This Changes Everything

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My Daughter & Me 

Most think of the parent as the one who teaches, the one who cares, the one who leads, the one who guides and shapes the life of the child.

But what if that were not true. What if the child is the one who teaches, the one who leads, the one who guides and shapes the life of the parent?

Furthermore…

What if both the parent and child are really learning, following, morphing and caring for one another through all stages of their lives … leaning equally on one another for survival.

What if the outcome is prosperous and encouraging and perfect…

What if Everyone Teaches and Everyone LearnsThen,  this game called life … changes

Forever … and in turn, This Changes Everything!

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Soup Season

YES, my friends, it is officially SOUP SEASON here in the upper East of the US and that means cooler temperatures and time to pull out all of our comforting recipes!

Today, I share a super easy bean soup recipe, made in the Instant Pot!

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PINTO BEAN SOUP

Serves: 4 – 6

Estimated Cook Time: 50 Minutes

Total Prep Time: 1 day for soaking + 15 mins prep

Ingredients

  • 1 C Dry Pinto Beans’
  • Enough cold, filtered water to cover beans
  • 4 C Broth (your choice of type)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 L Carrot (sliced)
  • 1 L Handful Sweet Kale (chopped)
  • 1 Med – Lg Uncooked Baking Potato (peeled and chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

SOAK

  • Rinse dry beans and place in large pot
  • Cover beans with a generous amount of cold, filtered water
  • Set beans aside to soak for at least 24 hours (this is IMPORTANT for soft beans)

PREP

  • Drain beans and place in Instant Pot
  • Chop all vegetables, as described above
  • Place vegetables in Instant Pot along with Salt and Pepper
  • Pour in 4 cups of broth

COOK

  • Place Instant Pot lid on, in locked position
  • Turn vent to closed
  • Activate Pressure Cooker Mode
  • Set for 50 minutes

Once time has been met, you may release the pressure manually. If you have time, you may also wait until the pressure is released as it cools.

Service Hot with Corn Bread!

This type of bean soup freezes well, so if you have time make a double batch, one for now and one for the freezer during your meal preps!

ENJOY!

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Letting Go…

At times, I find that I am fighting for things to happen in this life.

Fighting by way of punching air, not hitting anything but I have the best gloves and the best right hook and by God…

I am fighting with all I have, with great force! 

I also find … I am most times fighting for a job, a relationship, a task, a destination – that will let me down again, dismiss me, and take me and my effort for granted – over and over and over. Why am I fighting for these things?

What is this fight really about? 

Today, I choose to fight … To Let Go!

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Date: 8/9/17

Written By: Beverly Stephens

Photo: Taken w/ iPhone 6 Plus – by Beverly Stephens