I pretty much got going on my day not to long after Rob had left with a load of laundry in, the bed made, a sink full of dishes done up, then to the task of decluttering two more areas. The before the decluttering pictures can be found here.
It was getting to be a little stuffy in this house after all this "stuff" had been taken care of, along with two loads of laundry, some dusting and vacuuming that was also done. It was time to take in some fresh, very cold, Bruce County air into the lungs .... oh, had I mentioned tramping around in the snow?
Lexus had her big romp for the day then it was time for her to go back in .....
Brr, it was pretty cold, but I guess when you are running around a field at high speed most of the time, you must not feel it, but I was while standing there watching all the running around being done. It was pretty dang cold with a North wind this morning, continuing on for most the day. The Sun was out, but not enough to warm the cutting cold of the wind, it wasn't !
It was a good day to put a pot of soup on the stove to cook. Today it was Hearty Nine Bean Soup.
Hearty Nine Bean Soup Recipe
2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil (I used olive oil)
1 coarsely chopped onion (still have some from our garden left)
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 cup sliced celery (I used 2 large ribs)
1 cup Nine Bean Soup Mix (or any dried bean soup mixture)
4 cups Chicken Stock
2 cups water
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes
Salt & Pepper to taste (didn't need salt, and I added pepper to my serving)
*Parmesan Cheese (I didn't use)
Soak beans in cold water for 12 hours, drain before using. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, saute vegetable oil, onion, garlic and celery for approx. 5 minutes until onions and celery are translucent. Add soup mix, tomatoes, chicken stock and water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Increase heat to High and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pot and simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Stir periodically. Ladle into bowls. *Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese prior to serving.
Not only was it very good, it was easy peasy as one-two-three to make too !!!
Let me tell you, after getting home from a very cold brisk walk with my friend, Sharon, tonight, I as very happy I had made this soup, as it warmed me up as well as filled me up. I think I left some for Rob????
The snow has just began coming down heavy here now. We are to get 15 cm more of the white stuff tonight.
Wow, looking at the time at the moment it is already almost 9:00 pm ! I think I best be almost calling it a night, but before I do get the woodstove "stoked" up and blasting before I bunker in for the rest of the evening here, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".