Since the weather here in Montana is cold, I got the cooking bug. I decided to soak a kettle of pinto beans and today I rinsed them and put them in the crockpot with a couple of hamhocks. I’m still in the unpacking and finding more in my new home but couldn’t find any bay leaves. So I googled a substitution for bay and came up with thyme, So I used that. Friday when I’m having this, I’ll see if the substitution works. I’m going to have this soup with homemade fry bread. It’s a mix of my dad’s favorite soup and my native american heritage with fry bread. Dad would have had it with tortillas. That’s delicious also but I haven’t had fry bread in awhile. It’s a good pairing.
Tonight for dinner I decided to try Pioneer Woman’s Butternut Squash with Kale. I followed her directions and it was good.
I think the next time I will add some onion and garlic. It needed more salt and pepper and the chili powder it called for I couldn’t even taste. So next time, yes I’ll be making it again, it’s getting more chili powder.
My granddaughter is coming over this weekend and helping me finish painting my sewing/quilting studio. I only have two walls left to do with the second coat. Then we can start arranging the furniture and machines, put up my design wall and putting my fabric away. I can’t wait to get sewing.