Sunday, January 24, 2010

Silver Sunday and Soup Therapy

Welcome to another Silver Sunday. If you love silver, make your way over to Beth's place at Gypsy Fish Journal and check out all the lovely items the party participants have to share. The pieces below remind me of the trip my husband and I took to Thailand about 5 years ago. It was our first trip without the kids.

Sadly, I have few photos to remind me of our time there. We visited so many temples, watched elephants parade and play soccer, saw a snake show (and Sam actually held the snake), took a ride in a tuk-tuk. But, one summer while the kids and I were away, DH decided to reformat the computer. He didn't think to back anything up. All our pictures from Thailand were on there and that was that. Only the memories remain. My bedroom now has lots of little elephants hanging about.

Anywhoo ... today on Yahoo I read an interesting article about soup. The opening paragraph reads: The healing power of soup: something that both scientists and grandmothers can agree on. From helping you lose weight to warming you up from the inside out to boosting your immunity, soup is a winter staple that you shouldn’t be without. Maybe that is one reason that it is celebrated this month with its very own National Soup Month. Here's a closer look at what you can do to benefit from soup's amazing healing powers. You can read the whole article by going here.

I love soup and make it all year round. Last week I found a slow cooker recipe, but since I like fast and easy, I decided to make it my own.

Savory Bean Spinach Soup
3-14 oz cans vege broth
1 15-oz can tomato puree (I used diced canned tomatoes and a bit of tomato paste)
1 15-oz can white beans
1/2 cup brown rice (I used instant)
1/2 cup chopped onion (saute in a bit of olive oil)
2 cloves garlic minced (I used garlic powder)
1 tsp dried basil, crushed (I also sprinkled in some Italian seasoning)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 bag frozen spinach
shredded or powdered parmesan cheese to serve

Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil then just add everything together and let it cook for about 20 minutes. I added a pinch of red pepper flakes to give it extra spice.

This is a nice, thick yummy soup! Had it with some wasa toast and smoked provolone cheese. Delicious!

Today I had leftover soup for lunch and wasa topped with avocado (mashed with salt, cumin, lemon juice).

Yesterday was bright and sunny, but during the nite we had a little rain pour that lasted all of about 30 seconds. Today was a bit cloudy. I saw the skyline this afternoon and thought it looked rather silvery gray.

These pictures were literally snapped just seconds apart. I could see the sun as it was dropping behind the clouds. Amazing

Wishing you all a delightful, restful and soothing Sunday! Peace & blessings, Tammy (PS I hear thunder :)


Lori said...

You have one of the most beautiful blogs! Your soup looks delicious and all of your pictures are so crisp and lovely (especially the sunset pictures).
I want to thank you for all of your kind and thoughtful posts on my blog. I really just blog to get my thoughts down and to help cope with the grief of my son, Caleb. I started scrapbooking to document his short but important life and it has snowballed into a hobby that keeps my hands active and my mind from wandering to dark places. Blogging helps me to visually document my scrapbooking efforts and to hopefully help someone else who has had to endure the kind of pain my husband and I have with the loss of our beautiful little boy.

I appreciate your kind words and I want to thank you for sharing them.
Have a wonderful week,

The Pink Birdhouse said...

Silver Sunday, what a nice idea! I would fit in better with that since I have silver things in my home, but can't do well with White Wednesdays since there is barely any white in my home. I guess I just love color too much! :-) Your soup recipe looks yummy, I do so love soups! I am always on the look out for a new one to try, so thanks for sharing this one. hugs from here, Debby

Linda said...

Hi Tammy,

I always enjoy your blogs and photos. Today is no exception :) Lovely! Thanks for the delicious soup recipe - we love soup. And I'll have to check out the interesting article.

Hope you have a wonderful new week.

Jane said...

Hi Tammy,
Happy Sunday! The sun is shining here for the first time in days!! It's amazing how much more energy I feel like I have with the sun out.
Loved your silver pieces from Thailand. Sorry about losing all the pictures but I know you have great memories. My husband has been to Thailand on business and he often comments on what a beautiful country it is.
Thanks for the soup recipe. Sounds great!

The Garden Bell said...

Look at all that silver. I better get out my polish. But, first, that soup looks pretty yummie, I'm thinking we need some of that this rainy afternoon


Anonymous said...

We just love soup. I do it in the crock-pot & it cooks for hours & makes the house smell so-o-o good on a cold winter day!! Now to make the biscuits to go with it!!

Linda said...

Your SILVER is soooo PURDY...and that soup recipe looks scrumptious...thanks soooo much for sharing it!


Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Tammy, your silver is really lovely, the intricate design is beautiful. AND your soup sounds so good. Love the look of that avacado! yum.
hugs and blessings,

NicNacManiac said...

Thank you for letting us know of the restorative powers of soup, great for this time of year to ward off a chill and still be yummy!! Your silver pieces are precious!!
Hugs xOxO Nerina

Rustique Gallery said...

Hi Tammy, Thank you for your nice comment on my blog. I do enjoy writing and seeing what my new blogger friends are up to. Your pictures are lovely. I'm inspired now to go and make soup. Sherry

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

What a cool silver selection you have. Sorry about the lost photos, but good thing you have wonderful memories of the trip.
I love soup too, and I am getting to the point that I don't even like canned soup anymore. I want homemade! So thanks for the recipe. I also LOVE avacodos!!! Wish I had lunch with you, the soup and crackers with avacodo looks dee-lish!!!!

sissie said...

Happy Silver Sunday! And, I'll take a bowl of that delish soup, please!
Lovely post and pictures.


Mimi said...

Sorry for the loss of all your pictures of Thailand...the memory is just as bright as any picture, I am sure.

Me....bunny said...

That skyline is gorgeous Tammy and that soup looks delish. I love making soup in makes me feel cozy. Have a great week.


crochet lady said...

Great silver pieces!

Soup is one of my favorite things to eat. That looks like a tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing it!


Hey chicky!!
I had a good weekend up north. Ernie went snowmobiling without me. :) he had a good time anyway.. and I enjoyed the peace and quiet and did some painting... small projects. your sunset is gorgeous... we can find God's beauty anywhere if we open our eyes to it. sounds like one of your quotes:)!
Your soup looks and sounds good. I usually eat soup for lunch. Your avocado that is like calling to me. yum yum.

DeeDee said...

Tammy..I love your silver pieces...and your memories are prally way better than pictures anyways....have a relaxed sunday... said...

Hi T,
Yummy post, I am going to try your soup. I knew there was a reason chicken soup heals the sick! Sad about your lost vacation pictures. We had a similar experience, now I back stuff up about every week. You have some beautiful silver & memories though. Have a great week. Lisa

A Fanciful Life said...

Hi Tammy, I agree with you about the soups. I made a big pot of vegetable soup that last few weeks which we enjoyed. Although one day I ate too much sourdough bread with it that I could barely eat my soup! My soup this week is potato leek. Your recipe sounds delicious too!
Sharon :-)

June said...

Tammy, your silver is so lovely. I'm so sorry to hear about the pictures of your trip. But at least you have these to help with the memories.
Ah yes favorite Winter meal.

Sarah said...

How sad to have lost your photos, but my husband always says he likes to take the photos in his mind.
Enjoyed your silver post....Sarah

Sunny Tuesday said...

I really love reading your blog! It's so fun to read about the places you've been.

Gypsy Fish said...

Men! ahhhh always seem to have the best intentions but never pay any mind to the details...your elephants are sweetThanks for coming....see you next Sunday!
{{gypsy hugs}}

Anonymous said...

I remember your pictures from Thailand. In fact, I remember talking to you in the car on your way to the airport. I think the emails with the pictures were one of the first emails we ever exchanged. Didn't you sing karyoke on that trip?? HA! Sorry you lost your pictures.
Your soup looks fabulous. I will be copying that and trying it for sure. I had avocados in my salad today at lunch. I will always credit you for turning me onto avocados, as I hated them before that summer in Honeoye. Don't know what changed, but I can't get enough of them now.
Love the sunset. I won't be seeing the sun for a few days, as we have a few days of rain coming. BOO!!
Hope you are still enjoying the soup!


Kathy said...

Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!

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