Cooking for the Hogbottoms

WOW!!!!  What happened while I was away?  My last post was November 4.  Since my stats haven’t been all that great, I just don’t check them like I used to check them.  So today when I got on here and did a quick check, it said my highest day was 408!!  Say what?!?!  That was on November 15, a Thursday.  Normally, it’s around 100.

So what happened?  I didn’t get Freshly Pressed.  Or if I did no one left any congratulatory messages on my email or post.  Was Momma’s soup so tasty looking that people all over the world were referred to my blog to look at the photos or try to get the recipe?  It’s crazy good!  I love love it!

And playing off the fact that just maybe it was the dandy soup that did it, here is the recipe in my Aunt Biddy’s handwriting:The Aunts' Soup Recipe

The Aunts' Soup Recipe 2This is just the BEST soup ever!!!

And since I’ve been cooking (my friend tells me I’m nesting) (will explain that another day), I had the Hogbottoms over for a book club breakfast this morning.  We ate heartily and discussed heartily which books we are going to read next year.  Below are the recipes from the breakfast.  They were all great!

Lemon Blueberry BreadThe last thing to do for this bread is make a glaze from confectioners’ sugar and 1 TBSP lemon juice.  Drizzle over cooled bread.

We had Sausage, Spinach and Swiss Strata which was also very tasty.Sausage, Spinach and Swiss Strata

I used 8 eggs instead of 4 eggs and 4 egg whites as well as some whole wheat bread.  The only spinach I had was fresh, so I cooked that and added what I thought was a 10-ounce package and added an extra bit of the turkey sausage as well.  I also topped the strata for the last ten minutes of baking time with halved cherry tomatoes as well as the Swiss cheese.  Turned out just right for a Christmas breakfast.

These Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups were a big hit… and so so easy to make:

Ham and Egg CupsLast but not least were the steel cut oats.  The easy method, and my only method, is 1/2 cup per 1 cup of water and stick in the microwave for a couple of minutes.  Deeelish!!  Pour some Savannah Bee Orange Blossom or Tupelo honey over it and double YUM!!

Add some bananas and red seedless grapes and orange slices along with milk, o.j., and coffee for the final touches.

And a good time was had by all… especially since the Hogbottoms did my dishes.  I love those gals!!

Oh Happy Day!! Oh Happy Day!!!

doing the happy dance

This has been a great day!!!  The internet customer service dude finally took the time to actually fix my internet connection.  (I can’t discuss it anymore than that, or I will forget I had a great day!)  I took pics of my neat gift from my neat friends (Funky Three without Me) (will finish that story tomorrow);

the wrapping paper (I love Veggie Tales)

I got my floor all sanded and polished and the furniture back in the house; AND (drumroll please) I got my baby grand delivered!!  YES!  What a great day.  And to top it off, I went to my Matilda and the Hogbottom Girls book club meeting,  pigged out on great food, and discussed the book Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin.

Matilda and the Hogbottom Girls

So now I have to sing the song of joy and happiness as they did in the movie “Sister Act” with Whoopie Goldberg.                                      

the baby grand!

“Oh happy day, oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.  He taught me how to fight and pray. And live rejoicing every day.  Oh happy day.  I’m talking ’bout the happy days.  Oh happy day.”