Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Little Beverage Christmas Tree

It was our friends, the Ives, that first called us "the beverage family."

It is not that we drink so many different types of beverages, but we drink our favorites often. (all day)

And, when you visit, you will often hear, "would you like something to drink?" (the tea kettle is our favorite kitchen tool)

So, it seem appropriate that I have a little beverage tree.

I love having this small pre-lit table top tree.

The tree topper captures the heart of beverages, eh?

 Would you like your tea in a cup and saucer?

At our house, we often brew tea in a tea pot.

Being a Seattle girl, I can also offer you Starbucks.

Or Caribou, from our years in Minneapolis.

Perhaps you prefer hot chocolate.

We always stock plenty of our favorites. 

I am always on the hunt for a small beverage ornament when we travel.

Two years ago, I discovered the little beverage tree fits in one of my favorite crocks. This makes me happy. And the mini tree quilt was made by my sweet mom, Hallie.

We have a big tree, too, with our ornament collection from around the world.

Please stop in and see my little beverage tree. I would be happy to pop the kettle on.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Childers' Classic ~ Red Beans and Rice

It is always a happy day for me, when Dave cooks dinner. And when he pulls out a Childers' classic ... yum.

Red Beans and Rice is a simple meal with lots of flavor. You do not have to cook the rice ahead, so it is pretty quick, too. Along with a side salad that I made yesterday, dinner was perfect.

Red Beans and Rice
1 slice bacon, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
14 ounces chicken broth
1 cup brown rice
3/4 cup celery
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper sauce
1 can kidney beans
1 green pepper, in strips

Cook bacon in skillet. Remove and cook onions in drippings until tender. Add bacon, broth, uncooked rice, celery, hot sauce and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes.

Add beans and pepper strips. Simmer 5 more minutes.

Serve in warm tortillas. (It is great alone, too.)

ps. We like this so much we double or triple the recipe.

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