Friday, January 28, 2011

Comfort Food

Even here in the middle of Florida we have seen some cool days and cold nights this winter.  It's a great time for a bowl full of comfort!

Everything is Homemade has a yummy recipe for Un-Chicken Noodle Soup. This is a new favorite for me.  When I made it, I was missing some of the specific herbs and spices, so I just used Italian seasoning and Beau Monde seasoning instead. (We just recently bought our first Beau Monde seasoning, and we have been dumping it on everything!  It's yum on chicken, fish, vegetables, salad, boiled eggs, bread-and-butter, bagels-and-cream cheese...)  And I did not run buy the vegetarian bouillon; I used the chicken bouillon I already had on hand.  We think this would be really good with actual chicken in it, too.  Hmmm...maybe I'll make some more tonight!

I just learned how to spell bouillon.  I thought it was "boullion", but Mr. Spelczek underlined it, so I checked my fave online dictionary. 

We love Southern Plate's Chicken and Dumplings. Hmmm...maybe I'll make this tonight! 

We also love homemade chicken pot pie, topped either with Mama's dumplings, Pillsbury's pie crust, homemade biscuits (for those of you not from the US, these are NOT sweet biscuits/cookies, but Southern quick-bread biscuits), or frozen biscuits.  Maybe I'll make THIS tonight.

The theme here seems to be "chicken and starch."

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Reading the Whole Thing

A couple of friends and I are reading through the Bible in chronological order. I've posted about this before.

Last year my friend read the whole Bible, gleaning much benefit from just digesting the whole thing.  here is what she posted on Facebook:

Yeah! Finished reading the entire bible straight through! Started some time this summer. I have never just read it straight through like this before. Read random books before. It was a wonderful perspective. I read it like a novel and things are so complete when you see it that way! You really get to see God's patience, forgiveness, and love as a whole. Awesome! Time to start over and do it again! Love it!
I encouraged her to read through chronologically this time, and asked if we could kind of read along together. She liked that idea, and so did her sister. 

These days we live hundreds of miles apart from each other, but we can still spur one another on to love and good deeds.  Now they are probably all caught up, while I bogged down on Job and a Christmas trip. But I am keeping in site that the goal is not to just do my spiritual check-offs, but to grow closer to God.

Some reading-through resources, chronological and otherwise :

My friend found this chronological listing. It differs somewhat from my Daily Bible in Chronological Order.  I am following her list this time.  Much of the time, I am reading from The Message, online at Bible  Bible Gateway also has a few read-through-the-Bible plans. Some of the time, I am reading with my actual Bible, curled up on the sofa, usually with a cup of coffee. (OK - now it is almost 11 p.m. and I want a cup of coffee.)

My cousins, both young moms with young children, are encouraging each other.  They shared this link via Facebook:  The Hardest Thing to do is Open Your Bible.  In that article, Molly Piper refers to another article, Bible Reading Program for Slackers& Shirkers. I appreciate these ladies and their honesty.

A few more resources:

One-Year Bible Blog

Various Bible Reading Plans

Even more Bible Reading Plans

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Blog in Review

Jumping in to the Blog Recap Carnival with Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife.
She asked for the first line of the first post of each month.  I picked and chose among the posts, and even among the sentences.

A little walk through my blog year...

There in the drizzly snow stood the soldier next door in uniform.

(Update: the soldier next door is no longer living next door, though his family is still there. His deployment plans changed and he is still local as of now).

26 Golden Rules for Writing Well cracked me up.

There are no lurkers at my site.


Loading up with my sis-in-law,

( In memory:  The friend who was in the hospital during this time passed away some weeks later after a 2+ decades fighting cancer. Later in 2010, Abby Dog, my SIL's almost -perfect Weimaraner, passed away.)

I am all wrapped up in trying to figure out a reversible wrap skirt.

I peeked over shoulders to observe what they were reading  during my walk-around.  Here are a few titles:

Amanda suggests (exhorts?) us to go to church.

The other day, Earthgirl asked me what my dream job would be.

Come see the scaredy cats and other spooky-eyed critters at the Sm'Arties blog.

I'm pondering how to best be a peacemaker when my friends are in conflict.

Remember the cape I was making for a Spanish maiden in historic St. Augustine, FL?
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