Monday, January 9, 2012

Split Pea Soup Week

Looks like throw-up.....
But tastes like Split Pea and Ham Soup!
I can't figure out how to get this recipe upright. And disregard all the cross-outs. I followed the recipe 100% except I used real celery instead of celery salt. Oh and what is ham stock base? I did not do that. Oh and I didn't use the "meaty ham bone" either; I just used some leftover Thanksgiving ham that we had in our freezer. Ohhhhh stop rolling your eyes - it isn't gross. Meat freezes well. Oh and I used 6 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Mmmm so maybe I didn't follow the recipe at all. Did you know you can write so much in a caption?? Will wonders never cease. Recipe courtesy of Barbie Ryan. 

Get in my belly. Happy cloudy week in January. We bought not one, but two bags of split peas from the store yesterday. This means that I will make another batch of soup on Friday. One can never have too much split-pea soup. High in fiber, low in fat - I bet you didn't know that!

In other news, what else to do on a cloudy, cold week in January except go to the cinema. This week, I am attending a sneaky peak of Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseI have watched the trailer a few times now, and I cry every time. Not just get teary; I mean cry. Crying is really a new thing for me. The one movie that has always made me cry is Steel Magnolias, but honestly that was about it. Well, steel tower, no more; I am a soggy mess. I cried at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the second time I read it. I cried throughout each book while reading the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. I cried the last time I watched Notting Hill (I have seen this movie at least 7 times) when Anna Scott says "I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." Oh man, that scene. Gets my throat tight just thinking about it.

I honestly think it was the process of falling in love and being married that has turned me into a crier. Gosh, that makes it sound like I have married a monster. Not so! Michael is the most loving man I have ever known. And it is because of such love that I am what I now am.

So, with all this crying, I've got no choice but to share something that Grandma Catalino gave me last year. I am pretty sure that if you stick with these things, you're going to be just fine.

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