Friday, January 29, 2016

It's Friday!

Can you believe January is coming to a close already? It's been a really busy month for me, so hopefully February will slow down just a bit. I'll share a bit with you today for Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday.

1. Polly got a haircut, and loves hanging out on the Blue Afghan on our small sofa.

2. For you dog lovers, I thought this was pretty cute: (Polly grumbles when I turn over and disturb her in her sleep)
3. Corn Chowder. Someone asked what it was when I posted last week that we were having it for the Soup Group. Here's a recipe, and for you bacon lovers, this is wonderful! Harvest Corn Chowder

1# Bacon
1 Yellow Onion, Diced
6 Large Carrots, peeled and diced
Red Bell Pepper (cut into small strips)
8 Ears fresh corn, cut from the cob
16 oz can black beans
1/2 c. butter
2 T. granulated chicken bouillon
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/2 to 1 c. flour
2 c. cream
2 qt. milk
6 green onions.

Chop bacon into small bites sized pieces and saute in large pan until almost crips. Add diced yellow onion and cook for 1 minute. Peel and cut carrots, add to pot and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Clean and remove seeds from red bell peppers. Cut into small strips and add to veg. mix. Cut corn from the cobs and add to pot. Fold in drained black beans. Saute until the corn begins to brown on the edges. Remove vegetables from the pot. Add butter, and with a whisk fold in chicken bouillon, pepper and flour. Cook until the butter is absorbed. Slowly add cream and continue to cook, stir in milk for desired soup consistency and add vegetables and simmer to unite flavors. Top each serving with diced green onions. The soup will thicken after cooking. Thin down soup by adding more mil or chicken broth when reheating.

4.  And I have to be fair to the cat lovers as well, pretty adorable:

5. I spent Monday last with the bookkeeper in my SIL's office, working with her and the office accountant on establishing QuickBooks, as well as some other accounting issues. And I am pleased to announce that my old CPA brain still works! We have streamlined a good deal of the work being done in the office. Some employees may find it difficult for a while, but it will be fine in the long run. Change is always difficult for some. How about you, can you relate a work experience where major changes took place?

Have a great weekend my friends. 

Linda Kay
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