The other day I was reading Posie Gets Cozy, a lovely blog, and she talked about comfort foods. I was thinking about my comfort foods and how they've changed over the years. In college, it was pizza, chips and salsa with orange juice. In early marriage, I remember making carmel corn and baked croissants with meat and cheese in the middle. Now it seems to be anything that isn't local to here---baked apples, soups, casseroles, but also those seem kind of traditional comfort foods to my Midwestern up-bringing. My mom sent a bag of egg noodles and they were gone in a weekend--used in Chicken and Noodles. I'm going home in less than a month, perfect timing for baking Valentine cookies with my grandma---something I haven't gotten to do in two years. I wasn't forgotten, I've gotten a parcel of cookies both years, but this year I will be there to eat them in person with my grandpa, fresh cookie baking aromas and all! It is about smell too, isn't it. After living here (or getting older), I also think comfort not only comes with the flavors or warmth, but also with making something by hand because it takes your mind off everything else. I look at the list of foods and each takes a little bit longer to make than the last. Hmmm. Food for thought, Thanks Posie. And this cream of tomato soup was also one of her comfort foods. I gave it a whirl today and it was so simple and delightful alongside a ham n' cheese wrap.
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Art Bead Scene
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Jewelry & Beading
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We have a glass coffee table that we often eat at. I'm not crazy about the table, but it is kind of fun when a little white dog sits under it looking up at the food or us.