22 January, 2010

Meal Calendar

First, i'd like to say that the cake-baking was a success! Also, you can find the sugar i'm used to here, but... it is a tad more expensive. I haven't tasted it yet...

We have decided to make a Meal Calendar! Yay for the idea of saving a little money and not having food spoil because you forgot about it!

My first recipe starts tonight!

Baked Potato Soup

    * 3 bacon strips, diced

    * 1 small onion, chopped

    * 1 clove garlic, minced

    * 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    * 1 teaspoon salt

    * 1 teaspoon dried basil

    * 1/2 teaspoon pepper

    * 3 cups chicken broth

    * 2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed

    * 1 cup half-and-half cream

    * 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

    * Shredded Cheddar cheese

    * Minced fresh parsley


   1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Saute onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper; mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, cheese and parsley.

I'll let you know how it turns out!

In other news- When i was younger, my mom and i would drive from our home in Washington state or Utah over to northern Idaho and spend weeks of the summer with my brother and his family. We would almost ALWAYS hang the laundry out to dry on a line outside. I remember going out there with my discman and hanging clothes in the sunshine, then finding the shade of a towel to lay under and watch the clouds. 
Since then, i have only hung my clothes once or twice- and only because i A.) ran out of money for the dryer in the laundromat or B.) my dryer was not operational.
As of right now, i have a line in my kitchen with our various garments hanging on it, socks and underwear lining the table and tossed over the backs of chairs, more socks along the back of the couch, and a towel hanging on the grate in front of the fire. Last night, i was worried V wouldn't have any clean clothes to wear to work so i hung them on the grate, which is where i discovered the amazingness of drying things in front of the fire! haha
It was pretty cool to watch his clothes steam as they dried. 


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