The Perfect Cold Season Soup For Two

Soup1Cold Season Soup For Two 

This is one of my favorite cold weather meals and has it been unusually cold already here in the Pacific Northwest. Look in your fridge for any vegetables that need to be used up and toss them into the soup. These are the veggies I found in my refrigerator, but use whatever you have.

Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
2 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 Carrot Sliced
2 Stalks Celery Sliced
1 TSP Ground Ginger
1/4 TSP Sea Salt
1/4 TSP Black Pepper
4 oz. of good quality ground chicken – already cooked
(I use my freezer just like my pantry and keep portions of already cooked organic ground chicken available for quick soups and other recipes.)
8 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
8 oz. Spring or Filtered Water
1/3 Cup Frozen Peas
1 Small Zucchini Diced Large
1/2 Cup Baby Spinach Leaves Chopped
1 Large Roma Tomato Chopped

Heat 1 TBSP of the Olive Oil in a small soup pot over medium heat. Add the carrot, celery and a splash of chicken broth. Cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are lightly cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the ground chicken, ginger, sea salt and pepper and stir until combined. Add the rest of the chicken broth and the water and bring to an easy boil. Add the peas, zucchini and spinach, then cook about 3 minutes more. Add the chopped tomato at the very last second and add the remaining 1 TBSP of Olive Oil to finish, and stir. Enjoy with a slice of artisan whole grain bread.

Cooking lightly keeps the veggies a little crunchy and fresh tasting, while the simple seasoning of ginger and salt and pepper provides a little heat along with a clean taste. This easy soup will keep you warm and healthy on these cold weather days!

Do a little reading after enjoying your soup. ENTER TO WIN a free copy of “The Gray Season” at GoodReads.

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“The Gray Season” Book Giveaway On Goodreads

ENTER to WIN 1 of 10 SIGNED PRINT COPIES of “The Gray Season”!!

Our Fall Season Giveaway ends November 30, 2014. Just in time to give this inspirational book as a gift for the holidays. Winners will be announced shortly after November 30th. This giveaway is available to readers in the US only. Go to Goodreads through the link below and enter to win your copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” – An Inspirational Spiritual Journey. Fiction inspired by real life.
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“The Gray Season” Giveaway!

Be the first to “Claim Your Copy” of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” and I’ll send you one personally signed!
Just send an email to “Claiming Your Copy” and I’ll contact the WINNER for your mailing info.
I’ll be giving away signed copies occasionally for the rest of the year, so if you don’t win this time, please try again!

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“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:3, NIV)

Chocolate-Chia Smoothie with Toasted Coconut

Chia Seeds are in everything these days and this looks like a tasty recipe to see what they’re about. With Coconut, Bananas and Chocolate – three of my favorites – I would love to have one these smoothies right now.

See what you think of this Chocolate-Chia Smoothie with Toasted Coconut
 from Blog by Vitacost.

5 Star Book Review for the “The Gray Season”

Come to Beachville and get to know Lily Eastbrook Rhodes and her family in
“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”

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Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Mamta Madhaven
“This is an excellent, very well written book.”

The Gray Season – The Summer of Salvation by Dianna Donnely is a compelling novel. Lily loses her father to cancer. She and her husband have to help her mother overcome the loss and they go through the healing process together. The healing process fills the void in her heart that has been plaguing Lily for a long time and it gives the answers to questions that have been bothering her for a while. The book justifies the color in the title through the narration. The book is dedicated to the author’s father and mother-in-law, whose deaths change her perspective on life.

I would suggest this novel for those who are undergoing loss in their lives and are struggling to come to terms with it. The spiritual support in the book is given by passages quoted from the Bible throughout the story. That makes the story more uplifting. Though the story has many ups and downs, it slowly winds up in a positive ending where Lily is at peace with herself after battling her inner demons. Readers can relate to the author’s emotional turmoil and anxieties.

The author shows us how to find inner peace through her experiences. The metaphorical effect of the color of the gray season lingers throughout the story, which flows well. This book is the first of a series. The story will help readers meet challenges and problems head-on and handle things in a positive way, finally finding the much needed peace they seek. A spiritually uplifting story that can be a guide during times of pain and loss. Reviewed by Mamta Madhaven for Readers’ Favorite 
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“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” Available at Amazon Books
NOOK Book is available at Barnes and Noble

“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” is Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” series.

“Queen of Write On” Whimsical Birthday Crown

“Queen of Write On” is one of the newest Whimsical Crowns that can be found at “The Crown Shop.” A fun gift for that writer friend! There is an assortment of new choices for your Special Occasion or for your favorite Holiday! Buy one of Patty’s creations or customize your own with your theme and color scheme for the same price!

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“Queen of Write On” Whimsical Birthday Crown

Just like Lily, the owner of Calla Lilies in my first novel “The Gray Season,” I like to support artists from the Pacific Northwest. Take a shopping trip to “The Crown Shop” on Etsy for whimsical pre-made or custom-made gift crowns by Patty Thurlby. Patty is a fabulous and creative artist. Enjoy her work!

“And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” 1 Peter 5:4, NLT