Friday, June 25, 2010

Back to making a home

I'm feeling a little better each day, praying these antibiotics take all the sinus infection away.   I told Stephanie in an e-mail that my first sign of life was tweaking the accessories in the living room.  After spending days upon days on the sofa in that room, I needed to make a few changes (will take pictures of that eventually).

How do you tell a blogger?  They take their camera with them as they go about their day.  :)

I had to take a picture of the above scene for it showed getting back to "normal"... the crock pot slowly cooking dinner, the basket with today's green bean harvest, and apple mint draining from its' morning shower... back to making a home... slowly but surely getting there.

We're getting a break from all the storms and heavy rain.  Once the soil in the raised bed dries a bit, I will plant the last of the green beans in the area where I had to pull out the lettuce and broccoli.  That is a lot of green beans from a package costing less than two dollars.

I enjoyed all the comments about growing green beans.  I also have fond memories of snapping green beans as a child.  There is a small framed picture of my mother... a black and white photo from the late 1950s... sitting on a bookcase in my bedroom.

It is one of my favorite pictures of her as she was sitting in the yard of our home in the country when I was but a toddler... snapping green beans for dinner.

My apple mint did not like all the wet weather so I've cut it back a lot.  May as well use the good mint in tea. 

My husband thought I was planting the tomato plants too far apart... little did he know.

The crock pot has a small roast in it with two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup and nothing else, not even onions... a simple, simple dinner that the guys love.  The soup makes a lovely gravy and the beef will fall apart after cooking six or seven hours on low.

I must admit I will use instant mashed potatoes since I'm still getting very fatigued by dinner time but you can't even tell since the meat and gravy are the star of the show.

Green beans fresh from the garden and the last of the corn from the freezer (purchased last summer from the farmer down the road who sells it from the back of his pickup truck) add to the simple dinner.

Can you believe it has been nearly a year since I was sharing how I froze the corn?

While there are major projects eventually to do, it is good to be back to the simple day-to-day tasks.  Nothing like a prolonged illness to make you appreciate the little things of life.


Anonymous said...

If you harvest your main head of broccoli most plants will continue to put out side shoots until frost. I see you said you pulled out your broccoli , if you have a cabbage plant and harvest the head and leave the plant in the ground you will get small cabbages grow in the middle until frost also .I get usually I main head and 4 to six smaller baseball sized heads a summer ,in Michigan. If you know this already just ignore me I am an obsessed gardener!! Mrs. Sweetpea .

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love the home keeping those days without errands to run or appointments.

Pen Pen said...

so glad you are feeling better; I hope to get back to "making a home" next week... I've not been sick, but I've been way too busy!

Anonymous said...

It has been a while since I went to your recipe site...LOVE the background and design!! Glad you are feeling more like yourself and ready to brighten up your home. The feeling I remember from those times of illness and coming out of it is like when you go on vacation and return home. Your home looks so wonderful...much more than it did when you left!! Life is wonderful again! :) The word home is one of the sweetest words. It evokes such warm feelings. Glad you are starting to feel good Brenda!! :) Sarah

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Stopped by from a recommendation from a friend...already enjoying. I have just entered this world of blogging and it continues to amaze me at how God uses it to encourage and build up His I was built up by stopping here. I will be back.
Nice to meet you and glad you are feeling better,

Terra said...

You are definitely way better, with your crock pot dinner cooking and your harvest of green peas. I am glad to see your recovery. The roast sounds so easy that I am inspired to try it.

Anonymous said...

Hello Brenda, I'm so glad I found you again. I need to go and read some more of your lovely posts to catch up with's been a while.

Love, Tina xxx (used to have Cinnamon Whirls blog)

Sharon said...

I'm so glad that you're feeling a bit better. I hope the storms of bad weather and poor health steer clear of your lovely home. Enjoy your dinner - sounds yummy!! :)

Brenda Leyland said...

That must feel so good, to be feeling more like home keeping again!

And your photos promise a lovely supper tonight!

Hugs and blisses........

Vee said...

I just know that you enjoyed a wonderful supper with wonderful fresh veggies.

One of the things that got my attention in this post is that, when you were sofa-bound, you had the chance to look around and see things that needed changing. I find that fascinating because when I have time to really look closely, I see things that should be and could be changed quite easily. Looking forward to seeing what you're changing.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I usually fix my roast in the crockpot with dry onion soup mix, a little water, and baby carrotts. I think I'll try your recipe. Sounds really good! Glad you are feeling better.

Anonymous said...


So glad you are feeling better. It is very satisfying to be able to take care of your guys again, isn't it?

Roast sounds great - will try that on my men.

Enjoy your day,


Anonymous said...

You're lucky to be harvesting so much already. My garden is just getting started here.

You have a lovely kitchen and I really like your blog. I'll be back. :)

freetobeme - Anita said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. I love your pictures of fresh vegetables. Keep on getting better.

GinnyBerry said...

I'm recovering from a sinus infection too! Hard to believe that it could make me feel so badly! I'm glad that you were able to go for Indian Food with your son this week!