Lazy Day #1

After a nice layer of freezing rain, it decided to snow yesterday so no lawn work today.  Yes, I did say snow.  I’m tired of snow.  Enough said.

We haven’t done much today outside of running boring errands.  I needed a new book so a trip to the library was in order.  I’m giving The Book of Salt a try…wasn’t recommended by anyone, but while I was wandering around the book store last night after dinner (trying with all the deepest restraint in my body to not buy a book) I stumbled upon it and figured story set in Paris can’t be all that bad.  If anything, I’ll get to think about Paris occasionally. 

We then headed out to get new running shoes for Royce and trade in the ones I bought last week because they gave me horrible shin splints.  We are picky about our sporting good franchises and typically only really patronize those that give back.  For running we chose Fleet Feet…for most everything else it is REI.  It is nice to have a runner fit you in a good shoe unlike your local Dicks where they may not know the English word for shoe.  I’m feeling faster already just sitting on the couch breaking them in.

After that, we went to the grocery store.  The only perk with this crappy weather is it still feels like winter and therefore slow cooked things like soup still sound good.  Tonight it is Mom’s hamburger soup (recipe follows).  Smells wonderful.

Like I said…it has been a boring day.  Top it off with a trip to PetSmart to get Charlie a bone and a toy, and a trip to REI to get some mittens on sale and there really isn’t much else to report.  Tonight we plan on watching a lot of basketball and then we are meeting some friends out for drinks.

Tomorrow more laziness ensues.  Hopefully it will warm up a bit so I can take these new shoes out for a spin.

What’s for dinner:  Mom’s Hamburger Soup (I’m only typing this because I have it memorized and it is easy…oh and it is really good so I hope you try it).
0.5 – 1 lb hamburger
2 tbs butter
celery, chopped
onion, chopped
carrots, chopped
potatoes, diced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
15 oz can navy or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can red beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups water
4 teaspoons beef bullion
Spices — put in tea ball or cheese cloth
2-3 crushed bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon each marjoram, thyme, rosemary, basil, and tarragon

Cook hamburger, rinse, drain, set aside.  In a large stock pot melt 2 tablespoons butter, add onion and celery and saute.  Once soft add, carrots and potatoes.  Add the water and bouillon (I typically just use beef broth instead of water) and toss in the tea ball with spices.  Along with the cooked hamburger add the two cans of beans, and crushed tomatoes.  Add sugar (1 tsp) and pepper to taste.   Takes about 1 hour on the stove for veggies to soften.

We typically add barley too because barely is good in soups…makes them kind of thick and chewier.  In addition this makes great leftovers for the work week.

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