It’s cold out there!
I guess winter has finally arrived in New England. We drove to the beach on Saturday afternoon and there was actually snow covering the sand. I have never seen such a thing!
Henry even got in the water. Crazy dog!
You could not have paid me to get in the ocean. We saw surfers out in wet suits, but I still can’t imagine being in water that cold!
Not only was it cold over the weekend, but this morning I laced up my running shoes and did a chilly 10 mile run through Concord. It has been a long time since I have run in cold weather. It’s going to take some getting used to!
Not only was my run chilly, but pruning apple trees this afternoon was not much warmer.
To be honest, pruning apple trees is one of my least favorite chores on the farm. The loppers are heavy, the trees can be a total mess, and the ladders can be slippery. The funny thing is, I miss getting my hands dirty! I love digging, planting, harvesting, anything that involves dirt. The apple trees, not so much. I am always afraid of breaking my neck up there!
But the good news is that so far I have a clean track record and I am hoping it will stay that way all winter. We still have about 900 more trees to prune so I am crossing my fingers we get through them in one piece!
And as a reward for our cold hard work, I made us dinner.
Sweet potato and three bean soup!
This soup is the result of everything we had in our pantry. I will do my best to give an accurate recipe. I just added as I went.
1 chopped sweet onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can pinto beans, rinsed
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cans diced tomatoes in their juices
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tbs tomato paste
2 tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups fresh spinach
Sautee your onion and garlic in some olive oil. Add your sweet potatoes. Cook about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add your spices. Stir. Add beans, tomatoes, chicken broth and paste. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for about an hour. Taste test to see if you need to add anything. Add spinach. Serve warm over cooked brown rice. Add sour cream and parsley to garnish!