Whoa guys! Today marks my 100th post. Does this mean I’m supposed to whip out one of those list things? 100 Odd Facts About Zoe. Or 100 Things I Love about Blogging. Or how about 100 Reasons I Want My House Renovations to be Finished. Yeah. That’s a good one. I’ll give it a shot.
1. I’m tired of 6 men working in my house at any given moment (that’s a bit of an exaggeration but there was that many for one day so it’s not far off.)
2. I don’t like scrubbing the boot dirt off my kitchen floor (actually, I don’t do that anyway. My floor is just dirty. Don’t worry, I do wipe my counter tops.)
3. Jada and Tage want to be able to play somewhere other than under the kitchen table.
4. I don’t like the taste of drywall dust. (But it does look festive topping Chinese food.)
5. Tile counter tops take a WEEK to cure. (A week? Really? I want to use it now!!)
6. Jada constantly asks where some of her toys went. (We hid them so we wouldn’t go crazy in our temporarily small house.)
7. Jada and Tage play with my pots and pans all the time because we took said toys from them. (So I have to swipe grout off of my pots before I use them.)
8. I’m tired of fishing screws and rubbish out of Tage’s mouth.
9. The smell of paint gives me a headache.
10. The kids’ shrieks from 5 feet away are becoming unbearable. (But there’s nowhere else I can send them to play.)
11. I want my couch back.
Okay, so I only got to 11. I ought to stop complaining. We really have it quite good around here. We are blessed to be able to have all these things being done to our house. In a few weeks, Brad’s grandparents will be moving into the other side (we have a double house that previously housed Brad’s best friend but he’s getting married and moved out). We put in a lovely bathroom for them and they will have a bathroom, bedroom/living room and kitchen on the first floor. They can’t really do steps anymore so we will take over the 3 bedrooms upstairs (not that we need them…we’ll probably fill them up with stuff because we are good at that….I’m just being honest here).
The kitchen? That was supposed to be the only project this winter but then we got the idea to ask Grandpa and Grandma to come live with us. Since they needed a bathroom downstairs, we gave up a little of our living room. Because that was being built, we went ahead and knocked out a wall between the living room and dining room so that the wood stove in there will be able to heat more efficiently. Then of course there’s painting upon painting to be done. My older brother is doing some that. He’s been here every day for the last week and a half. And he’ll be here at least that long again.
Soooo, I haven’t been cooking all that much lately. My kitchen has been occupied by my little bro who is doing those renovations. He’s quite good at it, if I may say so myself. Just look at the difference between these two photos:
One thing I’ve loved about this project? Having my brothers here so often! They are the most fun people to feed on this earth. Of course, it helps that we all grew up eating the same food so all I have to do is make a dish from our childhood and they go nuts. Still, we’ve been eating simple meals. Ones that are super easy to make and mostly stuff I’ve already blogged about. (Not that there’s anything wrong with simple food. We should eat like that more often.) Or we get take-out. I know. I should be more prepared and have things like this soup in the freezer but I’m not. Last week we had Chinese and it tasted so delicious. Why does that stuff have to be so good?!
So, here is a recipe I made a long time ago but never got around to posting. Maybe till tomorrow I’ll have something more current to share with y’all! Until then, enjoy your nice, clean house for me, okay?
4 cups diced potatoes (3 med-large potatoes)
2 cups cubed butternut squash (half of a medium squash)
2 ribs celery, diced (2/3 cup)
1/2 cup onion, diced (1 medium)
1 cup diced ham
3 cups chicken stock (I used turkey)
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
3 T butter
7 T sprouted whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups milk
Cook the potatoes, squash, celery, onions, ham, stock, salt and pepper until the veggies are soft. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate sauce pan. Whisk in the flour. Very slowly pour in the milk while whisking vigorously to prevent lumps. Cook until thick and then stir into the veggies and ham. Heat through and serve.
Yield: 3 quarts