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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

What else do you do when you're working out on the stepper?  Think about food, of course (at least if you're me)!  I started thinking about the broccoli I had in the fridge, and then a light bulb went off in my head (that doesn't happen too often)...broccoli cheddar cheese, of course!

I'm better at cooking than photography!
 So I came up with this quick and easy recipe!

Cut up broccoli in bite size pieces, and go ahead and cut up some of the stalk too (it's just as tasty), and chop up some onion (I probably used about a 1/3 of a cup); saute that in olive oil and butter on medium heat for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occassionally.

In the meantime, in a separate pot, melt a couple of tablespoons of butter, add a tablespoon of flour, cook on low, stirring the entire time, for about a minute.  Then add maybe a cup and 1/2 of heavy cream, cook on medium high for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, add just a tiny pinch of nutmeg to that, and salt & pepper.  After it has thickened up add 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, and stir until it's all mixed.

And back to the pot of broccoli---add about 1 1/2 cups or so of chicken broth, turn heat to medium high, put the lid on, and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, and some pepper flakes for a bit of spice.  Then add that yummy cheese mixture, and you will have a fantastic soup just perfect for a cold winter day!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Featured Etsy Shop

Girls Handpainted Santa Shoes
Etsy is full of wonderfully talented people!  I always appreciate anyone that is an artist, such as this featured shop created by Katie and Pam!

Adorable Whale Romper
Such unique gifts!  These can be purchased in a variety of sizes.  

For The Little Pirate
Who can resist these darling pirate shoes for the little boy...or girl pirate!

Pretty Flower Dress
I love this pink dress for the girly girl!  The perfect party dress!

Be sure to check out their shop!  Fill your cart up with unique gifts! 


Happy shopping!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Being a Mom

Mark, Lindsey, & Katherine (Katherine looks a bit terrified here)
Being a Mom!

That's all I have ever wanted.

The other stuff is fine.

But being a Mom is enough for me.

Why does time seem to be drifting by so fast?