Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ham and Vegetable Soup

Soups are a mainstay in my menus during the fall and winter months. And most of the time, you'll find a soup recipe on the menu for a Monday evening. It makes for easier menu planning to have a routine for certain days of the week. And for Mondays, it's soups for supper!

I love cooking a big pot of soup for supper at the beginning of the week. It's great to serve it for supper that day, and then to have more servings throughout the week for a few lunches, or maybe even for another main meal.

This recipe has been in my collection for many years. This year I made it with the ham bones that I had put in the freezer from our Christmas Dinner main dish of spiral-sliced ham. I left an ample amount of ham on the bones, making it great to use for this recipe.

It's the middle of March now, and I'm still going through my soup recipe collection! I've collected quite a few! I'll probably keep on for a month or so, up until Easter on April 21 this year. 

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Ham and Vegetable Soup

Course: Main Soup
  • 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 4 medium carrots sliced
  • 1 cup celery thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 2-12 cups red potatoes unpeeled, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn 
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1 can condensed bean and bacon soup, undiluted (11-1/2 ounces)
  • 14 teaspoon pepper
  1. Place ham hocks, carrots, celery, onion and water in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-1/2 hours or until meat starts to all off the bones.
  2. Add potatoes and vegetables; bring to a boil oil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove hocks; allow to cool. Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; discard bones. Return meat to kettle. Stir in bean and bacon soup and pepper; heat through.
  3. Yield: 14-16 servings (4 quarts).
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NOTE: This is an updated post from the original, published in 2011.

Monday, March 11, 2019

On My Heart: The Gospel

The gospel
gives us freedom, forgiveness
for our past, our mistakes.

The gospel
promises us hope and joy 
for our tomorrows, our future.

And the gospel
is essential and a lifeline
for our todays, our present.

We need to learn 
the great significance of the gospel
even, and especially for today, 
for each day, for our moments.

“I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but
Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself
for me” (Gal. 2:20)

Do I often wake up, and walk through
my days in my own strength,
exerting my own energy, efforts?
Or do I live my moments in 
dependence on the gospel, 
on His life in me?

Credit: Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

40 Days: A Time to Prepare

It has been
a long, cold winter.
Snow, ice, the bitter winds
have covered our land.

A longing for spring
envelopes our thoughts;
a deep heart-felt yearning.

And I feel it stirring
in my heart.
It's time to dream,
it's time to ready 
 my heart for spring.

It's time to stir up
the hard ground,
and prepare my heart
to listen anew, to hear,
to receive new life.

How do we hear more
clearly, how do we listen
from the heart?
How do we prepare
the soil, how do we prepare
for spring, for new growth?

It's a quiet focus ...
a purposeful preparing;
pausing, listening,
welcoming His Presence.

Preparing our hearts
to receive from Him.

Thoughts on my heart as I long for and wait for spring. Especially after an exceptionally long, cold winter. The white blanket of snow still covers the hardened ground, and I long for the fresh newness of spring. And it is the same with my heart. An even deeper longing, this yearning to hear more, to listen more closely, to have the soil of my heart soft and ready to receive all that He has for me.

May my heart, your heart, be tilled and prepared for a new harvest. May these 40 days leading up to Easter, to spring, be a time to prepare for fresh new growth. Click here for one of a multitude of sources to use as we prepare our hearts for Easter, for new life.

 The freshness of spring
is calling, the time for
new flower beds, for beauty
of blossoms, for new life.

"Let your roots grow down
into Him, and let your lives
be built on Him.
Then your faith will grow strong
in the truth you were taught,
and you will overflow
with thankfulness."
(Colossians 2:17 NLT)

Monday, March 4, 2019

On My Heart: Peace

It's what
we're all looking for, longing for.
In a world of conflict, and unrest,
it seems illusive, nowhere in sight.

The world is "groaning, burdened
and broken by vertical, and
horizontal conflict". Peace seems to
"be a distant and delusional hope".
(Paul David Tripp)

Where is the peace we long for?
Is it found in right government,
or in the right leaders? Can we
manufacture true peace with the
right laws and the correct formulas?

"God had a solution. It would not be
a negotiation. It would not be a call
to action. it would not be a strategy
for peace. No, God's solution would
come in the gift of His Son."
(Paul David Tripp)

Peace came in the form of a Person.
This is the good news of the gospel.
"And peace with God is the only road
to lasting peace with one another."
(Paul David Tripp)

Lord, how we long for peace in our
world, in our land. May it start
with Peace in our hearts.

(Sharing thoughts as I am reading through an amazing devotional book, New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. I highly recommend this book which has a one-page reading for every day of the year.)

Credit: Photo by Aaron Burden