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When I got to the house today Mike and my brother were hard at work putting the cedar up on the kitchen wall.

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I won’t say whose idea it was to put a ladder on the countertop. Yes, someone actually did that and climbed it. And it wasn’t me or my brother. This wouldn’t have won the Art Stephenson Safety Award.

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It did turn out great. It made the wall look even taller (not sure if that’s good or bad, but it’s really tall).

Finished cedar kitchen wall

Finished cedar kitchen wall

We’ll put a backsplash, which I haven’t decided on yet, below the cedar. I think it’s pretty cool.

We (I use that term loosely) worked until about 2:00 and got it all done. Meanwhile sheetrock guys, who are also door hanger guys, came by and patched and sanded so we can paint next weekend, and hung the last two interior doors. Then I looked outside and saw this —

Look closely, it's snowing!

Look closely, it's snowing!

So we decided it was time to call it a day and go home. It was so cold outside, and it was so nice to get in our nice warm house and settle in for a cozy afternoon. We haven’t done that at all this year, with the housebuilding going on. Mike stretched out and half-napped in the recliner with the dogs laying on either side of his chair, and I perused my seed catalogs, dreaming of the huge garden that’s just around the corner.  Then I got the baking bug and decided to make muffins for the week (the blueberry ones from yesterday are pretty much history).  I love these bran muffins, they are delicious and healthy. Great to grab with a banana for an easy breakfast before work.

Healthy and Delicious Bran Muffins

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt (I like to use yogurt, either is good)
1/3 cup applesauce (or oil…I prefer applesauce)
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg subsitute
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c. all purpose flour (can mix 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp wheat germ (optional)
1/2 cup to 1 cup of raisins, berries or nuts, use your imagination. I used cranberries and walnuts today.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease muffin tin. (makes 12 large muffins)

Mix bran and buttermilk or yogurt, let sit for 10 minutes.

Beat together applesauce (or oil), egg, sugar and vanilla. Add to bran mixture.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir this into the bran mixture.

Fold in raisins, berries or nuts..bake for 15-20 minutes.

YUM

YUM

The three-day weekend was way too short. But it was very productive.

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Feel-Good-Food #3

Worries go down better with soup. ~ Jewish Proverb

Several of my favorite feel-good-foods that you will see here are soup.  I just love soup.  It can be a very inexpensive, nutritious and hearty way to feed your family.  It can stretch a long way, and these days we are all looking for ways to be frugal and smart with our food purchases and choices.  In my family we cook very little meat, so it is very economical for us, and still very satisfying. 

This soup is one of my very, very favorites.  It is very easy to make, and it warms the body and soul, through and through.

Refried Bean Soup
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP oil
2 cups of refried bean (several ways to go here…use dried beans, canned bean, or, easiest and fastest if you don’t have much time…canned refried beans)
14 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
10 oz. Rotel, undrained
14 1/2 oz. chicken broth

Cook onion and garlic in oil until tender.  Add beans, tomatoes, Rotel and broth, and cook until smooth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

How easy is that?? Incredibly easy, perfect for making when time is short. It’s great with tortilla chips or warm tortillas, but I’m a southern girl, so I’ll have cornbread with mine.

Cornbread

Cornbread

Top with cheese, diced green onions, sour cream…whatever you like. Delicious.

Refried Bean Soup

Refried Bean Soup

NOTE:  To make your refried beans from scratch…cook pinto beans, drain. 
Mash with a potato masher or fork.  Saute chopped onion and minced garlic in oil (your choice – bacon fat, lard, vegetable oil, olive oil…) in a skillet. Add beans, mix well.  (can add cumin to taste if desired). Add chicken stock if consistency is too dry.

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