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Feb 12, 2017

FLOODING- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Navy Bean Soup With Bacon

Eastern Idaho

FLOODING- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly-
It was so beautiful...


We had a record breaking, 25-year snow season, with almost 30" of snow in Boise, in the low elevations in town. I knew things could get really ugly if it melted too fast. It did. Last week we started getting temps in the UPPER 50's! Almost 60 degrees, with rain, is unheard of in February. I sat back and held my breath. The news of flooding didn't take too long, and it hit the news hard. Eastern Idaho was hit the worst, with the rural roads, and more snow than Boise gets. Roads and hiways flooded, homeowners stranded, major property damage. We already had business roofs collapsing from the heavy snow load. It was just awful. All photo from local news sources-  

Eastern Idaho hiway

Rural road



Idaho Gov. "Butch" Otter with Oregon Governor Kate Brown toured border areas

Boise street

Our subdivision did well with the storm drains for our street. One of the good things about modern home building is having your yard/property slope down away from your home. Water drains AWAY. We were VERY lucky to have zero flooding in our home. Dave checked the crawl space two nights ago, nice and dry. Our coop came thru fine, due to Dave's excellent design and construction. We had some minor house damage on our new siding from last year. It looked horrible a couple of days ago, but I told Dave to wait a few days for it to dry out. I was right! A little wavy spots that a few nails will fix. That was the good. Since it has cooled down quite a bit the last 2 days, 24 yesterday morning, 40 in the afternoon, it has slowed the flooding. Now it's a matter of repairs and recovery. Our Gov. declared a state of emergency, so there should be some extra funds for repairs. I'm not sure how our garden has done, but luckily the snow covered everything thru the bitter cold. Since the chickens were in the coop a lot more then usual Dave is adding some pine shavings today, to freshen things up. Deep cleaning will be next month probably. They did keep laying thru it all! Mommy's good girls. That was the good for us- no major damage, never lost power, life kept on going. I'm ready for spring, and the sun is out today again. What a relief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Navy Bean Soup With Bacon- 
I found this recipe Bean with Bacon soup and decided to make it. I did, however, make it a bit healthier. I used all the ingredients BUT I eliminated the one cup of cream. I also cut the amount of bacon in half. Was great and much less fatty, better for my arteries!  I bought some pot stickers at Costco yesterday to make this old recipe- Pot Sicker and Roasted Red Pepper Salad. My Mom made this for me clear back in the 70's! Tried and true, easy as well. The sauce is key! Amazing flavors!!!

6 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Feeling so much concern for those people who were hard hit by the flooding. And so glad you weren't! Cleaning up houses and other structures from water damage is so hard and sometimes dangerous because of the mold, etc. Mother Nature has been a bit whacko lately if you ask me.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes, indeed. We've lived here for 20+ years, never that much snow!!!

Kristina said...

You are very lucky to not lose power. Wow. That food looks amazing!

Leigh said...

Good thing you put a comma between "The Ugly" and "Navy Bean Soup" in the post title!

Oh my, what a mess! (The flooding, not the soup :) Hopefully you all won't be plagued with freezing temps to make it harder to clean up and repair all the damage.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Good soup with cheesy bread!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes a huge disaster for the outer area. Not much to do until pruning season in the spring...

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