Greetings, all! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! My week was busy! I had doctor’s appointments and other things going on. You know a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

As we go through life, we cross paths with a lot of people. I have met tons of people in my lifetime. I have never met a stranger.

My mom used to worry about me getting kidnapped when I was a toddler. I always spoke to people, whether I knew them or not. It stands true to this day. I love people and if I can make some ones day a little brighter, that is one of my goals in life. It is also why I love doing this column. I feel like I am reaching some of you that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

In the early 70s I met my oldest nieces, baby sitter. She came to her birthday party with some of the other children she kept. She and I hit it off, right then. We started visiting with each other. Her name is Brenda Willis. We enjoyed every minute of our friendship. She was like a sister to me.

When I continued to meet the rest of her family I just feel in love with all of them. They were like family to me in every way. They just took me in and adopted me. I adopted them too. They accepted me faults and all!

When my Amanda came along and as she grew older. She became friends with Brenda’s Amanda. They had a good time together, too. What we didn’t get into would be scandalous, as Brenda would say. Over the next few weeks I am going to tell you all some stories about us. I know it will tickle your funny bones. Here are some titles for you: The Day the Two Hyundai’s Collided in Brenda’s Driveway, There’s food around the corner, Streak and Flash, Backbones and ribs, Runaway Kitchen, and Good morning coffee. The list is endless. I think you will love these stories and more.

I’m sorry to say Brenda, her husband Donald and mother Bonnie have all gone on to be with The Lord since November last year. I was saddened that I was unable to attend their visitations, funerals and burials. I want to personally tell all of the family how sorry I am for their loss.

I’ve been down that road my self. It’s long and hard.

Ms. Bonnie lost a daughter and two sons before she passed. It is so hard when you lose a child. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, including my worst enemy.

God has a reason for everything. He gave his only begotten son that we could have eternal life. I hope you have the assurance of where you will spend eternity.

There is more to come in the weeks ahead. “And that’s the way I see it.” May God keep you in his watch- care this coming week! You are loved.

I found some more soup recipes. Let’s dig them out of the old feed bag and see which ones we can find, shall we? Enjoy!

CLAM CHOWDER EASY STYLE

1-can New England clam chowder

1-can cream of celery soup

1-can cream of potato soup

16.5-oz. can chopped clams

1 soup-can milk

1-tbsp. Old Bay seasoning

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat and stir often.

CORN CHOWDER SOUP

2-can chicken broth

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 cup diced smoked ham

1-11oz. can Summer crisp corn

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

Bring to a boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Whisk ¼ cup flour with 1cup milk. In a bowl until smooth; whisk into corn-potato mixture. Stir in ¼ cup butter or margarine; cut up. Simmer stirring 2 minutes until butter has melted and soup has thickened. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. Makes 5 cups.

TOMATO SOUP

Brown ¼ cup onions in butter. Add 3 tablespoons flour. Stir in ¾ tablespoon salt, ¼ tablespoon pepper. Add 1cup milk and 1can Campbell’s tomato juice. Add parsley or dill and bay leaf. Simmer 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.

TIP OF THE WEEK

1- tablespoon = 3 teaspoons, 2 tablespoons =1 ounce 1 jigger = 1 ½ ounces. More next week!