1 carton vegetable broth 4 cups water 1/4 cup of rice Smidge butter/olive oil 3 cups chopped onion 2 cups chopped celery 1tbsp masala 1tsp garlic powder 1tsp chili powder 28 oz can diced tomatoes 19 oz can chick-peas (i usually drain them) 1tbsp molasses
empty carton of vegetable broth into a large pot and add rice bring to a boil and simmer. in a large pan add butter, onion and celery. cook on high heat until veggies are soft and translucent. when your veggies are ready, use a little bit of water to lift all the drippings off the bottom of the pan. pour the entire contents of the veggie pan into the rice pot. add spices. after the rice has been simmering for about 30 min add the tomatoes, beans, and molasses. let the flavors mingle for at least 10 min and serve.
I find soup is a really great dish to be creative with. Feel free to add your own inspired ingredients to this recipe. I know mine is never the same twice. For example I will often double the tomatoes, use fresh garlic, and add a little bit of maple syrup...mmmm Enjoy :)
We are keeping our eyes open for a sweet little doggy to welcome into our little family. We love dogs and Simon is just as keen...So we've done a lot of research and these are our top 3 picks...
Weimaraner's are courageous, alert, intelligent and protective. They are very energetic and eager to work. If you don't have time for a lot of exercise and activities, this breed is not for you! Weimaraner's are very intelligent and love nothing more than to please their masters. If they have an opportunity to be dominant they will take it so you have to be a confident leader. They are freindly with children and other dogs. They are usually friendly towards strangers unless they are feeling threatened in some way. It is important to socialize them with other pets and children when they are puppies to promote tolerance and harmony in the future.
" The character of the Boxer is of the greatest importance and demands the most solicitous attention. He is renowned from olden times for his great love and faithfulness to his master and household. He is harmless in the family, but distrustful of strangers, bright and friendly of temperament at play, but brave and determined when aroused. His intelligence and willing tractability, his modesty and cleanliness make him a highly desirable family dog and cheerful companion. He is the sould of honesty and loyalty, and is never false or treacherous even in his old age." 1938 AKC Boxer breed standard.
Labrador Retrievers are active, gentle, easy-going, bold and intelligent. They are popular household pets because they are so social and devoted to their family. They are great with children, strangers, and other dogs. With their great brains they are easily trainable and very obedient. Labs can handle all the knocks and bumps of a rough and tumble family life, and with their even temperament they won't ever take offense.
We are also visiting our local animal shelters to see if we can find a dog to rescue that will fit into our family... we've had no such luck at the shelters so far.
I am SO excited for what I am about to show you! I've been poking around a lot of home design stores, blogs, websites... basically everywhere looking for ideas to help our home reflect us a little better than it does right now. This week I will take you through our new place and give you a sneak preview of what's to come.
On the docket today is
Right now Simon's room is a dreadful shade of terra cotta with not a whole lot else going for it... But Here is the vision...
I found this great (Out of this world) wall decal set online by a company called Wallies Instead of doing the wall full on black I'm thinking a nice navy will be dark enough for example Midnight NavyBy Benjamin Moore
HAHAHAhahahahahah!!!! Actually... I am NOT pregnant! Although after reading your comment's I must agree, I kinda made it sound like I could be. Sorry. But now that we have a lot of extra space, not to mention almost everyone that we know around here is pregnant ...
well after many very busy days we finally feel like we can take a minute and catch our breath.
*sigh* we are finally moved in and set up...kind of ;) this move has opened up a new chapter in our lives and we are so excited for what God has in store for us this year. there has never been a time in our lives where we have felt so at home and content. i am so looking forward to getting back into our routine... and some of the other things I love so much. blogging.. more regularly PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!! reading decorating my home running (i know i don't even believe it myself!) gardening ...and baby growing Well honestly we have some serious space to fill so we'd better get at it...right? hehe ;)
Well first I want to apologize for the absence of regular posts... I think it's been almost two weeks since I've posted...ooops! This month I've returned to work from my maternity leave...all in all I've gotta say it's been really great. Simon only has to be in child care for two days a week and we've found a really great daycare so that definitely helps. I wonder if it'll ever get easier to leave him there. I really hope so. We'll see I guess. I've slid right back into everything at work though without for getting too much. It's great to see my old clients...and they seem to be happy that I'm back too, so that's a plus. We have been able to keep pretty busy at the spa. I'm so thankful for this because a lot of spa's in the area have not been so fortunate and have fallen victim to the crummy economy. So between my work schedule, making sure everyone's got clean clothes to wear and a healthy supply of food on a regular basis, not to mention packing for the big move next week...it pretty much has me running flat out with little time for much else. Speaking of packing... off I go...
Today I was perusing the web... hopping from one cool blog to the next looking for inspiration and cool stuff in general. There are A LOT of amazing blogs out there, and they just seem to suck me in like a tornado. Once it finally spits me out I'm hours behind in my daily schedule...oops! One of the very cool blogs I came across today is called Down and Out Chic. It's general theme is that style can fit into a tight budget, which is definitely something that's rolling around everyone's minds lately. Today she featured an Etsy artist called Bird in Flight Boutique with a very special giveaway. I love stumbling upon giveaways like this because A. I get to enter them, of course! AND B. I discover a new Etsy store I feel like I never would have found on my own...because Etsy is just so HUGE! Pop on over to check it out!
Well it's about time!!! I know, I know. This was my biggest project of the holiday season. I wanted to share it with you all so badly before Christmas...but they were gifts for my sweet little niece and nephew, and I didn't want to ruin the surprise! As soon as I laid eyes on the pattern I knew it would be the perfect choice for these precious kiddies, and I just had to make them. I got the pattern from Hazelnuts Bunny Tutorial. I was super nervous to make these little critters because I have never done anything like this before but her instructions were very clear and easy to follow. It was the perfect project to start out with...and now I'm hooked! I see many more stuffy projects in my future ;)
Step 1 Cut out tiny little pieces of felt.
Step 2 Try and sew all these itsy bitsy pieces together so that it resemble a rabbit...
Feeling...not so full.
Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Bunny!
Their sweet little tails.
Ta~da! Finished...Sigh :)
The kids just loved their little handmade friends!
This last week has been a time of deep reflection for me, and I'm sure for many of you too. I did a lot more looking back than I usually do. I'm generally ready to shove the past year out the door and get on with the next one. In my contemplation I realized I have learned a lot about myself this year that I think will really help me with the years to come. I'm anxious to see how these realizations will affect this next lag of the journey. I am absolutely a lover of black and white. Black in my closet and white on my walls ;) but seriously I really thrive in an environment where there is only right and wrong with nothing in between the two. When there is clear definition like this everything is simplified and there is no room for insecurity, because it's either right or it's wrong! Unfortunately for me there is very little black and white in this world. We live in a compilation of colors that more often result in varying shades of gray than any other crisp definite color. This has been a huge eye opener for me especially on the parenting front. There are no constant variables, black or white. However there are some very opinionated people who feel very strongly about imposing their parenting paradigms. I feel like I have found peace and confidence in my right to raise my children according to my convictions and personal experience during my first year as a mom. I have also come to embrace these strong opinions with objectivity without immediately doubting my own parenting beliefs, because there is sometimes helpful information hidden in them. It's pretty common knowledge that what you eat and exercise can have an impact on how you feel. This year I learned just how much it really does make a difference. It was probably made so apparent by all the crazy postnatal hormones. But nevertheless when I wasn't working out and eating a balanced diet...I was a lunatic... Apologies to my dear sweet husband. So this next year I will try to use these lessons to help make life a little easier. As most of you know Wayne was a running machine last year, so this year I plan to run with him a little more. As a matter of fact I will be running the 5k race in the Boogie the Bridge, a local charity run on May 2nd. We'll see how that goes then who knows maybe I'll go for the tri-triathlon. Anyone care to join me?