I'm on to 'The Signature of All Things'... it is starting out interestingly. Tomorrow is Friday? The end of the week and we can use it. I've told Esme and Mark we can get fried chicken on Saturday and they think it is a great idea. I have some yellow split peas that came in on an order to pickup at the store... they didn't have them in the store but they were free pickup. I've been having a taste for making vegetable 'soup/goulashes' again... but maybe not quite as much as the other day.
Green Split Pea Soup
1 cup of green split peas, washed
1/4 cup of red lentils (normally would be yellow split peas), washed
onion, chopped up
can of cooked carrots
can of cooked diced potato
a little chicken boullion (because I had some)
water to cover the mixture twice deep (at least this much, you could add more and make it thin)
garlic powder, turmeric, cumin, black pepper and red pepper flakes
a bit of salt
a bit of olive oil
cooked down until everything is ready to fall apart, I got about three quarts out of this considering we ate some. Esme had some (she asked) but mostly picked out the carrots and chicken I think - but she made an effort.
I'm also experimenting with some preserved ginger root. Made Esme a chicken and honey and carrots with some ginger and onions in it tonight. She ate all of hers (even after I said she could pick out the onions).
Also crocheting a heavy green acrylic rug with some clearance yarn.. probably double-up a few things to make a border for it as it is coming out a bit smaller than I'd hoped for the two skeins they had.
Weeded out all of Esme's too small jeans, a few to go to a younger girl that are decent condition and a few to cut up and sew into something else. I'm trying to find a few things in the house we can repurpose into 'more useful lives'.. like a jewelry dish that is small but pretty that I've moved to the bathroom for Esme's hair clips.. and one of the rugs I had washed had originally been by my bedside table but is more useful by Esme's. etc.. Whenever I see something and think of a good use for it I try to remember it later and put it to a test.