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Soup of the Week: Minestrone!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

In the fridge: celery, carrots, onion, red and yellow and orange bell peppers, parmesan cheese.

In the freezer: three skinless boneless chicken breasts, corn and peas.

In the cupboard: canned diced tomatoes, whole wheat spaghetti noodles, canned mixed beans (fava, chickpea, kidney), rosemary, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt.

What a great soup! I had a tiny "taster bowl" before heading to the office for about three hours (sob, sob: waaaay too much to do) and then (yay!) out for another spring ski.

It was amazing how much the weather had changed from yesterday: much warmer at +3C, with lots of green grass under the huge old oak trees and spruces, and plenty of animal tracks everywhere. Definitely hibernation is over for the rabbits who seem to be feasting under the trees! And I had to laugh at the Canada goose foot prints, a kind of avian snow shoe trail!

I'm pleasantly achy through my shoulders and arms from a terrific workout . . . and so aware, it could be the last of the season. Golf soon: it's fun to think about that too as I swoosh down the fairways!

Tomorrow at the gym I'll aim for upper body weight lifting to stretch things out a bit, and then a soak in the whirlpool!

Chicken, potatoes and beets baking in the oven . . . plus some asparagus. And I'm thinking: I've earned a glass of wine!

I've got a tough week coming up: but what a lovely weekend.
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KLONG8 3/28/2013 10:48AM

    Loved your soup idea! And spring skiing can be so much fun! Yes, you earned that glass of wine...I hope you enjoyed it!

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SWAZY33 3/27/2013 9:31AM

    emoticon minestrone soup! YUM emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 3/26/2013 12:58PM

    Sounds like a great meal and yes you have earned a glass of wine!!

Summer will be here before you know it and you will be so prepared to enjoy at the peak of health!!

Vandal

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NUOVAELLE 3/26/2013 2:49AM

    Thank you for the soup idea! I hope your week is off to a great start!
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KALIGIRL 3/25/2013 8:52AM

    You have indeed! emoticon

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NANCY- 3/25/2013 7:51AM

    That lovely soup should make the week more enjoyable and help bring you to the coming weekend.
The "avian snow shoe" brought about a wonderful visual. Thanks.
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_LINDA 3/25/2013 1:57AM

    emoticon The soup and you day sounds great! We haven't come close to our normal temperatures yet, but compared to what we have had this great, warm sunny weekend was just amazing!! Temps down to -21 C at night, and up to -9 or -7, normal should be the same as you got today!
Have a great week and enjoy that soup!

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CRYSTALJEM 3/24/2013 11:30PM

    Warmer today but no grass visible for awhile yet. +5 by next weekend but still -20 nights. Sheesh.

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PHEBESS 3/24/2013 9:01PM

    Mmmmmm, minestrone is wonderful!!!!

And warm weather is SO nice when it finally arrives!!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/24/2013 8:40PM

    Mmmm, I love soup and winter is soup season. Enjoy!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/24/2013 7:59PM

    So glad you've enjoyed your week end!! Your soup sounds lovely. Your fitness program sounds terribly effective.Your appreciation of the outdoors and nature's creatures is good for the soul. Good for you! Spark On!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/24/2013 7:33PM

    I made a Sparkrecipe soup: cabbage, cauliflower, and blue cheese! (I think yours sounds better.)

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NITTINNANA 3/24/2013 7:21PM

    The weekend sounds delightful! Best of wishes to you for the week to come.

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PHOENIX1949 3/24/2013 6:52PM

    Awesome weekend. Good luck with the week's upcoming challenges.

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CARRAND 3/24/2013 6:47PM

    A lovely weekend indeed. I love to make soup. I could eat all of yours except the pasta. (I'm gluten intolerant). I made vegetarian chili last week, and enjoyed it very much.

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FREELADY 3/24/2013 6:45PM

    Recreation, wildlife, and homemade soup....what a delightful day! (But no wildlife in the soup?)
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ONEKIDSMOM 3/24/2013 6:25PM

    We really have to soak up these weekends, don't we? Well spent, from my perspective! Spark on.

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PJ2222 3/24/2013 6:19PM

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