Vegetable Beef Soup

More and more people are returning to their roots. This recipe is a contribution from a friend, MaryClaire Threston. Her mother, Mary Threston created this recipe many years ago. Her suggestions include using only chuck roast; the pre-cut cubes you can buy at the grocery store are too tough.

You are going to need a large pot for this recipe!

4-5 pounds of chuck roast- cubed
4-5 parsnips
4-5 carrots
4-5 stalks of celery
1 large onion- peeled and diced
2 quarts of crushed, canned tomatoes or stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Brown the cubed meat in hot oil using a frying pan. Transfer browned meat to soup pot. Add a quart of water and simmer while preparing vegetables. Wash the parsnips, onions, carrots, and celery. Chop the vegetables into bite sized pieces. If the tomatoes are not crushed, then dice them into small pieces also.

Add the vegetables including the tomatoes to the simmering beef cubes. Add the sugar and salt at this time. Simmer for one hour. Taste before serving to see if the soup needs more salt. Remember salt is one of the most important ingredients of soup!

Enjoy good, healthy inexpensive eating and God bless! You can use caramelized onions which may cause the soup to have a smoother flavor.

Do not Throw Away Old Sheets: Recycle Them Instead

Do you have old sheets with one or more holes in them?

I keep old sheets to help me with cleaning jobs. I recently spring cleaned a cabinet which I had not cleaned for awhile. I had just two weeks before, cleaned the counter below the cabinet. I did not desire to clean the counter again after I cleaned the cabinet. I took an old clean sheet and placed it over the objects on the counter. I filled my cleaning bucket with hot water and some veg oil soap and placed the bucket on the table. I removed everything off the top shelf of the cabinet and wiped it off and set it on the table. I wiped off the shelf, the back of the cabinet, the sides of the cabinet above the shelf, the front of the door of the cabinet, and the inside of the door of the cabinet. I made sure to carefully wipe each surface to remove all the dust and oil that had collected on the cabinet doors.

The next part of the task involves looking at each item I removed from the cabinet to decide if we still need it and how to arrange the items so they can all fit back on the shelf. I repeat this process until the whole cabinet is clean and organized.

After the whole cabinet is finished, I carefully rolled up the sheet in order to keep all the dust bunnies and tiny scraps of paper within the sheet. I gathered the sheet, took it outside and shook it. I put the sheet in the wash while being very pleased I did not have to clean the counter again!

Another task I use old sheets for is cleaning out a floor level cabinet. For instance if I clean out the cabinet in which I keep my pots and pans. I place a clean, old sheet on the floor. Remove all the pots and pans from the cabinet and place them on the sheet. I move the sheet with all the receptacles out of the way, and proceed to wash the entire interior of the cabinet. I also wash the cabinet doors: inside and out. Push the sheet back over to the cabinet and carefully replace the pots and pans neatly.

Old sheets also help with cleaning a closet. I do not always have time to clean a complete storage space like a closet at once. Before Christmas I cleaned the entire bottom of a closet. I took out all the clothes. I removed everything from the floor, then I washed the walls and vacuumed the carpet in the bottom. I sorted the clothes. Threw some clothing away. Replaced everything in an organized fashion. Now, when I clean the top shelf of the closet, I will put a clean sheet or two over the clothes pole to keep the dust off the clean organized section of the closet so I do not have to start over.

Do not stop trying to keep your home clean even if you do not have time to do a whole job like a closet at once. Keep persevering! When your house is neater, you feel better about yourself. Whether your home is messy or neat, God still loves you very much! May you prosper as your soul prospers!!!