Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
This would have been better if I hadn't doubled the recipe and used two of each product because one night was enough for this and the crockpot wasn't the best way to cook it as it dried out over time.
We dressed Handsome up for the weather and he really enjoyed this swing which I can't be positive but I am pretty sure his Daddy also rode in as a kid!
Due to work schedules, I was able to be a Grammy delivery service and one day went to watch the kids at their house.
It was a very busy week but satisfying in that I was grateful to be useful to my children and grandchildren in their time of need which is what a family does. By taking care of these little people I actually get to know them better and develop a bond with them that I hope will last for a lifetime!
This Abbey supports it self by making fruit cakes which they ship all over the world. They have made 12,000 this season!
I found out that Trappist monks is another way to say Cistercian monks.
Isn't this a great depiction of the split country during the Civil War? The battle of cool Spring took place on this property on July 18, 1864 and these bullets were found here.
This monastery has begun a new way to bring in an income and that is their new " natural" cemetery.
One can buy a plot here beforehand, or at the time of need, and be buried in a natural way if desired. That is, without a vault or coffin, in just a cloth shroud like people used to be buried before funerals became big business. They also offered a place to have cremated remains buried. As I understand it, Catholics are allowed to be cremated after death but the remains should be buried, not kept around the house, to show proper respect for the body of the deceased. That being said, I was surprised to read that they also offered a place along the river where ashes could be scattered. I am not sure why. I didn't think that option qualified as being "buried". Perhaps I am wrong.
Although I really liked the "natural burial" idea, sans casket, my kids thought it was gross. If I do prefer it, I will have to be clear about it! Even still, it wasn't cheap!
We enjoyed our time at the monastery learning about that vocation which is very different from our busy modern life.
After dinner, while we cleaned up the dishes, the Youth Group team did fun ice breakers with the kids and presented their message. At the end of the evening, we were able to divide the leftovers up for another meal at home for each of our families. I really enjoy doing this kind of service work because I have experience in cooking big meals and it makes me happy to see other people enjoying my food!
That evening, I went up to take my scheduled turn volunteering to help with the clean-up. To my surprise, I was only needed for 30 minutes because they were organized and had enough help to have finished early. I was very grateful to be able to come home much earlier than expected!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Other ingredients added were corn and whole tomatoes, frozen in this case, but canned are fine. Lima beans are GREAT in soup but not green beans. If I have leftover rice, I throw that in.
Salt and pepper are what you need and also chili powder, Italian seasoning and a little sugar!
This recipe made enough to feed a soup kitchen so I immediately froze two large containers of it for another day. After serving it the first night in the big pot, I put it into the crockpot the next day to cook on low and be ready for lunch and or dinner. Serve with crackers and enjoy!