Treasures of the Heart

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All From Our House to Yours
Salvia and Petunia plants surviving - planted in July for the family reunion
Mint from Tina Nunley, planted in July is doing very well now that it is established
A little dash of autumn in the midst of cactus at the cabin
This delicious tomato soup was wonderful and very warming on a totally chilly day. I found the recipe on However, as usual, I had to improvise like I always do when cooking. Here's my version of her recipe. (by the way her blog is a delightful place for finding recipes.) Briefly cook in about 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil: 1/2 onion, 3 cloves finely chopped garlic, 2 or 3 fresh Roma tomatoes chopped Add about 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs (I used basil and oregano from my garden pots) Add 2 cans tomato sauce - bring to a soft bubble for a few minutes. Serve with cilantro finely chopped (easy to grow in a pot) add cubed cheese if desired For dessert I served freshly baked blackberry pie (exactly as the recipe is on her blog). I forgot to take a picture but it looked just like the picture on Leigh Anne's blog.

A Day Trip to Star Valley

Saturday, November 22 was a beautiful day to take a day trip to the cabin. We had a delicious pancake breakfast with Jake and Susie before we left.We had a pickup load of stuff to haul up, but the major need was to gather wood that had been cut down early in the summer by the forest service and left out in the forest. Dad and Jake (mostly Jake) gathered the wood and did other jobs around while Susie and Mom relaxed, talked on the phone made lunch and visited. It was so chilly in the morning but warmed up later. At least we now have plenty of wood to burn in the fireplace and keep warm when we're there. Dad and Jake discovered several cool forts out in the forest that neighbor children had built. There was also signs all over the property that we had had many elk visiting and enjoying our mountain retreat. Our Star Valley place is our "Walden Pond" -- we hope it gives peace to all who visit.

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