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Friday, February 4, 2011

LENTIL SOUP RECIPE AND DINNERWARE STORAGE IDEA...

Happy Friday, everyone.. Another weekend is here... Thank you, Lord...
I think that almost everyone loves the weekends unless they have to work..
I still love to strive to accomplish a few chores on the weekends even though we no longer HAVE to do it then.  We can putter along all week unless Terry is actually working...lol.. He does once in a while..
So, with that in mind I thought I would give you one of MY favorite SOUP recipes.
I know that I make soup often... (Most days, to be honest)  Terry has learned to appreciate most of them...lol..
I just can't imagine opening a can when you can make such a big pot so EASILY.
Then you can freeze it or use it for lunches.
I don't make as big of batches as I used to but we still eat it ALL...
This is a recipe that I made up as I love Middle Eastern food.  I took 2 recipes and kind of combined them.. I could eat this for breakfast... I think it is my favorite..

LENTIL SOUP
LENTIL SOUP
1 - 16 OZ. can of lentils
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 - 3 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
1/2 cup raw rice
1 cup water
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
1 tsp. cumin
salt pepper to taste..

In a soup pot put lentils, water and chicken stock.  Add the rice and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
In a separate frying pan saute the onion in the olive oil until transparent.. Add the garlic at the end just for a moment.. (until you can smell it) Set aside..
When the rice is cooked add the onion mixture, lemon juice, cumin, and parsley..
Season with salt and pepper..
I guess I must confess that Terry does not like this soup.. I can't quite get him into some of my concotions..lol..

With your fry pan just add a pita and toast on both sides.. It goes lovely with your soup and is a nice change. I try not to eat a lot of bread so this is a nice solution.

Also, my friend Christine who lives in Florida posted these wonderful BISCUITS that you can freeze.. They would be lovely to make on a Saturday morning and then have them for the week..


Thank you, Christine for letting me link to your site.. That is her photo of her biscuits.. 
Also, I wanted to share a couple of organizing tips for your dinnerware and cutlery..
Sometimes it is not only convenient to store it on the counter but pretty, too..

I found this pic on the web and have tried to find where but cannot.. If you know could you let me know where I found it.. It was a very good site...
This is just a canner rack and wide mouthed mason jars for your cutlery.. Neat, eh?
They would be handy and easy to put away..Also, add a decor touch...

Then I used this at the farm.. It is a plate rack that I picked up at a thrift store.
I do not have much cupboard space there and this works lovely..
Well, my dears this is all for today..
Thank you so much for stopping by and remember that I delight in your comments...  

God Bless...
Faye..

9 comments:

  1. Great ideas, Faye. I plan to use them both. The lentil soup looks like a perfect meal on a cold winter eve. Have a blessed weekend.

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  2. Ummm, I'm disappointed that there will not be Keepers! But I'll forgive you... I'm needing a "Faye Fix!" about now! TTYL.

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  3. Love the recipies Faye, I click on here and never feel hungry.
    Also love the lentil soup, just cut out the chicken stock and add veggie one.
    Have a good warm week end :-) x x x

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  4. I LOVE the silverware idea!!! hmm has me thinking! I hope you are feeling better now..

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  5. Hello Faye! Yummy looking soup and there's nothing like a heartwarming bowl on wintry days!
    That is a great idea for cutlery storage - love it and thanks for sharing!
    Blessings
    Christine

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  6. Faye that lentil soup sounds good. But like you I'll have to eat it by myself cause my hubby doesn't like lentils. I love the idea of storing silver ware in the jars and canning rack. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Thanks for dropping into the UK and visiting my blog. I thought I would drop by and see what you were doing, what a wonderful blog and so inspirational. Love the soup recipe - will be trying it out.

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  8. Oh~ thank you Faye for posting your lentil soup recipe... I've been wanting to make some for my hubby (he's never had any) and I want it to be good! Yours sounds yummy!
    That is a wonderful idea for keeping silverware~ and very cute, too! I love your dishes... *sigh*... so beautiful.

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  9. Faye, your blogs (both) are just terrific, I love your ideas, and will try the linen cloths, and flatware. I went over & checked out the biscuits, I'll try those for sure. Thanks for your friendship!
    God bless!

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