Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Momma' s Lentil Soup

It's getting cold in New England, thus the perfect time to make tonight's dinner.
Momma's Lentil Soup.
If I'm honest my first attempt at this soup, which my Mom makes to perfection, was a huge FAIL. But, in true winner's fashion, I am going to try, try again.
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery (I omit these because they sick me out), chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and Pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound of lentils
11 cups of chicken broth
2/3 cup elbow pasta
1 cup of grated Parmesan
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the pasta and simmer for another 8 minutes. Sprinkle with Parm and serve.
I happened to look up Lentil Soup on the Food Network website and except for a sprig of thyme, this is Giada's exact recipe too. Hmmmm......Either Momma is a cooking phenom or she is rather handy with a computer. I will go with the former for Momma's sake.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Birthday Girl

Happy Thanksgiving!

But more importantly,
Happy 1st Birthday Cameron Brooke!

Although I couldn't be there, I made sure to provide the party dress,

and the party hats.

Who says you can't be part of the party if you're not there?

Cameron, Happy Birthday, we love you so much!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crappy Day?

You're Welcome.
Yes, that's the hubs circa 1990-something.
I'm not sure what's better, the hideous shirt he think is so cool or the fact that he is doing the 'Captain Morgan' pose unknowingly.
This kid is oozing confidence and don't think for a second that it's a coincidence that he is wearing sunglasses inside.
His future is just too bright.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I may be the last person on the planet to have heard of 'Band of Horses'...

But, better that than never. I am officially obsessed.

Wear It Starbucks.

This is a public service announcement from yours truly.

I have officially found the Coffee-mate holiday flavors at my grocery store. Cartwheels ensued and I almost broke out dancing to 'Do You Love Me' when it came on over the load speaker in the store but that's a whole different story. Okay, okay, the cartwheels were in my head but cartwheels were performed okay?

I purchased, 'Pumpkin Spice' and 'Sugar and Spice' (not sure what this tastes like but it had a cookie on the bottle so it promptly ended up in my cart. And apparently I like some spice in my life). You can also find 'Gingerbread Latte', and 'Egg Nog' and 'Peppermint Mocha' (!!!!!!) A little tip for ya, spend the $2.50 on this instead of your Starbucks and you can have approximately 882 more of your favorite holiday coffee drinks.

I'm a Basirico, and if you weren't already aware, bargains make us really happy. I mean really, really happy, to the point where we do cartwheels in our heads.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Insane in the Membrane

I've gone insane and have no brain.

I have decided to do a 30 day Bikram challenge.

Yoga every day for 30 days.....at 6 in the morning.....in 110 degree heat.

If it sounds like I'm complaining, it's because I am.

"Why are you doing it then", you ask? Because I am insane in the membrane. And I like a challenge...even though I hate it when my alarm goes off at 5:25am.

And when I am doing 'awkward pose'.

And standing head to knee pose.

And....standing bow pose.

And when my teacher sounded like the the 'clear eye's' man today...you know the one.

Besides that though, I'm super pumped about it. Only 21 days left. If you don't see anymore blog posts though it's probably because I have melted.
Death by yoga.