A funny thing happened today out here in the desert – mud. Yup, the day started with a little cloud cover, and some sprinkles. The clouds were rolling in, and we could no longer see the hills behind us:
And it progressed:
As the day went on, the rain stopped for a bit, but really started to be steady around 2 pm. Hannah was heading back to us, and since she had the stomach flu while she was away, we were hoping the drive would be easy for her.
The desert hardpack really did not absorb this water well, and it started getting messy:
About this time, I decided to get the soup started. David stopped working on his project outside, and came in to play his keyboard for awhile. Hannah arrived, and retreated to our bed. She has been there ever since. She is fine, just tired, and I am thankful to have her under our roof again.
While I was cooking, the rain kept falling. Just before sunset, it looked like this:
This will hopefully be absorbed or evaporate by the time I need to head out on Tuesday. I can only imagine how messy the car and truck will be if we have to travel on this for several miles. Please do not get the impression that I don’t know what the weather is like in other parts of the country. This rain is just a sprittle compared to what people back east are dealing with, and I know it. Oh, enough about the weather!
The first thing I read this morning was from Timber Hawkeye at Buddhist Boot Camp: “Your job isn’t to go around trying to save people, or to drag them kicking and screaming with high hopes that in the end they will thank you… all you can do is live a healthy life yourself, trusting that those with eyes to see will pay attention and then save themselves. Your life is your message, so LIVE your message. Actions are way louder than words.” Boy did that hit me hard! I have been thinking about it all day, and can see where I have pushed my idea of what is healthy or right pretty hard on my siblings and my mom. OK, on everyone that I love. Even those who aren’t speaking to me right now.
Now, on to today’s recipe! I have been carrying around a too-large-for-RV-life bag of onions, and today was perfect for soup. I found this recipe online, and ignored the oil. I then added some celery, zucchini and mushrooms towards the end to give it some nutritional value!
EASY VEGAN FRENCH ONION SOUP RECIPE
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 2 hours
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 large white or yellow onions, sliced into thin half-moons
3 large fresh thyme sprigs (about 1 tbsp), leaves stripped (or ½ tsp dried)
2 tbsp good quality aged balsamic vinegar
4 cups (1qt) vegetable stock (no salt added)
2 cups purified water
1 bay leaf
3 tsp sea salt, divided
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions, thyme, 1 tsp salt and drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the onions; lower the heat to medium low. The onions may be filling the pot completely but will cook down to about ⅓ of their mass. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the onions caramelize and turn light golden brown, about 50-60 minutes. Add the balsamic and cook until it’s absorbed and the onions are a deeper brown, about 15 more minutes. Add the stock, water, bay leaf, remaining salt and pepper, then bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer at least 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
– See more at: http://www.elizabethrider.com/easy-vegan-french-onion-soup-recipe/#sthash.zFmYnLSc.dpuf
Hannah skipped it, but David ate it with me. He just told me that he isn’t a fan of onion soup, but if he was, then it was probably a 10. Good thing he doesn’t write reviews!
I should be making the David’s Favorite Biscotti tomorrow. That should put a smile back on his face. I have to do something, as I have been sitting on my butt too much today. Maybe I will venture out to the workout class at 9 am.
Hope your got out of today what you wanted. If not, try again tomorrow!
I’m glad we could have this chat,