Thursday, November 29, 2012
Cat's Favorite Places, Health and Knitting Update
Tiger loves to hang out on my writing chair, but since I've been using it more often, he's found another location - in front of the corn/pellet burner.
I keep a clothing rack in front of my corn/pellet burner, to dry clothes, when I cannot hang them outside, or when they don't dry completely (after being outside). Tiger loves to stay warm there.
I'm down to the last 10 rows or so, and adding the fringe, on my knitted shawl.
Although I found "In Defense of Food" interesting, I am enjoying this book more. This book explains the content and benefits of specific foods that folks should be including in their diet more. Growing up, I can't remember being served brussel sprouts, Kale, or Swiss Chard. We have started growing these in our garden, but there are so many other foods we should be eating too. Watch out kids, Mom's adding more vegetables!
Tonights frugal dinner - Ham Bone Soup and homemade corn bread. I have a few ham bones in my freezer, which come in handy for an inexpensive, but healthy dinner. I am thankful I have one bag of soup beans left.
My ham bone soup: Wrap a ham bone in 2-3 layers of cheese cloth and tie with cotton string. Place in a crock pot and fill with good water about 1/2 full. Add a mix of soup beans that have soaked over night (I just buy the dry bean mix at the store and discard the flavoring packet). I toss in what ever I have - frozen garden tomatoes, dehydrated green peppers, chopped onions, chopped celery and sliced carrots. Today I added some potatoes. I salt and pepper as needed, but the flavor is so good with the bone, I don't salt it sometimes.
I remove the bone about 3-pm, and continue cooking for another hour or so. I typically cook on high 1 hour, then lower the heat to "low" for the rest of the time (if the beans are pre-soaked and rinsed). I think I cook mine about 7 hours or so. I serve it with corn bread.