Ten Favorite Comfort Recipes and …

… struggling to find normal.

Ten Favorite Comfort Recipes on the Creekside CookOh my gosh – this is so hard. If you visit here very often, you may have seen my last post for Cranberry Eggnog Bread, which was also about my sister in law’s illness.

Unfortunately, we lost Janet on January 25th. Honestly, I just can’t find words for this, which is why it has been more than a month since my last post. Before anything else in blogging, I’m a writer, so you would think I would be able to define my feelings and communicate them to people. But I can’t seem to do that in a way that seems worthy of the loss.

I think it’s because I keep thinking I have to “big-picture’ this and come up with some grand summation of what she meant to me, and how impossible it seems that she is gone. All I can come up with are small pieces that slip from my grasp when I try to hold onto them.

On the other hand, I have to get back to work. Blogs have to have fresh content or bad things happen to them in terms of traffic and lots of other factors. And it’s not fair for me to ask people to follow my blog if I am going to neglect it. If I had a regular job, I would have had to go back to work a long time ago, so I just need to suck it up get back out here.

A comfort food round up seems like a good place to begin. We have been big on comfort food these past few weeks – it really does make you feel soothed and cared for. It has also been very cold and snowy here in Upstate NY, so cozy winter dishes are what we are craving. I’ve baked a lot of bread, made lots of soups and stews and yummy gooey desserts. From the looks of the weather forecast, we’re going to need more of that to get through the next few weeks.

Here are some of the favorites we have enjoyed lately:
Creamy Spinach Feta SoupRecipe for Creamy Spinach Feta Soup on The Creekside Cook

Bean with Bacon Soup (I reallllly like to photograph soup in this cup I guess 🙂 )bean with Bacon Soup on The Creekside Cook

Guinness Beef StewBowl of Guinness Beef Stew

Smoky Turkey ChiliMaking Smoky Turkey Chili on The Creekside Cook

Chuck Steak ChiliPot of Chuck Steak Chili on The Creekside Cook

Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crustchicken pot pie

Chicken StroganoffChicken Stroganoff on The Creekside Cook

Anadama BreadAnadama Bread on The Creekside Cook

Chocolate Pudding Cakechoclate pudding cake on the creekside cook

S’more Chocolate PieS’more Chocolate Pie on The Creekside Cook

At the first of the year, before we had more than a slight inkling of what lay ahead, I mentioned in my wish for the New Year on Facebook, that to have a fabulous life, you need to find ways to be a blessing to other people. Just a few days later, when I was sitting with Janet, looking out on the wintry landscape through her living room window, where hospice had set up her bed, we had a conversation about the idea that there are two ways to approach each day.

You can go out into the world, looking for other people to be nice to you, to treat you the way you deserve to be treated, and to accommodate your needs OR you can venture forth, looking for ways to be kind, considerate, caring and uplifting to the people you meet. Standing in the receiving line at her funeral, as we spoke with hundreds of people whose lives she had touched, it was clear which way she met the world every day. I only hope I can do as well.

Be blessed this day, my friends.

5 thoughts on “Ten Favorite Comfort Recipes and …

  1. I am so, so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. Your last paragraph was very moving, and very true. In order to receive joy, we must first spread it. Anyway, glad to see a post from you, even though I know how very difficult it must be.

  2. So sorry to read about Janet. What a very nice post in her memory and in her honor. Comfort food is definitely what you and your family needs at this time along with some virtual ((((((((hugs))))))))))))..

  3. I chanced upon eggnog bread and think I’ll try it with leftover eggnog ice cream, maybe Mini loaves and give them away if the results are successful. So sorry about your loss. What was the best day of Janet’s life ,or your favorite memory of her? That will be the LEAST amazing day of her eternity in heaven. She is now happy whole pain free and her only sorrow is missing her loving family. She is in no hurry to be reunited with any of you.

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