sweet blessings

home again

Thanks for all the "grandma" congrats.  I so enjoyed my time down in Texas, spending it with our granddaughter and holding that new bundle of joy.


I did a little bit of shopping while there.  Jim and I love beans and dried beans are not only tasty and inexpensive, they are healthy for you.  I bought the dried soup bean mix in Texas at a Whole Foods.  The Texas Two Step 5 Bean Soup we got as a Christmas gift from our son and dil who live in Texas.  I can't wait to make that.

Dry soup beans

Yesterday tho, we made the spicy southwestern bean soup.  We soaked them for about 4 hours.

Soaked beans

Then cooked and simmered them on the wood-stove for about an hour or so.  Yum!!!

Spicy southwestern soup

I want to share with you a giveaway over at Homestead Revival.  Amy is giving away homemade soaps as a shout-out for a new business called Levi's Lye Soap

Levi's Lye Soap

If you want to win the soap, head to Homestead Revival (just click the link) or If you want to just buy it instead, go to her Etsy site directly with this link.   Amanda is giving everyone a 10 percent discount through February 28th (U.S. residents only). Just use the code "Homestead Revival" in the space provided for the coupon code when checking out.

I hope you all have a  wonderful day today.