• April 2014

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    Nails on the Fence

    There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

    Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

    The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar
    ust like this one.” You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.

    Kale and White Bean Soup

    Here is the recipe for my famous kale and white bean soup!

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    8 large garlic cloves, crushed or minced
    1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    4 cups chopped raw kale
    4 cups vegetable broth
    1 cup chopped fresh parsley
    2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans
    1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
    4 plum tomatoes, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon dried sage
    Salt and pepper to taste

    In a large pot, heat the olive oil on low. Add garlic and onion and saute until soft. Add kale and saute, stirring, until wilted. Add 3 cups of broth, 2 cups of cannellini beans, and all of the tomato, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes. In a blender or food processor, mix the remaining beans and broth until smooth. Stir into soup to thicken. Simmer 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with chopped parsley.

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Sandy