from Food for Paradise
6 cups water
4 carrots, sliced
1/2 cup barley
4 onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.
Such a simple recipe! Here it is in my slow cooker this morning. I'm hoping it will be ready for when we get back from Presanctified Liturgy this morning. I put it on high for 4 hours and also made a double batch so it will last for a few days.
For Lent, I'm trying to "deep clean" my house. Each week I have a certain part of the house I'm focusing on. This week it's the basement. Yesterday Andrey and I dusted the window ledges, bookshelves, and other furniture. My annual "deep cleaning" is not too impressive though... it's probably just regular cleaning to most people.
I'm reading "An Extraordinary Peace: St. Seraphim Flame of Sarov" as my Lenten reading. It's very good! I can only read a few pages though and feel like there is so much to think about.
I found out last night that an acquaintance lost her first baby at full term. I'm so sad for her and her family! I can't imagine how heartbreaking that would be! I've held Liza close to me and told her I love her many times since finding that out. She brings such joy to our lives! This is her this morning... clapping as she woke up!