Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wonderfully Long Weekend

We had a great holiday weekend with my brother Bryan and his then girlfriend, now fiance Aisling (pronounced: Ash-ling)!

Kelly and I celebrated Valentines a day early. We enjoyed indian take-out as our first meal in our new house. On Saturday, Kelly and I babysat for our friends from work/church, while Bryan and Aisling celebrated Valentines on the strip. (No, Bryan did not propose on Valentines at the strip in Las Vegas!)

On Sunday afternoon, we drove out to Red Rock and hiked around for a bit-- in spite of a cold wind. Bryan and Aisling had forgotten their real camera, so I played paparazzi so that they would have a few pictures from the trip that weren't taken by a camera-phone.

On Monday, we went to check out a cactus nursery at Aisling's suggestion. It was quite fun, even in the rain! We brought the dog, who loved exploring the acres of smells and following around the other 5 or 6 dogs, a couple cats and a pig that were running around the place. Cactus Joes will definitely be on our list of "Las Vegas" places to take future visitors.

Yesterday, Bryan called to tell me that he and Aisling are officially engaged! (They probably decided to get married because they saw how much fun Kelly and I are having!) We are thrilled to be welcoming the 4th in-law into the Wilson family.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Light and Lovely

I couldn't wait for lunch to enjoy my leek soup; it was calling me from the fridge. I've become quite enamoured with this soup of late. It's perfectly light and still so savory.

Try it! It tastes like an indulgent treat, but could hardly be better for you.

Saute garlic in olive oil
Add chopped leeks (greens and white stalk) mix to coat with oil.
Pour in water to generously cover leeks. Boil for 3-5 min. (It will start to smell very good!)
Add pepper, sea salt and/or chicken bullion to taste.


This picture isn't very pretty, but the soup turns out like this:

(image from Karma Free Cooking)