Friday, April 12, 2013

Day One Hundred Two 2013

Trying a new recipe ~ Hearty Beef and Barley Soup in the Crockpot
I bought a very small bag of pearled barley (I want to say ‘Pearl Bailey’ ~ if you’re under the age of 50, you have no idea who I’m talking about ~ anyway ~ I digress) because, let’s face it, who cooks with barley? Not I. But the soup recipe called for it ~ three-fourths of a cup. Lots left, of course. I put the rest of it in this vintage freezer Ball jar. I collect old jars. This one’s pretty rare.
One of the reasons I bought that jar is because of the galvanized lid. The original owner (I’m assuming) apparently put up some cherries and wrote the date on the lid ~ which dates back (way back) to when I was but a sixteen month old baby. Pretty cool. And old.
Neil took the day off to do some much-needed yard work. He bought a couple of truck loads of black mulch and spent most of the day spreading it, which will (we hope) look good and keep the weeds at bay.
Couldn’t have asked for a more awesome day which was a cool-ish 60 degrees. Felt more like spring after the eighty degree heat wave this past week. The rain yesterday evening washed away some of the pollen, thank you very much.
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams
“Tell me the story about how the sun loved the moon so much that he died every night just to let her breathe.”  ~Anonymous
The strong wind yesterday blew petals from our cherry trees around like pink snow ~ a very pretty sight to see but wish they’d stay on the trees a bit longer.
Grandson Elijah after school. He was thrilled that it’s Friday and did a happy dance when he got inside the house.
Elijah Shelby Neil at Mae Pearl's
Grandpa Neil, granddaughter Shelby and grandson Elijah (and moi) treated ourselves to some Mae Pearl’s frozen yogurt. Elijah got a brain freeze.
This is a terrible washed out picture, but the Hearty Beef and Barley Soup turned out great and was pretty tasty. Barley adds an interesting texture and flavor. We’ll have it again. Leftovers, you know.
“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.”
Jo Walton

Happy TGIF, y’all!


Ann S. said...

Looks like you guys had a great Friday! That soup looks really good. Could you send me the recipe? Great shots one and all. Can't believe the weekend is here again already!

Kelly said...

Stew looks delish! Would love to try it :)

Jane said...

I love your Friday pictures and the quote!