Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mmmm, Mmmm, REALLY GOOD!

On a cold evening in February, what is better than a hot bowl of Minestrone? Nothing if you ask me. After trying this recipe, I will search no longer for the perfect soup. Many of you know what a "food snob" I am (picky, picky...yes I know). Trust my taste buds on this one. The best part, lunch the next day!

1 minced white onion
2 chopped zucchini
1 cup green beans (frozen or fresh)
2 minced celery stalks
4 teaspoons minced garlic
4 cups Vegetable Broth...DO NOT USE CHICKEN BROTH!
(I use Low Sodium broth in a box)
2 cans kidney beans, drained
2 cans small white beans, drained
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped carrots
2 Tablespoons fresh minced parsley
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups hot water
4 cups fresh spinach or 1 cup frozen
1 cup small shell pasta

Heat olive oil over medium heat in large pot. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, carrots and zucchini until onions are translucent (about 5-10 minutes).

Add Vegetable Broth, tomatoes, beans, hot water and spices.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.

Add spinach and pasta and cook for about 15 minutes more.
As the liquid reduces, add more hot water if needed.


Monday, February 25, 2008

I Can See Clearly Now...

Notice anything different? Yes, glasses! A few weeks ago Max's teacher emailed me and told me Max was having difficulty seeing the front of the classroom. I have always known with my eyesight as bad as it is, our kids were doomed! After I picked up Max from school, I began asking him to read signs and realized something I hadn't before...he really couldn't see!

Immediately, the guilt set in. All the times I'd frustrated myself for telling him over and over to not sit too close to the TV...I had probably frustrated him because he couldn't see it! Telling time should be a milestone for a 2nd grader, and expected from such a excellent student. For Max, telling time on paper, no problem! The clock on the wall...forget it, he couldn't see it! Who knew?

Mom: "Max, how long have you had trouble seeing things far away?"

Max: "Awhile."

Mom: "How come you didn't tell me?"

Max: "I don't know."

Mom: Sigh, hug, love, a little more guilt.

Today is another story because today, Max and I went to pick up his glasses! He was a totally different kid as soon as he put them on. He looked out the window at the Doctor's Office and whispered, "I can see that sign over there, Wow!" His cheeks turned rosy red and I could see his excitement build! He looked here, there, and everywhere, with his eyes twinkling! Is was amazing to witness. The ride home was fun. I was quizzing him to see what he could now read. It is amazing how much he couldn't see. I still live with the guilt (by nature), but I am so excited for him...He can see it all!

Doesn't he look great?


Today is my Dad's birthday and I couldn't resist sharing some past photos. The things I love about my Dad are...

He makes me laugh. He makes me laugh to the point I have tears streaming down my face or I am about to pee my pants!
He works hard. He has always has.
He appreciates quality and a good deal (thanks Dad, I picked up on that one!).
He is sentimental and sensitive at just the right times.

Love you Dad!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Here We Go...

Well, we are finally throwing ourselves into the blogging world! Although I feel this is a huge commitment on our part, hopefully we will be successful in keeping all of you up to date on the latest happenings around here!

Leon, Jen, Max and Sam