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Veggie Velveeta Soup

There’s a Weight Watchers recipe that’s made it around the block here a couple times and it’s pretty good.  And since Sunday always seems like a soup day to me, I thought I’d whip some up since I had most of the ingredients on hand.

I decided to spice it up a bit (cuz beginning of the week is all about cleaning out what’s been in the fridge a little too long soooo…) here’s what I came up with for a delicious and souper (ha) satisfying bowl!


Veggie Velveeta Soup

1 32 oz. Swanson low sodium chicken broth
12 oz. Velveeta (would have used 2% had I had some, could have sworn I picked some up)
12 oz. frozen broccoli florets
2 10 oz. cans Rotel mild tomatoes and chilis
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
1 bunch bok choy

Cooked until cheese was melted and veggies were tender!

If you like Velveeta cheese, I highly recommend this recipe.  Neither daughter would eat it, had too many vegetables in it, but the oldest dipped her chips into it saying it was “pretty good”.

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone!!

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I Hit the Soup Jackpot with This One!

“Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done” this fits my life recently…this is exactly the way I feel.  I spent all last week cleaning house and very little time doing much else.  I try not to do things half heartedly or half @ssed as I like to say, so cleaning is so much more than wiping a counter or swiping the brush around the toilet bowl.  Cleaning is all that plus re-organizing, de-cluttering, moving furniture, re-arranging, and then all the basics – dusting, mopping, vacuuming, etc.  It’s at least a three day job the way I go about it and that’s ok.  It’s very rewarding, I genuinely feel accomplished when it’s all said and done – AND not to mention, Goodwill loves me afterwards!

I finished house cleaning on Thursday and Friday was spent running errands here and there.  I polled my friends on FB to ask their favorite home decor store and surprisingly the majority said Target.  Really?  Hmmm.  I hit one of my favorites Tuesday Morning, they opened a brand new updated store here in town and it’s great!  I know I spent almost 3 hours in there just looking at everything!  I found some awesome buys too!



I spent the weekend mainly recovering and cooking.  However, Sunday afternoon, the youngest and I tackled her closet.  That job took about 4 hours give or take, but we managed a bag of trash and a bag of Goodwill donations, plus a few dresses to put on our local flea market/yard sale site.  The best part – it’s done and won’t have to be done again for a while!  My OCD occasionally gets the better of me and I have to infiltrate and do it my way.  I can only allow it to go so long without my “expertise”.

Yesterday, I straightened up from the weekend, ran the vacuum through again and did the laundry.  I was thrilled and thought, well for the week, I’m good to go!  Last evening, we had soccer practice, I won’t mention who exactly, but someone decided to put their mud caked cleats on and walk through the newly vacuumed house…grrrrr.  This morning, I politely asked them to re-vacuum their steps to suck up said mud.  I was determined to sit and catch up this morning before running off again.

Saturday, I did my routine of cleaning out the fridge and freezer in anticipation of our regularly scheduled weekend grocery shopping trip, but after surveying the situation I figured we could make it at least another week on what we had so we postponed.  In the fridge, I found a head of cauliflower and a leek that I’d bought.  For the life of me, I have no inkling of what I was going to do with them or even where I’d gotten the idea, so to use them before they went bad, I did a little search on the internet and found a soup recipe.  Well, let me just tell you – DE-LISH-E-O-SO!!  If you like tasty, creamy, and good for you – MAKE THIS RECIPE!  I followed the original recipe with a few tweaks since a lot of people said the original was bland.  I add salt throughout the cooking process until I was happy with the flavor and didn’t think it was bland at all.  It was a hit!


Low-Carb Cauliflower Leek Soup 
Adapted From All Recipes

2 T. olive oil
3 T. Land O’Lakes light butter
1 leek, cut into slices
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
1 med – large onion, chopped
3 – 4 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups Swanson vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c. light sour cream

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat and saute the leeks, cauliflower, onion and garlic for about 10 minutes.  Stir in vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil.  Add salt if necessary.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.  Taste again and add more salt if needed.

Remove the soup from heat.  Blend the soup with an immersion blender.  Season with salt & pepper.  Mix in sour cream and continue blending until smooth.

The fact that this soup was almost nothing but veggies, the fact that everyone liked it including my extra picky, I-don’t-like-any-vegetables daughters, the fact that it was just as good the next day, yeah – you have to try this!  I really was shocked at how yummy this soup was.

When my oldest first tried it, she said, “I don’t know whether I like that or not.  Don’t tell me what’s in it.”  I said, “It’s bacon & cheese.”  She didn’t question it.  My youngest said, “Mmm, that’s good.  What’s in it?”, all the while shoveling it in her mouth.  I told her the ingredients (she can’t stand onions and garlic) and she said, “You know, if you had told me that before I wouldn’t have eaten it.”  I said, “I know.”  She willingly ate two bowls, plus two bowls the next day – of vegetables, that she KNEW were vegetables.  <Insert evil laugh here>  Makes a mother proud!!

I’d better run, it’s almost 10 a.m. and I have a lemon cake to make!  Keep your floors clean and your soup warm!  Have a great Tuesday everyone!


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Stuffed Peppers

Good Morning! I’ve already started out the day in the kitchen, of course. I am trying my hand at bread sticks, compliments of Olive Garden. I’ve never ever played with yeast before, so this is a first. The recipe said to allow it to foam, it didn’t foam before I mixed it with the flour so I’m a little concerned I didn’t have the water hot enough. But it’s early enough in the day that if I have to try again I’ll have time!

Yesterday was a day of running. It was dark and gloomy out and at least some of my attitude reflected that. I did manage to dance, which always helps put a positive spin on things. I at least felt good all day because of it, but I do have to admit, I’m still reeling from the events of a couple months ago when our vet committed suicide. Each and every time I think of her (which I dare to say is at some point almost every day!), it saddens and confuses me. The better half has told me not to allow it to bother me, but I simply can’t help it. She was young (my age), had a business that I would assume was somewhat successful, she had children. I did hear that the reason she committed suicide was because her husband was going to file for divorce. No man is worth killing yourself over, or woman for that matter! It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem…this is why one of my life’s motto’s is “take care of you”. You have value, probably more than you think and if you take your own life, you don’t really know who you’ll be affecting by doing so. I was just a random person and she had no real position in my life, but her death impacted me more than she could ever imagine, I’m sure. The entire situation upset me more than I even thought possible. She was, in all sense of the word, a stranger, I knew nothing about her other than what I read on her website. I did find out more about her after her death, but that was out of curiosity more than anything. I, in an very odd sense, feel guilty. Is that even remotely normal??

It had to be done, I can’t wallow in whatever this is, so I called a new vet and made an appointment. They were very kind and seemingly gentle with H. I appreciated that tremendously. He is a hamster and must go to the “dentist” every two months to have his tooth cut so he can eat. He just won’t chew on anything to grind it down on his own. He’s a stubborn and expensive lil guy, but he’s worth it, he’s just a sweetheart.


I ate very little yesterday, a banana and yogurt for breakfast, some cucumber and Opa blue cheese for lunch AND of course, two glasses of wine around 2 p.m.. I made stuffed peppers for dinner. I even ate almost the entire pepper! Three years ago, I wouldn’t even have touched a pepper much less eaten it! I found the recipe in a weight watchers cookbook I have and figured, why not. The kids complained they didn’t like the pepper, the better half said there was too much rice, not enough meat, then on the heels of that comment, the kids then decided it was just too much rice. It was a no win situation. I did make Bosco sticks, so the kids at least had something to eat! Here’s the pepper recipe if you are so inclined!

Stuffed Peppers

6 medium sized peppers
3/4 lb. ground round (I used 1.25 lbs. of ground sirloin)
1 3/4 c. finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 c. cooked rice (I used brown rice)
1 t. marjoram
1 t. oregano
1/8 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 c. plus 2 T. nonfat sour cream
(shredded colby & monterey & avocado, if you’d like – this was my own addition)

Cut off tops of peppers. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Finely chop pepper tops, discarding stems; set chopped pepper aside. Cook pepper cups in boiling water to cover 5 minutes. Drain peppers and set aside.

Cook chopped green pepper, ground round, onion and garlic in a dutch oven over medium high heat 5 minutes, stirring until meat crumbles and vegetables are tender. Add tomato sauce and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, 6 minutes, stirring often.

Spoon meat mixture evenly into pepper cups; place in an 11×7″ baking dish. Add hot water to dish to depth of 1/2″. Bake, uncovered, at 350* for 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Spoon 1 tablespoon sour cream on each pepper before serving.

(I put a little shredded cheese on top and some mashed avocado on mine!)

The best part of this entire thing, I’m dropping the weight from the holidays and I’m not even hungry!  What a plus!!

(1/27/16: 157.8 -2.4)

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Dinner Happy

O-M-G!!  I didn’t go to the store this weekend as I normally do, I’m determined to try to use the food we have on hand and pick up anything additional as the week goes on.  With that being said, yesterday I thawed some chicken breasts and planned a meal around them.  This is the awesome dinner that I came up with!  And the really great thing was…it was delicious!!  I apologize for the paper plate, but things have been so hectic with school starting up.  Any time I can spend less time doing dishes, the better (and tbh, I had the girls clean the kitchen after dinner, so the same applies…sometimes less is better!)

Here are the recipes:

Baked Chicken Breasts (from

Date & Gorgonzola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (from

Asparagus with Lemon Dill Sauce (from

The only thing we didn’t have on hand was the Gorgonzola, but I substituted bleu and it was excellent!  I really enjoyed this dinner combination.  Just the right amount of textures and flavors to make me “Dinner Happy”!!