Sorry I haven’t posted in over a week! Sheesh, what a slacker.
(from Williams-Sonoma Soup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion (finely chopped)
1-3 carrots, scrubbed and sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
Generous tablespoon curry powder
1-2 bay leaves (if desired)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 bag (16 oz) dried lentils, rinsed, picked over, and drained
6 cups broth
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup chopped fresh spinach, or 1 1-lb frozen pack
Salt and pepper
Heat olive oil, then add onion, carrot, and celery. Saute until softened (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and saute for one minute more. Add curry powder and cook till fragrant (about 1 minute).
Add tomatoes, juice, bay leaf, lentils, stock to cover, and the lemon slices. Bring to a simmer over medium hight heat. Cover, reduce heat, and cook till lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Add remainder of stock and heat up. Discard bay leaf and lemon slices.
If using fresh spinach, add just before serving. If using frozen, add at the end and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Lately, my posts have alternated between the philosophical and the frivolous. Well, we’re back to frivolous. Because if you’re like me, you love to see pretty pictures of other people’s houses.
I’ve lived in this house 3 years. We bought it brand new because we can’t fix stuff and low-maintenance sounded nice.
Here’s a little peek at the fabric. It’s very fancy, isn’t it? A lovely taupe botanical print on a cream background. You can get it for $3.77 a yard at Wal-Mart. I used just 3 yards and still had some left over.
I recently started reading an outrageously hilarious blog. I found June on the Nester’s blogroll and I was hooked from the first post I read. Anyhoo, I mustered up the courage to comment on her star-sightings post. And you’ll never believe this…
Do you recall M’s impromptu kitchen re-do from a couple of days ago? Well, I left M with some suggestions regarding how to mistreat her living room windows after I left, along with some repurposing of art work and such. Much to my alarm, M sent me an e-mail a day later entitled, “Decorating Disaster.” Apparently, the living room mistreatments were easier said than done.
(See the upside-down tab-top panels? See how we ran out of trim and fringe? No worries. It will mostly be hidden behind the sofa.)
Why does my 13-month-old refuse to eat anything off his high-chair tray but gobble up all the junk he threw off the tray once it’s on the floor and covered with lint?
Don’t you love it when your day doesn’t go as planned in a good way? This morning was our first day back at Classical Conversations, a weekly class my children attend. After the usual getting kids groomed, dressed, fed and loaded in the van, and driving 20 minutes to destination, I found it curious that no other vehicles were in the parking lot. After a quick phone call, it turns out that we start back next week instead. “Cool,” I thought. “I just endured 2 hours of stress for nothing…and now have disappointed, teary-eyed children.” So, we spent the morning at the library and then headed over to my sister-in-law’s house (since we were half-way there already) to hang out with her and my nephew.
Finally, we rearranged some of her cute coffee wall decor and repurposed some other decor just sitting in her cabinet. The end result: Move over Waffle House, there’s a Starbucks in town!