Best way to begin a Friday?? Dancing. I could hear music and thumping coming from Ava's room this morning as we were doing our usual getting ready for school/work routine and I opened the door to find the girls dancing it up to one of my old "NOW 7" cd's (Yes, I still have all my old cheesy cd's and still occasionally listen to them). All rosy cheeked and out of breath-Ava told me "We're going to start everyday dancing...we just wish we had all Michael Jackson CD's" Too funny!! Well, Ava...you do have a birthday coming!!
Another lovely way to start a Friday?? Talk of weekend weather in the 60's! I would prefer the 80's we were enjoying in Florida, but I'll take what I can get. It's funny how crazy we all get here in Montana at the first signs of warm weather. Everywhere you looked yesterday you saw flip flops and shorts. I guess when you have a summer as short as ours ya gotta start early!
So...a little food fun...last night I tried a new recipe-Lentil and Pasta soup. Matt loves lentils (good Lebanese food) however, I haven't quite jumped on board with it. But, if you add pasta and cheese to it I figured it's gotta be good and it was. It was a hit with the whole family (and that can be tricky!) I didn't take a photo because it doesn't look as pretty as it tastes...here's the recipe if your wanna give it a go. (Bonus-it's super healthy!!)
Lentil and Pasta Soup
-Heat olive oil in a big sauce pan and toss in a couple cloves of garlic, some chopped onion and chopped carrot...saute around 10 minutes. (You could add any other veggies here also)
-Add 6 cups of water, 2 cups of veggie broth, 1 can of whole or diced tomatoes and 3/4 cup lentils. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and some dried thyme
-Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer covered around 20-25 minutes
-Toss in 1 cup of dried pasta (we used bow tie) and chopped chard (I used red chard)...cook around 10 minutes until noodles are done
-Stir in some torn basil and shredded Parmesan cheese and serve with bread