Also blogging at


My Desktop Photo 94

Photo by Andrew Stark
(click on photo for larger view)


Round the Sphere Again

A full of beans edition. 

You know how to cook them; now how to you use them?

  • You could make that old standby, Home Made Pork and Bean (Mennonite girls can cook). I do pork and beans something like this, but I can’t give you my recipe because I just throw stuff in and hope for the best. I don’t use onions, because there are a couple of onion-phobes in the fam; and I’ve never added ginger, but I think I’ll try that next time. I don’t have a bean pot, so I use my slow cooker. 

  • One of our family favorites is Slow-Cooked Southwest Chicken, which puts black beans to yummy use. Youngest son doesn’t eat his over rice, but puts it in a bowl and scoops it up with tortilla chips. It’s also good sprinkled with cheese and rolled up in a tortilla. 

  • Or if you don’t have time for all that slow cooking, you can make White Bean Puree with Poached Eggs (Serious Eats). This simple dish looks boring, but it certainly doesn’t taste boring. And as a big bonus, it used some of those exquisite farm-fresh eggs taking up all the room in my fridge.

 Do you have a favorite recipe that uses cooked dried beans?


Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for the fresh flowers beside me.

I’m thankful for hot water and, while I’m at it, clean water and running water. I’m thankful for the good gift of plumbing.

I’m thankful for God’s provision and protection through another year, a year that has at times been a difficult one, but also joyous.

And bear with me while I repeat myself: I’m thankful for good health. Not everyone reaches my age without major health problems. So yes, I’m thankful for another year of good health.

Come to think of it, not everyone reaches my age. I’m thankful for another year of life.

I’m thankful for promised cake yet to come. 

On Thursdays throughout this year, I plan to post a few thoughts of thanksgiving along with Kim at the Upward Call and others.