Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It kept them.

Her stare was dark and her       heart           beat             slowly.

She reigned over her castle of ice with a stone cold hand, always seeing but never hearing.

Always smiling, but never warming a room.

She built this castle with her own two icy hands.

The people didn't know what they needed.

She had to show them how to survive.

After all, nothing grows in ice.

It was designed for a purpose.

It kept the people safe.

It kept them.

The people survived under her reign.

Until one day...

Someone wanted to know what was inside the castle.

Someone was not looking for any gain.

Someone thought it worth the risk.

Someone was a Pursuer.

Someone decided to climb.

He carved, he cut, he sliced himself on the sharp edges of the castle.

Icy boulders rolled down the side of the castle, attempting to crush him.

Permanent damage.

Someone's fingers bled from the cold, his own lungs barely able to breath in the altitude.

Why had she built it so high?

He climbed harder.

He reached the top.

He fell over the side of the castle...

The icy Queen didn't understand.

Who was crazy enough to pursue her so strongly; to risk their own life?

He couldn't know what he was about to face.

Was he safe?

Her heart beat fast.

Her stare couldn't keep up with what was happening in front of her own eyes.

Her ears strained; a Pursuer was worth hearing.

He reached for her hand.

Her hand melted into his.

Her smile warmed the room, and her vision blurred as she heard him speak simple words...

"I see you.

You're worth it."

The ice castle melted into a river.

Their main source for growth.

It was designed with purpose.

It kept them.

And so the people thrived under their reign.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Easy Crockpot Sausage Lentil Soup (with a kick!)

I don't typically blog about recipes I cook.
Probably because I don't consistently "cook" so I feel a tad like a hypocrite if I start blogging about cooking yummy meals.
I guess I cook maybe four times a week, and the rest of the week I tell my clan to grab sandwiches or leftovers. Yep.
But this recipe is ahmayzingly yummy, so it's a typical meal around here, and I've just gotta let y'all in on it...

Not into lentil soup? Shut your mouth.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, because you clearly have only tried lentils raw or soaked in water. This is the only way I can understand why you don't like it.
Because lentil soup is the BEST. Especially with Rotel and sausage.

Ok so here we go.

1lb Hillshire Farm Turkey Sausage (or whatever kind of sausage you prefer)
1lb dry lentils
1 can Rotel
3 fresh carrots, cut (or 1 can of carrots)
1 cup of frozen spinach
6 cups of water
1/2 Vidalia onion
2 tablespoons of garlic powder (I'm the garlic powder queen, so I put lots more than that in)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder

How to:
Cut up the Vidalia onion and sausage. Sautee those on the stove together.
While you let those cook a little, dump all of the other ingredients into your crockpot.
After the onions and sausage have browned a little, dump those into the crockpot too.
Put the temperature on LOW for about 6 hours. Or HIGH for about 4 hours.

That's it! Enjoy!

And let me know if you try this, love this, or make adjustments to this!
Kolby and I fell in love with it when we were teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey for a few weeks.
So I love hearing different lentil recipes!