Baby it’s cold outside! While we Portlanders (Oregon variety) have been graced with the sun’s presence lately, the absence of cloud cover means the lifting of the warm blanket that usually keeps us cozy during winter months. Last week was crazy busy and as such flew by sans a post from me, however, I have been circling the wagons getting ready to rev up A Renaissance Glow as my intent is a bit different than it was about a year ago when I began as Anachel, then My Renaissance Life. Blogging still seems so new to me and I love to go see what others are doing, what inspires them and just how their expression unfolds online. I was very pleased to be introduced to this lovely blog bleubird vintage from another equally stylish lady, Staci-my hair stylist. Here’s a snippet from bleubird vintage’s about page.


howdy! my name is james kicinski-mccoy, i’m a seventies child living in the city of houston texas, raising and home schooling my three (soon to be four) incredibly sweet children. i just married the love of my life this past november and spend most of my time building forts with my kiddos, searching the racks at the thrift store, reading, dancing to old records, and dreaming of moving to the country and living on our own little farm one day soon. thank you for visiting and welcome to my little corner of the internet.

James is a mother of 4 who began blogging on My Space as well as selling vintage clothing online. Fast forward a couple of years add a dash of Instagram, a teaspoon of Twitter, a pinch of Pinterest  et voilà a strong blogging presence but more importantly a window into a beautiful family living out their story sharing bits + pieces online.  While perusing her site I found this Lentil soup recipe and decided that while it may be cold outside there’s no need for me to be, so I thought I’d warm myself up from the inside out with this tasty bit. I added a few twists of my own which are reflected in the below recipe.  I usually rock out while cooking so this song by Kevin Rudolph She Can Get It was moving me along. Be well!


Good things cooking!

Good things cooking!


Kale Lentil Soup (adapted from bleubird vintage’s recipe)



1 1/2 cups lentils (brown or green) rinsed

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large sweet onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 leeks, white and light parts only, thinly sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

3 medium carrots, peeled and diced (I used one 16 oz bag crinkle sliced carrots)

4 medium red potatoes, diced with peel

10 cups water

6 tsp better than bouillon No Chicken Base (can add more if desired)

1 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried

2 bay leaves

1 hefty pinch marjoram

4 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

salt & pepper to taste

optional- cajun seasoning to taste (I put this in everything…seriously!)

garnish with a sprinkling of feta



First cover lentils in boiling water and let stand 15 minutes. Heat olive oil in large pot. Add leeks, onion, garlic and celery. Cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Pour in water, carrots, potatoes, lentils, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, better than bouillon and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves and add red wine vinegar. Season with salt, pepper and cajun to taste. Dish up and sprinkle with feta.


Bon appetite!

Bon appetit!