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Nothing like fresh air to give a person a sense of well-being.

January 26, 2011

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It's been cold here, but a bit warmer lately and it feels good to work outside. I spent a good part of Saturday afternoon shoveling and cleaning up the porch. Nothing like fresh air to give a person a sense of well-being, even if your nose is dripping all the while.

I've been doing a lot of cooking, too. More than in the fall, when the whole comfort food thing sets in. After shoveling on Saturday, I came in and made some hot cider and went to town in the kitchen: two pepperoni pasta bakes, homemade garlic bread, banana bread, chocolate cherry cookies, and some artichoke dip. It was too much food for one family, so I ran some over to the neighbors, the Albertsons - a single mother with four children - who were more than happy to accept some pasta bake and bread and cookies.

I think Mr. Sundberg gets a bit stressed sometimes when I haul food to friends and neighbors. It gets to be a lot now and then, but I have a tough time enjoying a good meal when I know people even nearby don't have much in the cupboards. I do know the food shelf is well-stocked and visited daily, but you can't beat home cooking. You just can't. Which has me thinking the Jorgensons haven't been out of the house in weeks, ever since Walter had that operation. I think I'll whip up a chicken pot pie. Maybe some raisin bread, too, and a lemon meringue pie. Mr. Sundberg won't be home 'til early evening, so that will give me some time.

Life is full up with gifts, if you take a moment to notice. My thought is there's more than enough to go around, so make it happen. Seems the way it ought to be, sharing what you've got. You'll find you're lacking for nothing, and you may even end up with more. You just never know.

I hesitate to admit it, but crock pots are a good thing - especially when your life is full and you've got little time to spare. Here's something I made recently that was a big hit with the kids. Add a vegetable and some biscuits and you're good to go.

Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot

1 turkey breast

1 (10 oz.) can turkey gravy

1-1/2 c. water

1/2 c. chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, crushed

Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine ingredients in crock pot and cook on high for an hour and low for six more.

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