Month: December 2016

Ditto

Ditto

Someone recently posted a “Do you remember” picture of an old ditto machine.  It brought back my early experience of using the ditto machine and my early years of teaching. As I reflected back on my early career, I was reminded of the education strategies, 

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Christmas always reminds me of some of my favorite things and I love this song so I wanted to add some verses to reflect some of my favorite things.  Of course my lines are not nearly as musical as the words that flowed from the 

Baked Bean Soup

Baked Bean Soup

imageThe old truck in the picture is a reminder of the old farm truck we used to have.  Daddy nicknamed it Old Sam.  It was used in the turkey pens, hay fields, sale barn and any place else a truck was needed including up to the bald hill to get our prize Christmas tree every year.  It wasn’t new or fancy but it got the job done.

I was recently searching for some dishes that I could put in the freezer for my father.  He has to really limit his salt intake anymore due to his heart. I try to cook dishes that are low in salt but have lots of flavor. Sometimes that is really hard to find.

I knew he really enjoys baked beans. When I began to look at recipes I found some of the ingredients to make it include quite a bit of salt.  I began revising the recipe. I used my home canned tomato juice thinking I would cook it low and slow to thicken it.

The soup boiled and then simmered on low about an hour. It turned out great except it did not thicken enough and was a soup not a side dish.  I of course had to give it a taste. It was really good!  We sat down to a bowl of the bean soup and some homemade crackers. He gave it a good review even though he is not a soup fan.  I decided the recipe was a keeper so I am posting it for you.

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3 – 15 oz. cans of beans -navy-pinto-butter or red beans or cook dry beans
1 quart of tomato juice.  I used home canned with no salt
1 pint of tomato sauce
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chopped onion.
5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled (optional)

I drained the beans and rinsed them well.  I put everything into one pot and brought it to a boil.  Then I reduced the heat and simmered until the soup was the consistency I liked.   The result was really good.  If you like baked beans and soup it is a must to try.

The Big Snow

The Big Snow

We all have stories of the big snowfall.  As I ponder winters past, not one stood out more than others.  I am not a fan of cold but I realized memories of snow were some of my favorite.  One of my favorites was Christmas caroling 

Music Speaks to the Heart

Music Speaks to the Heart

My husband is a fun piano player.  He can play most anything with no written music.  When people ask him to play a song he usually just turns to the keyboard and plays it.  If he doesn’t know the song ( which is not often)