I’m standing outside in the cold damp grass watching the perfect family through their kitchen window.
This weekend was busy and relaxing at the same time. My husband and I went out to dinner with friends on Friday. Saturday, I spend part of the day with my mom, a late Mother’s Day. We went for a run, picked up a greek chicken sandwich (from Green Kitchen) at the Milwaukee Market, and enjoyed some coffee at Stone Creek Coffee. The time was also spent with another ‘how to use Facebook and your iPhone’ session with my mom, I’m her on-call tech support. Sunday was rushing to get everything done day. I had cleaning to do before my sister-in-law visits this holiday weekend, it’s only half done. But my husband and I found time to visit the Milwaukee Market and Whole Foods. The weather was just wonderful, it was so hard to work on things inside. Hopefully the forecast for this up coming weekend changes to be less cold and more sunny. Either way, it will be a fun week ahead.
Some pictures from this weekend:
Skyline from I-94
Stone Creek Coffee Giant Mug!
Giant Jawbrakers ~ Milwaukee Market
Mmm.. chocolate Eiffel Towers ~ Milwaukee Market
More vendors ~ Milwaukee Market
Greek Chicken with avocado from Green Kitchen
Latte ~ Stone Creek Coffee
Manual V60 drip coffee ~ Stone Creek Coffee
Sugar cookie for the hubbys
Basket for the farmers market from my mom, Pepper is checking it out
First open rose on the balcony
My setup outside, enjoying the wonderful weather
Oh baking muffins, how much fun it can be. If only these muffins were not filled with flour but instead of something that helped me lose weight. That’s ok, I’ll just make all of my other meals healthier.
This was my dinner from last night. My mother took me out for an early birthday dinner to the French restaurant Pastiche Bistro on KK in Milwaukee, WI. The food was quite good, bigger portion sizes then I expected. Which means I have plenty of leftovers for the next day or so. It was a wonderful dinner with my mother!
With saturday being really busy I decided to make something simple that I can use all week-long for dinners. This vegetable soup has the vegetables that I wanted and is versatile. The soup is a bit bland on its own, which is nice because I can add different spices or protein to it each night and have something a little different.
Here is a little recipe and directions on how I made the soup:
3 Cloves of garlic (that was all I had)
4-6 stalks of Celery
2 firm tomatoes
1/2 pound of green beans
3 stalks of green onions (optional)
Handful of chopped basil (optional)
1 cup of cooked rice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cups of vegetable broth
3 cups of water
1. Cut and clean the Leeks (How to here!)
2. Cut the celery and 2 of the carrots.
3. Add the leeks, celery, carrots, and pressed garlic into a pot with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season if desired. Cook on med/med-hi heat for about 5-8 minutes or until leeks are softened
4. Chopped tomatoes roughly. Keep seed and juices. (could also use a can of diced tomatoes)
5. Add tomatoes, 4 cups of vegetable broth and 3 cups of water to pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes.
6. Wash rice (How to here!) and start in rice cooker.
7. Chop green beans, green onions, and remaining carrot. Add to pot and simmer for another 20 minutes.
8. Add the cooked rice and chopped basil. Stir in and remove from heat.
9. Let the soup sit for about 20 minutes, during this time the rice will expand and take over the soup.
10. Customize to want you want and enjoy!!
The photos below were randomly taken while cooking. I usually forget to take pictures of some steps, oops!
Let me know what variations you made of this recipe and how they turned out!