Thursday, July 11, 2013

Let's End on a High Note

Thank you friends for letting do the occasional word gush like the last post.  It is helpful to get it out in one go when the mood strikes - which is often when everyone is asleep - and I feel so much better for having it all out there.  =)

We've been enjoying a lot of the good things right now.  Trips to the swimming pool and eating lots of veggies straight from the garden.  My veggie avoiding boy loves to go pick and eat handfuls of broccoli straight from the plant - so much so that I had to tear up the old plants and try planting fresh (starting from seed so we'll see how that goes) and I'm giving the garden the credit for getting him interested in eating his vegetables again.  Well, that and the occasional ice cream bribe.

In the Kitchen

Speaking of food - a surprising favorite this week has been homemade Lentil soup.  Henry dives right into it to my surprise and for anyone doing Weight Watchers our recipes comes out to 2 points per serving and loaded with "power ingredients".

Quick Lentil Soup:

  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 2 cans low sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 Tbs of chicken bouillon (add or subtract to taste)
  • 1 large diced onion 
  • 3 diced medium carrots
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Minced Garlic (add or subtract to taste)
  • 1 Tbs Cumin Ground Cumin
Saute Onions and Carrots in Olive Oil.  Combine Lentils, broth and water in saucepot and set to boil for about 10 minutes.  Add in all remaining ingredients including veggies.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 - 45 or until lentils are soft.  Enjoy!

(By my calculations this recipes makes about 10 1 cup-ish sized servings and comes out to about 2 WW points)

 In the Garden

 { Dragon Tongue Dry Beans }


 {Refrigerator Pickles made from .... }

{The first good cucumbers I've ever grown!}

{I'm also growing monster sugar peas}

In My Head

A friend turned me on to a new music site this week called NoiseTrade - where bands choosing to release music (sometimes whole cd's) for "free".  Of course a donation in much appreciated and in many cases it's a new band trying to gain some recognition.

I've really enjoyed:
Not from NoiseTrade, but rather from a very thoughtful friend a new cd:
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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