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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Chickpea Broth Soup

Do you cook beans and legumes from scratch? Don't toss the cooking liquid when you make chickpeas! Drizzle in olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt when you simmer them*, then use the cooking broth to make a summer-y soup. Read on to find out how.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

My Morning Smoothie

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I think that may be true for some but not for others, especially with intermittent fasting and time restricted eating these days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Lavender Iced Tea

There are some words I really love, and they usually have the letter "v" in them. Violin, olive, lavender. My daughter's name, Evelyn. They sound soothing and beautiful to me.

Today I have a lavender iced tea for you. It couldn't be easier. I suppose you can buy lavender at a grocery store or at a farmer's market, or you could get a plant and put it in a pot or in your garden. Many people already have it in their garden and they would likely be happy to give you a couple of springs.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Spain Travels: Madrid and Toledo + What to Pack for a Picnic

Waaaaay back in February, we traveled around Spain before the terms Covid or social distancing were in our everyday vocabulary. For part of our travels, we were with dear friends who were passing through Spain on their way back to Uganda, where they live.

For reasons due to a broken computer, Covid anxiety and busy-ness with life in general, this post is quite delayed. But the pictures are worth sharing and it is fun for me to relive my Spain experiences in looking at them. I hope you enjoy the photos. At the bottom, I will link to a couple of Spanish recipes that I am eager to try, as well as provide tips for what to pack for a picnic. Click here to jump to those recipes.

We were the American tourists who played tag with our kids in Plaza Mayor

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Gratitude Series Part V

Just a reminder - these are past posts from social media. I am behind in finishing this series, but this is the final one and soon I will move on to my backlog of Spain posts.

On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently. 

Day 41: I’m grateful for celebrations. Today I tried a new, delicious recipe for basque-style codfish stew. We made brownies. This afternoon we will play games. We are having a party because...WE CAN TAKE OUR KIDS OUT TOMORROW!! We are super excited. We even saw someone putting caution tape around the playground in the park across the street, so we are hoping that the park will reopen but with the playground off limits. How crazy is it that we are excited about a playground being blocked off so we can use the park? It’s funny how my perspective shifts to be thankful for little, separate things. As in, being allowed out is wonderful. Being able to go in the park is even more wonderful.