Thursday, October 23, 2008

Catching Up

Okay, so I'm still pregnant. Still waiting. I so didn't think I'd still be carrying this one around inside of me at this point. I am SO ready. In the meantime, I thought I'd catch up on a few posts...

My friend Jennifer tagged me a while back to post some of my hubby's favorite, a few of Gary's favorite things include:
1. ME!   :) (which leads to #2...
2. His baby girls
3. Reading/studying good books...his favorite author/speaker is John Piper
4. baseball...watching/playing...which has evolved into playing softball in his middle age
5. food...he thoroughly enjoys the whole experience of eating/savoring a tasty meal
6. fellowship...he likes down time which has become precious to us especially in this exceptionally chaotic season of life
There's a few of his favorite things. (I'm feeling a bit like the Sound of Music here.) He would be included in mine.

Okay, so another friend Melissa wanted us to post our favorite soup recipe, in light of the fall season being here. I think I have many favorite soups. I love the cold weather so I can enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup while wearing a cozy sweater. I just love the different seasons. Anyway, so one of my absolute favorite soup recipes is Pasta Bean Soup, one I found in a Light & Tasty magazine a while back that my parents even made in their cafe while it was open. I promise, it tastes way better than the name. It is SO good, and very nutritious. Just try it.

Pasta Bean Soup:
8 oz small pasta, cooked
2 celery ribs, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 c water
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/4 c chicken broth
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can white kidney beans
2 cups shredded fresh spinach (or use frozen- it works just as well)
shredded parmesan cheese

Cook pasta, drain & set aside. Saute celery, carrots, onion & garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomatoes, broth, basil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer 10 minutes. Add pasta to veggie mixture. Add beans, heat through. Stir in spinach, cook about 2 minutes (or longer if using frozen). Sprinkle with parmesan cheese for each serving as desired. 

Okay, so we did go to the Pumpkin Patch as a family with our homeschool co-op group, and I got some super cute pics of the girls...but I really need to find my cord to load them onto the computer and share them with you. I have to find that thing before the baby gets here! Oh my! 
So, that's all for now...I really do hope little bit gets here soon. Pray with us in the waiting!


Shannon said...

Where's the baby?