Hello! I hope this Monday finds you ready to face the week! How was your weekend? As usual my days were busy, and lovely, which means I didn't get to knit until late at night, when I can barely keep my eyes open. I'm perfectly okay with that however, if it means I spent my time clipping flowers for a vase, spending time with family, and cooking a Sunday dinner.
The chilly weather I mentioned yesterday morning ended up warming to near 80 degrees! That was unexpected. I wondered if my soup dinner should be replaced with something lighter, but went ahead with it regardless of having to turn on the air-conditioner late in the afternoon. By dinnertime, I was the only one wondering if it was too warm for soup, and as the hungry boys and my husband all gathered to eat, we talked, laughed and they emptied bowls. More was ladled, and more bread heated for seconds. As always, while all the conversation and food was being shared, I found myself whispering a prayer of gratitude for it all. I don't know about them, but a Sunday dinner can carry me through the week.
My favorite recipe book for soups is the New England Soup Factory Cookbook. It's full of beautiful pictures and the recipes are clearly written and fit on one page. The pages are a good, thick quality, and it's filled with just about every kind of soup. From seafood gumbo, to sweet potato and corn, to Late Summer Raspberry Gazpacho, it's all there, and sandwich ideas too!
Speaking of gazpacho, which I have not yet made, I have sort of a favorite show on the cooking channel and there is a gazpacho recipe I will likely be trying this summer. Served with bread, it looks delicious and fresh. You can find out which show I like and find the gazpacho recipe here:) I enjoy the simplicity and fresh ingredients of the Tuscan recipes on the show and it's really kind of cute too!
The house is very quiet now, the only time of day that it is so. The older boys have left for school, my husband for work, and Jordan is resting with a cold. I'm sitting at the table with coffee and toast with raspberry jam. I hear the birds singing and the sun is shining. It's a beautiful morning! I hope it's beautiful where you are as well. I'll be doing math, violin, and piano with Jordan later, and I have plans to set up my sewing machine to start sewing a couple small gifts for friends. I also have a baby hat to cast on for my husband's co-worker. It all makes me happy:)
When I say I hope it's beautiful where you are, I want you to know, not only do I write here, but I wonder a lot too. I wonder how you are. I think about what is on your busy, and sometimes stressful schedule, if you're happy and if you have time for what you love to do. I want you to know I'm thinking about you:)
Thank you for stopping by. I have "met" such sweet people here. I wish you could sit here with me at the table, sun shining in, hot coffee in the percolator and tea in the kettle. I know we'd have such a good time. Have a beautiful day! Jeannine