Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, October 22, 2009

"The doors of opportunity are opening around us all the time. You have to have the vision to see what is possible on the other side and the courage to walk through them. You never know what opportunities for greatness are waiting for you."

~ Erin Prais-Hintz

Hope you enjoy this inspiring poem and all these different views from around one gorgeous yellow maple tree residing in our front yard!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Here are some beautiful flowers from my "beading garden" for you to enjoy!

Petite Pinks
Orange Blossoms

Black Lily


Monday, October 12, 2009

Thought for the day!

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

~Mother Theresa


Thursday, October 1, 2009

From My Kitchen to Yours

With the return of fall and it cooler temperatures, in the kitchen my thoughts turn to my favorite comfort food recipes! Soups, pot-roasts and stews become the delicious staples for our fall and winter meals!

Many years ago I received a copy of a recipe with a yummy cheese potato soup on it! Over the years, I have added different spices and ingredients until it has evolved into the following recipe:

Cheesy Potato Soup

2 cans of chicken broth
4 c. potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 c. onion chopped
1/2 c. carrots peeled and diced
1/2 c. celery diced
1/2 tsp. ground sage
1/2 tsp. parsley
one small clove of garlic peeled and minced
1 c. milk
1c. shredded cheddar cheese plus extra for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Pour the chicken broth into a large pan and add prepared potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, sage and garlic to the broth. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Put half of the cooked vegetables into a food processor and blend until smooth. Please be sure to use caution while processing the hot vegetables! Return these to the pot and add the milk and cheese. Simmer for one minute, stirring constantly. Ladle hot soup into serving bowls and garnish with additional cheddar cheese. Serves four.

Special Note: for a smoother soup, put all the cooked veggies into the food processor and blend. For a chunky soup use a potato masher.

Happy fall, y'all!



Elegantly yours.....