Monday, November 21, 2011

Meatless Monday and More Surprises

I've posted this soup recipe before but it is one of my go-to's because it is so easy to make, healthy and delicious.

Spiced Lentil Soup: Brown 1/2 cup diced onions, 3 cloves minced garlic and 1/3 cup of barley in 1 TBS of olive oil. Add 3 quarts of vegetable stock and 1 cup of orange lentils. Cook til tender. Add in 1 can of chickpeas, 1/2 lb of spinach and 12 oz of salsa. Heat through and serve. (I use more salsa than called for and frozen spinach.)

Even better the next day.


Yesterday I posted about the lovely giveaway I received (finally by mail) from Val. She happens to live in the same town in Louisiana where I graduated high school and lived before I moved to Kuwait. Talk about a small world.

In October, Yvonne from Ink Spillers Attic had a studio stash giveaway and I was one of the winners. Her package arrived yesterday (and only took 5 weeks to get to me).

The envelope was filled with a card, handmade book and all sorts of things to craft with.




Now I just gotta get those creative juices flowing! Thanks Yvonne. I appreciate you taking the chance to send some of your stash to my little corner of the world.

Best wishes and blessings to one and all for a wonderful week of thanksgiving.

32 comments:

Stella said...

The soup looks yummy. Just perfect for the day we are having here in the midewest, cold and windy. What wonderful gifts you received in the mail. Have fun and enjoy!

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your soup sounds great. Our weather has turned cooler and it's the perfect time of year for soups and stews. Happy first of the week to you. :-)

Linda said...

Neat items received! :) Wish my package of a year ago would have somehow turned up sometime but it wasn't to happen, I guess.

Soup looks good to me, but it wouldn't go over at our house as no one likes spicy nor spinach (as I learned last night when I tried an old stuffed-shells baked pasta recipe which I enjoyed, but Jim and Sarah, picked all of the spinach out of in a heap on their plates!)

Hope you have a good week. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving there?

It's going to be a relatively quiet one here. I only have work today and tomorrow and then I'm off for 5 whole days! Yippee! Sarah will leave for her Dad's on Wednesday and return Saturday afternoon, so Thanksgiving will just be my parents and us. I'm thinking of making it an evening meal for once (we've always done it midday), but since it's just us, we can do what we want.

Blessings,
Linda

Bj said...

Your soup recipe sounds good, and nice that it is easy too. I'm guessing that your Thanksgiving dinner in Kuwait will be different from what it would be in the U.S.?

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Yummy soup indeed and your second parcel looks very nice. What a lousy postal service there. Why is it that certain countries cannot manage this?
Love to you,

Mariette

The Garden Bell said...

Aren't you the lucky one to have all these treasure arriving right before the holidays. That soup looks totally yummy and would be one of Scoots fav before you know it.

Yvonne said...

Will have to try your recipe as we go meatless a few times a week.
You are welcome. I'm glad the package finally arrived. Have fun!

Mimi said...

What a delicious and hearty soup.
Mimi

nanny said...

I have soup simmering....smells so good.
I didn't know your creative juices ever stopped flowing....all the great things you make!

Have a great week.

A Vintage Chic said...

I LOVE that soup, Tammy! I made it last year when you posted about it & it's delicious (and really easy!)

How wonderful to receive two packages in two days--that's a VERY good thing!

Wishing you a beautiful day, dear friend...

Julie

rosarod said...

Hi Tammy, that it is a joy to receive details like that! Your soup looks appetizing! Have a happy Thanksgiving Day and the peace of God surround your hearts! Greetings. Rose M.

Serena said...

I love seeing pics of the soups you make! They always look so hearty and nutritious. YUM! And what a delightful giveaway package you received...lots of goodies there.

Love,
Serena xo

Catherine said...

Well aren't you a lucky girl! So many fun things in the mail! Good stuff!
xo Catherine

Diane said...

Oh such fun to get wonderful packages in the mail. And your soup looks delicious. Have a good week Tammy. Diane

Vicki said...

That soup looks delish!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Looks like you are having an early Christmas, Tammy!! Two days in a row! Such fun treats. Your soup recipe sounds delicious! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

Melanie said...

That soup looks so good...I will have to try it soon!

Celestial Charms said...

Lovely soup, and what a wonderful surprise package!
Maureen

Createology said...

Yum that looks like a wonderful soup for cold grey days. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Blessings...

bunny said...

I bought a can of Lentil soup yesterday, does that count? No one in the house will eat it but me,,,that's why I bought it...lol
Have a great turkey day or rest of your week Tammykins.

bun

no spring chicken said...

I got excited for a minute when I saw that map. I thought maybe you were traveling through Oregon. I was going to invite you over for a cuppa!

Blessings, Debbie

Shanda said...

Glad your package arrived. I remember getting packages months after, when we lived in Africa. The miracle is them even getting to us without the best stuff stolen!

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

Yummy looking soup recipe Tammy thanks for sharing.
What lovely gifts for you and arriving safely.
Have a wonderful week.
best wishes Julie.C

glor said...

Good morning sweet girl. Been so busy and haven't had much blogging time as of late but happy I stopped by today. Taking your recipe with me and will put together where I will be later in the day. The air is cooling here and this will be perfect for tonight. Thanks! Have a wonderful, blessed day.

val said...

oh what fun! I love stash stuff :-)
Enjoy your week!

Becky~ said...

Hi Tammy!The lentils look sooo good.I made them yesterday.The only thing I dont like even in hummous is chick peas.Dont know why,Im not a picky eater but that taste I dont like.Other wise the lentils are so good and good for you as well.


Blessings to you!

Rizzi said...

YUMMY.....A BOWL OF YOUR SOUP WOULD GO GREAT RIGHT NOW, IT IS RAINING, AND RAW OUT......LOOKS DELICIOUS.........NICE GIFTS....LUCKY LADY........
HAVE A NICE DAY MY FRIEND.......RIZZI

Melissa said...

Boy, it seems like an early Xmas for you with all these lovely packages you've been getting. How ironic (Alanis Morisette comes to mind here) to get something from the place you lived. I'm sure that you've just been doing a happy dance. I'm sure you'll put them to good use.

Enjoy,
Melissa

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lucky!!
Looks like Christmas came early for you, enjoy!

vicki said...

Hi Tammy- I just live when you post a soup recipe- somehow I missed this one on its first go around. This is definately a keeper for me!! Can't wait to make it!

Your gifted treasures are lovely and you will enjoy using them all in your crafting. I'm sure you will make something unique and beautiful--

Love
Vicki

Min egen hälsoresa said...

Sounds like a great recipe! It has all the ingredients I often use as well. Chickpeas, lentils, spinach and salsa... I have to try it!
Congratulations to your win!
Enjoy your day! :)

Anonymous said...

You got this recipe from me, and I got it from my mom. That would mean that people all over the world are enjoying the soup (literally!!)YEA!! How nice to know that you finally got all of your packages. It is scary to know it can take so long, but good that you get them in the end. Enjoy all your lovely gifts!!!!

XOXO
Renee

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