Saturday, October 23, 2010

This and That

The week has turned out a little busier than expected.  I certainly didn't expect to spend 2 1/2 hours at the hospital with Ella today.  The doctor says it's only bronchitis, but I think she's picked up my chest infection.  Bronchitis doesn't usually sound like you are coughing up a lung, it's usually dry and hacky sounding.  I won't be surprised if we end up at the walk-in clinic Wednesday.

Tuesday we were so busy weighing and labeling pork and getting it all bagged up and ready for OVFC delivery day today.  Things were slow at delivery day, so that took a good chunk of this morning. 
I made two pots of soup for the church sale today (made the soup yesterday).  Actually I made THREE pots of soup, but I burnt the first one and had to start over.  Luckily I hadn't put in the turkey yet and so only wasted potatoes, stock and milk. 

I did get a chance to make some delicious applesauce cake.  It comes from my Amish Cook's Baking book.  But you can find the recipe over at Amish Cook Online.  It's super easy to make, takes a pint jar of applesauce (the size I can).  It uses salad dressing (I use Hellmans) so there are no extra eggs or oil.  I made a fancy loaf pan and a 9 inch cake out of the recipe, or it makes a 9x13.  It is very yummy and 'easy to eat' according to Colin.  I don't even bother icing it, we eat it like a snack cake or brownie.

This afternoon I helped Colin get the bottle gourds and the bushel gourds out of the garden.  We're hoping they are ripe enough and will dry nicely over the winter. 

Here's a soup recipe to try, it's a good use for Thanksgiving leftovers:

Turkey Chowder
1 onion, chopped fine                      1 c diced carrots

2 c diced potatoes                              1/2 c diced celery
6 c turkey or chicken broth, preferable homemade
5 c or more of chopped turkey, watch for bones and such
4 T butter                                             6T cornstarch
2 c milk, any kind                             2 c mozzarella

Simmer vegetables and broth for 20 minutes until potatoes are soft.  Add the chicken.  In another saucepan, melt butter and stir in cornstarch.  Slowly add milk and stir until very thick.  Add to soup and stir to combine.   Remove from heat and add cheese.  Stir till melted and serve.


Diann said...

I hope you and Miss Ella feel well soon!
Your soup sounds yummy! :)

Paula said...

Grandma's sick now too. The soup is really good with chicken too.