Beef soup for a very cold day. It was in the low teens last week and so hard for us mild climate people to stay warm. I had to fix something warm and toasty for my family sooo.... Here is how I do it: I seer my boneless stew meat, place it in my crock pot and added onions and 32 ounces of canned beef broth. I slow cook it all day.At about 5:00 pm In a pot on my stove, I add two teaspoons of garlic salt and parsley to black beans, tomatoes, fresh frozen green beans, celery and corn. When that is heated through, I add it to my crock pot, which has the slow cooked beef. I do it this way because the above ingredients don't need to slow cook all day like the beef does. The hot crock will break if I add cool ingredients to it. I know this from experience. I once added cold milk to my clam chowder and was so sad to see liquid pouring out the bottom of my broken crock pot. It got so cold last week that our river froze over. I allowed the children to walk on it only after we inspected it with a large walking stick. Yep, it was frozen about seven inches thick. I got nervous when Garrett went out further and told him to come back. I told the kids to stay close to the edge. What fun for us. Rivers just don't freeze like this every day. Victoria, Jessica and Garrett had a blast. I brought the chicken's water out into the sun and poured hot water into it to melt the frozen water. They were happy with me and decided to lay their eggs. The cattle and goats were very thirsty. I poured very hot water onto their ice-over water and poked it with a large stick. I was glad they had fresh water to drink and was amazed at how there was always water in their bucket. I later found out our neighbor had been coming over and filling it each day with 10 gallons of water. My husband was gone on a business trip and the neighbor was such a help to me. I appreciate that greatly. Being a former city girl, I had no clue cows drank so much.
Try to stay warm wherever you are and enjoy this Christmas season. My Esther Bible study is going well. One of the things she mentioned today was not to seek approval or praise from people, but to focus our thoughts on Christ, wanting to please Him. Have a lovely day Dear blogging friends.
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5