Thursday, January 28, 2010
Now she is:
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
All-Around Nourishing Lentil Soup with Kale
from my neighbor Sue
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 or 3 carrots, chopped
- 6 cups vegetable stock (I used chicken stock because it was what I had on hand)
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups thinly sliced kale leaves
- salt and ground pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and carrot and saute until soft, about 10 minutes.
2. Add stock, lentils, tomatoes, thyme and bay leaf and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes.
3. Stir in kale and cook 20 minutes or until kale and lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf and ladle into bowls. (I found that 20 minutes was a bit long for the kale, so I would recommend adding it 5-10 minutes before serving. Note -- the lentils do need about 40-45 minutes until tender).
Enjoy! I certainly am!
We started our trip in Iowa, where we saw my Grandparents. Here we are snuggling under my grandma's new blanket. She loved having Abigail for a visit, and Abigail enjoyed crawling and cruising all over the house.
We visited my Grandpa in the care center and all of the residents and nurses were delighted to see Abigail, hold her hand, wave to her (and see Abigail wave back), and watch her cruise around. I think she was the highlight of everyone's day!
We then headed on to Morton, IL to see the Hekel side of the family. Sarah and Jeff spent part of Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Eve with my whole family. A highlight of the trip was listening to people tell stories around the dinner table Christmas Eve.
My handsome hubby and my sweet baby girl (who is almost one!!!).
Grandma Joyce, Uncle Scott, plus most of the Hekel family and us Harms folk:) It was particularly fabulous to be home, since Daniel left for Africa for a two year job commitment the morning after we came home to Houston. So if you think of him, you can pray that the Lord will direct his path these next couple of years.
Abigail and my dad on Christmas morning. She enjoyed unwrapping presents, feeding the dogs her cheerios, and basking in all of the attention.
Then my Grandpa Dean and Grandma Barbara came in from Wisconsin to celebrate Christmas. We enjoyed church in Washington with my parents, ate some delicious Monicals pizza, played a lot of board games, and watched some football.