I think there are certain activities, like going the beach or camping, you should do every year. If you don't live near a beach, an annual trip might not be feasible. I live close enough to go, but I have not gone this year.
The summer went by so quickly, and I never set time aside to go. Even though the summer is over, I am going to the beach in October. Not the typical month for a beach trip, but it works.
I went camping this weekend for my first camping trip of 2014. I camped in Pennsylvania with people I go to church with. The weather was beautiful. It was a little cold at night, but my feet kept warm.
Excursions like camping help me feel refreshed. Because I have the same routine day after day, it is easy to feel stagnate and stale. A quick weekend trip helps me see what is beautiful about life. It helps me put things into perspective.
I made this soup last week. It makes a great lunch or dinner during cooler months. I got the recipe from a blog called Traditional French Food. It has many many delicious looking French recipes. I added a few spices and chicken broth to the original recipe.
The ingredients are 1 bay leaf, 3 whole cloves, butter, 6 slices canadian bacon, 1 onion, 2 pounds potatoes, 2 pounds green beans, 3 cups chicken broth, salt, pepper, milk, and parsley.
I melted a couple of tablespoons of butter in a large pot. I added the diced onion.
I added the cubed canadian bacon after a few minutes. The original recipe called for regular bacon. I cooked the onions and bacon until the onions were soft and pale.
I added the 3 cups of broth and about 7 cups of water to the pot. I added the chopped potatoes and green beans.
I added a bay leaf, some whole cloves, salt, and pepper.
I brought the soup up to a boil and simmered it for 30 minutes. The original recipe said to simmer the soup for an hour, but I think that's a bit excessive.
I splashed a little milk over each serving and garnished with chopped parsley. The original recipe suggested cream, which would only be more delicious.
It was a simple but good soup. It was warm, filling, nourishing, and wholesome.
Soup season has begun, and this would be a good recipe to add to your repertoire.
It is simple as I mentioned, but the flavors are clean, and it isn't bland.
I had no problem finishing off this soup. I took it to work for a few days, and it reheated well.