Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Frijole" Soup




One of my favorite soups, believe it or not, is a special bean soup that I first tasted when living in Central America.

It's "frijole" (pronounced frih-hole-ley).  Now, frijoles are small, dark beans that can be found in packages in most supermarkets. 

Here in the United States, however, they are not called "frijoles" ----just small, dark red beans.


We use a crock pot to cook them, usually overnight on a low setting.

For the soup, hubs adds boullion cubes dissolved in boiling water.  

Then, he adds onion powder, maybe a touch of cayenne or red pepper flakes and, if available, fresh chopped cilantro or green onion.

Oh!  And he cracks a raw egg into the hot broth, too, and lets it harden a bit.

I also like to add a big dollop of sour cream on top. Mmm mmm mmm

The result is a truly luscious soup. 

We always eat it with warm, folded tortillas. 


This might not appeal to everyone but I love frijole soup!

HAVE YOU EATEN BEAN SOUP? DO YOU LIKE IT?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Luscious Lilacs Are Back




Ahhhhh, lilacs.

They are definitely among the most regal of flowers.



Someone described them as having heaven's perfume and that is most apt.



Truly, I can stick my entire nose into their delicate lavender blossoms and feel quite enthralled.

In one house of long ago, during the years when our kids were small, I'd send them out to gather huge bouquets of lilacs from an empty house near our own.

Then, I'd place the lovely lilacs in vases in just about every room in our home. 

The blooms don't last long but the fragrance while they survive really is like "heaven's perfume."

Right now, there is a bouquet of lilacs on a kitchen counter. 

 My daughter cut them for me from bushes in her yard.


For the "vase," I chose an old Mason jar with a turquoise tinge to it.



 (The stargazer lilies still take center stage on the kitchen table, adding even more fragrance to the air!)

Flowers are among spring's most cherished gifts.

DO YOU HAVE LILACS WHERE YOU LIVE? DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUND?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Crystal "Rainbow" Cross





The  cross shown at the top of this post is unique.

It makes a lovely gift for any occasion but especially for children who are Catholic and making their First Holy Communion.

Several times I have given them as gifts and they are always well received.



When placed on a windowsill where a ray of sunshine can go through it, the result is hundreds of rainbows.


The rainbows can be found on the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture and from top to bottom of humans in the room!



Little children especially love this spectacle as do adults whose inner kids are still alive and kicking.



So today, I wish you a rainbow-filled day of your own!

WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DO RAINBOWS HAVE FOR YOU?
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