Friday, December 28, 2012

Reflections on the Year 2012

From RevGalBlogPals
1. What is some "old news" this year that you'd like to repeat for 2013?
      Mindful eating (except on the cruise)
2. What "new thing" have you started that you want to keep going in 2013?
     Actually taking a day off and keeping Sabbath.
3. What event, experience or gift would you just as soon "Return to Sender"? Maybe it was a disastrous sermon, a congregational kerfuffle, a vacation nightmare, or your own mis-step. It can be funny or sad. 
      I was very ill in July.  I NEVER want to do that again.
4. Share the brightest bit of joy that was a part of your year.
      Being on the crew of the Ladyslipper in June.  This is the only all woman crew in the festival and I have wanted to do this for a decade.  It is a week of hard work poling the boat down the James River and is more fun than a woman my age ought to be having.  If you go to you can find out about it.
5. Share a picture that says far more than words. (You can use it to illustrate one of the above.) 

Share a recipe! I'm in the doldrums and need some healthy eating options for my menu planning. Soup, stew, main dish, side dish or a healthy dessert - any and all are welcome!


1 lb dried white beans (the best beans for this are flageolet, a dried pale green bean that cook to a creamy consistency)
1 smoked hock
1 chopped onion
3-4 chopped garlic cloves
4 cups cubed mixed leftover meats
     lamb, turkey, chicken, ham, pork
     goose, pheasant are all good 
½ lb hot sausage or polish sausage
2 c breadcrumbs
1 stick butter
“the mouse”
            1 stick celery, some parsley,
1 sage leaf, 1 T rosemary,
            1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp oregano,
           3 cloves. 1 bay leaf

Pick over and wash beans.  Soak beans overnight in water to cover.  Make “the mouse” by laying ½ celery stick on cheesecloth square.  Put herbs and spices on the celery, lay other half of celery stick on top.  Fold cheesecloth around bunch of herbs and celery and tie with string leaving long “tail”.  Drain beans.  Cover with water.  Add ham hock, onion, garlic and “the mouse” to the beans.  Cook until beans are nearly tender.  Remove “the mouse” (this is fun to do when kids are around) and discard.  Remove ham hock and cut meat from bones.  Add meat from hock back into pot.  Add mixed leftover meats.  Saute sausage or slice polish sausage.  Add to pot.  Cook until beans are tender.  Put bean and meaty mixture in a large casserole.  Cover with buttered bread crumbs.  Bake at 350° until top is golden brown.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

St Elizabeth in Advent Cookies

OK, they are just Mexican Wedding Cookies, but I put a half of a pecan in the middle and rolled the cookie into a ball around it.  They, like Elizabeth, have snow on the roof, but have a little nut inside.