Besides reading "The Plug-In Drug" (it is such slow reading not because it is long, but because I save it until I have time after my children are in bed), I am finishing "Peter, Lovest Thou Me?" which is this http://books.google.com/books/about/Peter_Lovest_Thou_Me.html?id=TVkeAAAACAAJ - a friend gave it to me with a different cover, a photo of John Paul II praying with leaders of other religions. I was already one of those Catholics who does not believe that John Paul II was a pope or a Catholic when I started reading it (called sedevacantist for the chair of Saint Peter is vacant) and this book taught me more. It contrasts things John Paul II / Karol Wojtyla said and wrote, and things his teachers and people he admired said and wrote, with Roman Catholic teaching throughout the centuries (the two are very different). While my position is not that of the author, I feel that the information the author put together leads to the conclusion of sedevacantism, if that makes sense, because Church teaching is that a non-Catholic cannot hold Church office, such as the papacy.
I followed a link to this blog tonight and have been reading it ever since: http://jamiestanthony.com/blog/
I think I already posted the recipe for what we're eating tonight (Lil' Cheddar Meat Loaves) so I'll talk about the chicken soup I made Tuesday night.
On Monday I baked a whole chicken. First I sprayed the 9 x 13 pan with extra virgin olive oil spray, then washed the chicken, then cut up carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes and arranged them around the chicken in the pan. I peeled an onion, opened one end of the chicken, and put the onion in (my husband taught me that). Finally I sprinkled sea salt and garlic powder or all seasons salt and drizzled extra virgin olive oil and baked it at 350 degrees for 2 hours. When we had finished eating the meat, I boiled the bones in my big glass pot with the meat that was left on them. When there was maybe a cup of broth left (ideally more but it's hard to judge when it's boiling), I turned it off and let it cool until I could take the meat off the bones without burning myself. I put the meat straight into my 7 quart crock pot and took the bones outside so they wouldn't stink up the kitchen.
On Tuesday morning I took the crock pot out of the fridge, dried it off, and put it in the base. I cut up more carrots, potatoes, sweet potato and onion and added a can of corn with the water. I turned it to Low and let it cook until around 4, when I turned it from Low to Warm and remembered to add organic chicken broth, and we enjoyed it at 5. (I enjoyed it, anyway. I hope the rest of my family will grow out of being so picky.) The soup lasted in the crock pot until today, when I ate the last of it, and it was stored in the fridge - either in the crock pot with the lid on or in a pot with a lid or foil on it. I would add green beans but my husband doesn't like those.