I survived June

June is almost over. What does that mean?  Summer swimming and diving are over.  Diving Championships were Sunday and Addison did great he got 5th place.  Addison is eligible to swim at the County Meet but that is not until July 14.  So now we don't have to go to 3 practices a day.  He will still have to practice a week before the County Meet, but it won't be as crazy as June.  I will now have time to finish orders and enjoy my summer.  I don't have to sit and wait for Addison 2 hours every morning, afternoon, and then night.  I can actually clean and organize my house.  No more 4 hour meets twice a week.  Oh I can start cooking again.  I just bought a canning book that I am really interested in using.  I should try me first recipe this week.  Where is that book?  I have no earthly idea where I put that book.  Did I mention that I need to clean and organize my house?

Well, Addison is gone this week at Diving Camp so I will have time do all the stuff I love to do.  Unfortunately, I am not cool anymore and my meaning of a good time is cleaning, organizing, crafting, cooking, and baking.  What happened to the days I would go out every night and not get home until 5 AM?  Hey, Chosen One  and Melissa, Do you remember those nights?  A loud smokey club does not appeal to me what so ever.  And we all know my raver pants do not fit anymore.  :)  Now a really great restaurant, with great friends, great food and great wine.  That's more like it.  Maybe I should try a new restaurant this week.  Any suggestions Melissa?

While I am blogging, I am on the phone with The Chosen One and she is sharing a recipe for Split Pea Soup.  I am thinking it will be the perfect to make this week.  I thought it would be nice to share it with you guys also.

By the way, I have asked The Chosen One many of times to guest blog.  She loves cooking and crafting just as much as I do.  She would have some great recipes to share.  But, she always says she too busy.  So come on blog world, let's convince The Chosen One to guest blog at least once a month.

Here's the Split Pea Soup recipe:

The Chosen One's Split Pea Soup

by Faith Ishii

1 medium to large onion chopped fine
2 or 3 carrots chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, minced
6-8 cups chicken broth
1 pound split peas, soak for 2 hours
1 ham hock or ham (as much as you would like)
2 bay leaves

Put all vegetables and 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot and cook until translucent.  Add chicken broth, split peas, ham, and bay leaves.Bring to a boil.  Then lower the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm with a nice crusty bread.

Well, I need to go and start doing things on my crazy long list.

Talk to you soon,
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