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Here in the desert we’ve been subject to some VERY HUGE temperature swings of late!  On New Year’s Eve day, we not only broke a record daytime low from 1902 but we had SNOW.  Yes, snow.

We were having a bit of a “party” to celebrate the night.  No not one with us dressing up and serving champagne and appetizers with family and friends, we were having a very kid friendly evening.

The older grandsons were spending the night.  The weather was freezing, so we had to skip the usual use of the grill.  That’s okay, it was the perfect night to have Aidan (my self-designated sous chef) help me put together one of my “must go” stews.

I let him look through the veggie bin and choose while I decided to make it a “salmon” version with homemade popovers.

While Aidan washed the carrots, zucchini and mushrooms I made a very quick veggie broth from some limp anise, onions and garlic.  I did sneak some celery in there as well, but don’t tell because Dylan hates the crunchy sticks.

Once the veggies were ready I strained out the used veggies and simply added the prepared items and also added a can of fire-roasted and diced tomatoes.  I simmered it until the veggies were almost cooked and the dropped in the chunks of salmon.

I already had made some couscous earlier in the week which I divvied out into the bowls and spooned our kid-made “fish” soup onto.

As for the popovers-I use my Yorkshire pudding recipe. Now I do like to let mine sit for about 30 minutes on the counter and then pour it into the well-oiled and HOT muffin tin.  I have put the recipe on here before-but your favorite will obviously work well too!

Back to our weather-one week to the day after the recording breaking low, we them had a record breaking high!  Yes, the next Wednesday our temps hit 84, which broke the 1928 record of 80.

Go figure.  Happy New Year to everyone!

BTW-today is Lucky’s “birthday“!  Yes our little rescue has been with us 2 years.  Hard to believe.  I still cry when I see a Goldie and grieve for Sunshine, but I definitely believe she’s looking down and loving that we made room in our lives to love another pup in need.  Pepper seems to know today’s special, he’s been cuddling and kissing her all morning.

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