First off, I can’t believe I last posted the end of October. I’ve been working on another project and then Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years. No excuse I guess. I’d also been busy getting the last of my customer quilts off the frame and back to their owner. AND– my own quilty presents.
Now, as I was saying. We’ve broken snow records here in Montana. December especially, more snow since last record in the 50’s. Cold weather also, sub arctic cold and winds. As least this year I haven’t gotten stuck. A couple of times I had my daughter deliver stuff to me with her very cool AWD. She even delivered and picked me up from Quilt Guild.
Cold and Snowy – What hits the spot, comfort food. For me that’s soup. Yesterday I made some Bean soup. I’d been wanting to make it for days and kept forgetting to soak the beans. Finally I soaked the beans overnight and was looking forward to Ham and Bean Soup for dinner.
My daughter gave me the hambone from a very large butt from Thanksgiving dinner. I froze it and when looking at it it was too big for the pot and for me. So I roasted it in the oven until I was able to separate it at the joint. I froze half of it again for another pot of soup. This is 2 cups of soaked beans with onion, carrots, dehydrated celery, bay, ground dried assorted chilis, garlic, pepper. I don’t add the salt until the beans are cooked. I’ve heard salt make the beans hard. I cooked the pot on the stove top for several hours on simmer. By the time it was ready, I was more than ready for dinner, after-all I’d been smelling it all day. I smashed some of the beans to make the juice a litter thicker. I didn’t want a real thickened soup with flour or cornstarch.
After dinner, I put the leftovers in jars and will probably freeze one quart for a fast dinner.
I have been working on a lot of sewing/quilting related projects. I just need to get pictures and show you.
Have a great day. Stay warm.