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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 AT HOME 7 Hearty soup is just the recipe for a busy holiday season PAWTUCKET – The beauty of this week's soup recipe, especially at this busy holiday season time of year, is that you can make it ahead and it's there when you need nourishment. In between all the rushing around and hectic schedules of a working mother and wife, it's a go-to for Sarah Bohannon. Because it's easy to make and full of delicious vegeta- bles, she will often drop off a batch to a friend who is hav- ing any kind of disturbance in their routine (such as an illness or a loss), she shared. "It's something concrete that I can do (to help)," Sarah said. As mom to a boy, age 8, and a girl, age 5, she and her husband have known each other since she was just 16 years old. "We suddenly ended up dating after I was 21," she shared. It was the night before Thanksgiving and she had gone home for the holiday to her parents' house. "I ended up on the phone for so long (with him)," Sarah said. That was the turning point where it was officially a relation- ship. "He's my best friend," she added. Sarah attended college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She received her bachelor of arts degree in integrated studies, and sociology and landed a job in a consulting firm for a time, although she always had envisioned becoming a veterinarian. At one point, after leaving the consulting firm and start- ing her family, she did take the course and became a vet- erinary technician. "I loved the work but it didn't really pay the bills," she said. Her true passion did not emerge until some bad luck, a wet road and slippery flip-flops caused her an injury that broke her shin bone. After five months of physical therapy, she was still unable to really walk and she decided to join her local YMCA (then living in North Kingtown) and give water exercise a try. "In just two weeks I was walking better than the five months of treat- ment," Sarah said. She realized that she loved the environment at the YMCA so much and because she was there so often, the staff encouraged her to learn to teach classes. She did just that and today it is her job. Sarah is a water fitness instructor teaching classes in the pool as well as some relaxation techniques after the class. She works at The MacColl Y in Lincoln and at L.A. Fitness in Pawtucket, in between caring for her fam- ily. She also enjoys singing, reading and loves camp- ing with the family. They attend Murray Unitarian Universalist Church in Attleboro, Mass., where she was recently serving up her homemade minestrone soup to folks at their annual Christmas bazaar. As for Thanksgiving, "Well it's a time for us as relatively prosperous Americans to be thankful, glad that we have a meal on the table to share," Sarah said. SARAH BOHANNON, of Pawtucket, likes to have this hearty minestro- ne soup on hand for a quick, deli- cious meal during the hectic holiday season. The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON Minestrone Soup Ingredients: 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup minced white onions (1 sm.) 1/2 cup frozen chopped zuc- chini 1/2 cup frozen cut Italian green beans 1/4 cup minced celery (about 1/2 stalk) 4 tsp. minced garlic 4 cups vegetable broth (like Swanson, not chicken stock!) 2 (15-oz.) cans red kidney beans 2 (15-oz.) cans small white beans or Great Northern beans, drained 1 (14-oz.) can diced toma- toes 1/2 cups carrots, julienned or shredded 2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley 1 & 1/2 tsp. dried oregano 1 & 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pep- per 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1/4 tsp. dried thyme 3 cups hot water 4 cups fresh baby spinach 1/2 cup small shell pasta Directions: • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. • Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until the onions begin to turn translucent. • Add vegetable broth to pot, plus tomatoes, beans, carrots, hot water and spices. • Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. • Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency. To make it gluten free, make sure the vegetable broth and the pasta are gluten free. Another property to check out, he said, is Sprague Farm, in the western part of Glocester, which contains a lot of old farmhouse foun- dations, as well as miles of beautifully built stone walls. The farm dates back to Colonial days. No registration is required. Meet at the parking area on Route 44, across from the Harmony Post Office. The walk will take place unless it's snowing or heavily raining that day, he said. For a full list of the walks and more information, visit . From preceding page

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