The bulbs are coming up and the fruit trees are starting to bloom, and I’ve nearly perfected this soup recipe. I’m calling it Leeky Veggie Noodle Soup. Here’s about how it goes:

  • Cooking oil of your choice
  • 1/2 a large yellow cooking onion (i.e. not sweet) chopped
  • 1 lb sliced mushrooms
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 1 leek, cleaned and sliced
  • 5 cups veggie broth
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • water if needed

Saute onion and mushrooms using oil in soup pot until mushrooms are soft. Add carrots and leek (I like to add them as I chop them.) Let the carrots soften a little bit. Add veggie broth and orzo and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10min (or whatever amount is directed on the orzo box.) If it’s too porridge-y and not soup-y enough add water to desired consistency.


Pad See-Ew

Tonight I made Pad See-Ew for the first time ever AND it was insanely successful! (Thanks to the recipe and tips from SheSimmers.) I bought extra noodles so I can do it again, cause when I’m hooked on a recipe, once is never enough! Once I’m off my Pad See-Ew kick I’m going to read up on SheSimmers’ Pad Thai recipe (more than three posts long!!) and see if I can finally make pad thai at home that tastes like something more than just fish sauce!

My cooking adventures turned into a productivity kick. I finally got a banner made for this site (see, it’s me up there ^ !) and did some serious investigating of business card options. I ordered free samples from and perused the pre-existing designs at Moo and Vista Print. Neither had designs I was in love with, so I’ll probably design my own and order from Moo since I’m in love with the finish on their mini-cards. (I’m hoping the samples prove my theory that the finish will be equally delectable on a larger format.)

Before the cooking I made it to yoga class, my piano lesson, did a round of ice&heat on my back injury, tidied up the apartment, and volunteered to take the reigns of serious project to create a national-level blues dance event in Seattle. Yup, I get a gold star for this day being a productive day!