Friday at Home

It has been raining off and on today; sometimes just a light shower, other times a downpour. All the trees full of buds and the flowers popping up are getting a good soaking. I can’t believe that spring is only two weeks away!

With the price of gas getting higher and higher, I purposed a few weeks ago to stay home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We did have to go out today for an ortho appointment but I scheduled the next one on a Thursday so I could just go right after Julianne was finished co-op. The ortho office is 1/2 block off the road I travel on so I won’t be going out of my way. Every little bit helps! I also try to get gas on Tuesday because our station offers 5 cents off. This week it was $2.99. I wonder what next week will be?
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Tim Challies had a post on Monday called, “Five Books to Read Before Easter”. I bought “The Cross He Bore” and am looking forward to reading it. There are 14 chapters so I will be able to finish it before Easter. I ordered it from Westminster Bookstore and I have to give a shout out for their service. I placed my order late Wednesday night and my books arrived today and shipping is only $5 no matter how many books you order. Now that’s service!!
I also bought “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”. I have read so many good reviews for this book so I want to find out what it’s all about.
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This afternoon I made fresh lemonade, lemon meringue pie and rice pudding. For dinner tonight, I made corn soup. The soup was sooo perfect for a rainy day.

Rice Pudding
1 1/2 cups cooked rice (not “minute rice”)
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup cream
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup raisins
1 tbsp. butter
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon

Put this all together in the top of a double boiler. Put 1 1/2 inches of boiling water in the bottom of the double boiler and set the top pan so that very little steam is escaping. Cook on low heat for 30-45 minutes or longer. Stir occasinally. Makes 8 or 9 1/2 cup servings.

If you like it creamier you can add more milk/cream. Also, if you don’t have a double boiler you can use two pots close in size that will fit in one another.
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Corn Soup

1 lb. smoked beef sausage, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can corn, drained
2 cans corn, creamed
1 can cream of chicken soup
ground pepper, to taste
1 3/4 cups milk
shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook sausage, onion and celery until done. Add drained corn and cook until soft. Add other ingredients and heat through. Stir in cheddar cheese before serivng for added flavor and thickness.
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Lemon Meringue Pie

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups cold water
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
grated peel of 1 lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp. butter
1 baked 9″ pie crust
3 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar

In medium saucepan combine 1c sugar and corn starch. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Stir in egg yolks. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in next 3 ingredients. Spoon hot filling into crust. In small bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining 1/3 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over hot filling, sealing to crust. Bake in 350* oven 15-20 minutes (I checked at 13 and it was a little too brown!!) or until golden. Cook on rack; refrigerate.

Makes 8 servings.
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Recent pictures:

Dasher and Snickers

Plants on my windowsill

One thought on “Friday at Home

  1. Your pictures are all wonderful, Elaine. I love lemon meringue pie, but have never made one. I think I’ll try your recipe. The picture of your’s has me drooling!Your pup in the second picture looks so much like my little Leyna! 🙂

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