Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Finding Daily Miracles . . .



I know of nothing else but miracles . . .
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle.
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth
is spread with miracles.
~Walt Whitman

Looking at the above verse one might be tempted to say . . . sure, it's a fine sentiment for a beautiful Spring day, or during a dramatic thunderstorm . . . but, how do we get to see boring, everyday things as miracles???



The answer is quite simple really . . .

Just begin to look at the things in your life as if you have never seen them before . . . and then . . . look at them again . . . as if you will never have the chance to see them again. I promise you that, in doing so, you will begin to have a much different perspective on all the many little blessings in your life, and you will discover miracles that you never saw before, or even knew you had. I believe that there are a lot more miracles out there in the world than you might imagine, if we will only open our eyes and hearts to receiving them.



There are several things that Todd and I have decided to do since watching the last General Conference of our church. Each day we sit down together, and we watch and listen to one of the talks together. We plan on doing this every day, even if we end up listening to a talk we have listened to many times before. They are each so very inspiring and filled with abundant wisdom for these days and times.

We thought about how uplifted we always feel after listening to conference, and how much each talk inspires us to want to be a better people, and so we decided that it would not hurt, or even take much time (only about 15 minutes) to do this small thing every day. It's a good thing really.

Also we have an empty jar that we have given ourselves . . . a warm fuzzy jar. Each day we will try to do something kind for someone else, however small, and at the end of each day, we will take stock of all the kindnesses done, and put a warm fuzzy in the jar for each one. I don't have any little sparkly pom poms, but we do have plenty of paper, so our warm fuzzies are just slips of paper with the kindness noted on it. I have always believed that true joy in life comes from looking outside ourselves and our own needs and into service to others. A selfish life is a very limited one . . . a selfless life is abundantly filled with joy, peace and satisfaction.



I hate to give you another pot of soup today, but . . . well, this is soup weather. I had a busy afternoon yesterday, and have always found that soup makes for a quick and satisfying meal. This is one we both really enjoy. It's hearty and delicious!



*Herby Meatball Risotto Soup*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

This delicious one pot wonder will warm up your innards on a chilly day. It's hearty and full of lovely Italian flvours. Very quick to put together, it's just lovely when accompanied with some crusty bread on the side. I favour a nice warmed up olive ciabatta. Yum!!

for the meatballs:
1 pound of very lean ground beef
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
1 small onion, finely grated
salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBS olive oil
For the soup:
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
250g (1 cup) of arborio rice
1.2 litres of vegetable stock (a little over a quart)
1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes (about 14 ounces)
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
50g freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top
(About 1 cup)

First make the meatballs. Put the meat into a bowl along with the minced garlic, grated onion, parmesan cheese and season to taste with some salt and black pepper. Mix all together with your hands and then shape the mixture into twelve equally sized meatballs.

Place a large deep skillet on top of the stove and heat over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and once it just starts to shimmer, add the meatballs and brown them evenly on all sides. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside to keep warm.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring over medium heat, just until softened, about five minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring until well coated with the pan juices for about one minute. Add the stock and the tin of tomatoes along with the basil and oregano. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 5 minutes. You may need to add a bit more stock if it isn't soupy enough. Season to taste with some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and serve in heated bowls, with more grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.



If you are not feeling in to soup today, maybe a pizza will do? Hop on over to The English Kitchen for a gander at my perfect pizza recipe.

10 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Oh..I just loved this..Not only is this a good thing to do, but what a sweet way for a couple to stay close.
I too loved conf. I came away to inspired, apparently you did too. One thing about it, using paper, you can get a lot more deeds in! Good luck! The soup looks awesome, love the meat ball idea!
Come say hi :D

Starr said...

Walt Whitman's words are what I needed to hear. To recognize the miracle of my children, of having such a terrific husband, of being who I am. Thank you.

Jason and I talked about listening to one talk a day with the munchkins but decided that we're lucky to manage "Scripture Power" before school & bed time. So, I've been listening to the talks as I tidy up the kitchen. The warm fuzzy jar is such a cute idea -- I think those Primary children must have been so proud to add their fuzzy every week.

I once had a difficult time with one of my sisters. For her birthday, I purchased a pretty urn that coordinated with her house beautifully. I wrote a happy memory that involved her on slips of paper -- one for every year of her life, plus an extra to grow on. All those slips when into the urn. Writing out those memories helped me get over the hurt feelings & reading those memories helped her. I bet that on a hard day you can pull out your warm fuzzies from the jar & feel warm & fuzzy inside.

Renee said...

Inspirational today Marie.

xoxox

Martha said...

The soup looks really good -- and it's cold today-- perhaps for lunch tomorrow!

The Blonde Duck said...

Elle woods had a jar of warm fuzzies! Brilliant idea!

Grammy Staffy said...

You are right as usual...life is full of everyday miracles. I think being able to keep in touch with you half way around the world is one of those miracles.

That is such a sweet thing for you and Todd to do. What a good idea.

It is not really soup weather in CA yet but we always enjoy soup anyway. If we waited for cold weather to eat soup we would have to wait a long time...and not get much soup.
I send love, Lura

Tracy said...

Just LOVE what you're doing with the fuzzy jar and your time out to be inspired--what beautiful hearts, minds and souls you & Todd have. :o) Hubby & I try to listen to music together each evening, as we are both so fond of music. It is our special time. Most soup--yes...keep the soup recipes coming, Marie! Autumn is soup time--I can't get enough--LOL! Did I miss you on MSN last night...I think I did... fooey...The weekend for a chat? I hope so! LOVE YOU HEAPS, dear friend :o) ((BIG HUGS))

Angie said...

fuzzy Jars - what a good idea!

We love soup and Keith loves pizza but I have never liked it that much, not even home-made. Isn't it odd how you can like everything it's made of and yet not like them combined?

love, Angie, xx

Bonnie said...

Conference was just so wonderful, wasn't it? I love your idea to listen to a talk everyday. The computer makes it all so easy and available. I think I shall do this too.

You should put a warm fuzzy (piece of paper in your jar every day for your wonderful blog!

Love, Bonnie

hoLLy said...

i bought warm fuzzies at the store the other day for a family home evening lesson and continual activity for the kiddos-such a fun idea that will help them to remember to do nice things for others!

and those recipes look GRRRREAT!