Hello there! Happy Monday to you! I apologize for not blogging on Thursday or Friday. Last week was beyond a hectic week. I had two work events on Thursday and Friday and I didn’t have time to really do much of anything. I also did some work over the weekend. So it’s been very crazy lately. I am going to have a very busy day today and another busy week this week. I have to travel to Washington, DC on Wednesday to finalize food details for a very large event that I have been planning. It’s a lot but I will get through it. Hopefully I will have a chance next weekend to catch up on some sleep.
Anyway, today is a VERY special day for my family and I. Today is Oliver’s 12th Birthday!!
It’s hard to believe that he is 12 years old today. He has been through so many different health issues in these 12 years of his life and he continues to go through health issues today. It’s incredible how he survived what happened to him a year and a half ago. You may read the story here. I think that was one of the hardest things that my family and I had to go through. He is such a survivor and really had angels watching over him.
I thank Melissa and my mom for taking care of him all the time. I know Melissa does absolutely everything for him and he is a large handful to take care of. He requires so much care and Melissa really does do everything to make sure that he is okay and taken care of. I can’t even express into words how appreciative I am of that. He really does need constant care because of several health issues but despite all of that, you would not be able to tell that he is 12 years old. He runs around like crazy and barks and plays. He is very active and very hyper. That is a good thing. He brings us joy, worry and frustration at times but all of us love him deeply. He truly does deserve the happiest of birthday’s today. HAPPY 12th BIRTHDAY TO OLIVER!! Have you ever celebrated a dog’s birthday? Do you have any pets?
Before I leave today, I wanted to share a delicious dinner that I made for Mike and I last night! I mentioned a few weeks ago about how I tried lentil soup for the first time and I wanted to try making it myself. Well I did that yesterday and it turned out fantastic!
I made the lentil soup in the crockpot. I found a recipe on Pinterest that I liked and I changed it to be made in the crockpot because I didn’t have time to stand at the stove and cook it yesterday. I thought it would have tasted better slow cooked all day anyway.
The recipe that I used was this one. In this recipe they only used 1/2 a can of tomato paste and I used more than that because I wanted more of a tomato flavor. I was really glad I added more because it tasted fantastic with it! I also added spinach at the end to boost the nutritional value up a bit and I added 2 cups of lentils to the soup. I let this soup cook in the crockpot for 6.5 hours and it turned out fantastic. It left a lot of leftovers which we will be enjoying tonight. I cannot wait! I love meals like that and now I have a lentil soup that I can use for years to enjoy. If you have never had lentil soup before, definitely give this one a try! It was worth it!
Have a great Monday!