Weather: 33, the kind of slow, gentle snowfall that you can just barely see
What I’m listening to: With Everything, Hillsong Chapel
One of the things I didn’t know would happen to me before I became a blogger is that, over time, I would have several friends in the blogging world whom I’ve never actually met in person. It’s hard to explain how this happens – people come in to your life by commenting on your blog, or following you on Twitter or Instagram, or becoming a fan on Facebook, etc., and you get to talking and you discover you have much in common. Something (often many things) about who they are and what they are putting out there into the blogosphere resonates with who you are and what you’re putting out there. More time passes and you find you engage with them several times a week in any number of ways, support their work, encourage them, and they do the same for you. Sometimes you inspire one another.
Meet my stylish Alaska blogging friend, Fernanda Conrad, from Fer the Love of Writing. Fernanda and I have never met in person. She likes split pea soup on cold Alaska winter days. And, come to think of it, so do I.
Later that day, I received an email from Fernanda officially requesting a recipe for just such a soup. And just like that, inspiration strikes. This past week, I was suffering from this terrible cold (flu perhaps?) that’s been going around our state and, upon seeing this picture, all I wanted was a pot of steamy split pea soup. As soon as I was well enough to go to the store, this is what was on the menu. Shopping note: I like to pick up my split peas (and lentils, too) in the bulk dry goods bins at the supermarket. They always look a little more colorful and pretty than the bagged ones on the bean aisle.
Split pea soup is high-protein, inexpensive, and amazingly good for you. It’s stick-to-your-ribs, warm-you-up-in-cold-weather good. And the homemade Lemon & Olive Oil Croutons are pretty amazing. They give you the texture and crunch you’ll want to contrast with the soup and the lemon cuts right through the richness and thickness of it. So, Fernanda, my dear, this one’s for you.