Recent Favorites {in honor of my 200th post!}

Today was definitely a soup day here in Portsmouth, Virginia. My umbrella turned inside-out more times than I care to remember.

And I stepped in more puddles--complete with utterly submerging my shoes--than I care to count.

I also noticed that it is time for my wind-shield wipers to be changed. Or more accurately, I guess it was Steve that noticed the offending wipers. While talking to him on my cell phone today, he asked "Are you breathing really heavily into the phone or what is that weird noise?"


"Um, that would be the wind-shield wipers."

So, needless to say, when I arrived home, I decided it was time for Mexican Corn Chowder Soup. It is delicious. . .here is the recipe if you don't already have one that is similar:
* 1 can of chicken broth
* 1 small can fire-roasted green chilis {diced}
* 1 can creamed corn
* 1 pint half & half
* 3-4 cups Mexican stlye four-cheese
* Cumin to taste {I normally use between a tsp-tbsp.}
* 1-2 cooked chicken breasts {I grind mine up in the food processor--into pretty fine pieces. But then again, I have meat issues. . .you might like your chicken a little more chunky.}

Another recent favorite was that my sweet honey brought home beautiful roses to me this week. . .their scent is so deliciously wonderful! Such a thoughtful man!

And lastly, a favorite from this evening, the most recent post on Girltalk. . .
I've attached it below. Everything within me resonated with Margaret's words. I was so encouraged after reading her thoughts...........................................
The following is an open letter from a girltalk reader to President-Elect Barack Obama. Her words eloquently capture our hearts on this historic day.

Dear President-Elect Obama,

Today I shed tears of joy, along with hundreds of thousands of Americans, for the great victory of your election. The significance of this moment cannot be overstated. Our African-American friends have been oppressed and cast aside for generations in this country of ours. Now, may the shame be completely wiped away and may the glory that this nation represents and strives for become a reality for more and more of our once silenced citizens.

I confess I did not cast my vote for you. Not because you failed to inspire me with your speeches, because you did. Not because you do not impress me with your leadership and vision, because you do. I cast my vote for another based upon my concern for another segment of our society which is downtrodden and cast aside, the weak, the innocent; the unborn.

Mr. President-Elect, I pray that your heart would be burdened as well to do all in your power to encourage the life that is even now forming in many to come to fruition, to share in this great moment in our nation’s history. We all know the times are difficult and no one will escape the trials at hand. Just as this is true, so is the gift and privilege we have to live it. May the millions of unborn get this chance as well. May the virtue of responsibility reign as mothers choose to carry the fruit of their wombs to term, to give the gift of life to another. I ask, President Obama, that you would prayerfully consider your pay grade since indeed it has now risen at this moment in our history. May you be the champion of all those who are weak yet share the same right to life.

May God bless you and your beautiful family.


Margaret Buckley


  1. Ooooh, did you get that recipe from Trish? I have a very similar one from her that is SO yummy.

    Wow- that was a really good letter- nicely done.

  2. your dinner looks so cozy!!!
    that letter is beautiful and captures a spirit of grace so eloquently. I hope that is all of our hearts towards our new President and prayer for the little ones who have no voice.

  3. Thanks for the recipe, I may just try that today! The letter was very wisely written, thanks for posting it. Was it actually sent to him? I am definitely praying for our President-elect. Finally,I just LOVE your green polka dot bowl. I'm really into polka dots lately and that bowl is SO cute!

  4. thanks for the recipe! I'm SO excited to try it! :) I LOVE corn chowder - and right now I am craving soups and salads. Thanks for being a blessing to me by posting that recipe! Have a wonderful day - and enjoy the rain! I miss it!

  5. Looks like a nice cozy supper! I love soup on days like this.

  6. That recipe looks delish! I am going to have to make that SOON. Thanks for posting the letter, too - very eloquent.

  7. O.K., Go Down Moses is a song that I remember you playing on the piano, but it must have been about 20 years ago. How did I make the connection? Who brain is VERY random! But I remember going to your house years ago to drop my brother off for college. I think you used to go to camp in Lucerne, too. My family lived and worked there 15 years ago.

    I'm not even sure how I found your blog--I promise I'm not a stalker! :) I saw "Branine" on somebody's blog list and I thought you were somebody else. There's a Branine family that goes to my in-laws' church in California. Probably no relation to you, though. But as I browsed through a couple of your posts, I realized that I HAD, in fact, met you years ago. It's such a small world!

  8. Hmmmm...I'm thinking I may need to make this tomorrow night or Monday night - sounds so great - especially since the weather is not supposed to be so pleasant this week. Good letter to be shared...Congrats on your 200th post - I've enjoyed reading them!

  9. The soup sounds great! What exactly are your meat issues?


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