Despite the chill in the air, I got a warm hug from msfitzita in the form of the Cherry On Top award! Thank so much, msfitzita, for including me on your list of "five wonderful women who always manage to say something that makes me smile, cry, nod or laugh - sometimes all in the same post"! This was sweet of you.
We all know how these work: I have to link back to the person who awarded me (do go read her blog), and then pick five blogs to pass the award along to. Make sure to comment on the awarded blogs so they know they’ve been picked.
Just a handful of amazing women I know, whose stories have moved me, and who inspire me to be a better human being (and please don't take offense if you're not on the list ... when I get an award I try to share the wealth so that all of the wonderful bloggers I read feel the love ... see the Versatile Blogger award post for some other blogs worthy of your reading time):
- Rebecca at http://roadlesstraveledblog.blogspot.com/
- Melissa at http://melissamuirfamily.blogspot.com/
- RunningMama at http://moreroominmyheart.blogspot.com/
- Serenity at http://serenitynowinfertile.wordpress.com/
- Tasivfer at http://tasivfer.wordpress.com/
So all in all, it was a good birthday: the 4-year old party in the morning was as sane as those kinds of parties at indoor play-places get, I got to go to the indoor market and visit my friend the artisan chocolate truffle maker (who, to my surprise, took my advice for adding more spices to his pumpkin caramel truffles seriously enough to change his recipe!), took a nap in the afternoon while I. was napping, went to dinner at a new restaurant where the food was both delicious and reasonably priced, and then bundled up to watch our town's holiday parade, full of floats and fire trucks and Girl Scouts dressed like presents and penguins. My father-in-law sent me desperately needed new socks, my mother-in-law sent me note cards, my husband gave me gorgeous new pottery (I am such a sucker for pottery) and an extension tube for my food photo hobby, my brother gave me new running shoes, and my amazing creative sister in law made me a tote bag with fabric she bought in Paris. I didn't have to eat any chard or clean up any pee on the floor.
I don't typically make birthday or new years' resolutions, because I feel like they're artificial, and I have a hard time keeping them. But last year when I "didn't-resolve" to blog and to "join a community of people who would help me finish the baking," I found this space and all of you. I wrote a while ago about wanting a new gig ... that still applies, and perhaps this is the year that I will find clarity about my next calling.
You all know, of course, the rhyme about beans. "Beans, beans, good for the heart, the more you eat, the more you ..." well, I promised not to be obscene here, and there is the other version about "the musical fruit" and "the more you toot." But I thought I'd post this recipe today, because I'm hoping for a new year in my life that is good for the heart: a new child to learn about who will teach me to parent and to love all over again, purpose and direction in my life's work, more writing and creating, friendships on and offline that continue to grow and develop, wishes and hopes and dreams of all of my friends and loved ones fulfilled. Here's to 37; I'm raising my bowl of beans to you--may you be good for the heart.
1 T. olive oil.
2 chopped onions
2 garlic cloves minced
1 t. peeled and grated ginger
6 c. water
1 c. lentils
1 (15oz) can garbanzos, rinsed/drained
1 (19oz) can cannellini beans
1 (14.5 oz ) can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
1/2 c. diced carrots
1/2 c. celery
1 t. garam masala
1/2 t. ground cardamon
1/2 t. ground cayenne pepper
1/2 t. ground cumin
Saute onions, garlic and ginger in 1 tbs olive oil for about 5 min or until translucent. To the sauteed onion add lentils, carrots, celery, tomatoes, garbanzos, cannellini beans. Cover with 6 cups of water, and add the spices. Bring to boil for a few minutes, lower the heat and simmer until the lentils are soft. Puree half the soup in the food processor (or whole soup if you want it smooth), return to the pot, stir and enjoy.