Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Simple Soup and Scarf

The past several days have been dusty, dreary, blustery and thundery. Not much rain; lots of dust. We haven't seen much of the sun since Saturday.

Jingles thought she wanted to go on the balcony to check things out. She sniffed around a bit ...

... but then decided she wanted right back in. You can't really see the dust but it is there. So much for all the cleaning I did after the monster storm nearly two weeks ago.

I made another simple, delicious and healthy soup.

SPICED LENTIL SOUP: Saute 1/2 cup of diced onion; 4 cloves of minced garlic and 1/3 cup barley in 1 TBS of olive oil. Add 3 qts of vege stock and 1 cup of brown lentils, bring to a boil and then simmer until lentils are tender. Stir in 1 can of chickpeas, 1/2-1 lb of spinach (I use frozen) and 18 oz of salsa. Heat through and serve.


I love to cook but during regular school days, it can be such a chore in the rush of getting everything else done. Now with time on my hands, cooking and baking is pleasurable. My pajama wearing days have allowed me to get many projects done. This scarf was a UFO that is now complete.

If you were in the line of storms raging across the country yesterday, I hope all is well and that skies are brighter today. Have a wonderful Wednesday! Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

23 comments:

Bettyann said...

It must be morning in your part of the world...it was rainy and cold in my area...we all feel like Jingles..let's get back under the covers...have a lovely day..

The English Romantic said...

Thanks for the recipe Tammy, I'll be trying that. Hope the dust settles soon.

Jacey said...

The soup recipe sounds yummy, thanks for that. We have sunshine here today and its set to last till after the weekend, I'm hoping to get some gardening done. Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

Do you ever get used to the sand storms?
We are lucky for weather here in the Uk, yes its cool but we have had plenty of sun this week so I have had lovely walks with my dog Bonnie.
Your soup recipe looks yummy, I like mine with warm crusty bread.
best wishes Julie.C

Heather said...

Your scarf and soup look good. Sounds like you are enjoying your break. I hope the dust settles for you soon and that the sun will be poking out from the clouds as well. Have a wonderful day. :-)

A Vintage Chic said...

So sorry about all the dust, Tammy...but glad you can stay indoors this week and play!

You always make the best-looking soups--this one really inspires me--just might be making it this week!

Love that scarf, too...beautiful!

Wishing you sunny days and lots of joy, dear friend!

Julie

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....I love lentil soup! Yours looks scrum. Sun is out today. Hurray! Better run outside and stand in it before it disappears. Have a great day. Aren't school vacations fabulous? Susan

Linda said...

Wow. I don't know how you can live with all of that dust! Hope things clear up for you soon. The scarf and Jingle are lovely. ;)

Things are slowly improving here - at least the sun was out yesterday. Temps are moving up to more normal.

The Garden Bell said...

Tam... Great to pop over and see you are up to some special project. But, the dust.... Let me send you a virtual ray of sunshine from the beaches today. Can you feel it? How does that salty ocean breeze feel? Can you feel the sand between your toes? Now, don't you feel better.......

Claus said...

Yummy soup! I love lentils, and my mother makes them for me regularly. I was once heard they were what people ate regularly in Jesus' times. Could it be? Now every time I ate them, I think of Him; more that is.
It rained last night! Odd in summer days here in Guatemala, but I'm thinking it had to do with the extremely high local temperatures, and the tail of a cold front from the north. The mix ought to result in rain. It felt nice, though!, and the flowers and plants surely appreciated it.
have a lovely - hopefully less dusty! - day!

Diane said...

Enjoy your lovely days off Tammy. That dust would make me crazy. Jingles soes not seem happy about it either - that tail swishing does not look good to me!! Diane

Marilyn said...

I love lentil soup too, but I don't like dust....even the little bit we get when it's dry...poor Jingles...but she has you home to keep her company and it sounds good to hear you're getting a few things finished. We had part of the storm, but it had worn itself out quite a bit by the time it reached us...today, cold wind but lots of sunshine and blue skies...if I could I'd send it your way....

nanny said...

Dust is my enemy.....lol

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Thank you for stopping by Tammy!
Deb..We get plenty for rain but not a lot of dust in my area. Enjoy your MJF!
Deb

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Love the PJ days with finishing projects and eating good soups!! =) blessings ~ tanna

sissie said...

Here in the south east we got some heavy winds, but not as much as expected.
Um, your soup looks delish. I think kitty is pretty smart to stay inside.

hugs
Sissie

val said...

Hi Tammy! Your soup looks terrific.....love the salsa idea. I'll have to give it a go! Jingles is so cute.....have a great day!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

So glad that you have some days off and you are able to catch up on fun things around the house.
The scarf is lovely and the lentil soup looks healthy and delicious.
Hope the dust passes and you have a great day

Hugs
Carolyn

Jen said...

Even if I had all the time in the world, I don't know that I would ever love cooking and baking, but I think I might just convince my husband to make that soup!

A Cottage Muse said...

That soup look so yummy...think I will give it a try!

Anonymous said...

Your skies do not look pretty at all. What is with all the dust lately. We have had a lot here too. I am laughing to know that Jingles was not impressed with a dusty day outside. He, he!
Your soup looks yummy. I am going to make it tomorrow, as i have all the ingredients at home. YEA!! Thanks for the easy, yet very yummy looking recipe!
Glad to hear that your pajamas were put to good use this week. Always a good thing. The food looks great, and the scarf is great. Nice to know you have enjoyed your week!!

Love,
Renee

Anonymous said...

Me again! I just realized that your recipe is one of mine that I gave you! HA! I am making it for sure this week!!! Enjoy your soup!!

Renee

Serena said...

My tastebuds are craving some of that soup...it's definitely a 'must try'. Thanks for the recipe! A cute pic of Jingles having a nose around on the balcony.

YAY on finishing your scarf, Tammy...it's lovely!

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