This was a good weekend! First of all, I spied this beautiful, whimsical sock monkey Friday afternoon at one of my favorite stores…it was sitting on a shelf with an array of other colorful monkeys and the quirky in my just fell in love. The biggest sell for me? Each and every one is hand crafted by individuals with special needs and 80% of the sale goes to the organization Freshart NYC. This is from the organization’s website:
“The mission of fresh art, a non-profit organization, is to provide expanded artistic, personal development, and entrepreneurial opportunities to New York City artists with special needs. We are also dedicated to enhancing public awareness of these artists’ talents and concerns, their agencies’ work, and on the use of art as a tool for healing, growth, and positive change.”
Art done by special needs individuals… that gives back to those individuals and gives them a purpose and a means of making an income? I’m there! ‘ll have a whole slew of these colorful fellows!:)
Random but I realized this weekend that I love to decorate with Christmas ornaments all year round. Anyone else do that? I have been blessed with some beautiful ornaments and I just hate to put some of them away!
Apartment living means tiny bathrooms with no shelf space or room for pretty things. We finally bought a Etagere this weekend (shelving to go over the toilet) and it might seem pathetic but I’m excited! It’s the little things that get me going!:)
We had our friends Jon and Narae over Friday night for some board game fun! Apples to Apples and Smart Ass…this girl who grew up thinking board games were b-o-r-e-d gameshad a lot of fun and I can actually get quite competitive as well! Watch out people!
And…to top of the weekend…the icing on the cake…Micah and Ellie got home from a busy, fun-filled two weeks down south with family! To mom and dad Rose, Mimi and Beba, Maryanne and Pat and Grace and Justin…thank you for having our children in your home! For loving them as your own and giving them many happy memories! Micah things there is nothing like “couthins!”
Last but not least, Here’s the recipe for the lentil soup I made last week:
- 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
- 4 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
- 1 can(s) (14 1/2-ounce) diced tomatoes
- 1 can(s) (14- to 14 1/2-ounce) vegetable broth
- 1 cup(s) dried red lentils
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
- 1 bag(s) (5-ounce) baby spinach
- In 4-quart saucepan, heat oil on medium until hot. Add carrots and onion, and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes, broth, lentils, 2 cups water, salt, and pepper; cover and heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 8 to 10 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in spinach. Makes about 7 1/2 cups.
It is SO EASY and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish! Enjoy!