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Annette, thinking about the "snowflake" episodeSometimes when I'm cold I amuse myself by imagining what one of those electric company heat loss analysis would look like of our cement block house with its gaps above and below the doors and "skylights" open to the elements in the kitchen and bath. But usually to warm myself, I cook. Hot tea, soup, scones, cookies…I've found they all warm you up.

to you and me it's a snowflake

The other day I was making cookies with the girls in my evening bible study when one of the girls asked about a 5 in. snowflake cookie cutter, "So is this a star?"

I tried to explain that it was a snowflake, but I didn't know the word, so I called it a "corn flake of snow." That didn't help so I tried calling it a piece, a leaf, or a sheet of snow. Blank stares. So I asked them what they call the individual pieces of snow. They conferred together and came up with the word, but still looked confused.

My what big snowflakes you have!

Finally one of them said, "But this is so big. We think of snowflakes as being very small and you can't really tell what theirMy Bible study and I shape is." All of a sudden it hit me that they thought that this 5 inch form is what snowflakes really look like in the US. I explained that in the US we make fanciful representations of snowflakes for decoration. We all had a good laugh.

Since we've lived in Toluca we've really gotten into soups. Before I moved here I'd never made soup that didn't come from a can. But now they are one of my specialties, especially the quick, easy kind. So I thought I'd share one of our favorites to help warm you up this February.


3 C. Chicken broth
1 lb. Potato, finely diced
13 oz. Evaporated Skim Milk
2 T. Cornstarch
1 t. hot pepper sauce
1 ˝ t. Basil
Salt and pepper (to taste)

"Warm You Up" potato soup

Put broth, potatoes, and optional ingredient in large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the potatoes are soft. With a utensil, mash about half of the potato chunks. Thoroughly mix together cold evaporated milk and cornstarch till there are no lumps. Then gradually whisk the mixture into the soup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add three dashes of hot sauce, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.
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For really decadent soup:
Optional ingredients:
Cook 5 slices of bacon, set aside.
Cook 1 small diced yellow onion in the drippings until transparent. Continue with basic recipe.
Just before serving mix in crumbled bacon and ˝ C. grated cheddar cheese.

Steve and Laura Young  of Reach Out Ministries

Feb. 11-14, we will be helping Steve Young (left) of Reach Out Ministries with a youth leader training conference in the city of Pachuca, Mexico. We appreciate your prayers that the right people will come and that we will really be able to meet their needs and encourage them.

We really appreciate your prayers and interest. Thanks!

annette & tim gulick

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