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This is how it looks out my front door today but the camera isn't picking up the crusty layer of ice on top of everything. Yesterday we had a Snow Storm Warning and today it's an Ice Storm Warning and the governor declared a State of Emergency for the whole state of WA. Half way through this post we lost power but it's back on now, we are grateful as thousands are without power or heat.
It's definitely soup weather, I made a tasty pot of it and thought I'd share it with you. Ingredients are approximate - add more or less according to your preference.
Split Pea Soup
a pound of green split peas
2 1/2 quarts of water
4 bay leaves
1 cup white wine + 1 cup vegie stock
2 cups onion
2 large cloves garlic
1 1/2 T dried thyme
1 t dried rosemary
freshly ground pepper
3 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped red bell pepper
fresh chopped parsley
2 tsp Italian Seasoning or basil
dash cayenne pepper
sea salt to taste
Cook the split peas in water with bay leaves. While peas are cooking, saute onions and garlic in wine until transparent. Add the broth, spices, carrots, and celery and continue cooking until vegies almost tender then add peppers and cook a few more minutes. When the split peas are done, add the veggie mixture to the pot. Laddle out about half the mixture and puree in blender or food processer. Add it back to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
I spent three days and nights on the Oregon coast with dear friends (made it home just in the nick or time too, before the big storm hit here). There were sunbreaks to play in the sand or walk along the beach.
One morning we woke up to the beach covered with snow (a precursor of things to come); this was the amazing view from our deck.
We shared tea and a delicious lunch in town one of those days - the menu had gourmet vegan options which made Judy and I jump for joy!
We played with paint, did some collaborating, but in the end we mostly worked on individual projects.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love". -- Rumi
I feel like I broke through some painting inhibitions and insecurities that had been haunting me of late. The magic circulating in the field of kindred artists, whether drinking tea and talking, or creating art, cannot be underestimated - I highly recommend it!
I brought that inspiration home and have a 36" x 36" canvas prepped and textured with linen and molding paste, ready...waiting. I love beginnings.