Texas Black Bean Soup

Winter is the season of soup. Lots and lots of soup to warm a person from the inside out. Add a salad and some sweet cornbread and you have a very healthy meal and a satisfied tummy. This crockpot recipe will fill the house with tempting aroma. Mmmmm…

Recipe of the Week: Texas Black Bean Soup

2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Mexican stewed tomatoes, cut up
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with mild green chilis
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) chicken broth
1 can (11 oz.) Mexicorn, drained
2 cans (4 oz. each) chopped green chilies
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 to 3 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic

Directions:  In a slow cooker/crockpot, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or until heated through. Make your favorite cornbread in the last 45 minutes.

Thought of the Week: All we have been thinking about is our 16-month-old granddaughter who was mauled by a dog last Friday…On Saturday, Christmas Eve, my son phoned from Steamboat Springs, CO, where he and his family were spending Christmas. Less than 24 hours earlier, Harley had been attacked by a Husky at the home of relatives with whom they were staying. Judson, wife Amy, her uncle, and a cousin had rushed Harley to the emergency room with the 9-1-1 operator on the phone the whole way. She received 100 stitches to several lacerations and punctures on her scalp, eye, ear, cheek, and neck. The largest gaping wound was four inches long, starting at the hairline on the upper right side, while all the other wounds were on the left side.

The 11-year-old dog had had Harley’s head in its mouth and would not let go until Amy’s mother fell on its body. At the time of that call they were leaving Steamboat Springs to stay with other relatives in Denver. Harley’s face was then swollen and bruised. I emailed everyone and prayers went up throughout the family. On Christmas Day, I was told, it was swollen even more. Our sweet baby was hurt and far away; it was almost unbearable.

During that first call, before I even asked, Jud told me that they were not pressing charges against Amy’s aunt/uncle, who were devastated, of course, or asking that the dog be put down. (No one in my family, including me, understands the latter. I don’t care if it acted on instinct or not and neither do any of my family members. We were all very upset and still are.) Amy said the justification behind the decision was that the dog really belongs to her cousin, who is in Thailand and won’t be home until spring to say goodbye to it.

The old Husky and a younger bloodhound were playing and romping to the point of growling and getting excited. Harley walked over to them to pet the bloodhound, when the Husky mauled her. Amy and her mother did not know Rule #1: Never come between fighting, even playfully fighting, dogs, no matter how long they have been in the family and have been docile. Never. Caesar Millan, the dog whisperer will tell you that, as will other dog experts. Therefore, Amy and her mother had no idea Harley was in danger. They are a dog loving family.

Harley, et al came home very early Tuesday morning and I saw them Wednesday. Her facial swelling was nearly gone; there was a little bruising still on her neck. She was her usual perky self. (I couldn’t get any good pictures, because she was wiggling around a lot and my camera was acting up.) The plastic surgeon had spent nearly two hours expertly closing her wounds inside the tissue and in the skin with teeny stitches to leave less scarring. He did not have to shave her hair to close the wide wound in the scalp, so her hair covers the stitches completely. The prescription-strength Neosporin, applied several times a day, has helped tremendously in the healing process. The eyelid stitches have already dissolved. She should not need any reconstructive surgery in the future. She has no nerve damage that they can tell, and her vision and hearing do not seem to have been impaired at this point. What a blessing!

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About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealology, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 18 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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