January 28, 2008
Awwww. Thank you so much for the support of Rylie’s letter… particularly the no-Sears-photos part. We all feel so very loved over here. And you de-lurkers! Bless your hearts. Not one of you is a stranger to me, as I have been secretly reading you as well. Now we can be all out in the open about it. Thanks for making my day. Tracy, this photo of Ry in her Chucks is for you- because it reminded me of you and I thought you’d be proud of me (or at least my camera).
advocacy: (n) active support of an idea or cause etc.
The Boy was in charge of finding a movie for Friday night. When asked what I was in the mood for and given a shrugged-shoulder response, he said, “Oh. So, a kissy-kissy one then?” That boy. Naturally, I had no idea what he’d come home with. I didn’t recognize the name or the cover or even the synopsis on the back. But let me tell you, it was glorious. And not kissy-kissy… though it is indeed a love story. But it’s a love story about the land and the community and lastly, 2 people. The cinematography in this movie is absolutely stunning… the wide shots leave you with deep field green, sky blue, and chapel white in your mind. It’s just an achingly beautiful story. If you’re looking for something this weekend, go for it. And, invite me. And, also, have popcorn.
Rylie, like most people, loves to stand up in her chair, wave her hands around like she just doesn’t care, and then crawl on top on the table. Strap her in, you say. Yes, thank you. She is strapped in. Tightly. To within an inch of her life. I began looking for a portable chair for camping and travelling and such… and came across this one. The amazing this is that the clamps are very, very short- 6 inches long! No huge counter-balance arm for under table. This one slides right into a restaurant booth, if you’d like. And, it holds up to 40 pounds of cuteness… which, for Rylie, means she can sit in that chair until she is a freshman in high school. It has now replaced her everyday highchair and she swings her feet happily (if not wildly) in support of our decision. [The hat is from Jami… God bless her for passing it on.]
You heard me. In a search for non-chemical, shorter drying time science, I came across this website. I was immediately hooked by the clip art and packaging. It doesn’t take much, folks. You use these in your dryer in place of dryer sheets. They bounce around like crazy and cause your dog to think he’s under attack by the minature pincher down the road. Canine confusion aside, these guys work wonders on cutting down your drying time [mine is easily half what it used to be] and are perfect for comforters and rugs and such. I do find they leave a bit of static cling, but we make do with using just a teensy bit of liquid softener in the wash cycle.
Tracy’s Dad’s Creamy Onion Soup
Keeper’s Swap folks, you already have this. For the rest of you- allow me to change your world one soup bowl at a time.
8 cups beef broth
3 onions sliced – not too thin
3/4 cup of flour
1 cup of heavy cream
1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
In a large stock pot, heat the beef stock and add the onion. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for an hour.
Make a slurry of the flour (you do this by adding a bit of water and stirring it up till it is the consistency of thin glue – this is so that when you add the flour to the soup it doesn’t get all clumpy). Add that slurry to the soup, stirring gently. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the cream and cheddar cheese. Simmer an additional 5 minutes, just to get everything warm and melty. Serve hot with a sprinkle of Monterey Jack cheese.
Oh, Friends. It’s just lovely and thick and warm and sweet and dare I say, better than Panera’s. I suggest having it with crusty bread and friends. Perhaps friends who have driven an hour to visit with you for the day, gotten stuck cross-wise in your road between the ditch and the driveway, pulled out by a young man in a Chevy truck behind her (while the County snow plow was waiting behind him), and all with a soon-to-be three year old in the backseat asking when her Strawberry Shortcake party is going to happen. Have it with friends like that and make it a beautiful, sunshiny, take-a-walk-with-your-kids-on-a-sled kind of day.
I am off to pay bills and tackle Mount Laundry. Spaghetti for dinner. What are you having?