Curried Vegetable Soup

1:34 PM

Finally, here is a recipe. It's a crock pot recipe and so easy. We got a crock pot as a wedding gift, and I LOVE it. What is better than coming home from work and having your dinner cooked itself (practically)? I can name a few things, but anyhow it is still pretty cool.

1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 can garbanzo beans
1 to 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes sliced in half, since it is what I had)
3 to 4 teaspoons curry powder
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 cups water or vegetable broth for a little extra flavor

That's it! Throw it all in your crock pot, stir, and cook on high for 4 1/2 hours or on low for 9-10 hours. I adapted this recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens-Slow Cooker, Family Dinners cookbook, which is awesome by the way. I loved this soup. I crumbled corn bread in mine. For a more filling soup you could also add lentils, or even small red potatoes (diced) or sweet potato. Yum!



Taste and you shall see.

10:49 AM

No, this isn't a recipe post, but I will get there, I promise. Today I wanted to take a few moments and praise the Lord.

I woke up this morning feeling nothing but excitement, joy. Don't you love those days? We are told to rejoice in every situation (Philippians 4:4, Deuteronomy 12:7, I Thessalonians get the point). However, how often do we not? Too often. I too, am guilty. I have met a man however who really, truly, and deeply strives to do so. He inspires me. Many trials have come his way, but he stands firmly on his Rock, clings to Christ. He is Will's father, Pete.

Yesterday we heard news, news that he got a wonderful new job, and sold one of his companies. With this he will be able to build himself a home, and financially do very well. He has been generous enough to share his good fortune with us. Come fall, Will will be able to return to school, full time. I will be working 4 hours less a week, which couldn't have come at a better time. I will be able to have more time at home which will enable me to be with Will, to help with the loads of school work I know he will have. Pete, thank you for this opportunity. You have blessed us immensely. This new job also means Pete will be in San Francisco once a month! We are so excited, and have a guest room ready (almost, that is) for him.

Pete's life, at many times has seemed upside down and backwards. He has watched many things crumble beneath his feet. He has faced trials that I know not many would make it through. The Lord has been working in him. And in every situation he remembers our Lord, he praises him. He loves deeply, he loves strechingly (I'd like to acknowledge Nicolai Pedersen for the creation of such a lovely word). I aspire to love in the way Pete does. And today, my heart cannot help but to rejoice for him, with him, as he enters a new season.

Pete, we are so excited for you.

Let's all try a little harder to rejoice in EVERYTHING ("good" and hard times alike), to give thanks in EVERYTHING, to praise our Lord in EVERY situation, to REMEMBER out God in it all. Our Lord will not give us a load we cannot carry. With His help we can make it though every situation. "God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it". 1 Corinthians 10:13. We must lean on Him.

He knows us from the very tip of our head, to the ends of our toes, and loves us without bounds.

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him". Psalm 34:8

Have a wonderful day all! "Rejoice, and again I say Rejoice"! ;)


Hello again.

10:09 PM

Well hello.
So guess what? I am a married woman now. Our wedding was just perfect! Boy oh boy, do I love my husband. We had a wonderful honeymoon on the Hawaiian islands (Big Island, Maui, & Oahu)!! We were lucky enough to get to spend 2 full weeks there, yes 2 weeks! Our time together was so lovely. I started journaling to try to capture the moments, or at least some of them, so that someday when we are old and grey we can sit together on our front porch and read that journal. ♥
Anyhow, we went horseback riding, it was my first time ever, swimming, body boarding, snorkeling and all that good stuff, exploring, and also enjoyed many days simply lounging together soaking up every minute of our first days together as husband and wife. Aaahh, it was nice, and so refreshing!!
And now...back to real life! However, it really hasn't been bad, nor felt like reality. We came home to mounds of gifts. The generosity we have experienced and continue to experience from our friends and family has been on many occasions breathtaking.
I am having so much fun setting up our home together and doing wife-like things I guess you could say (i.e. preparing meals, cleaning, my husband's laundry, working on getting our budget together, talks of the future...) Some of these things may sound boring to you, but I have found them all quite exciting. It is silly how something like laundry can suddenly be fun when it is for the one you love.
Anyhow, I just wanted to put in a quick post. More will follow. I have tried and few new recipes and they were a total success so stay tuned and I will share those with you later along with a few tips I use when it comes to pre-preparing meals if that makes any sense at all to you. ;) Oh, and wedding photos!! We haven't gotten any yet, but when we do I will share those as well.



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