Soup, Salad and The Walking Dead

Last night I had home dinner date with my friend Brianna. We decided soup and salad would be the way to go, so I  got to work on a variation of my mom’s crockpot vegetable soup.

Bailee’s Vegetable Soup (I’ve never claimed a recipe before, so what the hey.)

  • 1 box of beef stock
  • 3 cups of water
  • I packet of Lipton’s onion soup mix
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 red potatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onion tops, chopped
  • ¼ cup of garlic scapes, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa, uncooked
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of your soup pot with the olive oil and place over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add the minced garlic.
  2. Let that sit for 2 minutes and then add the garlic scapes and green onion tops; let sit for 1 minute. Add your frozen mixed vegetables and let them cook in the pot for about 2 minutes before adding the beef stock.
  3. Add the beef stock, water, Lipton’s onion soup mix, red potatoes, tomato, quinoa, salt and pepper. Cover pot and let cook on low for about 1 ½ hours, or until red potatoes are tender.

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**Note: The quinoa makes the soup a little thicker, so omit or add less if you like a brothy soup.

I have to say, I’m becoming more and more of a fan of soup over the years. I think it’s realizing how easy it is to make a good meal that is making it a staple dinner in my house. Anyway, after Brianna arrived, we sat down to enjoy the meal. Man was it good! She brought over an edamame caviar salad, which was probably the tastiest thing I’ve had in a long time. She picked it up at Kroger’s in the deli section. I Googled what was in it and found this:

  • 1 lb. bag frozen edamame beans (use shelled edamame – sometimes labeled as mukamame), thawed.
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red or yellow onion (depending on how much you like onions)
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) Simple Truth black beans, rinsed and drained (rinsing canned vegetables removes the majority of the sodium that they are generally packed in)
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) Simple Truth garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon miso (a fermented soybean sauce) may be mixed into the vinegar to add a delicious earthy flavor.

Mix all ingredients together and toss in vinegar.

I think this would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving!

After we ate, we settled in to watch The Walking Dead. It’s fun watching it with someone else, because it gives me the excuse to scream and be all “OH NO HE DIDN’T!” (Which is exactly what we did.) Now if I could only find someone to watch American Horror Story: Coven with me…

 

Busy Week!

Hola.

This week has flown by! It’s funny how the holiday season makes everything seem to zoom by so much faster than usual. The beginning of the week was business as usual, minus yoga (poo!), but livened up last night when my parents came up to see Hello Dolly! the musical with me. Well, actually I tagged along with them. Anyway, we braved the cold by parking at the Coliseum, which didn’t seem that bad when we started over to the show. Unfortunately, afterwards it felt like it was around –20 degrees. Brr.

The show itself was great! I’d never really known what it was about, but really loved all of the old-timey comedy. This would probably explain why 90% of the audience was 60+. Anyway, Sally Struthers (Babette!!!!!) played the lead character, Dolly, and really did a marvelous job. In fact, the entire cast did a fantastic job. The gentleman playing Cornelius, Matt Wolfe, reminded me of Andy Bernard from The Office, so I was cracking up every time he appeared on stage. The lead girl, Lauren Blackman, who played Irene, instantly reminded me of what I would imagine Mary from Downton Abbey would look like in a Broadway play. She was waifish and beautiful. (Not that the two are mutually exclusive.)

Anyway, the whole thing was great and a fun way to spend a Wednesday. Now that I’m in the theater spirit, I’m hoping to see The Nutcracker at the WVU Creative Arts Center for the first time in a few weeks.

Have you seen any productions lately?

Getting Organized: How I Discovered My Cat’s Stash

Today I decided to go through Karen and Grace’s toy basket. It was beginning to overflow and to be honest, I was kind of curious what was in it. Now you may be thinking, “Well, what’s so interesting about a cat’s toy basket?” I’ll tell you.

My little girl Grace has been known, on occasion, to swipe numerous objects around my house. Things go missing and we always assume it’s her. Our assumption was right.

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As you can see from the picture above, our little miss sticky fingers has outdone herself.

Apparently she went to see Friday the 13th in theaters a few years ago and it looks like some kind of rave at another date.

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I found the whole thing pretty amusing. Anyway, this little cleaning adventure, while it was long overdue, was made in part by the inspiration of A Bowl Full of Lemons. I found this blog on Pinterest one day and immediately got sucked in. The whole site has amazing tips on how to keep your home clean, organized and looking great. One tip was to spend no more than a minute or so going through each room in your house and putting away things that are out of place every day. This has always been something I’ve struggled with, but after reading that tip, I realized it was something I should have no problem managing. Check out the site for some great tips!

Ok, that’s it for me. I’m getting ready to head off to yoga! Have a good one.

Workout Challenge for Tonight: Try to complete as many pushups as possible. Record your number and then repeat tomorrow night. See if you can add at least 5 pushups on to your original number by Wednesday!