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Friday, July 9, 2010

An altered clipboard and a pot of Borscht’…what a great Friday!

Well, I started this great Friday morning by making one of my favorite soups: Borscht’.

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After 14 years of marriage, I have learned to be patient with my cooking.  I am not a big fan of ‘cooking’…I LOVE to bake, however.  So, if you told me I’d stand in the kitchen for 2 1/2 hours straight, then wait another hour and a half before my pot of soup was done, I’d say you were CRAZY!  But, like I said, I’m learning patience (I’m a work in progress!).  I started at 8:30 this morning, and at 11:30 I left the kitchen for the first time…it generally takes me 4 hours from start to finish for this soup, but it is soooo worth it! So, here I am at


7:30pm, and I just had my first bowl of soup…(it’s been a busy day).  It was worth the wait (and the time!)… let me also acknowledge that I was very spoiled (when it came to food) growing up.  I am the youngest of 3 girls, and my mom would make me a different dinner from everyone else (probably to keep me quiet, because I am a red head, and can be quite stubborn!).  So, fast forward several years, to when I met my husband:  still (food) spoiled.  Don’t get me wrong, I can go with pancakes for dinner, or even cold pizza, or cereal…BUT when he told me I had to put mayonnaise in my Borscht’, I about lost it!  Of course, I tried it (and he was right), it totally changes the taste of the soup, and blends the flavors together in a beautiful way. I know it sounds gross…may even look gross…but it tastes AMAZING!  I’d post the recipe, in case there are any of you brave enough to take on this challenge of time…but I don’t really have one (I cook it from memory), plus, it takes 4 hours…and about a million steps are involved!  IF you are interested, let me know, and I can get the recipe to you!  Again, you won’t be sorry…it’s that good!

As if the marathon of soup making wasn’t enough to keep me busy this morning, I made my friend Stacy an altered clipboard. She just had a wonderful new home built, and I wasn’t sure of colors or decor, so I didn’t want to make her something for the house just yet, but I wanted her to know how happy I am for her family….so, in my logical mind the next best thing was a clipboard. (hmmm, that totally doesn’t even make sense), but I LOVE my clipboard…I keep two in my craft room, and one in the van.  My Van clippie has my coupons attached, and then when I go grocery shopping, I clip my list and menu to it, so I can shop in style!  :)  I love lists and organization and clipboards are a natural part of that in my life…and now that I can make them pretty, why not?? 

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I hope you are inspired to spend time in the kitchen, or time crafting…or both!  Please leave a comment so I know you were here :)

Have a great weekend!

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