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Simple Lentil Soup

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I am in love with this soup. It is so delicious and incredibly easy. It’s one of those recipes I make for my friends and then when they ask for the recipe, it’s almost embarrassing to say how easy it is.  But isn’t that the best kind? So good for you and so simple.

Simple Lentil Soup: (this makes a large portion, but that’s how I roll-lots to eat all week for lunch or to serve to friends!)

1 bag 16 oz lentils, dried
3 stalks celery (chopped)
2 onions (chopped)
2-3 carrots (chopped)
(2) 32 oz.  cartons chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Put a little olive oil in a large pot and add chopped veggies. Cook for a few minutes until slightly tender. Add lentils and stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes until lentils are tender.
I like to top mine with some grated parmesan cheese! Yum.

I could probably eat this everyday. So good!

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25 Days of Simple Christmas-Homemade Fudge

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea of keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  
Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

One of my favorite simple recipes at Christmas time is homemade fudge. For years I have been making it and giving it away as gifts to friends, neighbors, and family.  Such a simple recipe, but so delicious and everyone loves it.

Simple recipes are really the best at this time of year. It can get so complicated with so much to do. I enjoy making this recipe because although I love being in the kitchen, at this time of year I would rather free up my time to focus on the season.
Simple Homemade Fudge
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups chocolate chips-(can use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips-all with delicious results!)
a pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract.
(Optional toppings- toffee bits, nuts, etc.)
Melt chips with condensed milk over very low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, add salt, and vanilla. Stir until belnded.
Spread over waxed paper lined pan (any small-medium sized pan will do) and refrigerate until hardened. Cut into pieces and serve.
We like to give this away in candy boxes-or other simple decorative containers found in the local craft store.
Add a cute gift tag and you are set. A great gift for the librarian, mail carrier, UPS carrier, or neighbors!  Or of course, to enjoy as a family on a cozy night with hot cocoa!

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25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 

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25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 

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