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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Nurses "Cure All" Soup

Earlier this morning, I was reading my Facebook wall and so many of my friends have posts about being sick with either the flu or a stomach virus.  One of my daughters friends was even in the hospital over the weekend for dehydration.  As a nurse, I know how tough it is being sick.  It's just about as hard on the caretaker as it is on the person that is sick.  Over the years, I have taken care of many sick people, both in the hospitals where I worked and in my own family.  Although, I have to say, my patients in the hospital were usually much easier to take care of than my own family. Have you ever noticed how even teenagers and grown men seem to revert to children when they are sick?   Maybe that's only my family.

Anyway, this recipe is about as simple as it gets (thank goodness) and it's great for recuperating stomachs because it's so mild.   It's also great served with grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner when you just don't feel like cooking a big dinner.

"Cure-All" Soup

6 cups of water
7 bouillon cubes (chicken or beef)
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)
3/4 cup dried small pasta shapes (orzo or any other small noodle)

In medium saucepan, bring water and bouillon cubes to a rolling boil, add pasta, reduce heat to medium and let cook for approximately 7-9 minutes until pasta is done.  May be served with saltine crackers.
"Cure All" Soup, Crackers and Apple Juice

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Nutcracker" Break

I'm on sabbatical the next two weeks from any serious cooking because my 16 year old daughter, Robin, is dancing in the holiday ballet of "The Nutcracker."   Because of all the rehearsal and performances, we have been on the road every night this week and will continue through next weekend.  I have to admit, I'm a proud Mom and I love watching her dance, but I miss our times at the dinner table hearing about each others day.  

I hope you all will bear with me for the next couple of weeks.  I'll be back blogging for real in about two weeks.  I hope you are all enjoying this Holiday season!  

My daughter - Robin