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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hello Stranger! Are you hungry?

So, my internet is down - my camera left behind and time is precious right now - all that to say I don't have a new recipe to share this week for the Hearth and Soul Hop. I am blogging from the barn - on my husband's work computer. Not fun. Not fun at all. I just didn't want you to think I had forgotten all about this little blog of mine. I haven't - but because of all my 'puter problems I have taken a much needed bloggy break.

I will be calling the computer guy tomorrow and having him come fix the problem.

In the mean time I want to leave you with one of my all time favorite meals -
Shit on a Shingle, (what my husband called it in the Airforce) or
Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast. 
My mom made it using canned cream of mushroom soup, and my mother-in-law just made a white gravy.
It is a humble meal - and oh so yummy!
 I use my homemade cream of mushroom soup, a bag of chipped beef from the lunchmeat aisle cut up into smallish pieces mixed in, and I serve it over buttered whole wheat toast.
Delicious. Nutritious. Quick and easy (once you make the soup - which can be made ahead).
When I make this for a crowd - my family - I just make more sauce by adding more milk or cream  and broth.

Besides in green bean casserole how do you use cream of mushroom soup??

Hearth and Soul Blog Hop vol. 28

I hope that everyone is having a marvelous and wonderful holiday season! I have been without computer access for the last couple weeks and it has been wonderful. I didn't realize how much of my time I was spending here. I think I now have a better balance with my time. I love the Hop and all the wonderful bloggers I have met through it!

Take a few minutes to read our mission and the "rules" if you haven't in awhile - lots of thought and love went into making them.

The hop has become my favorite place to find new recipes and to share in all the lovely stories that come from your hearth and soul! 
Thank you for letting me have a peak into your kitchen.


Food from your hearth, to feed your soul. Food that follows your intuition. Preparing food from scratch to nourish your family…body, mind AND soul! Food made with your own hands…infused with energy and passion and intent. Real food made by real people to feed real families (big and small, in blood or spirit). Ingredients from scratch, be it something grown in your garden or raised on your land…food foraged in the field or woods…food from local farms, farmers, or farmers markets…or even ingredients chosen by you from your local market that will be turned into something that feeds your soul. Tapping the food memory that each of us has stored inside; letting it guide and influence our own time in the kitchen.

We hope to embrace not only the “expected” areas of real food, but also those who want to incorporate healthier choices without sacrificing their love of food…how it tastes, the memories it conjures up, the comfort it brings. Yes, we’re trying to steer clear of packaged, processed, and boxed foods in favor of real foods….without absolutely excluding the sometimes frowned upon white sugar or flour (because the body craves what it craves…and sometimes things just don’t taste the same when you replace these). Making conscious choices and being present in the now with what your body needs…and taking steps towards exploring and enjoying healthier choices. If you take the time to listen, your body will tell you what it needs.

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