February 27, 2015

More Wine Recs!

Happy Friday folks! Just in time for the weekend I am here with some great wine picks at all different price points. Cheers!

My Aunt and Uncle brought this Mission Point Pinot Noir to our house last weekend and it was delicious! A bit lighter than some other Pinots I've had (Trader Joes $9).

This Ca' Momi was delicious and enjoyed with an amazing Flounder dinner made by our friends ($18).

While shopping at Costco (ours has a great wine section) my friend recommended this Cab, Leese-Fitch. It was amazing friends and I was blown away as I didn't think I liked Cabernet ($12).

While my parents were in town we tried this Elk Cove Pinot Noir. I think it's a new fav!! So delicious and I can't wait to pick up another bottle ($29)!

Have a great weekend and let me know if you try any of my wine recs!

February 25, 2015

Mom's Lentil Veggie Soup

I've been trying to prepare a salad or soup on the weekend so I have something to eat all week for lunch. Without having something planned for lunch each day I end up extremely cranky all day and making poor food choices. When my parents were here this past weekend I asked my mom for her Lentil Soup recipe so I could make it to eat this week. She keeps hers simple with just salt and pepper as seasoning, but I decided to add a little extra spice with some cumin and paprika. I am partial to a large sprinkle of grated parm on top too! The best part is this soup tastes even better when you let it sit and eat it the next day. Enjoy!

Mom's Lentil Veggie Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 carrots, chopped
3-4 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes (don't drain)
1/2 cup lentils (red, green or both!)
1 box of broth (you can use veggie or chicken)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 cup chopped kale

season to your liking with:
salt and pepper
onion powder
garlic powder

*top with grated parm and a nice hunk of bread! I love Whole Food's Seeduction bread!

1. Sautee onion, garlic, carrots and celery in the oil for about 5 min. This is a good time to add salt and pepper.
2. Add can of tomatoes, stir well and bring to a boil
3. Add lentils and stir well.
4. Add carton of broth and simmer uncovered for 1/2 hour.  It will still end up quick thick with the entire box, so if you can to thin it out later or after it sits in the fridge, you can add more broth or water.
5. Add corn, peas, and kale. Simmer uncovered for another 1/2 hour until lentils are soft.
6. I added onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and cumin to my soup. I think this gives it a little extra flavor and punch. Start with less, taste, and adjust as needed!

February 23, 2015

Life Lately

It seems like I can't get my act together recently to blog. I am not quite sure why, but I am back here today with a recap of our weekend. I also will be back Wednesday with some more great wine recommendations as those posts always seem popular!

First up, my parents were in town and we had a blast. Yesterday we took the boys to see Paddington Bear and they loved it. Even our two year old sat through the whole movie (with three bathroom trips and lots of snacks of course!). We thoroughly enjoyed the movie too and highly recommend it whether you have kiddos or not! 

I cannot believe I'd put my chipped feet out on the Internet, but hey, it's Winter. What can you do. Anyways, I took a trip to Target with my mom and these sandals were so cute! Couldn't decide between black and tan.

I did pick up this mirror for our upstairs hallway. It was only $40 and looks great!

My mom also brought me a new painting that I immediately hung upstairs. It is of my Cherry Tree outside my childhood bedroom. I am so lucky and adore it of course!

Finally I am about a third of the way through The Silent Sister and I love it. It is about a woman who goes back home to her father's house after he dies and uncovers lots of family secrets. It is certainly a page turner and I am sure I will zip through it! I have some more book recommendations too coming up as I got some good ones from friends and family!