Another month has flown by and the year is almost done. That means Christmas, New Years and tax time. Oh sorry, didn't mean to ruin your holiday spirit with the mention of that last one.
I am still staying with friends so there's not a lot of cooking going on. I found this recipe on the blog from some time ago. I thought it was perfect and something that Pearl would fix in a dutch oven or on the wood stove.
Yes I said Pearl, that means...another installment of Pearl and William AND another Use Your Words post!! Yes, that makes 11. I've been writing about these two for almost a year. I'm very glad that everyone is loving them as much as I am.
Country Meal In A Crock
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
Your words are: Red ~ beans ~ chocolate milk ~ vanilla ~ snow
They were submitted by: http://www.JuiceboxConfession.
If you are new, then you'll want to go back and read the first 10 installments, they aren't long and you'll be so intrigued by one you'll just have to read right through them and catch up to where we are now.
Life can change in the blink of an eye Pearl thought. Who would have thought that when she came to Ohio to help her cousin out that she'd find the love of her life, her soul mate, her wunderful gut husband William, would be married and living a life she had only dreamed of before.
At just that moment he walked in the door and gave her the look that sent shivers down her spine and made her face turn red. He came over to her and kissed her full on the mouth, the children giggled and she playfully pushed him away giving the children the side glance. He smiled and went to wash his hands.
Uncle William, do you think it will snow today? Asked Abe Jr the oldest of the children.
Could be he replied.
The children were sitting at the table drinking chocolate milk and eating vanilla sugar cookies. Hopefully it would not spoil their dinner and their mother Sarah would not be upset.Ah Cousin Sarah, what a joy it was to have her home with her family. God had truly worked a miracle there. It was hard on Pearl not having the children all the time any more but she was oh so happy that they had both their parents back and the baby could not remember all that had gone on after that terrible storm.
Pearl instructed Mary Sue to stir the beans that were cooking and to check the bread in the oven.
After William had washed up and had his mid-morning snack, he announced that they would be going out to find their Christmas tree. This brought cheers and shouts by everyone, including Pearl.
After the noon time meal and early into the afternoon William returned to the Dawdi house that he now shared with his bride Pearl, after Cousin Sarah and Abe had worked out their marital issues they had remained in the main house with the children so Pearl and William had moved into the Dawdi house. They were both more than willing and were planning on building on to it come spring time, with the hopes of having their own wee ones soon.
Pearl got everyone bundled up and off they set into the woods. Almost as soon as they started it began to snow. The first snow of the season, the first snow of winter, the first snow of their wedded life together. They stood and took it all in smiling and gazing into the sky knowing that the stars would be even more lovely that night.
After some debate they found a tree they all agreed on and William chopped it down. They drug it home where Pearl promptly warmed up the chocolate milk and added marshmallows while they warmed themselves by the fire. The children sat drinking and staring at the red, orange and yellow flames as they flicked into the air.
Once everyone was warm they were hopping to decorate the tree. In anticipation for this moment all week the children had been helping Pearl make ornaments, string popcorn, dried beans and other fun things.
They had just begun when Cousin Sarah knocked on the door, the children moaned, something that was frowned upon. When she walked in she said "oh I didn't or I would have come and gathered the children earlier"
Pearl said "But why dear cousin?"
"So that you two could decorate your first tree alone" and she blushed red.
William spoke up and said, "if Abe is done with the evening chores, I could get him and we could ALL decorate it together, you are all family and are the reason we are together" he said as he stood and took Pearl's hand.
Cousin Sarah just smiled, lowered her head and nodded.
After William left to get Abe, Cousin Sarah hugged Pearl neither one speaking for no words were needed.
Looking out the window they saw their husbands walking toward the house lantern in hand and the snow gently falling to the ground.
Yes indeed it would be the Merriest of Christmases.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts: