Friday, October 21, 2011

And now I hear whimpering...

It was all fixed - the word shower was mentioned.  Wrenches were being put away and one last check made before returning the extra parts to the store and... and then I heard whimpering.... 

I think a cake is in order.  Mr. C. loves a bundt cake and I think he needs that with a piping hot cup of Yorkshire Gold tea.

Maybe by the time the cake is baked the water will be fixed.

Water Leak

Last night while making dinner...

What is that sound in the pantry??? 

  Oh no I hope I don't have a mouse.

      That's water spraying not a mouse.  (in truth at this point I was relieved)

I called Mr. C. who was over an hour away.  "Houston, we have a problem."  He walked me through turning off the water in the house behind the water heater. I came out dripping but successful.  His statement of "if that doesn't work you'll have to...",  had me quaking...  Thankfully I didn't have to go under the house or go out back and shut off the main.  It worked in the house.  Then the mop up and the drying of all my cookbooks.  I have water in five gallon containers with spickets in storage.  I pulled one out so I had water for washing supper dishes etc.  We do have water outside in the hose, blessings, so we can fill buckets for the lav. 

Mr. C. giggled this morning as I heated water on the stove so I could wash up and shampoo my hair.  He said, 'I'll have the water running shortly after nine when the hardware store opens up.' 'Cool I thought this would be an all day event.' 

He is now in the pantry - he has replaced the part that leaked.  I hear words like, I hate old plumbing. fix one and another breaks, dad-gummit, this may be an all day event... Latest was "I'll be back".  He's headed back to the hardware store. 

So that's whats up at the Roost.  We are fixing water pipes.  And thankful for water in the hose and storage and most of all that I was here to hear the leak..

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Curry Soup

1 Tbsp butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup diced celery
1 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cups water
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 32 oz can pumpkin puree
1 cup fat free half-and-half


Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in curry powder, coriander and crushed red pepper; cook for 1 minute. Add water and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes to develop flavors. Stir in pumpkin and half-and-half; cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Transfer mixture to food processor or blender (in batches, if necessary); cover. Blend until creamy. Serve warm or reheat to desired temperature. Garnish with dollop of sour cream and chives. Preparation Tip: Soup may be prepared the day ahead. Cool to room temperature after adding pumpkin and half-and-half. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, blend then reheat to serving temperature, but do not boil.

Preparation Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings: 4

Doesn't this look yummy and healthy.
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