The Grower's Daughter

The Grower's Daughter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cheery House Plants and Chicken Quinoa Soup


The sun, with it's bright light and warmth, seems to have made only a few appearances in the last while.

The days are either grey, bringing with them damp, dreary rains, or they're bitterly cold.


It's this time of year that can seem so long and drawn out. A lot of what makes winter so cozy has passed - the tree all aglow, the holiday festivities, and the pretty white snow... And now we're left with dull days, a yard of muddy old snow, and no sign of relief. 

Unfortunately, there are still enough weeks until any signs of spring begin to pop up outside, so we must do what we can to make the most of these last weeks of winter.

Like this beautiful white Begonia I brought home from the store, we take full advantage of any sunlight we're blessed with. While reading in the pleasant warmth the other day, I couldn't help but notice it's delicate petals were turned completely to the source of the warm light. They were basking in it!


Adding potted plants that remind me of my gardens helps cheer up a home as well, like this Hellebore I found at our grocery store in town.


Hellebores are such brave, spirited flowers in my opinion. Did you know that they can brave the heavy frosts of late winter and early spring, and they aren't bothered by the snow? 

(photo from www.macgardens.org)

How beautiful is this? This particular variety is called Ivory Prince - even it's name is valiant.


Candles and cozy throws also add warmth.


And what brings more warmth than a cup of homemade soup? With everyone fighting colds in our house, a bowl of Chicken Quinoa soup was the perfect remedy. We haven't been eating pasta, and a handful of quinoa was a great substitute.


The boys got to enjoy theirs with ones of Nona's homemade Cheddar and Chive scones.


How are you making the most of these wintry days? 

I've actually been working on the living and dining rooms - rearranging and doing a few projects to keep me busy.

I hope to be able to post more on that soon.

4 comments:

  1. thank you; we always love reading your comments:-) do you have the soup recipe? sounds wonderful and delicious. might have to make a trip to port colborne for the scones

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  2. thank you; we always love reading your comments:-) do you have the soup recipe? sounds wonderful and delicious. might have to make a trip to port colborne for the scones

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    1. Erika,

      I don't have a recipe, just carrots, onions and celery with lots of roasted chicken and broth. I let it simmer on low all day with a handful of rinsed and soaked quinoa. Just a basic chicken soup recipe.

      And yes, a trip out to Port is a must if you'd like some amazing savoury scones.

      Maria

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  3. Loving your pictures and the authentic and genuine way you have put your story across - you're an inspiration and I am following your journey - awesome work!

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Thanks for leaving your comments! I always love reading them. - Maria