If you’re experiencing warm weather right now, soup might be the furthest thing from your mind. After a few beautiful days, the temperatures have dipped low in Michigan. I type this as I wear a wool blazer that I didn’t think I’d see again until fall.
We visited the west side of Michigan over the weekend and I hadn’t packed properly at all. I checked the weather report and packed some long-sleeved options, but nothing I brought was heavy enough for temperatures that dipped 20 degrees below the forecast. I’m incredibly glad I grabbed a light coat as I headed out the door. No matter, though, as we met up with our little brother/sister gang. Marc has one brother and one sister. My brother married Marc’s sister and then Matt found Meg and our little group of six has a blast every time we get together. A couple of years ago, we decided to forgo Christmas gifts to each other in favor of an evening (or in this case a weekend) where we eat well and do something fun together. The weekend also landed on Mother’s day and I was able to spend the weekend with my Mom and deliver cookies to her in person.
The weekend also happened to be the last weekend of Tulip Time. A festival that takes place each year in Holland, Michigan. Thousands of tulips planted all over the city bloom along the streets downtown. High schoolers and alumni dress in authentic Dutch dress and dance in their wooden shoes. Three parades take over the downtown area on the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday of the last week of Tulip Time. As kids we loved the parades because we had two days off of school. We hoped for rain, so a parade would be rescheduled for Friday and then we’d get three days off that week. We usually avoid the madness these days, but we found lots to do. We also took a quick trip to the beach to look out over lake Michigan. That view will never get old.
I shivered for most of the weekend and as soon as we arrive home I grabbed my coziest sweatshirt. Thankfully this easy and inexpensive soup will warm us right up. I usually have all I need to make this red lentil soup when a soup emergency arises. That and the incredible flavor make this a favorite. If you have red lentils, canned tomatoes, garlic, onions, a lemon and a variety of spices, you’re good to go. I always make the full batch and we heat up leftovers for lunch during the week. It may not be warm outside, but we have soup.