Today was just kind of one of those days...A mellow yellow day where it was sunny yet chilly out. We did our lessons, a bit of laundry, dusting, sweeping and vacuuming. My dear Freckles picked me a whole vase of cheer....Well, she made me a collage. Sweet isn't she? I ate left over black bean soup for lunch with a couple circus cookies. I found the black bean soup recipe in the Dec~Jan 2011 issue of Mary Janes Farm. There's a whole section on Soups For Supper. I already made the Tamato Tarragon Bisque and paired it with grilled cheesy sandwiches. It was delish. Next on my list is Cheddar & Potato then Butternut Squash Soup. Last week we were over a friend's for dinner...She made a really good Corn Chowder which I plan to make as well. I love soups really anytime of the year... Especially on the chilly nights. They are wholesome and MMM MMMM good for you too! Did I mention they are easy to throw together as well? Here's the recipe for Black Bean Soup. I know it looks scary in the picture, but trust me it is really tasty!
Black Bean Soup
Saute 1 diced onion, 1 cup diced carrot, 1 stalk diced celery, and 2 cloves minced garlic in 3T olive oil. Add 1 1/2 t ground cumin and 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes; Cook for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water, 2 cups chicken broth, and 2 cans (16oz.) organic black beans undrained; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Add 2 T fresh chopped cilantro, 1/4 t cinnamon, and 1/2 cup orange juice; cook for 10 minutes. Mash some of the beans in the pot. Stir in 2 t lemon juice and salt to taste. Serves 6.
A bit more Spring cleaning and sorting through junk for our fundraiser garage sale is in order. Also getting ready for a visit to my mom's. The kids are going to be doing some TO DO stuff for some moola! That's always nice. Then we're off to celebrate my sisters birthday/ (SLASH) My birthday lunch for the girls and a wee bit of shopping... Mama is gonna get us girls a little token for our birthday's! Woot!!! I am also putting out a few Springy things and thought I'd show ya this cute chubby chick I got from my mom's garage sale last Summer... Now to fill it with some goodies! Hope you all have a delightful day...Weather it be a good day or bad day or just one of those mellow yellow days...