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Lunch At Fireside

In a previous post, I told how here in Crestline a couple of days ago the weather changed drastically, taking us from languid summer to chilly winter. Hard rain and strong winds lashed through the night yesterday. and when I looked out the windows in the back of the house this morning, I saw that every blossom on our fruit trees has been ripped off, save for one. The pear, plum, and peach trees are bare of flowers; the apple tree that yesterday was a mass of white flowers today has a single bloom. Drizzle and fog have played the skies all day,

Definitely, it was soup weather. I prepared the ingredients, soon had a pot of potato soup simmering on my cook top, and it was at that time I decided it would be neat if Jerry and I ate our lunch in the living room before the leaping fire that roared in the fireplace. I set in place a small, lightweight table and two chairs, selected neat soup bowls and pretty napkins. Jerry grinned.

I had a little issue with preparing the soup, not having the celery I usually add. I did have a package of Knorr spinach soup/dip mix that I thought might be a good addition. In a cast-iron skillet, I crisply cooked about 1/3 pound of bacon, then setting that aside, I browned 1/2 medium sized chopped onion in the bacon drippings. Into the soup pot I placed peeled, chopped potatoes that I covered with water, the spinach mix, and the onions. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning. After mixture had simmered so that the potatoes were almost tender, I added one can of evaporated milk, letting the soup continue to simmer very slowly. The soup was delicious, made even better when Jerry and I added crumbled crisp bacon and grated cheddar cheese to our bowls of steaming potato soup.

Though extremely familiar to us, and very ordinary, the ambiance was exceptional. 🙂

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

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