Friday, November 11, 2011

Hamburger Gravy & LeSueur Peas...just like being at "home"

Since my dear husband is visiting the dentist today after work, I have planned a nice soft supper for the two of us. I think, OK I hope, that I can prepare this meal from my wheelchair (as I am still not allowed to put any weight on my previously injured knee). Tonight we will be having hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes and LeSueur peas. The photo above is, of course, from a past meal where we had the gravy on noodles. But I think, in light of the dental visit, mashed potatoes will be a better idea.

LeSueur Peas are a must, in my home, as an accompaniment for Hamburger Gravy! I suppose a great deal of my reasoning behind this is because LeSueur is my hometown, so these peas have some emotional attachment for me. But I have to say that LeSueur Peas are the ONLY peas I will eat from a can. First let me say, not all canned peas are created equal. The only canned peas I eat are LeSueur Peas. In fact, LeSueur Peas are so good that Paula Deen's Green Pea recipe from her Celebrates! cookbook consists of two cans of LeSueur Peas and a half stick of butter. That's it. Right there on page 70. The cookbook retails for $26.00 and the best pea recipe she can come up with is a can of LeSueur Peas. So if you think you don't like green peas, try LeSueur Peas.

What exactly are LeSueur Peas? Even though most of the followers of my blog are from "home" & know exactly what LeSueur Peas are, I will still explain. LeSueur Peas are canned peas (gasp!) canned in LeSueur, Minnesota (well, they USED to be canned in LeSueur), but they are the sweetest, most delicate little peas in the world. Once called "Early June Peas", they are smaller than normal peas. They taste amazingly sweet, yet still have an earthy flavor. Even better, the broth (okay, canning liquid) they come in is also wonderfully sweet and only a little bit salty.

I am not a big fan of canned veggies on the whole because they are full of salt and they have less nutritional value than either fresh or frozen. However, the LeSueur peas are so delicate I think they only way they can survive is in a can, which makes them one of two canned vegetables I’ll buy, the other being the occasional sliced mushroom when we are making pizza at home and I am feeling lazy. (I know what you’re thinking, tomatoes are a fruit!)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pies are baking when light is on! ...wish I could be there!

With the recent arrival of the fall season & my current inability to wander the prairies of South Dakota in search of new sights, sounds and activities of the season, I have found myself to be lost in the memories of my dear Minnesota life of the past. Bottom line: I am homesick. Of course, I am homesick for the company of my family and friends. That is a nearly constant ache in my heart and mind. However, during the fall, I really begin to miss the sights, sounds, and activities of “home”. It is fall and I can just feel the crispness of the morning air, and the colors of the leaves just beginning to change.

It is time to visit Jim’s Apple Barn, near Jordan and I cannot go. Oh how I long to visit the Apple Barn! I used to take it for granted that it was there & really only stopped there once or twice a year when we lived in Minnesota (once for pie & strudel and once for pumpkins & gourds). Now I wish I could spend time gazing at the dozens of varieties of apples. I want to be able to spend time finding my gourds and pumpkins in this wonderful barn! Though the building isn’t incredibly large, I know I could spend hours browsing the many treats, candy, and other home trinkets. I wish I was there, choosing jars of homemade jams in different flavors, reminiscing over vintage candy & homemade fudge “just like Mom used to make.” Of course, what is a visit to Jim’s Apple Barn without driving home with a couple of those wonderful pies in your backseat? Who can resist all of the pies laid out on a table as they come out of the oven? It’s so fun to see the owner, at times, baking the pies right behind the counter. Where else can you select the pie you want, box it yourself, & carry it out to your car, which will soon be filled with the wonderful warm smell of Autumn itself?

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Waltons, Crochet & Physical Therapy

Well, since my last blog entry I have had 1 of 2 surgeries to repair the damage to my knee. My LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) was found to be completely severed, once the doctor got in there, so it had to be replaced with a donor ligament. Recovery from this surgery was slow and painful but I am finally getting to the point where I only have pain on occasion during the day. The wonderful thing about the ligament replacement was the information provided by the hospital so I could send a letter of thanks and appreciation to the family of the donor. How wonderful it that??

My mother came to South Dakota to help care for me after my first surgery. Is there any better nurse then your own Mom?? I think not! She cared for me, comforted me & spoiled me with dishes and treats from my childhood. It was wonderful to have her here to take care of me! Of course, during that time and since then my wonderful husband has jumped in and done an incredible job of caring for me & the house. He has taken over, with no complaints, and the skill of a true house-husband! Thank you, Honey, you are the best!

At this time, I am still recovering from my first knee surgery, but progressing nicely. During my last visit to the surgeon, the doctor was tickled to find that I can now flex my knee to 113 degrees. Though he wants another 10 degrees out of me by my 2nd surgery, he was pretty excited. I will continue Physical Therapy right up until my next surgery to get that last 10 degrees - physical therapy is grueling & painful, but I get through it pretty well! My 2nd surgery is scheduled for October 10th. The 2nd surgery will involve replacement of my ACL & repair of my damaged meniscus. Then I will finally be on the road to complete recovery!!

It's been so hard being cooped up like this!! I have watched all the TV & movies I can stand (I think I have now seen every episode of the Waltons LOL). I have read until my eyes could no longer stand it. I even taught myself to crochet!! . I suppose I will get started on Christmas cards since I am going nowhere soon...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This Whirlwind Called Life

Oh, I have severely neglected my blog, haven't I??? Goodness, It's hard to believe that it has been so long since I have posted an entry here! Recently, life has been a crazy turbulent ride.

In May, I was laid off. This economy just isn't bouncing back like I had hoped it would... This did, however, allow me some extra time to finish my Intro to the Old Testament class for college. Ahhhh...summer vacation from school! Although, my time is now take up with job hunting, NCRC Certification tests & doctors's appointments...yes, doctor's appointments...

On the last Sunday in May, I slipped on a wet floor at church and horribly hurt my knee and ankle. This has put me in a full leg splint, and is now requiring me to have an MRI on Friday.

I will try to keep you posted on life's progress!

Be blessed!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

2 New Beautiful Nephews!

This month has blessed our family with two new additions. Two of my husband's brothers and their wives had welcomed brand new babies this month! How exciting!

Noah Rainn was born on 3/3/2011 at 10:17 a.m.. He weighed in at 8 lbs 2 0z and was 18 inches long. He is growing so fast & becomes more beautiful with each picture his Mama shares with us! I can hardly wait until we can make it back to Minnesota to see this little guy!

Trenton Timothy was born on 3/30/11 at 9:49 a.m.. He weighed in at 8 lbs 2 Oz and was 19 inches long. (Yes, he weighed exactly the same as his cousin & is 1 inch longer!) He is such an adorable newborn & I am excited to see this little boy next time we can go back to Minnesota for a visit!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oh I am soooo sorry that I have wandered off & neglected my blog! Life has been this crazy whirlwind...Ha! That's funny to me, since it's always so incredibly windy here on the prairies of South Dakota...please excuse my chuckles...

Where do I even begin? Let's see, maybe I should just pick up where I left off in October. Well, I am a student of the Nazarene Bible College. I should finish my education in about 4 years, God willing. Though the classes have been a challange, I simply love them! The schedule of going to school, working, participating in the ministries that I am involved with, paying bills and keeping house has been a difficult one to master. I have yet to even proclaim that I have mastered that puzzle! Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who does what he can to help me in any way.

Lately I have been fighting a horrible bout of pneumonia. After 4 weeks, I finally have it on the run. I am slowly recovering, but recovering none the less. It has been difficult but with God, all things are possible!!