Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dana's Split Pea Soup recipe

Dana's Split Pea Soup
Yesterday and today we were snowed in, so I made soups each day!  And when I posted photos of my split pea on Facebook, a few people emailed me asking for the recipe... and I know I've typed it out a few times, but never saved it... so I figured I'd put it here (and never have to type it out again).

It's totally yummy... vegan... and fat free!  It's super low in calories and high in fiber.

1 lb bag of dried split peas
10 cups of water
1 lb of fresh carrots, cut
about 6 stalks of celery, sliced
1/2 an onion (I used Spanish)
minced garlic
herbs/spices/salt to taste, i use: garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, oregano, parsley

Put 10 cups of water in a big soup pot and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add a teaspoon of salt and add the 1 pound of dried split peas.  Lower heat and let simmer for an hour.  The peas will begin to soften about half way through, and they'll come apart to make a thick soup (rather than peas floating in water) by the end of the hour.
Next add the spices - I put a generous amount of all of them, but parsley and celery salt give the soup a richer "green" taste.  Add about 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.
Then add the carrots, celery, and onions.  They need time to soften.  Keep a lid on the pot so the moisture doesn't all cook out, and let the soup simmer on low heat for about another 40 minutes or so.  It's ready when the carrots are nice and soft.  Serve, and enjoy!

Sometimes I also put some chopped spinach in the soup... also yummy and adds extra iron!

This makes about 6 big bowls of soup - and is a yummy way to get your vegetables with no oil, no fat, and no butter!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ch Ch Ch Changes...

Well, it seems I've been flakey blog-mommy over here, but not for no reason.  My life has been in a tornado of chaos since October, and we're finally settling into a routine.

We signed our new lease for October 5, but didn't actually move in until the first week in November.  We unpacked our house at lightning speed and were pretty much settled within 2 weeks.  Our housewarming party was November 17 and we're loving our new house.  It's pretty much perfect for our needs.

November 15 was a big day in my life... my "long lost" sister (read back in my blog to read about her) came to meet me.  We hit it off smashingly, and the awkwardness went away in just a few days.  She ended up staying nearly 2 months, and in some ways I feel like I've known her for much longer.  In some ways, we just "get" each other.  More on this... her... another time.

Then, the week before Christmas, for the first time since I was halfway through my pregnancy, I went back to work.  I'm working as a full time nanny for a 5 month old baby boy.  (He was 4 months when I started.)  He's just the cutest thing, and the easiest, happiest baby.  I get along great with his mom and we have many similar ideas on parenting (and she's a working mom, so she's out many days and works from home some) and they have a gorgeous house 4.2 miles from mine.  And they're really great to me.  It's been a perfect "back to work" experience.

As for Lilian, it took her a few weeks, but she's gotten adjusted to the changes.  She spends days home with my wife, or some days she goes to my mother-in-law's house who is more than happy to have the company.  Lilian is like her little sidekick now, and she's learning a lot from her.  For a couple of weeks it was tears when I left, and super clingy high maintenence baby when I got home, but now I get a hug and kiss goodbye, and a great cheerful hello when I get home.  We signed her up for a music class once a week, so that should be a great social thing for her to look forward to.  Lily has changed and grown up so much, but that's for another post.

So... that's where we're at now.  Things are looking up for us.  I love my new town, new house, new job, etc.  And I can't wait to blog all about it!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Strange Sleep Experiences

The past few days, I've had weird sleep experiences.

A few days ago, I took a nap with the TV on, and the show influenced my dream.  I woke up feeling like something had really happened to me, and it felt so real.... then I saw it on TV (my DVR loops the show, so it probably played a few times during my nap).  It was very disorienting.

Then yesterday, I wasn't feeling well (allergy flare up) and I took 1 benadryl pill before I laid down to take a nap with Lilian.  We napped from about 2:30-5:30, and when I woke up, it was darkish... and I thought it was 5 am.  I was kinda sad that I slept through my entire day off, but I had 2 hours before I had to wake up and get dressed for work, so I went back to sleep.  When Lily woke me up at 6pm, it occurred to me that it was actually PM and that I had 14 more hours before work.  Also very disorienting.

Then at around 5am this morning, I woke up with Lilian sleeping ON me, kinda in my lap and using my belly as a pillow, the way she sometimes lays when she's watching TV.  But I don't remember her sitting there, and when I looked to see what was last played on the DVR, it was my show that I fell asleep to (not one of her shows, that I sometimes put on for her in the middle of the night if she can't fall back asleep right away).  So I have no idea how/when she got in my lap... if she climbed there on her own, or if I put her there, or if she woke up and I sat her there to calm her down to get her back to sleep, etc.  I just have no memory of the night at all.

I'm not really a deep sleeper, so waking up so confused is unusual for me.  Maybe it's because I've been feeling run down?  All of these things just felt so bizzare to me... and all in a row.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

People Can Still Amaze Me

I came across this blog this morning.

I'm sure everyone has their own opinions of varying strengths about these hot topics: abortion, fertility medicine, IVF, sex selection, adoption, etc.  I sure do.  And although I have no problem sharing them, this isn't the time.  But with all of our varying opnions, I feel like this situation would horrify nearly everyone. 

But my first thought was really... why is this in the news?  As in... why is this public?  Why does anyone KNOW about her abortion of the twins?

Just reading that made me sick...

I want to hear your thoughts.

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