Here is a new soup recipe that everyone loves. It's Tiger Lily's particular favorite. The crock pot is perfect for cooking bean soups because they need to cook forever: you can't really overcook them, because a little bit mushy is good.
I didn't get a picture of the finished product, but don't the beans look pretty all ready to soak the night before?
Slow cooker multi-bean soup
3 cups multi-bean soup mix (just beans, no spices)
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/3 cup dried onion
8 cups water
Soak beans overnight; drain and rinse. Add all ingredients except tomato products to slow cooker and cook on high 4–5 hours or on low 8–10 hours.
Original recipe source
My first list grew too long too fast. Here are some more public domain books I've enjoyed.
- The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett. All the melodrama. All the suspense. All the sister power.
- The Harvester by Gene Stratton-Porter. About a young man who has made a wild herb garden on his land and sells his harvest to drug companies. I love the setting; I want to live there. He decides to marry and spends many months hunting down his "dream girl," saving her from a terrible living situation, and convincing her to love him.
- The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit. Several charming children's tales involving dragons. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this.
- Brewster's Millions. Monty Brewster has to spend a million dollars in a set amount of time in order to inherit more.
- Just David by Eleanor H. Porter. Pollyanna + Anne of Green Gables + Heidi + A Girl of the Limberlost. Except with a boy. I can't call it great literature since it reminded me so much of so many other books, but they were all books I like. A sweet book that made me think about how we view beauty in our lives.
- The Verse-Book of a Homely Woman. A book of poems about religion and housekeeping. Lovely.
- The Song of the Cardinal by Gene Stratton-Porter. A unique book, a love story of two birds.
I love discovering charming old public domain books I can read for free on my Kindle. The whole reason I have a Kindle is so I can read these books I wouldn't be able to access otherwise. I have had some winners and some losers: here are some of the winners. I will link to the books on Goodreads, but you can find all of these for free on Amazon or Project Gutenberg.
- The Young Visiters, or Mr Salteena's Plan by Daisy Ashford. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I was trying to read bits of it out loud and I couldn't because I was laughing so hard. Daisy Ashford wrote this book in 1890 at the age of nine. I love her concept of high society: nobility living in the Crystal Palace, purple and red satin clothes, posh hotels, and lots of fancy food. A favorite quote: "I shall put some red ruge on my face said Ethel because I am very pale owing to the drains in this house."
- Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin. Such a fun book about four little girls who "rent" a run-down old cottage and fix it up for play. There are actually three more books in this series, wherein they "adopt" a stray toddler, go for an extended camping trip, and go to boarding school. They are all good fun, although some have some stray racist remarks (especially The Adopting of Rosa Marie). Other than that, these would be excellent books for 8- to 13-year-old girls.
- The Cinder Pond by Carroll Watson Rankin. The story of a dirt-poor but endearing little girl who grows up on the shore of Lake Superior.
- Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling. Honestly I didn't understand much of the banter in this book, but I still loved the sheer cleverness of all the boarding school pranks. This book brought out the immature 11-year-old-boy side I didn't know I had.
- The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill. A young lady fixes up a barn and moves her family there because they're too poor to live in the city. Served with a side of sappy romance.
- Just Patty by Jean Webster. Another boarding school book! I love them.
My hollyhocks are looking a little tousled after an early-morning storm. I only had a few hollyhocks last year, but all these came up from seed this spring.
My middle garden bed is fairly wild: flowers and herbs go to seed in the fall. In the spring, I scatter seeds of things I hope will come up. Then it's on its own.