A day of living!

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. -Author Unknown

Happy belated St. Paddy's Day all!

So what did you do today?

Did you go looking for four leaf clovers?
Did you eat corned beef and cabbage?
Did you Zumba?

I did one of the three.  And, if you guessed Zumba, you are correct!

Today was a day of living and it was such fun!

I made a big batch of red lentil soup (recipe below).  However, only half of it made it to the church in the actual pot.  The other half spilled out into the cardboard box I was  carrying the hot crock-pot in.  The other half was eaten - every drop - despite the fact that the ceramic pot cracked while reheating it.

I'm just thankful it turned out and what was left was eaten and enjoyed!  I was even asked for the recipe!  Mom first made this soup a few weeks ago.  It's warm, thick and hearty.  Very comforting on a cold day and healthy, too!  If you try it, let me know how you like it!

Red Lentil Soup
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/3 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced onion
2 Tablespoons tomato paste (can buy it in tubes)
3/4 teaspoon roasted ground cumin (I used regular cumin)
3/4 cup red lentils
3 Tablespoons long grain brown rice
6 cups of water
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon (low sodium)
1/2 teaspoon course salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
(I added about 1/2 cup of barley also)

Directions: Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Add tomato paste and cumin; stir to combine. Add lentils, rice (and barley), water, bouillon, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. 
Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes or until rice and lentils are tender.

Makes about 6 cups. Serves 6.

Note: I doubled the batch for today’s luncheon and actually let it simmer for about 3.5 hours until the lentils softened. It took a lot longer than the recipe said.

Per serving: 246 calories, 7g fat, 0mg chol., 10g prot., 36g carbs., 8g fiber, 107mg sodium.

After the lunch we ladies had a clothing swap.  I ended up with some very cute things - for FREE.  Gotta love that!

Following the swap and a gab session we went for a Zumba lesson.  Zumba is fast moving, heart thumping, whole body swinging dance movements that had me smiling ear to ear.  I sure hope they offer this as a class at church.  I'm going to be the first to sign up!

So how about it - what was your St. Paddy's Day like?


  1. so glad you had a wonderful day plus got free clothes. wow on that alone. they have zumba classes at the YMCA where we go. love the frozen clover. oh no on the cracked crock pot.

  2. Lovely quote and pic!

  3. Oh, wow, it soundded like you had a wonderful day.

  4. Sounds wonderful. I love Pea soup and make it often.
    Hope your day yesterday was wonderful . Loved your image.
    Happy Sunday my friend.

  5. I am so glad you are having fun, and are so involved in our church, Stacey. And yes, I did guess the Zumba! How many were at the Zumba class, is it at the church or maybe the Y?

  6. 'Loved your frosted clovers sweetie. How fittin' for the day.

    Now, didn't ya love Zumba??? Bet ya got your groove on sister.

    God bless and have a great week sweetie!!! :o)

  7. Sounds like a full and fun day.

  8. Sounds like a full and fun day.

  9. I think that if you zumba on March 17, you're allowed to call it a jig. ;)

  10. I went shopping on St. Patricks day but didn't really buy too much. And I did Zumba yesterday! :) On the wii. Very fun!

    I love your image of those frosted clovers ~ so pretty!

    Wishing you a beautiful week Stacey!
    xo Catherine

  11. I love your blog, it's beautiful and I am so please to see some of my same new loves in your sidebar!

  12. It sounds yummy! Thanks! And I agree with Hilary!

  13. When my knee gets better I would love to try Zumba too. You sound like you had a ball.
    I love hearing the joy in this post.
    Sorry about your soup spill. the soup sounds yummy. I may have to try it.