Beef Mushroom Lentil Soup

Beef Mushroom Lentil Soup

Soup | December 10, 2015 | By

Last weekend was our annual pilgrimage north for our girls’ shopping and spa weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan, Frankenmuth is a quaint little town in mid-Michigan also known as Little Bavaria but more importantly known for their world-famous chicken dinners. We kicked off this annual trek with lunch and a cocktail followed by power shopping at the outlet mall in nearby Birch Run. If you’re thinking this activity can’t be topped, the next afternoon was spent at Serendipity Day Spas where we left feeling renewed and absolutely amazing! Sandwiched in between we drank wine and dined on some really great “girl food” ~ charcuterie boards and Lobster Bisque at Prost. It’s a really fun weekend we all look forward to, but I digress. The point of this story ~ yes, it really does have one ~ is that for the last I don’t know how many years, I’ve been wanting to take the plunge into the world of Le Creuset. It’s probably hard to imagine a food blogger, who cooks literally every day of her life doesn’t own a little piece of the Queen of Cookware. This weekend I finally uncurled my fingers from my wallet (because no one would ever confuse the Queen with being a cheap date) and bought this beauty:

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Book/Wine Club

book/wine club

Wine Down, Girls Night, Book/Wine Club whatever you call it, this is one of my favorite nights of the month, Book/Wine Club with some of my favorite women. We’re started as (library) card-carrying, book-toting readers about a dozen years ago. That fact amazes me almost as much as these women do. They are each beautiful, creative, strong, supportive, great advice-givers, amazing home cooks and they enjoy a glass of wine as much as I do. Other women have joined and left, but this core group of five has withstood the test of time, life issues and triumphs. We are more than a Book/Wine Club, we are a sorority of sorts, offering encouragement, understanding, acceptance and when all else fails, a sense of humor.  

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