Monday, May 24, 2010

Wow...where have I been?

I'm starting to get lazy when it comes to cooking. I've been making the same meals over and over again. I promise to do better.

I have, however, been crocheting and I made this water bottle holder for my oldest daughter Alexandra.

I had found a pattern online that I was trying to follow but it wasn't turning out right so I undid the whole thing and winged it. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I made the strap wide because I decided to add a pocket for Alex's cell phone.

I'd like to make another one and this time I'll write down how I made it so that I can post the pattern for anyone who'd like to make one.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Books Read in 2010

Ever since I received The Kindle as a gift I have been reading something every.single.day. So much more than I ever have before. Add that to the fact that my daughter came home with Twilight so I decided to see what the fuss was about and now I'm hooked.

I plan to update as I finish each book. A lot of these are free downloads from Amazon. I can't wait to see how many books I finish by the end of the year.

  1. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
  2. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
  3. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
  4. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
  5. A Promise To Remember* - Kathryn Cushman
  6. Slow Hands* - Leslie Kelly
  7. Irresistible Forces* - Brenda Jackson
  8. The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks
  9. Dear John - Nicholas Sparks
  10. Sundays at Tiffany's - John Patterson
  11. Mistress By Mistake* - Maggie Robinson
  12. Secrets of the Tudor Court* - D.L. Bogdan
  13. Dancing in the Moonlight* - RaeAnne Thayne
  14. Tender Graces* - Kathryn Magendie
  15. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella - Stephenie Meyer
  16. Handle With Care - Jodi Picoult
  17. Forgotten: Seventeen and Homeless* - Melody Carlson
  18. Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult
  19. The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
*Free download from Amazon - don't judge the trashy novels :-)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Carrot Lentil Soup

I'm always on a mission to get my middle daughter to eat something that is not bread or goldfish crackers. So I was especially excited to find this recipe for Carrot Lentil Soup. I love lentils since they are fantastic sources of protein and fiber. Two things that I know Stephanie is not getting enough of in her daily diet.

The soup is very easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and the next time that I make it I will add more carrots. I'm not sure if my carrots were on the small side but it wasn't a pretty orange like I saw in the original recipe.

I wasn't even going to take a picture because it looks like something I'd find in Eva's diaper. Looks aside, this was one yummy soup! I love how the carrots gave the soup just a hint of sweetness.

I took a bunch of plastic containers to freeze the soup into portions to have on hand for Stephanie's lunch. I'd like to double or even triple this recipe because I think it would be awesome for everyone to have for lunch with a sandwich.

Carrot Lentil Soup

1 tbsp canola oil
3 carrots, sliced
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced ginger root
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
3/4 cup red lentils

2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or parsley
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
(Alternately, sour cream and dill)

Heat oil in saucepan over medium. Cook everything except the lentils and stock in the oil for about 5 minutes (until onions start to soften).

Add stock and lentils. Bring to boil, then simmer 20 minutes. When carrots and lentils are soft, puree soup with immersion blender or in batches in regular blender.

Garnish with herbed yogurt or sour cream when serving. This soup freezes well.