Boys, boys, dogs, dogs and more boys and dogs
Peggy Cooke

I t is usually so quiet around this house—Bill and I don’t even say “good morning” until we’ve had our morning cup of tea or coffee—and that doesn’t require much further conversation.

But that’s all about to change. We are going to be the proud grandparents of a bunch of boys and dogs. Esten and Will are on their way to Rockdale from Fredericksburg for the week and they are bringing a new addition to their family—a granddog which we haven’t even seen. Also, we have a stray dog around here which “somebody” (not me) has been feeding, so I don’t know how long he will stay, but Bill is a genuine dog-person so, as we speak, our Aggie has a buddy in the back yard.

Anyhow, it will be a lot more lively around here the rest of the week and we are having a gathering of the Clan this weekend which will just add to the excitement— and noise!

Sounds like fun to me! This may be our “Easter” gathering and so the cascarones will be flying!


Are you impressed that I know what cascarones are and you don’t?

Daughter-in-love Noelia speaks Spanish and English, of course, and she just got a new phone so she’s been doing a lot of texting lately—in English and Spanish.

Ken is very impressed that she can do this in both languages and he said, “Noelia, is now bi-textual.”

We’re very proud of Noelia as she’s been studying for her U.S. citizenship test for a few months. She studied so hard that she made a perfect score on the exam and she will be awarded her citizenship papers at a ceremony in Austin soon. Congratulations, Noelia!


We are having a big shrimp and crawfish boil this weekend when everybody’s here but I’ve been wondering what I am going to feed all those boys all this week. Then I remembered this soup recipe that I got from Dana Caffey. It makes lots of servings and that and several doses of pizza should do the trick. If you have a bunch of boys coming, you might want to try it too—it’s very good.

Dana’s Minestrone

2 lbs. ground beef or turkey 1 onion,diced 3 cloves garlic, diced

Brown meat in a large Dutch oven with onions and garlic and add the following:

Italian seasoning to taste

3 cans Progresso Minestrone soup

1 can pinto beans

1 can Ranch style beans

1 can Rotel tomatoes and chiles

1 can tomato sauce

1 large box low-sodium chicken stock

Fill the broth box with water and add enough to make a soupy mixture. Cook all together or put all in the crock pot and cook together on low for several hours or overnight.

Think that will fill them up?

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