Friday, April 9, 2010

Thoughts From The Kitchen

Spending a few hours in the kitchen this morning gave me a lot of time to think.

The reason I was in the kitchen so long lies within this bag:

It is our Easter tradition to serve Honeybaked ham.  As much as I love the ham, I also love the ham bone.  In the past I have used it to make split pea soup, but this year I am trying White Bean and Ham Soup.

I've got all the ingredients in the pot and now it has to simmer for an hour.  These are some of the things I am thinking about as my soup simmers away.

I am thinking that sometimes the weather is so perfect you don't want the day to ever end.  Today is one of those days here.  After several days of above normal temperatures and a thick layer of yellow pollen covering every outdoor surface, we got a good cleansing rain last night.  Not only is the pollen gone, but the air is fresh, cooler and no humidity.  Glorious.

That I probably should put my Easter decorations away now that Easter is past.  But, I don't think I'm going to because I am still enjoying their Spring cheerfulness. 

That lawn mower lines  on the grass are just as delightful as vacuum lines on the carpet.

That it is a perfect day for eating lunch on the patio.  Wish you could join me.

That when the house is a bit too quiet because the kids have grown up and moved out, a little doggy truly can become your best friend.

That it's time to finish up what's left of the butter lamb.  It would probably be good on some nice crusty bread.  Better add bread to the grocery list as it would be nice to have with the soup tonight.  Once the soup is done I have a few errands to run and a stop at the grocery store is one of them.
That I really do love thrift shopping.  This bunny, egg cup and wooden tray were all from thrift shops.  The tray received a new look thanks to some yellow spray paint.  Which leads me to something else I've been thinking about.  That would be you, my dear blogging friends.  Prior to meeting all of you I don't think I'd ever used spray paint and now I am having so much fun pressing that button and changing the looks of things around my house.  The inspiration, creativity and kindness I receive from visiting you is such a wonderful gift.  In turn, your visits to my little blog home are something I will always treasure.

Time for me to take my thinking cap off and tend to the soup.  I wish each and every one of you a beautiful day.


  1. I would be happier than you can imagine to join you in your lovely garden. Spring is the time of year I mostly think of owning a house with a garden some day

  2. I wish I could have lunch with you in your lovely backyard also...enjoy the spring!!

  3. I'd love to join you on the patio except I'm afraid you're going to give me the pea soup. :D

    Just this morning I was thinking about buying some spray paint and redoing my ironing board. Like you, prior to knowing folks in Blogland, that would never have been across my radar screen.

    Lovely touches of spring today!

  4. Oh Kim, your soup looks just YUMMY girl..I wished I could have a bowl with you...we love you too girl friend...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  5. I am also really happy & amazed that so many friends in Blogland share so many different types of ideas. With a click I can learn a new technique or something new.

    Your backyard is lovely.

  6. What a lovely post. I always love coming here. :-) I wish I could have a visit with you on your patio! We got the rain here too only it got a bit too cold and it's also very windy. The air is nice and fresh though.
    That butter is so cool!!
    Have a wonderful Friday.

  7. Oh, how I wish that I could join you on your beautiful patio for coffee...or whatever. It would be so much fun to sit and share together. You are right about the wonderful joys that blogging continues to bring to my life also. I so enjoyed seeing your well manicured, and so green lawn. I think your kitchen eating area looks like a magazine picture. As for the bean and ham soup...well, that sounds mighty fine too, especially to me right now. I do think you could have been a magazine editor for Better Homes and Gardens.

    Wishing you a special weekend.

  8. I too will be making bean soup with my Honey Baked ham bone. Yum! Your yard looks so pretty!! It is funny that you should mention spray paint. I don't look at anything the same now that I know about spray paint. I am always thrifting and wondering how I can change the looks of something with spray paint. It is amazing, the transformation!! Enjoy your day. Love & blessings from NC!

  9. Kim, thanks for showing us your beautiful backyard! I wish I could join you at your picnic table! Enjoy this wonderful weather!

  10. Oh yum, the soup with bread and butter........ sounds absolutely delicious!!!

    Your yard/patio is so beautiful!!! The tree with the pink blossoms........ breathtaking!

  11. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, enjoying that lamb butter, the freshly cut lawn and of course the soup!

  12. Such a delightful post today. It put a smile on my face just thinking about spring and your kitchen and that soup. Have a great day today.

  13. Your soup sounds yummy and your grass is so thick and green! The butter lamb is so cute! I could live on bread and butter!


  14. Hi Kim
    I realyy felt like I was having a visit in your home as I read your blog. I'm sure that soup was delicious. I can smell it from here.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  15. Your soup sounds fabulous! Loved seeing the photos of your beautiful park-like yard. Eating on a lovely patio like that would be a treat, indeed! = )

  16. I'm smiling as I think of all of us that have been enjoying our 'ham bone' soup this week. We just finished the last of bean soup with ham.

    It is looking mighty pretty out your way. And the butter bunny...too cute!

  17. Sounds like you're having a lovely day, Kim. The soup looks yummy! I can't believe how beautiful your yard is, so green!

    Enjoy the weekend!


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