Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Return of Winter

Well, winter has returned here in mid- Missouri with -1 wind chills tonight.  Brrr.  Good excuse for a warm blanket, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.  While I still go through the seed catalogs at a slower pace, my focus is moving towards making pots of home-made soups and chili to freeze.  It's still soup weather and time for my 20 quart stock pot.  I made a pot of Fagioli (similar to Olive Garden) and it was great!  I didn't add the noodles since I was freezing it but they can be added once I make individual pots.  Chicken noodle soup works out great too- just cook the chicken, carrots, celery and onions and freeze it in 2 quart containers.  When you are ready to eat it, heat it up and add a package of pre-cooked noodles.  Its fast! 

I am thinking about a winter trip to Houston to visit warmer weather but the gas prices recently shot up again.  That could put a damper on things. I haven't been down there in a while and I'm itchin' to go see my sister! 

I am still playing with the new computer but I have found there are issues with the new programs (64 bit) and older files.  Seems I am still spending time upgrading all of the old-old pattern files but it's a labor of love.  I'm updating the graphics also and they all look much better.  I have had a lot of requests for PDF's and hope to offer them on the website soon. 


  1. Keep warm!!

    I'm about an hour south of Houston. We had some cooler (I'm from the Midwest and don't consider the 40's cold.) recently and I tried making this from Ina Garten:


    It was wonderful...esp on a cold day.

  2. I was thinkin pf Chicken Noodle Sup today also.
    It's -8 here. Brrrrrrrrr.