“Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction”
T hank you for dropping by today. Its a perfect day to ”nest” and savour the aroma and warmth of a steamy brew with a heart-warming chat .
C old! Artic, bone chilling cold.
W indy! A wind so strong that it ensures its frigid fingers
grasp your very essence.
C old! Windy! The wind is a fierce force of nature today. I can hear the
roar of each gust, echo in the ravine outside my home. As I watch the
cardinals perched on the barren branches, dancing hither and yon I
too feel an unsettling in my soul.
E ach day this week has brought its challenges and with that, decisions on
what direction our lives should take. With an eye to the future, and its
uncertainties, I am trying to look at it, as opportunties, with positive
possiblities. I suspect, if God wasn’t blowing change into my world, I
wouldn’t even take a glance outside my comfy circumstances any other
way or embrace the idea of change.
I would like to share a recipe for soup that my family enjoys on cold days, like today.
RIB STICKIN' BEAN & BARLEY SOUP
1 TBSP olive oil
2 large carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 BOX (900mL) Campbell's Ready to Use Organic Vegetable Broth
1 CAN (19 oz/540mL) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 CUPS diced plum tomatoes, fresh or canned with liquid
1/4 CUP nucooked pearl barley
2 CUPS firmly packed chopped fresh spinach leaves, washed
Ground pepper, garlic, your favorite herbs to taste
1. Heat oil in large saucepan, over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery and onion, fresh garlic. Cook and stir until vegies are tender.
2. Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes and barley. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the barley is tender.
3. Stir in spinach and seasonings to taste . Cook until spinach is tender.
I have used Campbell's Chicken Ready to Use Broth and added leftover chicken or turkey, as well.
W hat better way to serve a piping hot soup than in pretty cafe au lait cups that a friend gifted me with.
Photo credit "Cardinal in Snow Storm" by Jayne