In years past, my husband & kids would come home to the smells of supper & those little touches that have always made homemaking a pleasure to me. Even in those early years of marriage when we had cast off furniture from family members & limited resources, there was something satisfying to me about putting our little nest in order, & making it the nicest I could.
At the broadcast of this segment, I am in a season of life not of my choosing. I have been widowed for 6 years. I live in a home built in the 1880’s, & I love the character of this old house.
My seasonal decorations are stored in the basement. A very narrow staircase leads to the space & as I work alone dragging my stuff up the stairs, I’m tempted to carry armloads so I don’t have to make the trip too many times.
One such attempt left me breathless from the load, & struggling just to get up the narrow staircase. I was reminded how scriptures tell us our Christian walk is a narrow path.
We cannot ride the coat-tails of a godly parent or grandparent for our salvation. It is a personal decision to ask Christ to be our Savior, and He is the narrow way to the Father.
Jesus said in Matt 7: 13-14 Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait(narrow) is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Just as my narrow staircase has room for only one person, that narrow gateway to God the Father can only be THROUGH the Son of God. His name is Jesus, & He is the reason for the season.
I’m sharing today the recipe for Taco Soup. It can simmer away while you prepare your home to celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior. The picture above is a corner of my laundry room. (Yes, even the laundry room gets a makeover.)
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
onions -1/2 medium chopped
Green peppers, to taste (about 1/4 cup)
Ranch dressing mix- 1 envelope
1 (16-oz.) can whole kernel corn
3 (16-oz.) cans pinto beans, un-drained
3 (16-oz.) cans stewed tomatoes, un-drained
5 cups water
grated cheddar cheese, for garnish, if desired
In a large pot ,brown ground beef with onions and peppers.
Drain well. Add the rest of the ingredients, breaking up stewed tomatoes into small pieces.
Simmer for 20-30 minutes. To serve, top with cheese if desired. Makes 2 1/2 quarts soup.
Note: I am always on the lookout for easy recipes that reheat and freeze well. This soup fits the bill and is even better the next day.