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SOUP in the bowl

A Recipe and a Recommendation

I was feeling a little down………. so I made soup.  It seems to be a sure way to improve the mood.  I recommend it.

Using a 2 quart pot, I splashed in a half cup or so of vegetable broth.  Added in (rough-cut):  small onion, a stalk of celery (with some celery leaves), one large carrot, 2 medium potatoes, a stalk of bok choy, and one fresh tomato (from our garden–happy day).  I let each vegetable simmer while I cut up the remaining vegetables and added them in one at a time in the order given.

I sprinkled in some dried:  basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes and cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.  About a half teaspoon of each if I had to make a guess but probably more like an eighth of a teaspoon of the cayenne for my taste).  Then I pressed a large clove of fresh garlic and stirred it into the mix.

I gradually added in more vegetable broth for a total of about a quart.  Then I threw in a 15 ounce can of organic Cannellini beans — liquid and all.

This is really just to give an idea of how to come up with a quick and easy and delicious vegetable soup.  You can add in (or leave out) anything you like (or don’t like).

Ingredient list:

Onion

Carrot

Celery

Tomato

Potato

Bok Choy

Cannellini beans

Garlic clove

Basil, Oregeno, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Parsley Flakes, Salt, Black Pepper

 

ASPARAGUS RED PEPPER STIR FRY

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This is a picture of how this recipe looked when we made it.  I highly recommend FORKS OVER KNIVES COOKBOOK for simple and healthy and tasty recipes.  I didn’t think something with so few ingredients could possibly taste good.  I was wrong

 SERVES 3 TO 4

Ingredient

    • 1 POUND FRESH ASPARAGUS, TRIMMED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH PIECES
    • 1 RED BELL PEPPER, CUT INTO 1/4-INCH THICK SLIVERS
    • 8 OUNCES CREMINI MUSHROOMS, THINLY SLICED
    • 2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
    • 1 TABLESPOON BRAGG LIQUID AMINOS

Instructions

    1. HEAT A LARGE SKILLET OVER HIGH HEAT AND ADD THE ASPARAGUS, BELL PEPPER, AND MUSHROOMS. STIR-FRY FOR 4 TO 5 MINUTES, ADDING WATER 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS AT A TIME TO KEEP THE VEGETABLES FROM STICKING. ADD THE GARLIC AND COOK ANOTHER MINUTE. ADD THE LIQUID AMINOS AND TOSS WELL. SERVE IMMEDIATELY.

 Notes

MY NOTE:  YOU CAN USE ANY KIND OF MUSHROOMS – WE USED WHITE BUTTON 
MUSHROOMS THE FIRST TIME. 

FROM FORKS OVER KNIVES:
"STIR FRYING IS AN ASIAN TECHNIQUE FOR COOKING MEAT AND VEGETABLES QUICKLY 
SO THAT THEY RETAIN THEIR TEXTURE AND FLAVOR.  IN THIS RECIPE YOU CAN BE 
CREATIVE AND SUBSTITUTE OTHER VEGETABLES, SUCH AS SNOW PEAS AND FRESH, 
THINLY SLICED CARROTS, FOR THE ASPARAGUS."
 
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A Winter’s Day with Sunshine

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It’s Just Pretty

img_5712Leftover whipped cream and leftover fruit salad make a simple and delicious and beautiful dessert.

Kicks

 I’m consistently trying to figure things out

I wonder and wander through pages of doubt

After resolving an issue or two

Seventeen others arise into view

It’s exasperating and challenging and stupid and fun

with all sorts of emotions rolled into one

Mostly, I’m grateful for how things unfold

It could all wind up tragic

if truth would be told

Surely that’s life

It goes up

It goes down

My goal is to greet it with less of a frown

We are all kinds of brave as we face-off each trial

and our arms are wide open as life kicks us a smile

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Befuddled

I want to get back to the mind set when I was a kid and didn’t worry about who got elected and what could go wrong because of it.

I would like to be informed but detached from the outcome.

Bewitched, bothered and befuddled am I!

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August in Michigan

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A Bit of the Garden

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Sweet Basil on a Very Hot Day

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It’s over 90 degrees

in the sun and the shade

It’s way too hot

but I’ve got it made

Attitude is improving

as my spirits revive and

soak up sensations of

being alive

All things will pass

for bad or for good

I want to remember

(You’d think that I would)

to embrace all the fine stuff

and weather the rough

This is my time

and this is my place;

may I engage with some gusto

and a smidgen of grace