Good morning, everyone! Welcome to Sunday Mornings at Home!
A weekly lifestyle post where I cover a hodge podge (don’t you just love the phrase… hodge podge?) of topics!
And today, I have a soup recipe that both Mr. B and I flipped out over the flavor!
But, I also have a couple of serious topics…though I still desire to keep this optimistic and hopeful.
So, get cozy…with a morning cup of comfort…and let’s start in the kitchen for Sunday Mornings at Home.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: MY FRENCH ONION SOUP
I have said for a long time that I was going to learn how to make French Onion Soup.
So, I studied a few recipes and looked at differences, which led last week to me attempting to make my own version.
It really was outstanding (if I say so myself!)…here is specifically what I did to make soup for two!
- I used Sweet Yellow Onions (as opposed to just yellow onions). I took four large onions and sliced them.
- Then I placed them into a soup pot with3 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
I cooked this on medium heat, stirring often until the onions caramelized and were soft and supple.
3. Then I added: one teaspoon of sea salt; 1/4 cup of white wine; one 32 ounce box of beef stock (the one I used from Central Market was very good); 2 bay leaves; 1/2 teaspoon of pepper;* and one tablespoon of bourbon.
You read that right…it has wine and bourbon in it. Several recipes call for sherry, but what I had on hand was Mr. B’s bourbon and it was so good I will always make it with bourbon now.
I stirred this together well and allowed it to simmer for thirty minutes.
This bread…oh my…this bread just makes it special over a traditional baguette.
I saw it at Trader Joe’s and decided to test it out for the soup. I didn’t know if the flavor would be too much…it added such nice depth in the flavor.
I sliced the bread into thick slices and placed the slices on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
I lightly brushed the slices with olive oil.
Then I put them in a 450 degree oven to toast. I watch it, so I am not certain how long it took.
When lightly toasted, I removed it and covered each slice with Gruyere cheese (which I shredded and used about 1 1/2 cups)
Then back in the oven under the broiler. This bread was so good we ate what we did not put in the soup…excellent with the cheese.
Of course, the bread and cheese go on top of a piping bowl of onion soup.
*For Mr. B, I add fresh peppercorn. The man just doesn’t seem to get enough. Though I like pepper, I never want as much as he does, so his is seasoned separately with the spice.
I cannot say enough how good, easy and quick this is. We will enjoy it when “soup weather” officially arrives.
But, despite outside heat, we ate every bite.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: A WARNING
Grandmothers! I want to keep you informed and may repeat this in the Wednesday post.
I am sharing it with my daughter’s approval.
One of my grandsons has recently been selected for a travel soccer team…which is a big commitment of time.
She desired to give him a way to call them if needed and to let them know when practice is over…he is eight years old.
She did her research and talked to other mothers and decided the GABB PHONE FOR CHILDREN was good for this and still protected him.
The only numbers she programmed into the phone for him was his parents and me.
He got in touch with me right away and she told me to save the number into my contacts with his name…which I did.
So, I was very surprised when later in the day I heard from someone named Emily.
She wanted to know who I was…and called me about an hour later on Face Time…which I answered thinking it would be my grandson.
She said, This is my number! (She was very rude) and told me not to use it.
I notified my daughter immediately. She checked the phone and other calls had come into that phone from numbers she did not recognize.
I found a review from USA Today on the phone which starts off very favorable and almost sounds like an advertisement.
But, down in the article is a section: THERE IS NO ABILITY TO BLOCK CALLS FROM NON-APPROVED NUMBERS! (Bingo…and we wonder how predators get so much access if children can)
When my daughter called the company, they kind of shrugged and said…it happens.
I just wanted to share this story in case your family members begin to look at the GABB phone…Information is power.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: ADDRESSING YOUR CONCERN
I want to assure those of you who are concerned, that I am well aware that the earth is warming.
However, please remember two things.
First, this is a controversial topic and I try not to address controversies on my blog. In today’s world, many topics divide us and can become ugly.
This is not a political blog, and there are many levels to this conversation about warming.
I was just standing in the very location where immense flooding happen in Alaska last week…the Mendenhall River, which reached its highest levels on record.
This is one of the pictures of the Mendenhall Glacier I took from the visitor center….obviously, it has changed.
Back home, we are in a long stretch of over 105 degree days in a row. I know there are changes happening.
Secondly, one of the ways I deal with this ever changing world is to live one day at a time….then I do not allow it to steal my joy.
I get up each morning and look at what is ahead and consider how I have lived and dealt with the heat in the past.
Before I charge into the day, I pray over the day.
So, I am not going to dwell on these happenings or address them here. I handled the pandemic the same way….with hope and joy for each day.
There are plenty of political or even climate blogs you can read, but we come here to receive a daily shot of joy and encouragement.
Thank you to all who have been concerned! This is the sweetest audience.
If anyone wants to send their point-of-view to my email, please do. But it will not be discussed here.
I appreciate each and every one…so have a glorious Sunday…and hopefully, I will see you tomorrow as we go to Seattle….
KEEP SMILING, ALL!
By Pamela Lutrell
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