Don’t Judge A Soup By Its Looks

Don't judge this soup by how it looks... taste it!

I have heard people say some nasty things about this soup, yet they had never tasted it.  Do you have to have pretty food before you will taste it?  Are you willing to try something before you pass judgement on it?  This is one of those foods that gets a bad wrap because it is not pretty!

I was talking to my Dad and his wife one day and they told them that someone had brought them some soup.  A type of soup that they really liked.  Then when they went to warm it up and fix it for lunch, it did not look like they expected.  They expected a bowl of soup that looked like the one in the picture above.  They said that what they got was a clear broth with some veggies in it.  A few days later, my co-op order came in and I had gotten some green split peas.  I had really intended to make some bean soup, because I had a ham bone left, but those bright green peas caught my eye.  I decided to make Split Pea Soup.  I used to make this vegetarian style, even though I am not a vegetarian.  I must say that the ham really added to the flavor of the soup.  It is good both ways, so feel free to make it without the ham. 

I want to add one more little tidbit before I get into the recipe.  We ate the soup and loved it.  After we were done eating, I remembered that I had not taken a picture of it.  I decided to wait until the next day when I had left overs for lunch.  However, the next day, I would be going right by my Dad’s house on one of my errands.  I decided to pack up the left overs and deliver them to him.  I stopped and visited a few minutes and gave them the soup and then went on to do my errands.  When I got home, I remembered the picture part.  :)  I called my Dad and asked him to send me a picture of one of their bowls of soup whenever they fixed it.  He did that and even made sure it had some added touches in the picture. 

Split Pea Soup (with ham)

Put the oil in a skillet and turn on the heat.  I throw the onion, garlic and carrots into my Vitamix or you could use a food processor.  Put this mixture into the pan and saute them  until the onion and garlic are tender. 

Get out your crockpot and turn to high.  Add the water, peas, ham and the above mixture.  Add some salt and pepper and stir.  Then add the bay leaf. I do it that way, so it is easy to find and fish out when it is time.  :)  I let mine stay on high for a couple of hours and then I turned it to low and kept it there until supper time.  Before serving, fish out the bay leaf and your ham bone.  I then take about half of the soup and put it into my Vitamix and puree it.  I pour this back into the crockpot.  Cut any ham off the bone and make into bite size pieces and add back into the crockpot.  

Serve hot.  This soup goes well with cornbread. 

Life Is Too Short – Make It Right

Every year on this day, I share a reminder with you.  Love those who are around you.  Make things right with those who have a problem with you.  Call someone you love and tell them that you love them and why.  Hug those around you.  Take time out of your busy schedule to make it happen.  You never know if you will get another chance.  I heard a preacher yesterday say that if we are too busy to reach out to others, then we are too busy and we need to let go of some things in our lives. 

Nine years ago today, my Mom who we thought was perfectly healthy, did not wake up.  That is a phone call you never want to receive.  It changed my life.  It changed in the obvious ways, that I no longer had a Mom I could call and talk to, or go see or hug.  Another way it changed is that I was shown the importance of people and relationships.  I am very aware of how I leave things with people.  It is easier to not let things that people do bug me.  If my husband does something that used to irritate me, I think about how glad I would be for that irritation if he was gone.  I can then let it go. 

I also lost a friend last year on this day.  She died after fighting a battle with cancer.  I pray for her family on this first anniversary of her death. 

Who is on your mind right now?  Go call them before the urge goes away.

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Quinoa It’s Whats For Supper Or Breakfast Or Lunch…

This is just one of many ways to use quinoa

I was first introduced to Quinoa (pronounced keen’ wa) over 15 years ago.  It is an ancient Incan grain that is literally packed with nutrition.  It contains protein (50% more than wheat) and more iron, phosphorus, Vitamins A, E and B, and more calcium and fat than other grains.  Many people have tried Quinoa and declared it to be bitter and won’t eat it.  It has a waxy type coating called saponin.  This needs to be rinsed off.  It usually takes more than one rinse to get it all off and you need to do the rinsing under running water.  It is well worth taking the time to do this.  You can purchase pre-rinsed Quinoa, which might be a good place to start if you have never tried it.  It is the fruit of a plant that is related to Lamb’s Quarters.  It will quadruple in size when you cook it.  You can combine it with other grains like millet, bulgur or buckwheat to get other taste combinations.  It can also be substituted for bulgur if you make tabouli.

I love Quinoa but don’t often think about cooking it.  I found my jar of Quinoa way back in the pantry and it had gotten moths in it, so it became chicken feed.  My co-op had a tri-color Quinoa on sale and so I bought several bags.  It is so versatile that I like to cook a larger amount than we are going to consume with that meal.  It leaves left overs I can use all week.  I am going to share some of the ways that I use it.  

The first night we had it, I used it in place of rice.  I cooked 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water.  I had some left over round steak that needed to be used up.  I cut it up into bite size pieces and cooked it in a bit of oil along with a lot of onion and garlic and green peppers.  I added salt, pepper and some seasoned salt.  After it was done, I added a little bit of plain yogurt to make it a sort of stroganoff type dish.  I had already turned the heat off and just stirred the yogurt in and put a lid on it, so it would heat the yogurt with out making it curdle.  There was a lot of juice because of the peppers and onions, so it was not as thick as stroganoff.  I put some of the cooked Quinoa in a bowl.  

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I spooned some of the pepper mixture over the top and the juice made it even better.  :)  The picture at the top of this post is that meal. 

The next morning, I heated up some of the quinoa and then put butter and a little real maple syrup over it.  Oh my, it was so delicious and filling.  I had a friend tell me to add apple chunks and cinnamon to that.  I plan on trying that soon.

The next day I made myself a salad for lunch.  I sprinkled some of the cooked Quinoa over that.  It added protein, texture and flavor to my salad.  

You can use it as a side dish like you would rice.  It can be added to casseroles or soups.  Put some in your smoothie.  This is a great way to add some protein and nutrition to another dish.  

Here is the Quinoa that I used. I also had questions about the little rings you see in the picture above.  That is the germ ring and becomes visible when it is cooked.  :)

I would love to hear different ways that you use Quinoa in your house.  Please leave a comment below and share.  :)

 

These Could Be Yours

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Aren’t they gorgeous?  Most of you know that I sell Lilla Rose hair jewelry.  They are the only product I have found that keeps my hair up all day. 

 

You can win the 2 above by heading on over to Chaya’s page.  There is still time to get your name in the hat!! :)  You won’t be sorry!!

 

Do You Know This Man?

Louis Bromfield was ahead of his time

This is Louis Bromfield.  He was a man from Ohio who was ahead of his time.  He was a conservationist, but came up with many farming techniques that are still used today.  He wrote many books as well.  His farm is so beautiful.  We went there today.  It is called Malabar Farms.  Even though he died before I was born, his farm is still run in much the same way as he ran it. Malabar Farm was the location for the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  It is a beautiful place.  They have many interactive displays on many aspects of agriculture.  There is an observation hive full of bees that people can see right up close.  They have many different events set up through out the year.  They make maple syrup in the early Spring and you can go see the sugaring house.  They host square dances through out the year that are enjoyed by many.  There are cooking workshops and there is a Spinning and Weaving Guild that meets there and you can go try your hand at weaving and other fiber arts.  There is an old farm house that has been turned into a wonderful restaurant that serves local food.  The menu changes to reflect was in season at that time.  There are trails that you can hike and there is even a place to camp.  You can check out this page that shares their crop rotation that they do.  They also sell their grass based meats that are raised on the farm.  I told my husband he (Louis Bromfield) was the Joel Salatin of his day.  :)

Louis had a good friend named Cosmos Blubaugh.  Cosmos is part of my husband’s family.  My Father-in-law’s dad died when my Father-in-law was a young teen.  Cosmos would come and take him fishing after his dad died.  A friend of mine read about Cosmos in a book either by or about Louis Bromfield.  She asked me about him.  When I asked my Father-in-law, he told me his memories of him.  I love to have historical stories to go with family.  :) 

  You can tour the home or the barn if you like.  I think it is a wonderful place and I am glad it is close enough to visit every once in awhile.  Here are some pictures I took today.

 

This is his farm (house and barn) as seen from the top of a hill on the farm.

This is his farm (house and barn) as seen from the top of a hill on the farm.

These next pictures are taken at the top of the hill looking in other directions.

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Here are some pictures of foliage.  It is not at the peak of the Autumn color, but there were lots of bright splashes!

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Are the Autumn colors showing off at your house?  Let me know in the comments below.  :)

 

Will This Help You?

I have heard a couple more great testimonies of how Plexus has helped someone.  I wanted to share one of them with you. 

Tina shares: 
“What a difference Plexus has made in my life in just 6 short months. I was so very sick and the doctors had no clue what was wrong with me. I couldn’t get out of bed from pain and exhaustion. I was unable to use the bathroom for sometimes a week at a time. I had debilitating migraines 4 days out of the week. I had acid reflux so bad that I would get sick in my sleep if I was not sitting up. I started taking slim/accelerator to lose weight and had no idea that the pain would be gone, no more migraines, acid reflux gone. Not to mention that I have lost 40 lbs in 6 months. In 6 months with this company I was able to realize a dream. I am staying home with my 3 year old son! No more behind a desk for me!! Thank you Plexus!”

I have had a couple of you ask me about the 3 products I am taking.  They are now offered in a combo.

These 3 products are really helping me!

To Shop for the TriPlex (Pink Drink, high quality Probiotic, and Magnesium Oxygenator (very important for overall health):

1) Go to http://amazinggrazefarm.myplexusproducts.com/ or http://plexusworldwide.com. Ambassador # 279137 (in case you need it)

2) Click on ‘Shop Plexus’ at the top.

3) Choose Preferred or Retail.
Preferred is what I suggest. It saves you about $15 and sets you up for another 10% discount. The recurring order (you should do this 60 day minimum anyways) can be cancelled anytime and has a 60 day money back guarantee.

4) Add Triplex to your cart.

5) Check out

6) Congratulations on your journey to Wellness!!! I’ll be in touch with you! Be SURE to message me when you get your products so I can help get you started the best way!  I do not take them exactly like the instructions say.  :)  I am truly being helped though.

 

If you have other questions, I may not know the answers but I will get them for you. 

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The Only Constant Is Change

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One of the big things in life that is constant is that life changes.  :)  How do you like that? Life is about seasons and circumstances and those are always changing.  My husband’s parents moved very recently.  They raised their large family in a big house where lots of memories were made.  They lived there for 45 years.  They not only moved, but also severely downsized.  It was an emotional time for everyone.  For his parents there were lots of decisions to be made.  What to keep and take with them, what to give to others and what to do with the things that no one needed or had room for.  It can be easier to let something go if it goes to family, but when the thrift store is the destination, then it is harder.  The move was necessary for many reasons.  Life changed.  Several sets of stairs got to be too much.  A large house and yard takes a large amount of energy to keep up with.  As we get older our ability to keep up that energy level declines.  So change happens.  

We live on a farm.  We have lived on a farm for awhile now.  I love that we live on a farm.  It used to be that each April, we would welcome baby chicks, baby goats, baby lambs and baby calves. It was a happy time and place for me.  We would feed bottles to calves and goats, pick up and cuddle little goats, sit and watch the lamb races, watch the peeps race around in the brooder.  There were more of us on the farm then.  More hands made the work possible. 

We realized that goats were becoming a feed bill and we did not really need their milk with having a Jersey cow.  I LOVED my goats, but I knew it was time for them to go.  I cried like a baby, but I knew it was the right thing.  Then last year our sheep barn needed lots of work.  We did not have the time and all the resources to deal with that.  It was no longer a good place to keep sheep.  I really LOVED my sheep.  I really hope to have sheep again in the future.  I knew it was time to say good bye to them at least for awhile.  I cried like a baby, but I knew it was the right thing.   We had problems with our milk cow last year.  We had to dry her off early.

Last year we had problems with some of the birds in our last batch of broilers and with some of our turkeys.  The man behind us had put up three of those huge chicken houses and it affected our birds.  So, this year we did not raise any broilers or turkeys because we could not in good faith tell our customers we were raising healthy meat.  This also affects the meat we raise for ourselves.  

Life changes.  When you are young and raising your children it seems to stretch out so far ahead of you. You have energy and vision and activity.  Then you come to the place where your children become teens and have minds of their own and want to make their own decisions…. decisions that you do not agree with sometimes.  You begin to question your ability to parent that child.  Then one day that last child leaves home and you know that they aren’t coming back.  They are starting their own families in their own homes.  It is hard.  It is change and it has to happen.

I got to spend the day with my Dad and his wife.  I enjoyed and savored every moment of it.  I feel so blessed to still have my Dad.  We talked and laughed.  We shared memories.  We took a drive and looked at the Autumn colors.  We visited a waterfall.  Their season is different than mine.  My season is different than my son’s.  Life changes.

Embrace change.  Go with the changes.  Keep a positive attitude and outlook.  It is going to happen and it will come.  Fighting it only causes problems that don’t have to be. 

What season of life are you in?  I guess I would consider mine Autumn. It just so happens that Autumn is my favorite season.