Sunday, March 1, 2009

Our Cozy Quarantine

Last week's balmy temperatures were pushed rudely aside by yesterday's string of severe storms, leaving us with a cold, blustery Sunday. It is the type of wet, bone-chilling cold that doesn't belong this far south.

Joshua and Joseph had moved to the family room sometime in the wee hours of the morning, and were shivering under their blankets, not from the advancing cold, but from the fever raging in their bodies. Their declaration that they felt worse today than yesterday was not welcome news.

Because we really don't know what we are dealing with or who will be the next victim, we decided it was best for everyone to just stay home from church today, so as not to expose others to this nasty bug. (the flu??)

I admit that it was luxurious to have a quiet, lazy morning where no one had to rush to be anywhere on time. Some slept in; some snuck back to bed for more snuggle time under the covers, and I enjoyed the extended peace and quiet, the time to reflect, and a couple too many cups of coffee. . . Eventually everyone was up and about and talking and laughing, and the dishwasher was humming, and the washer and dryer were laboring to catch up on all the laundry once again.

Mid-morning, Alan bravely ventured out in the chilling, 23 mph winds in order to pick up Gatorade, flu medicine and a few other essentials (like chocolate chips!). After excitedly admiring the few, rare snowflakes that drifted down and melted on the south Georgia dirt, the children did a few of their chores, while I put on a pot of our favorite lentil soup. While the soup simmered on the stove, Hannah and Luke made some blueberry muffins, and then Tiffany made a batch of pecan/chocolate chip cookies. The soothing, warm food was a comforting contrast to the cold, blustery day outside.

In fact, it felt incredibly cozy and comfortable to all be together inside our warm house, oblivious to the normal ebb and flow of life outside, at least for a day . . . Tomorrow will be work and school and baseball practice and a doctor appointment for the sick ones squeezed in . . . but for today, we are enjoying our cozy quarantine.

Heidi's Lentil Soup


1/4 cup olive oil
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup red cooking wine
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 pound lentils (2 1/2 cups)
8-10 cups water or broth
1 package frozen spinach
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp thyme


1. In a large dutch oven, saute celery, onion and garlic in olive oil.
2. Add 1/4 cup red wine to deglaze pan.
3. Add chopped carrots, tomatoes, lentils and water or broth.
4. Simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.
5. Add block of frozen, chopped spinach and seasonings.
6. Simmer until spinach is heated through and serve.

This is the best lentil soup I've ever tasted! You don't have to have sickness in the house to try it!

Bethany enjoying Tiffany's delicious cookies!


Lainie said...

I pray eveyone is on the mend soon. It can feel so helpless to watch them topple one-by-one and wonder who the next victim is! Chocolate chip cookies are the BEST medicine, though!

Captured said...

aw. sorry that everyone is sick! Did they test the boys for both types of flu? There is a test A and a test B. A lot of people that have tested negative for the flu under one test ... have tested positive under the other. The flu has taken a different strain this year than originally predicted ... which is why the flu shot hasnt prevented everyone from getting it. It starts with a bad headache and high fever ....

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