Good Morning. I am taking the day off of my normal blogging entries today. I apologize to all of you. My heart is not in it. No, this has nothing to do with the minor surgery I had on Monday. This is about my daughter.
Let me explain.
Last Friday evening I received an email from her college, a small liberal arts school in Minnesota. There had been an accident, but the details were not clear. After texting her, receiving more emails and fighting tears, we found out five young men from her college had been involved in a horrible accident on the icy roads near the campus. Three of the young men died from their injuries.
One of these boys that passed away was a friend of my daughters. She met him last year and he taught her how to play ultimate Frisbee. He was on the "elite" team on campus.
She also found out that one of her very good friends (her roommate last year) had planned to be in that car that afternoon. It's almost too much to comprehend at this point and I get tears in my eyes every time I think about it.
She has had a rough week. We all have. I have shed tears and made myself more than 100% available to her this week. I let her know she could contact me when she felt she needed to talk to someone off campus or just needed to hear her mom's voice.
The school has gone above and beyond to help all the students. Professors are being a bit more lenient with deadlines and assignments, extra counseling has been brought in, and memorial fund information has been shared with everyone.
Tomorrow is the memorial service for her friend. I feel so helpless. I want more than anything to fly up there and give her a hug. I also know that she is part of an amazing community and they have each other. But it makes my heart ache that I cannot be there for her to lean on.
Today, make sure you give an extra hug to the ones you love.
I will see you all back here on Monday. I promise to make it a little lighter and brighter for you.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Oh how I love Pinterest!! Do you follow me? Well, what are you waiting for? There are so many wonderful ideas on this great site. Food, clothing, crafts, vacation spots...the list is endless! I sometimes just look around and save things which I will probably never make, do, or wear, but it's fun and honestly? A complete time waster. But, when you're not feeling 100% and have been told to limit your physical activity for two weeks (and maybe you don't listen and are now regretting it) you have to find some way to spend your time. How much HGTV and Food Network can one girl watch?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
How are you all doing today? I'm hanging in there. I just wish I could sleep all night! Makes for a long day when you're up for four hours or more in the middle of the night. The worst part is trying not to move to I don't wake the dogs. You see, they would think it was time to rise and eat some breakfast if I moved around or did any chores. So I stay as still as possible while reading and playing games on my Kindle. The problem last night was it ran out of battery! Don't you hate when that happens?
Today is a new day and I hope it's full of love and happiness for all of you. I have negativity in my life some days and I'm not exactly sure what to do about it. How in the world do you tell someone they are being selfish and ignorant? I have yet to discover the balance between being angry and just ignoring it. There are just some people in the world (and way too many in my life) that think of themselves first every single day. Time for me to move on and keep that negativity away from my happy life, I guess. What do you do?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Morning! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your day. It's quiet and slow and around here, but that's just fine. I have to take it easy this week. I won't go into details, just a minor outpatient procedure, but all is good with the world! My dogs are keeping on eye on me and snuggling. What would we do without dogs?
I don't have much to share, I'm so sorry. Hopefully tomorrow I will be a bit wordier! If you're looking for a great soup with a light curry flavor this one is for you! I think we could have spiced it up a little, but it was really good as is.
Have a great day!
|I had a little gluten-free naan left in the freezer, so we thawed that out to enjoy with the soup and it was awesome!|
Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
(adapted slightly from Clean Eating)
2 cups dry brown or green lentils, rinsed
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1/2 pound ground white turkey
1/4 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 Russet potatoes, cubed
2 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 can light coconut milk
1/4 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt (if desired for garnish)
1. In a large pot, combine lentils and 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until water is absorbed and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, then uncover and set aside.
2. In a soup pot, heat 1 tsp oil. Add ground turkey. Cook until no longer pink. Remove from pot and set aside.
3. To the pot add remaining 1 tsp oil. Add onion and saute, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add potatoes, celery, and carrots and saute 3 more minutes. Add curry powder and cumin and saute for 3 minutes more. Stir in milk and half of lentils.
4. Add turkey and 2 cups water to pot and reduce heat to medium. Stir in remaining half of lentils and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. If needed, add additional water to reach desired consistency. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.
**The original recipe called for 2 carrots, sweet potatoes and boneless, skinless turkey breast. I modified based on what I had in the kitchen!
***Also, I like to let my soup cook a bit longer so the flavors merge. If you're in a hurry, by all means follow the times listed!
Monday, March 3, 2014
You don't have to be Irish to appreciate St. Patrick's Day. Plus, it's not all about drinking green beer is it? It's a day of celebration, wearing green, and enjoying life! Why not spruce up the house and get the kids involved in a few crafts? Today I have three easy crafts from Country Woman Magazine to share with you.
*Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post in any way. I am just sharing the information with the readers for ideas.
Some of these fun and easy DIY St. Patrick's Day craft projects along with their simple step-by-step instructions include:
Clothespin Leprechauns: These clever St. Patrick’s Day clothespin leprechauns are extremely versatile and easy to make—add a hanging loop to make an ornament, glue on a pin back for a brooch or use as a fun party favor. Start by painting both of the clothespins green and quickly transform them into leprechauns by adding red felt as hair, dark green felt as a skirt or vest, attaching wiggle eyes, and drawing on a mouth and nose. For a list of materials, visit: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/clothespin-leprechaun-craft/
· St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece: Bells of Ireland are believed to bring luck to those thoughtful enough to include them in their household arrangements. Knowing their lucky reputation, this centerpiece is the perfect way to add some extra luck this St. Patrick’s Day. All you need are four simple materials and you will be extra festive and lucky this holiday. For full step-by-step instructions, see: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/st-patricks-day-centerpiece/
· Cross Stitch Irish Pillow: This craft makes a great gift to give any family member or friend, or as a great accent to your home. Print out a downloadable pattern and color key that you can find on Country Woman’s website. Simply stitch, cut, and assemble to create the perfect Irish pillow. For a full how-to, check out: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/cross-stitch-irish-pillow/
If If you want to fall in love with more craft ideas for St. Patrick’s Day and the spring visit:http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/crafts/holiday-crafts/spring//or download the digital version of Country Woman on the iPad, Nook, Kindle or Google Play & Android.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The end of the week already? Where have the days gone? One more appointment today and then to enjoy the weekend! We are going to see the St. Louis Blues play the Phoenix Coyotes (soon to be Arizona Coyotes). The hockey games down here are a lot of fun, even though the arena is pretty far. You just head out early and make a day out of it.
Do you have big plans?