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Broccoli-Cheese Soup, Books and My Day

Reading by the Window HastingsCold today, especially since we’d turned the corn stove off thanks to an all too brief warm-up. Perfect day for reading, and I have had the privilege of reading four awesome books this past month. Last night I finished Tricia Goyer’s Valley of Betrayal…all I’ll say about that is this story is even more beautiful than its cover art! I’m to review it here on the blog in April as part of her blog tour, so rest assured I’ll share more in the near future!

If you haven’t gotten your hands on Deborah Raney’s Remember to Forget, what are you waiting for? Heroine Maggie’s carjacking provides the impetus she needs to disappear from life, and Trevor is a hero that will linger in your heart and mind long after you put the book down!

My oldest blessed me with the morning off! She took my six year old to the kitchen table and proceeded to do more than two hours of schoolwork with her! They worked together so well, giving me and toddler some one on one time, and also letting me dip into a new read: Allison Pittman’s Ten Thousand Charms. Wow. I’ve been reading as many “first” books by authors as I can get my hands on this year, and this one was amazing! I can’t wait to read her next book! The other one of the four was Kristen Heitzmann’s Freefall. In my opinion, this was Heitzmann’s best book yet, and she’s written some exceptional reads. Plus it’s one of those big thick ones that you can’t put down!

Okay onto the recipe for Broccoli-Cheese Soup…one of the only meatless soups my dh eats and enjoys! And great for this winter-like day…plus, it’s souper easy and takes very little time from prep to table. I’ve often thought I’d like to try substituting cauliflower or asparagus for the broccoli…but broccoli is one of our favorite vegetables…

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets, or 2-3 stalks broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups broken dry egg noodles
  • 1/2 box Velveeta cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • Dash of garlic powder

Saute onion in butter. Add water and broccoli and noodles. Cook till done. Add Velveeta and Milk. Add a dash of garlic powder. Heat until cheese is melted.

Book Recommendations Writing

Romancing Scotland Style

Ah, bonnie auld Scotland. I’ve been wondering what the attraction is between me and romance stories set in Scotland. Are all Scots heroes strong, devastatingly loyal and stern but sweet? All the cannas, wilnas, wouldnas…wee wee lassies…sigh. Makes me want to try writing something set in the 1700’s. Ha. I’m pretty sure I should just stick to reading however!

Liz Curtis Higgs wrote a great series along these lines…first one is called Thorn in My Heart. Wow.

I dinna ken. Maybe I’d be sae inclined if…weel, if a verra nice trip to Scotland were perhaps involved for a wee bit of research. I’ll speak wi’ ye aboot it again if the fancy continues tae tickle me silly.

For now, too scairt to try writing anything but the King’s English,

Mary–who hasna had her coffee yet today