Memory Monday – Soup

An ice storm rolled though our area overnight making travel not recommended.  My daughters and I already had the day off from school and work… the ice kept my wife home from work and caused my oldest’s babysitting job to get cancelled.

So we had an unexpected day off together with nowhere to go… and no way to get there even if we wanted to.  Although, my oldest and I did manage to slip our way out to her car.  We then spent a half an hour or so driving around town getting her used to being behind the wheel during icy conditions.

The rest of our day was filled with some picking up around the house, some being lazy, and some good food!  We made our favorite Cheesy Sausage Stew for supper.

For lunch, it was grilled cheese sandwiches and soup.  Each member of my family has their favorite soup.  My oldest loves creamy chicken and wild rice, my youngest tomato, and my wife’s favorite is chicken corn chowder.

I got to thinking about what my favorite soup is.  It really is hard to say… but I did realize my taste in soups has changed over the years.

Soup wasn’t a regular staple in my house growing up but when I had it you could bet it was one of three different Campbell’s soups; chicken, tomato, and beef barley.

Chicken noodle was my favorite.  Slurping the noodles was fun. Tomato was my least favorite and only tolerable with plenty of crackers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

I was indifferent towards beef barley.  It was fine… but better than the split pea my Dad usually made for himself.

Times have changed.  Now, Campbell’s chicken noodle would be my last pick.  It’s a little too salty for me and the noodles are mushier than I remember or prefer.  Beef barely is still OK… but I’m now a fan of tomato soup.  It’s a favorite.

I love the tomato flavor (especially with a little sriracha). I like to serve it with Goldfish crackers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Perhaps the reason my tastes have changed is I make it with milk now.  Growing up we only ever used a can of water.  Or maybe my tastes have just simply changed.

Has your taste in soup changed as you’ve aged?

Weekly Verse – Focus

My mind is racing.  So many ideas.  So many potential topics to cover. So many thoughts I want to get out that I’ve been having trouble narrowing down what I should write about… and how I’d tie it to a weekly Bible verse.

That’s when it hit me!  I needed to focus.  I needed to repeat my mantra for 2017.  Slow down.  Take a deep breath… and focus.

It lead me to 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT).

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Recognizing My Little Weaknesses

It’s no secret.  I love technology and I love a good deal… almost to a fault. So it stands to reason that I love a good deal on technology. That’s why at least once a day I check the AppSales app on my phone.

It keeps track of all the apps in the Google Play Store that go on sale. I use some of my Google Opinion Rewards credit if I find a good one that I don’t already have.

Earlier this week I noticed an app that went from 99 cents to free. That got my attention so I looked it up.  The app’s function is to help you keep track of the last time you did something.

You could have a list of last times… last time you changed your car’s oil… or smoke detector batteries… last time you changed the furnace filters.  You edit and make the list your own and set reminders when the items on your list need to be performed again.

I got excited about it thinking of all the ways I could use the app.  I almost downloaded it… but started thinking about whether I’d really use it.  I decided it would end up littering my phone’s app drawer only to be deleted months later.

You see, I almost let my love of technology and a great deal lead me to an app that would solve a problem I didn’t have.  I’ve never needed a “last times” list before.

Besides… if I did need one… I wouldn’t need a special app for it.  I could make my own “last times” list in Google Keep and use the my phone’s calendar for reminders.

My love of a good deal could be seen as a little weakness.  Same with an almost blind love of technology… but being able to recognize my little weaknesses is a big strength in my book.

Are you good at recognizing your little weaknesses?