Friday, August 15, 2014

Calico Pearl CousCous and Use Your Words: Installment 7 of Pearl and William

Today, several things are going on. A great recipe AND the Use Your Words post. First the recipe and then... another installment of Pearl and William.

If you missed the previous installments you can catch up by going to the following post: (the number is the link)
Installment 1 :a love story

On the talapia I used my spicy seasoning, rubbed it on and seared the fish in a pan. Simple and delicious.
This was a simple dinner, less than 20 minutes from start to finish

For the couscous:

Calico CousCous with Veggies
1 cup chicken broth (I use my own that I keep in the freezer)
1 cup pearl couscous
sauteed veggies

For the veggies: red onion, kale, edamame, diced carrots, diced red, yellow and orange sweet mini bell peppers sauteed in a dab of olive oil.

Bring the broth to a boil, pour in the couscous, stir, cover and remove from heat. Prepare the veggies. Once they are done, stir in the couscous  and serve.
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.

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.

Your words are: Mystery ~ humid ~ water ~ adorable ~ time
They were submitted by:   

It was a hot humid day and Pearl had just stopped for a drink of water. The time was flying by and she was very anxious to return to Ohio and William.

She heard the giggles of the children and looked over to see the adorable barn kittens crawling all over them in the hay pile. How they had grown, they rarely asked about their mama any more and poor baby April has no memory at all. The disturbing thoughts of William's most recent letters and the mystery of what had gone on with Cousin Sarah plagued her dreams at night.

The wedding season was upon them and she, the family and children would be traveling back to Ohio where she would wed William. A miracle to some of her family who thought she would be an old spinster forever. A smile plastered to her face she went back to her chores.

Back in Ohio, William and Abe were once again in town. Trying desperately to figure out the mystery of what had gone on with Sarah. The woman they had seen coming out of the brothel over a month ago insisted she was not Sarah and did not know what they were talking about.

Abe was determined to bring his wife home again. Only time could heal her mind as it had her body. If only his adorable children were around, surely they could shake her memory, her mind was so furhoodled.

Another humid day thought Ruby as she splashed water on her face and neck. Another satisfied customer, she counted her coins. In no time she'd have enough money to leave this small town (how she had even gotten here she wasn't sure)and head to New York. She placed her wrap around her shoulders and sauntered down the stairs to the saloon below.

As Ruby descended the stair case she saw that insistent Amish man again, ugh... he kept insisting she was his wife. Furrowing her brow she wondered, was she? She had no memory beyond the last several months. She shrugged and headed for the piano.

Abe caught his breath when he saw Sarah or Ruby as she insisted. She was fetching in the Englischer clothing but also scandalous. His feelings were very torn. He missed his wife but this woman brought up feelings and thought that he knew were unholy for a man of God who had pledged himself to the church while still a youth.

He approached her, she spun around and said "look bub I told ya, I ain't yer wife, so if you want to spend time with me, ya gotta pay up". Abe was so caught off guard by her forward talk that he stumbled and almost fell. He bumped into a bar patron who spun around and clocked him. William rushed in the room and grabbed Abe. Abe bounced back like a tight spring and clocked the man with a right hook.

And the fight was on, beer flying, fist smashing, chairs crashing and then it happened POW someone missed and cold cocked Ruby right in the nose. She fell back like a fresh cut tree in the forest. BAM on the floor, out cold and blood running from her nose.

Meanwhile, Pearl was tending to children, wedding preparations, the fall wedding garden, packing and helping her ma run the house. Oh she would miss this but she longed to be a wife and have her own home, soon, very soon.


Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                                                                                  

A side note: Stacy from Stacy Sews and Schools normally joins us and we will miss her today, she is a very sweet and encouraging blog buddy. However, today she is mourning the loss of a loved one, so she opted out this week. Please send your thoughts, prayers and love her way if only in your heart.
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