"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The cold wind seemed to bite

as Sophie and I took an early morning walk. The warm, fall like days have left the farm , as well as the cheery colors in the landscape.However, I still think so much holds it's own beauty. So much color can still be seen. Looking out over the dry ranch land, there is a golden brown glow across the horizon, where all of those sunflowers, I previously posted about, once were. The old barbed wire fence seems to always have something of interest clinging to it during the different seasons. The grays and browns of the post and the surrounding trees bring out the yellow and golden hues of the grounds even more.
How about you? What colors are surrounding you? Browns.............grays? Perhaps a blanket of white?

I have to say...............I am excited! I have now added this wonderful book to my overflowing collection. Although I have never been much interested in French cooking, I have always admired Julia Child. I have two of her other books, although I have never cooked any thing from them.{: She inspired me many years ago when I learned about her life and how she started her career in her 40's. I was a stay at home mom...............and it seemed that everyone around me had a career and a label of some importance. I loved being a mother and was proud to be doing what I was doing.............however, the dreams I stashed far, far away, would still call out to me now and then. When I learned that she chose to do what she loved and was successful at it.................not in her 20's but later on in life, ...............it gave me hope, that after my busy "mother" life was finished, that maybe I too, would find my path later on. Although I am still "mom" I am not needed as much as I once was, and now I feel that I am at that moment in life.......................I guess that I why I took on the cooking job a few months ago. But there is much more that I want to do.............as you, who have all read me these past few years know, ..............besides melt away at a grill. Maybe, I will get my feet on that path................soon. Since the wind gave us such a good chill, I am going to cook Boeuf Bourguignon..........out of Julia's book. It is basically a beef stew, but with wine added to it.............something I have never actually cooked with............however, I have all of the ingredients and I am ready! I will let you know later, how it turned out. How about you? Do you fix soup or stew on cold, cold days?
Who inspired or inspires you ? I would love to hear!


Patty H. said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment. We did have a blanket of white but it was a heavy frost. No snow yet here. I love soups/stews on cold days.
Patty H.

Jen's Farmily said...

I love that you are still striving for your dreams. Even though I'm still in my 20s, sometimes I feel like I've chosen my path and there's not much I can do about it.

I like to make broccoli cheese soup on these cold days, but I like your 'french beef stew' idea much better!!

Connie said...

Good luck with the new recipes for French cooking, Kathleen. It's fun to try something new. I hope you keep following your dreams and accomplish what you hope to do someday. You still have plenty of time to find your path. Wishing you a happy Sunday. :)

Jody Blue said...

There is such rustic beauty in an old fence. We are brown in color here with evergreens dotting the bluffs and coulees, as always we are hoping for a white Christmas though.

Unknown said...

Are there any leftovers? Sounds really good on this COLD day here.

Have a beautiful holiday week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

grammy said...

it is cold and windy here too
I have warmed up some soup I had in the freezer (o:
I think I always wanted to be a Mom and stay home with the kids...
I did work at preschools to over the years. Here i am still with kids... but now I really don't have something else I want to do.

grammy said...

I lost my last comment
I hate it when that happens!!!
It is cold and windy here...no snow right now though.
Like to hear your stories about cooking...though it is not me. I make it as simple as i can...and now a days I try to make it healthy too (o:
I have always worked with kids and I still do. I think it would be impossible to learn a new trick now (o:

DayPhoto said...

The wind is bad here. And ever so cold. Like you I've been cooking.


LindaSue said...

Bet you loved the bouef -wine 'tis a wonderful addition of flavor to stew - Yes every season has it's own beauty. I am busy getting rid of recipe books lately - finding someone who will really love them and put them to use - I find I usually make the same things over and over - didn't NEED over 40 cookbooks! anything else I want to cook I'll look up on the internet. LOL

Sunny said...

Kathleen, how good to see a post from you! We had 2" snow last week then warmed up to 68* a couple days later. Its turning cold again now so today I put a pot of lentil soup on my wood stove and It was scrumptious!
Yes, I too think you have so much more to offer than melting ob=ver a grill! It will come dear girl, it will come :) Blessings to you!

Paula said...

That looks like a wonderful cookbook, Kathleen!
There is no color here much anymore... the leaves are all gone and so is the grass. It's kind of depressing- I love color.
I think that like Ms. Childs, your best and most creative days are still ahead of you!