August 25, 2009

Who said we have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful. Actually, our family boycotts Thanksgiving. I would explain it but it's a long story. So, while I haven't been blogging quite as often as I should be, I've accumulated several things I'd like to say "I'm thankful" for.

#1 My blog followers. Today I peaked at my blog and found yet another follower. It is a great feeling when I discover someone new is following my blog. It wouldn't be any fun to post if no one was reading. I love to talk and write so it is certainly a wonderful feeling knowing I'm not sitting here babbling away to myself.

#2 Pow Wows. Every year my family and I try to attend at least one pow wow. Why? It is an educational opportunity for our children, it reminds me that the native community is still among us and should not be forgotten, they have a beautiful culture, and there are many issues they still face today that need to be recognized. Through the pow wows we not only see beautiful dancing and costumes but a beautiful people full of pain and yet full of promise and I'm grateful that they share a piece of themselves with those of us who might not otherwise understand them.

#3 Food. I'm forever thankful for food. Of course, without food none of us would be here. Recently I joined a group of "domestic goddesses" on facebook. This groups members inspire me to be as domestic as I can possibly be (or as domestic as I wanna be). When I think of being domestic I think of food and food + domestic = cooking. So for my domestic pals I share a recipe:

My MIL's Chicken Soup

48 oz. chicken broth
48 oz. water
6 chicken legs
7 sliced carrots
2 bundles of scallions (sliced)
1 bundle of cilantro (chopped)
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1/2 cup rice
2 limes (large slices)

bring chicken, water, broth, carrots and rice to boil. Cover then let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour (until chicken can peel off bone easily).

Remove from heat and scoop soup into bowl.

Add fresh chopped tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. Squeeze a slice of lime into soup.

This recipe feeds 5.

Ok, that was my first recipe posting. Not sure it was clear, I hope it was. I'm a domestic goddess in progress so please be patient :)

#4 Soap. If it weren't for soap, I wouldn't have blogged. If it weren't for my blog, I wouldn't have met such wonderful cyber friends and so on and so forth :) BTW/I do make soap in case you were beginning to wonder. LOL! I often wonder if I make soap too when I read my blog. So, I guess in conclusion of all my thankfulness a promise to post more soap shall be made. Here is one of my soaps in all her glory.

Anonymous said...

Michelle, dear, what is the name of your delicious looking recipe? :)

Those are all wonderful things to be grateful for! We don't "celebrate" Thanksgiving either (what's there to celebrate about our stealing the land from Native Americans?), but in the Native American history class that a mom in our homeschool group taught, she recommended the following resource:

Michelle said...

OMGosh, I feel like a goofball - didn't realize I forgot the recipe name :( It is my MIL's version of chicken soup.

Our minds are on the same path about Thanksgiving ;)

We think of Thanksgiving and the Sioux massacre in Mankato as reflection days.

Thanks for the link!! It looks like an excellent resource to add during Thanksgiving.

Amber said...

Beautiful post. I also don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional sense, but I do use the occasion to reflect on the good things in my life.

That domestic Goddesses group sounds pretty sweet! ;)

Followers: don't be offended that my name is not up there. I don't "follow" anybody, simply because my application usually errors out before I can load it and frankly it is just one more thing to try and keep track of and I can't handle that right now...

Soap! ♥ ♥ ♥ I finally made a batch last night after a long break, but I did it too hot again and cracked the top. :(

Michelle said...

Your right, the domestic goddess group is awesome :) and its ok if you aren't an official follower, I know you are out there ;) (((hugs)))