I tend to be a fair weather person. I am a realist that has to put a little effort at optimism. I wish everyday was a sunny blue sky, big puffy cloud with a breeze (not wind) in the air type of day. I function well on sunny days with nice temperatures. I like to wear hooded sweatshirts and vests keep me warm enough and comfortable.
This past week we had a few days of sun, warm and blue skies! We also had a couple damp, gray cool days. Last Thursday it drizzled all day; we got nine hundredths of moisture. It’s not much, but better than wind.
I tried a couple new recipes that were a success!
In her book Savor Shauna Niequist describes her style of cooking like this “when I say I used a recipe, all it means is that at some point, some list of ingredients and techniques were involved as I threw things in pans, as I sliced, poured, salted and peppered with seeming randomness.” My cooking style is very similar.
I used this recipe for Cabbage Soup as my latest experiment.
Here are my additions:
*3 small yellow sweet mini peppers (I had them on hand and they were starting to wrinkle). I like lots of color in my dishes. You know, eat the rainbow!
*A couple ribs of celery and celery leaves.
*1 teasp ground mustard
*1 Tblsp Worcestershire Sauce
*2 Bay leaves
Here are my adjustments:
*1 – 14 oz can of petite diced tomatoes vs. 2 cans.
*I left the rice out. My dutch oven was full and I made Irresistible Irish Soda Bread to eat with the soup.
This soup is delicious and J, who isn’t a fan of soup, liked it! I have to give kudos to J for being a good sport about me trying two new recipes for one meal.
I have been reading America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. This historical fiction documents the life of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson from her youth until the death of her Papa, Thomas Jefferson.
Patsy and her Papa were very close. She spent many of her youthful years in France when her Father was the American ambassador there. Patsy married a Virginia farmer and raised 11 children. She also helped to bring up her Husband’s younger sisters and three of her grandchildren. Her marriage was not poetic or happy.
This book talks about politics during the American and French Revolutions and Thomas Jefferson role in these movements. Patsy was Mr. Jefferson’s “First Lady.” Martha Jefferson, Thomas’s wife died, in childbirth when Patsy was 10 years old and her sister, Polly, four. Patsy’s husband was a congressman and served three terms as Governor of Virginia.
Patsy faced many hardships. Her mother, sister and oldest daughter all died in childbirth with Patsy at their side. Patsy’s husband beat her and suffered a mental illness. Her oldest daughter married a wife beater. Patsy’s husband and father had major financial issues and acquired a great amount of debt. She buried her Father and Husband.
It’s a long and interesting read. Even though it is fiction, the authors did an extensive amount of research before writing this novel. It’s based on letters and historical facts. To make the novel flow the authors made changes in the timing of some events.
On the sunny days, J and I have been working on odd outside jobs. J has been cleaning cattle lots and hauling manure. We had a bank of ice slowly melting and running into the cattle sorting pens. J dug in and hauled out the ice so things can dry up. I’ve been vacuuming vehicles and sweeping garages. We also got a few winter things put away and went around a little fence.
We have four heifers left to calf and got a couple early calves in the cows.
Last Monday, I got fun belated birthday mail. My ranch wife friends are priceless and I am so lucky to have them in my life! Only a ranch wife can send leather fencing gloves and a note that says “After the snow everyone had, I’m guessing a lot of people will be needing some new fencing gloves.” Not only do I appreciate the thoughtful gift, but it makes me laugh every time I think about it.
A little fun news came on Friday. RANGE magazine choose my photo “Christmas Blizzard Chores” for a Merit Award in the 2017 Outback Roundup Photo Contest.
I hope all of you have a great last week of March!