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Monday, January 16, 2017

Manitoba Sky Monday, January 16/17

Another week of Manitoba sunrise among the sunsets.

Another January sunset

I love the pink skies in the morning, and the moon just made this one better.

I was trying to get a picture of the bird against the sunset

More birds in the sunset

Orange January sunset
This sunset was beautiful...and just got better as we were driving later!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Snapshot, Sweet Surprise!

Breakfast is always better when my husband makes it!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Puzzle In a Minute

  If you had a choice between a 3,000 piece puzzle with a picture of animals in a jungle, and a 1,500 piece Cottage Garden puzzle, which would you choose?  Earlier this month, I asked readers on my FB page to help me decide which puzzle I should work on. Guess which one I chose?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bean Soup Recipe

  Looking for a hearty and filling soup to warm you up on these cold winter days? I've heard that January is national soup month, so what better time to share this bean soup recipe? 

6 bean soup

 You can use any beans you like...I wouldn't normally have this many varieties of beans in my pantry, but my son worked for a bean co op, where farmers brought in truck loads of beans to ship. One of the perks of his job was cheap beans, so he brought me home several bags!

6 varieties of beans

Bean soup ingredients

  This is the recipe I used for bean soup gift jars, so I've made it simple, with a small spice pack included, and with ingredients most people will have on hand. Of course it can be adjusted to your own taste, by adding whatever spices you like, and fresh garlic could be used instead of garlic powder.

You can also prepare this soup with or without meat, but we prefer it with pork.

Bean soup Ingredients and directions
Soup Ingredients & Directions

1.Wash beans and soak overnight

2. Drain and rinse

3. Place beans in slow cooker
    6 cups water, 
    1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, 
    1/2 c chopped onions
    1/2 c chopped celery
    2 tbs onion soup mix
    1 tsp garlic powder
    *optional seasonings
    *Bacon/pork if desired

4. Cook 7-8 hrs on high

Enjoy a bowl of bean soup
And enjoy!