Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Life through their eyes. (And recipes)

 Every now and then a life lesson smacks me hard, across the face.  The other day I was out tromping around some local trails with my hoodlums and they kept pointing out things for me to photograph.  At first I was kind of like, "C'mon guys... it's a leaf." (Or a branch, or a piece of moss or whatever.) And then I realized that they see things differently than I do, and there's some kind of connection that happens when I walk to where they are, bend down and try to see what they are seeing. 
 I'm afraid I'm guilty of this in most of my relationships in life.  I see things they way I see them and seldom do I take the time to walk to where another is on that path, bend down and look at the thing through their eyes.  It made me stop and think about the many times I've misjudged a situation.  Or been hasty with my own opinions.  Or gotten offended because I was seeing it through my filter and not theirs. 
 It's so easy for me to miss the obvious when I'm focusing on my side of issues, my point of view, my thoughts, my filters, and my past. 
I would have completely missed this little guy if he hadn't been pointed out to me by someone walking along the same path, but looking at it from a different perspective.
 Of course when I write a post like this, my main thoughts are of hoodlum number one and hoodlum number two.  They are my primary mission field at this stage of life and it's so easy for me to forget what it feels like to do life at their age.   

 I don't want to miss anything with these precious babies of mine.... so I'm prepared to really look. 

How about you? Do you need to bend down and look at anything from a different point of view? 

You never know what treasures lie ahead!

  And now... because I promised...and because it's soup weather... and because they were pretty as well as yummy... I give you soup:
Creamy Italian Herb Tomato Soup
(2) 32oz sized cans crushed tomatoes with Italian herbs
2 cans chicken broth
2 TBSP butter
2 (heaping) TBSP sugar
1 finely chopped sweet onion
1/4 (heaping) tsp baking soda
2 cups cream 

*Toss everything but the cream into a large pot, stir, bring to a simmer over med heat, and let simmer for one hour.  Remove from heat, and slowly pour room temperature cream into soup.  Stir and enjoy.  (Freezes well.) 
Side note: (I topped my soup with fresh thyme from the garden and it was delicious!)
 (Original inspiration for this soup taken from here.)
 Roasted Cauliflower, red potato and bacon soup
1 large head cauliflower cut into pieces.
olive oil, salt, pepper, and about 1/2 tsp garam masala.
1 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic 
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" chunks
6 cups water
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup fresh chopped sage
1/2 lb bacon, cooked til crisp and crumbled (We used applewood smoked bacon) 

*Toss chopped cauliflower with olive oil, salt, pepper and garam masala.  Pour it onto a baking sheet and roast in a 400 oven for about 25 minutes.  While that's roasting, add onion, garlic, diced sweet potatoes, and water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.  Add 3/4 of the cauliflower into the soup and gently use a potato masher to smash some of the vegetable chunks, making the soup thicker.  Add in the coconut milk, rest of the cauliflower, the fresh sage, and bacon pieces.  Stir and serve!

Happy Wednesday,


  1. Sweet post.
    And SWEEEEET recipes! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I am soooo excited to try the "cauliflower" soup recipe! It sounds so yummy! Thank you for posting it!
    You are so right about looking at things through the perpestive of another. My kids are always teaching me things and sometimes the lessons are difficult to "hear". and by hear I mean the Holy Spirit whispering to me.

  3. yummy!
    thanks for the recipes...and the sweet encouragement! ;)

  4. It's soup time! Except in Richmond it's humid and 85. Bleh. We had some fall weather and now we are in Indian Summer. But can't wait to try your soup recipes. Thanks!

  5. Seeing with other eyes! Yes. Good idea. Seeing with God's eyes. Yes. God idea! Thanks for this reminder. Your H1 and H2 are in good hands with you.

  6. love this! thanks for the reminder and the great recipe!

  7. That cauliflower soup looks amazing and I am going to make it for dinner tomorrow night. Yum!

  8. Definitely know what you mean girl. Perspective is everything...and 1 Cor...too believing the best. This recipe looks so good. I still need to make that salad. Perfect for my folks coming:)

  9. Those soups look delish!
    Great reminder regarding perspective! I want to tell you, your kids are both adorable, but I just love the way JJ smiles for you when you have your camera out. I'm sure that there are times when he doesn't want to get photographed (or maybe not?) but the pics you put up, he looks like he's just so happy for you to take his photograph. It's this easy, trusting, honest-to-goodness smile. No guile is what it makes me think of. It's really lovely to see.
    My son is often throwing his hands up in front of his face when I try to take a picture! Turkey. Every now and then I'll catch him, though. :)

    1. Lol he has his moments for sure....but yes mostly is happy to be photographed.

  10. i wish you could give me fall weather along with this recipe. well, i suppose if it's 85 degrees out there, at least my tummy will be all falled(and filled!) up. so yummy. can't wait to try this one. oh, and i'm looking with you!

  11. Perspective--such a timely lesson as I'm trying to figure out this day to day stay at home mom stuff. I so need to take time to see where my kids are coming from, and I desperately need to recall life at their tender ages--so need to recall!!!!

  12. YUMMMMM!!!!! LOVE soup time of year!! thanks for sharing!

  13. GREAT post! I am totally guilty of looking through my own filter too, especially with my toddler daughter. Thank you for a little perspective :)

  14. I'm sad to say I haven't been able to keep up in the blogging world lately. Today though....I'm SO SO glad that I took the time to read your wonderful words of wisdom! It was the boost and reminder I needed today. Thank you for always sharing such uplifting and inspiring words!!

    Happy Fall Time!


  15. Hey!! First time sayin HI....but not my first visit. I enjoy your blog and we both enjoy our glad you guys had a great visit. I guess I have to share.... Your post is right on many times when I am planning family stuff I am planning it from my point of view...what to do where to go how to get there. But when I think about each of my kids my plans completely change.....not in a , "oh , man i really want to see the live snakes...??" kind of way..but I know my boys would love it we change our point of view and we stand far far away from the snakes...

  16. Thanks for the reminder to look at situations from others' perspectives. I often get stuck in my own point of view that I forget it may look differently to others. Your soups look fantastic!

  17. What a great life lesson to remember! I know that I get so irritated with other people only to realize that they are looking at things a completely different way than I am! I need to remember to change my perspective and point of view more often!!!

  18. You are oh-so-right! Taking a different perspective not only allows compassion to flow, but it awakens parts of ourselves we may never have known. So glad you shared this lesson with us. Continued blessings...

  19. These two soups look so yummy will be trying them. How cute are your kids.

  20. okay....your make up always looks so you ever have days where you don't wear it?
    today was one of those days for me....i keep catching glimpses of myself in mirrors, and it totally freaks me out.
    i need mascara!!!! :)

    i have learned a lot in this season about seeing my oldest son's perspective. he has really needed me to let him fly a little this's been hard, but i'm so glad i'm learning to do it!

  21. I made the tomato soup.. it was delicious!!!