Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mellow Yellow....

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...


  1. Love that sweet collage from your precious girl....sounds like you have much to do...have fun with your mama and sister...blessings

  2. Adorable collage Bri :)
    The soup sounds yummy. The chickkie cup is cute.
    Have fun at your Mom's.
    Love ya

  3. Oh, the collage is adorable! What a lovely job she did making it! We are a big soup family. I have ham and bean soup on right now. i will give this black bean soup a try next. thanks for the recipe.

  4. Freckles takes right after her mama! so when is your birthday chickie? I hope you have a great time. I know you will. Its sunny and bright here, but COLD! only around 30 or so. brrr!
    ONly a few more weeks and things will start to warm up a bit! have a great weekend

  5. What a sweet collage. Freckles did a beautiful job!!! Clarice