taco" sized and cut them into strips. Just before dinner time dump the strips into your boiling chicken broth with chicken. You have now made Chicken n Dumplings! (PSST...if it's not to your thickeness of pleasure just add a tablespoon of flour to a half a cup of water and slowly pour while mixing into your boiling water)

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~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

Easy soup recipe- here's one of my originals- and it is soooo good!

1/2 a cup of diced yellow onion (or half an onion) I eye-ball stuff.
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup of chicken broth (I keep the re-sealable kind in the icebox)
1 can of rotel
4 oz canned diced green chilis
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of shoepeg corn
1 12.4 oz can of chicken

Let the onions simmer with the butter and chicken broth on med high heat for about 3 minutes- add more chicken broth if the pan gets too dry. Then add your rotel, green chilis, kidney beans, black beans, corn and chicken. Season it with cumin, red pepper, chili powder to taste. Let it simmer and get all happy in the pot for about 10-15 minutes.

Serve it over tortilla chips with shredded cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro or green onion on top.


~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

Oh and for the record- fall is HERE in South Dakota. I miss the pumpkin patch and the state fair. Have fun! Take some pictures1