Respect, Frontiers, & Winners

Posted: April 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Thank you so much for all of your cheers for me about actually completing a run! And also, for the many kind words you shared about my blog and also the ways you have grown through blogging as well. The comments were great to read. Keep them coming, since I love knowing why you love blogging as well.

Before getting more into this post, I would LOVE it if you all would click on over to Lisa's blog and read the guest post I did for her. It is all about how we can truly respect our bodies and the importance of doing so. It is something I really enjoyed writing and I want to share it with each of you. While you're over there...check out Lisa's own posts as well. She is one awesome chick and I have known her through the online world for a long time. From the things we have gone through and how we relate to each other, I would think we are long lost sisters. She is one of my favorite ladies!

On to the Amazing Grass Giveaway Winner! I apologize for just now posting this up. But the winner is....#1!!! I don't think has EVER given a 1 as its result. How cool. So, that means Jessica from How Sweet It Is is the winner. Congrats Jess!!! I know you will appreciate this so you can have some chocolate and berry vegetables. 😉 Email me at [email protected] and I will get those to you ASAP.

Now for the Frontiers part of my post. Tonight for dinner I made a soup using a ready made soup mix that I was sent from the kind people at Frontier soups to review. I received 3 soups to try out and for the first one I decided to take the adventurous route and prepare the Indiana Harvest Sausage Lentil soup.

I have never had lentils before, so this was definitely taking my cooking to a new frontier. In a way I knew I would be comfortable with, since things I cook must be easy. 😉

The soup mix contains the following: green and red lentils, rice, onions, carrots, celery, leeks, paprika and herbs. No added salt, preservatives or MSG. Pretty good, huh? And easy too!


  • Frontier soup mix package
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Mild Italian Sausage (I used sweet turkey sausage)
  • 12 C Beef Broth (I used 1/2 broth & 1/2 water to both save money and not have it be so "beefy" tasting)
  • 3 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1C Red Wine

Step by Step

1. Rinse, drain, and pick over lentils.

2. Crumble and brown sausage in a 6 to 8 quart pot with oil.

3. Stir in contents of vegetable packet from soup mix. Add broth and lentils to pot.

4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

5. Add zucchini and simmer for 30 more minutes.

6. Add tomatoes and wine to soup. Simmer uncovered 15-30 more minutes.

7. Serve and eat! And have some of the leftover red wine for a treat.

me + my sis...and makenzie too interested in the wine

Look for another Frontier soup creation making an appearance in my kitchen next week. And a formal review with more info of the products coming soon. Until then, if you want to try them out, check out their website!

***I added blogs to my blogroll, but had to go ahead and get off the computer. If I missed adding yours and you want it added please let me know. I wanted to be sure to add all of the blogs I regularly read and comment on so please don't feel bad if yours isn't up there. I simply ran out of time.

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19 Comments to “Respect, Frontiers, & Winners”
  1. OH EM GEE. I never win anything because I am always the first comment…LOL!

  2. that soup looks sooo good!! I love soup but we seriously never had it when I was growing up. My mom says it’s cuz my dad’s parents made it ALL THE TIME when he was growing up because it was really cheap so he HATES soup now! Random knowledge about my family. haha

  3. It’s crazy but I never think of soup when it starts to warm up. thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll!!!

  4. katiivey says:

    Hey Tina! I’m back! Finally got my computer today 🙂 Will you add me to your blogroll!? That would be awesome!! I hope you’re doing well!

  5. Heather says:

    aw, lucky jessica! what a great prize 🙂 i LOVE lentil soup…probably one of my favorite go-to dishes EVER in the winter time 🙂

  6. lisaou11 says:

    that soup looks AMAZING! plus I think anything with sausage is A-Ok in my book!

    Thanks for all the kind words. You know how highly I think of you and I find myself constantly wishing I could give you a hug or have lunch or workout together or SOMETHING! Soon. Patience Lisa Patience.

    Oh, and I love M’s lil curls in her hair. Adorable.

  7. I love lentils! I actually made lentil dahl tonight.

    Mackenzie eyeing that wine in awe is cracking me up!

  8. Hallie says:

    Hey I forgot to comment yesterday, but I loved your post! Congrats on that run…I love how accomplished a successful workout makes you feel.

  9. Jenn (GH) says:

    I love lentils. They remind me of my grammy. Your soup looks good!

    BTW have you read The Raggamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning? I just started it and it’s SO SO GOOD!!!!

  10. Kerry says:

    This actually looks really good but i tried lentil soup and didnt like it! xx

  11. britishbride says:

    Hey Tina – your little girl is so cute!! Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog – if you want to add me to your roll, feel free – I don’t like to intrude though so if not don’t worry!

    Have a lovely day


  12. homecookedem says:

    I loved your guest post!! It was such an uplifting message!! 🙂

    That soup looks great!! Andrew is absolutely obsessed with lentils. I’ll have to look for this, thanks for the recipe, it looks awesome!!

    Have a wonderful day!! 🙂

  13. The soup looks so hearty and delicious!

  14. Congrats Jessica!!!
    The soup really looks delicious!

  15. Therese says:

    Aww sad you missed me 🙁 No worries though!

    I’ve always been kind of intrigued by soup mixes like that. I love soup but hate how much sodium the canned variety has! Love the glass of red in the background too!

  16. Katie says:

    Makenzie is beautiful! 🙂 Must get it from her mommy! 🙂

  17. politics says:

    I love soup but we seriously never had it when I was growing up. My mom says it’s cuz my dad’s parents made it ALL THE TIME. I loved your post! Congrats on that run…thanks

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