These burgers are great for a summer dinner outside.
The seven beaded necklaces from my grandmother.
We feel so loved and so grateful that God has blessed us with such a wonderful family.
1 1/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 onion, diced
1 clove minced garlic (optional)
2kg jap pumpkin (about 3/4 of a whole pumpkin), peeled and cut
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut
3 1/2 teaspoons of vegetable stock powder
3 1/2 cups water
200ml thickened cream
1. Lightly fry the onion and garlic in some oil in a large pot.
2. Add the cut pumpkin and potato, the vegetable stock and the water.
3. Let the water simmer for about 1/2 an hour till the vegetables are soft.
4. Let the soup cool for about 1/2 hour then blend it in a blender (or use a hand-held blender if you have one).
5. Pour all the soup back into the pot but do not put back onto the heat.
6. Add the cream and stir through.
7. Put the soup into bowl and heat in the microwave.
I still had a chicken breast sitting in the fridge that I had defrosted yesterday (then decided not to use for dinner last night) so I also made mini chicken pizzas. I cut up the chicken breast, fried it then added about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to the pan. I coated the chicken in the sauce. Then I cut up a french bread stick and baked the pieces in the oven for about 10 minutes. I put some extra BBQ sauce on the bread pieces, added the cooked chicken and sprinkled some grated cheese on top. Very simple and delicious!
7. Let them participate in each part of the process by giving them age-appropriate tasks. For example, give them a mini bowl with part of the mixture in it and let them stir it, then add it back into the big bowl with the remaining mixture. When cooking with little kids, it may be better if you measure out the ingredients then they pour them into the bowl.
This is going to be a real stretch for me because I really DO NOT like Winter. I would much rather endure sweltering hot days and balmy nights than sit shivering under a blanket with six layers on. But, every time I complain about the cold my husband reminds me that I am spending a quarter of my life hating something that I cannot change and that God made for us to enjoy. Now I certainly don't want to waste one quarter of my life being miserable, so here are ten things I love about winter.
1. Hot chocolate.
2. Big, soft, woolly sweaters.
3. Baking cookies so that the oven warms the kitchen and makes the whole house smell yummy.
Hmm, I'm struggling already.
4. Snuggling under a big, warm doona.
5. Putting soft, knitted hats on my little cutie-muffin.
6. Hot pumpkin soup with cheesy bread.
7. Sitting by a warm fire, toasting marshmallows.
8. Indoor picnics on the lounge room floor.
9. My hot water bottle. I put it on my lap when I'm sitting at the computer and it keeps my hands and legs warm. Isn't it cute! It came in this soft owl cover with a pretty purple ribbon around the top.
10. Curling up on the couch and watching back-to-back episodes of Little House on the Prairie.
Whew, I made it. Now I'm going to make a concerted effort to enjoy the next 56 days until my beloved Spring arrives!!