Of Football and Family

Ocher leaves flit across lawns and scrape streets. Homecoming teens
flaunted crimson and black school colors, and students of all sizes
bravely decked cheeks with ebony under-eye sun glares. High school
parade floats careened down narrow suburban streets to lawn-chaired
spectators. Tootsie rolls, suckers and tough gum wads crashed to the
ground, causing gentle riots.

On the stove at home, a harvest stew simmered. Out of town relatives
were imminent, and our final touches of house cleaning made the home

This morning, twelve of us maneuvered coffee mugs and cereal bowls, wash-cloths and toy tug-of-wars. Arbor vitae and hybrid poplar tree research
mixed conversation with the latest Toby Mac lyrics. We’re a houseful of tumbling preschool boys, tall sprawling teens
cradling guitars and homework-filled laptops, and conversations over

Want a healthy hearty stew recipe for the weekend? Simmer a pot of this…

In a crockpot for four hours on high, cook:
-a roast
-minced garlic
-a large cut onion

Chop, then sauté in a large soup pan:
-8-10 large carrots
-a stalk of celery
– about 14 potatoes
-a rutabaga

Shred or cut up the roast into bite-sized pieces. Pour the meat, and fragrant onions, garlic and juices into large soup pot.

Add about four quarts of water, as well as salt, pepper, a dried hot
pepper, and crumbled herbe de Provence. Boil until vegetables are tender, and
then simmer ’til supper time.

What does the weekend look like near you?

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  1. Zoe Elmore on September 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

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  2. Zoe Elmore on September 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Hi friend, Thanks for commenting on my blog today. Your recipe looks way yummy!
    Tom and I continue to watch & wait on the Lord to open a door for a job for Tom.

  3. Jennifer Dougan on October 2, 2012 at 12:58 am


    Thank you for stopping by. May God open a wondrous opportunity for your Tom– and soon! 🙂


  4. Craig and Bethany on October 2, 2012 at 1:30 am

    This sounds delicious! Thank-you. I love recipes that use what's around the house.

    And wonderful writing. You write with images.

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