a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery.
Sauté until onion is tender (about 3-4 minutes). Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano,
and basil; cook for 1 more minute. Add
lentils, broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1
ready to serve stir in spinach, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
I decorated a mini notebook to carry in my purse. I have a
couple of these style mini notebooks. This one is a Five Star brand but
I have bought other brands of this style notebooks at the Dollar
General. I'll use this notebook in my purse
to write down any notes that I need while I'm out of the house.
I used a elastic
head band to keep it closed and added a pen.
I decorated the little
folders with Mary Engelbreit pages that I cut out from an old page a day
calendar and washi tape.
is what I made to give to my grandkids for Valentines day. My
husband bought 2 of the larger Pringles chips cans and I saved them for
this project. I washed the cans with a damp soapy rag after the chips
were eaten. I decoupaged old wallpaper border onto the cans and folded
the bit of extra on the bottoms. I used
treats from the pantry and treat baggies that I already. This was a no cost project and
my grandkids will love them.
The treats before they went into the cans.
All packed and ready to go. I added the treats with the strawberry
applesauce on the top and put the lids back on the cans.The foil makes
the can look like it hadn't been opened.
I worked on the living room all afternoon yesterday. Shawn and I
worked on it all evening until midnight. We found some surprises under
the wallpaper. As the previous residents in the 1940's-1961 hung the
wallpaper they wrote their names and dates on the walls. Amazing and
very interesting. It's most likely that the wallpaper we're removing is
from the 1961 papering. LOL Its almost makes us sad to paint over the
names but they take up a good portions of walls. Shawn loves this type
My husband repairing the old vent for chimney for a wood burning stove.
The old wallpaper getting strapped off the walls.
We fixed a few spots were the plaster was pulled away from the back slats.
16 to 28 ounces canned tomatoes,
chopped with juices
2 green bell peppers, seeded and
4 celery stalks with leaves, chopped
6 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 pound green beans, stem ends
snapped, sliced on the diagonal
1 tsp. garlic
Black pepper to taste
1 tsp. salt
Chopped fresh herbs, such as
parsley, sage, dill, cilantro, or thyme
Put all the prepared vegetables in a
big soup pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce
the heat to medium and boil gently for 10 minutes. Cover, reduce the heat to
low, and simmer until all the vegetables are soft. Stir in the black pepper and
To Serve: This soup can be served hot or cold. It can be pureed or
partially pureed to vary textures. It can be seasoned differently for variety,
with balsamic vinegar, lemon or lime juice, different fresh herbs, or chopped
Shawn and I emptied our living room on Sunday night to prepare to paint.
Our living room has painted over wallpaper, done by previous owners. We
haven't painted the living room before and we've owned our home for 16
yrs.We're refinishing the floors too. I had removed the Living room carpet when we move in since its was dirty old 70's shag orange carpet.
Our empty Living room.
Our stuff moved around in the family room. We moved the couch and corner
cabinet in from the living room. This was before I decide to remove the family room decor.
After removing the decor.
Our Exercise room turned temporary Living room. We took the decor and end tables to basement.
I don't do Project Life but I
noticed that they call their little image cards that you inset into the
albums pocket cards. I decided to call
the ones I make pocket cards due to their size and their decorative to
add to other larger projects. They're a bit larger than an ATC (Artist
Trading Card) which is supposed to be the size of a baseball card. I
plan to use them in mini books or in my mixed media art journals. I'm recycling the images from an old Mary Engelbreit page a
day calendar and using up my scraps of papers instead of tossing them.
11 of them while at a bring your own projects Scrapbook/Craft day on Saturday. I used scraps
of cardstock, colored printer paper, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and
It's funny cause I made exactly 11 at home in the fall too. I used paper punches on a few of them.
I used greeting cards to make 3 of these. I made 2 of them a bit smaller than an ATC size.