A Simple Feast

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There’s something about the autumn that sends me to the kitchen. Maybe it’s the warmth from things cooking, the colors, and the rich fragrances. Bringing the colors and fragrances of God’s amazing fruit and vegetables into the house from the well-tended garden is a marvelous thing for sure. The funny thing is I’m not much of a cook at all and if what I do doesn’t burn, it’s only by the grace of God! My daughter and I have an agreement: She does amazing canning and I do the cleaning. I can also bake cookies, but you probably already know that… “Connie’s Cookies” are known all over the world – they are famous! At least that’s what my kids and my husband tell me 🙂

I can also make wonderful soups. No pot of soup is ever the same in my house, even if I try. I learned how to make soup from my Great Grandma. She would literally put whatever she could find in the house into the pot and add some water, salt, and pepper. It always turned out amazing with some fresh baked bread and butter – that’s how my Mom made it also, and that’s how I make mine.

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So I’m making a fresh pot of soup this morning and I thought I’d share it with you. This is what I found in my freezer and refrigerator:

Carrots, corn, peas, beans & lima beans
Summer squash and zucchini
A large onion
Small white potatoes
Chicken
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup (don’t ask me why I’m adding this, I just wanted my soup to be a little creamy this morning and it looked like it would do the job).

I will add water, salt and pepper – just like Great Granny Smith, as well as some Thyme, Sweet basil, and Rosemary. There’s no special reason that I add these particular herbs. I just smelled them and they smell like they will go well with my list of veggies above.

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So, I’m going to cut everything up and put it in a huge pot of water and bring it all to a boil. Then I’ll bring it down to simmer for the rest of the day with a lid on it. I have a loaf of locally made sour dough bread that I’m going to toast and butter, and serve with each bowl. My kids and I will have our portion of veggies for the day and when my Hon- gets home tonight, after a hard day’s work, he will walk in and say, “MMMMMMMMM – smells good!”, and that’s why I do it!

Sharing soup recipes in the autumn is fun – and I would love you to share your’s. Please leave a comment below with your favorite autumn soup recipe.

Happy Autumn Cooking & Banking!

Constance

Truly Thankful!

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Here I am sick with what started as a head cold that has now traveled down to my throat and my chest – so I’m coughing away, ugh!  I praise God once again for hot Chamomile tea and wonderful raw organic honey from a local beekeeper.

But as I look out my window on this amazing October day, all my woes seem to disappear. My Hon- is playing beautiful music on the piano and my eyes are quickly mesmerized by the golden strands of decorative wheat and the sight of my beautiful maple tree in all its brilliant autumn colors.

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It is so quietly nestled among the other maples with a glorious two acres of bright green, rolling grass and the towering hedge of protective evergreens round about.  They are all so green due to the wonderful rains that have recently begun.  It’s this beautiful sight that makes the Pacific Northwest a desired place to live.  I love it when God waters our land for us – it doesn’t cost a penny.  It reminds me of the verse that says,

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“…It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”
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I’m so excited to show you my new creation!  As autumn has crept up on us – and God has been slowly changing the colors of the leaves to brilliant golds, burnt oranges, and beautiful, deep, dark reds…  He has also been doing a little brilliant work through my fingertips!

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I have never written a quote of my own before, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Do you like it? It makes me laugh.  My oldest daughter said it was “sketch” – still, I’m kind of proud. 🙂 If you like it and you want to share my quote, I don’t mind – just be sure to put “Constance of Olalla” under it 🙂  Thank you!

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You can check out my newest creation of Bible studies provided free for you in the right side bar —–>.  If you have been looking for a Bible study, my  “November Thankfulness” just might be the perfect study for you! Leave me a comment below and tell me in ever-so-gentle words what you think 🙂

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Check in often to see what I have added to my studies as I paint and write my way through the autumn months and into winter time.  Who knows “November Thankfulness” just may be the key to help you be Truly Thankful in the month of November – Enjoy!

Happy Autumn!

Constance

 

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