Wow. I just got the computer running for the first time since last week and I eagerly came to xanga. I was not expecting to read such beautiful things from my friends ~ both my old friends, and my new xanga friends. I have tears in my eyes from the encouraging words left for me, and I cannot begin to tell how much it means to me!
are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul,
and health to the bones.”
I’m a different person here. I’m more calm, more “homemaker-ish”. Rich and I keep smiling at each other and saying with our eyes, “Can you believe this? Can you believe we live here?” There is no denying that there are City People and there are Country People. We are Country People!
1 pound dried great northern beans
1 quart water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbs. mustard
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. dark molasses
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
Place beans in a Dutch oven or kettle; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to pan. Add water and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until beans are tender. Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking liquid.
In a greased 13 by 9 inch baking dish, combine the beans, onion, bustard, brown sugar, molasses, bacon and 1 cup reserved cooking liquid. Cover and bake at 400 for 45 minutes or until beans have reached desired thickness, stirring occasionally (add additional reserved liquid if needed). Yield: 8 servings.
1 egg, room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 T. vinegar or lemon juice
1 T. boiling water
salt to taste
Place the egg, salt, mustard, and 1/4 cup of the oil in the electric blender. Turn on the motor and add the remaining 3/4 cup oil in a SLOW (VERY SLOW FOR ME, I ruined my first attempt because I rushed), thin stream. Add the vinegar or lemon juice, and water. Taste, correct the seasoning, and refrigerate until needed.
The children are having fun, too. They spend the majority of their time at the ponds catching tadpoles, minnows, and even a little turtle. They swim in the pond (with life-jackets. . .don’t worry!) They ride their bikes down the banks, bumping and laughing as they go. I can hear their voices echoeing back to me and Rich and I had one of those moments the first day we were here. Someday we won’t hear their voices, or feel the super energy that they give off all day every day. The realization hit us hard in the midst of busily unpacking. But, that’s the way it goes. Stage of life after stage of life.
The best way to prepare for the next stage of life is
To enjoy the one you’re in.