Guess who is home and well enough to enjoy a dinner in the dining room!?
Karen says cheers!
She is feeling [and looking and seeming] MUCH better tonight. We went to the hospital and brought her home around 5PM, tucked her into her bed (after a hot shower!) and I got started on dinner while Matt went to pick up her prescriptions.
I chop-chopped veggies for a Potato + Bean Soup
A souper simple recipe
Souper Easy Potato + Bean Soup
- 1 pint mushrooms, chopped
- 5 stalks celery (or onion – ew), chopped
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 3 big russet potatoes
- 1 box broth of your choice
- 1 can big white beans, drained
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Basil, red pepper flakes salt, pepper to taste
- Brown mushrooms + celery for a LONG time on medium high until they are super fragrant
- Add potatoes and broth, bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover, cook for 15 minutes
- Stir in beans
- Combine cornstarch and buttermilk and mix well
- Add buttermilk mixture to soup along with seasonings. Stir until thickened.
- Serve with greek yogurt on top
I also made cornbread!
Wish I could say it was made from scratch, but Karen bought this mix for me to use. We all decided it wasn’t very good – next time we’ll try something better.
While I was cooking, I got hungry and raided Karen’s pantry for a snack. I spotted some Naturally Nutty Vanilla AB and had a taste on a spoon
And then I found my homemade Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter I’d given Karen – she apparently didn’t love it as much as I did! I took a [clean] spoonful of that too
I like my cornbread with honey on top
As NYE treat, Matt brought along a special occasion beer – Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary Black Barleywine
Mmmmm!! I liked it, but it was a bit too hoppy of a barleywine for me to l.o.v.e.
A while later Karen went up to bed, but first she put out a treat for us – a bite of apple bar she had leftover with a bit of frozen yogurt
All mixed up!
Served with mint tea
I’m now sipping off of Matt’s beer as I type.
This blog post has taken me over 2 hours to do. Why? Because my computer was being sooooo slow I could barely stand it. Writing a post is a piece of cake – it’s the photos that take up all of my time. And with a slow computer, it is an excruciating process. Turns out that I was trying to do it with only 1 GB of RAM! My laptop is 3 years old and only has 2GB, so Matt took it out the other day to examine the type to order me a little more. When he put the memory back in, he misplaced it and I thought it was just a dumb computer quirk. 3 restarts and a restored RAM later…things are back to normal-slow instead of molasses-slow. Hoping my new RAM arrives soon! If it doesn’t do the trick, someone is going to be laptop shopping. With a job based on a reliable computer, I certainly can’t waste time when I’m traveling on the computer when I need to be out and about.
We decided to call tonight a low-key evening and watch a movie by the [gas] fire instead of venturing out to our friends’ house. I’ve never been a huge NYE person anyways. Something about the party not getting started until midnight wears me out before it begins! I don’t think I’ve ever missed the ball drop though, so I intend to fight sleepiness and stay up as late as I can!
Clearly I have a case of wordiness tonight : )
Have a Happy New Year!