It is the 1st day of May! April was busy with family activities and still waiting for steady warm weather. Last night we had a frost and dropped down into the 30’s. Tomorrow we are expecting a 80° day. Crazy Ohio weather!
Caleb does surprisingly good with ZuZu and Zelda. When he was younger he had two brothers to try to keep away from his things. Now, ZuZu and Zelda want to know what is so fascinating about his blocks. I’m not sure why but autistics like to line up their things (blocks, cars, books,.etc). Zelda likes to mess up all his line ups and for the most part he handles it well. He just pushes her back and begins lining it all back up. I believe she is a therapy cat. She is teaching him to prepare for the unexpected. 🙂
Since, we were continuing to have some chilly days. I had to except that there was plenty of inside tasks to finish. For instance, some home decor. So, I took this photo from my Google photo album and Google turned it into a canvas photo for my wall. This photo I took at Carriage Hill Farm in Huber Heights, Ohio. Me and Caleb had a wonderful park lunch there. Then, we walked through the prairie. This is my early Mother’s Day gift. I really like the idea of hanging real family memories up. Most definitely feels more meaningful and creates that feeling of home.
Regardless of the up and down temperature changes the grass has continued to grow. Now, that it is beginning to warm up more I have been able to tackle the front, sides and about a 5 row outline of the backyard. I love the backyard! I remember the first time last October that me and Caleb pulled up to the property. The front yard was kinda small and then we walked to the back of the house. When we turned the corner I was nearly in shock! I was looking at a park like setting with this huge pine tree in the middle. I really did pray for this home for me and him. The following month we signed the lease and I continue to feel very thankful. I believe that God had this house picked for us. Looking forward to steady warm weather days!
I’m going to share a homemade cabbage soup recipe with you! If you have been following the Blog, then you know I’m a Appalachian cook. I usually cook with what I have on hand. This is a spicy version of this soup because we love spicy and these ingredients blend perfect for a out of this world tasting broth. Also, want to point out that this is also considered a detox soup. It is filled with healthy ingredients and I hope you enjoy.
I use a large soup pan so we can freeze leftovers. This soup is simple easy to make and is also a frugal meal.
Coat the bottom of a large soup pan with extra virgin olive oil.
1 medium purple onion diced (I love this color blended in the soup)
Nearly a whole bulb of garlic diced (6-7 cloves) I love garlic in most all of our meals.
2 stalks of diced celery with the leaves. I’m not a huge celery fan but this is a essential ingredient in this detox recipe.
1 bag of Pict Sweet Farms seasoning blend
2-3 cups of diced carrots
Put the above in the pan over medium heat. Then, cut up one head of cabbage (about 6-7 cups) add to pan. 2 cap fulls of 100% lemon juice.
Garlic powder- put in what you like, I like a lot.
Lemon pepper seasoning-to your liking
Add 8-9 cups of spring water
2 -14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 – 16oz jar of your favorite salsa to sweeten the pot 🙂
Splash some Franks Red Hot sauce in the pan. Then, salt and pepper to your liking.
Turn heat up a bit until it begins to boil. Then, turn down to simmer for about 45-50 minutes.