03 February 2014

Soup Riddle

This morning the sky is a fresh white and there is s snowy sleet on the ground. These are my favorite winter days because I know that Lucia and I will most likely be home from school tomorrow and I am giddy over the prospect of taking all the vegetables in the fridge and throwing them together in a huge pot of soup. A soup that everyone will eat because, hey -- there is nothing else in the house to eat and hell, it is cold outside, so we are supposed to eat soup anyway.

So soup it is.

I will stress over the consistency of it -- either it will be too thick and porridge like or it will be too thin and soup-like. It will be quite the conundrum. I will also talk to myself while pouring the soup into the blender to blend it all up, promising that one day I will just get an immersion blender and next time the soup will not be so bloody difficult to make. It's soup for God's sake. I will think of my friend, Sasha, who has watched me make soup, because I make it for everyone because it is just what I do, I make soup. I will even hear her saying, "why don't you just get an immersion blender, they only cost thirty dollars, Sarah." Except next year will come and I will have the same conversation with myself and I will hear her saying the same damn thing in my head all over again, just like she said three years ago.

And some winters eve next year, I will host a soup party with an extra special array of fancy soup garnishes, because - hey - I make soup and I make it pretty -- and  I will have to use the blender twice as many times because so many people are coming over for the soup that I will have doubled the recipe that I made up in my head. And there, in that moment, again, I will curse myself for having to transfer all the soup into the blender and back again to the pot. The steam will burn my hands and if I do not hold the lid tight enough on top of the blender, bits of soup porridge will splatter the wall. And then it will be over and I will clean the blender up and not think about it again until the next soup day comes along --  because it is below freezing outside -- and I have extra carrots on hand.

When I finally get the soup on the table, I will ask Matt a thousand times if it is good, "Is it delicous? Is it good enough? Do you need something else with it? Do you feel like it is hearty? Too thick? Should I have added more broth? It is more like mashed potatoes than soup, isn't it?" And he will try to have all the right answers and be just dodgy enough with the wrong answers that he can sway my mind back to the middle. But I will fret and stew some more. Then I will promise grilled cheeses with the next batch because everyone likes grilled cheese with their soup and maybe it will be tomato -- I have a really great homemade tomato soup recipe that I have been wanting to try -- because won't that be good, Matt? Homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese? We will definitely have to try that. I have never made my own tomato soup before and I wonder how it would turn out -- most definitely, at least better than a can of tomato soup. Right, Matt?

Where is Lucia? She needs to try my damn soup. And someone please pass the salt.


05 January 2014

Plexus Slim Directions & Ingredients

Plexus Slim - More Information
Directions:
Half an hour before a meal — it does not matter which meal, it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner — pour the Plexus Slim powder into a 12 ounce glass/bottle of water, stir/shake and drink. That's all there is to it!
Ingredients:
Chromium
Proprietary blend of Chlorogenic Acid (from Green Coffee Caffea arabica Bean) Extract (contains less than 2% natural caffeine), Garcinia cambogia Fruit Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Hoodia gordonii Whole Plant Extract.

Other Ingredients: POLYDEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS, BEET (BETA VULGARIS ROOT) EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), STEVIA (STEVIA REBAUDIANA LEAF) EXTRACT, LUO HAN GUO (SIRAITIA GROSVENORII FRUIT) EXTRACT.
The Mechanics of Weight Loss
The body naturally stores fat. The most common areas are the stomach, thighs and buttocks. These excess fat stores contain toxins that cause havoc with our immune system. Ultimately this can lead to heart disease, diabetes, loss of energy, depression and many other debilitating conditions.
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03 January 2014

20 Things to Ponder for Success | Dave Ramsey



This list was extracted from DaveRamsey.com and is titled, "20 Things the Rich Do Everyday." [http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/20-things-the-rich-do-every-day]. 

On Ramsey's blog, the following list includes a comparison of the habits of wealthy and poor.  It concludes that the main idea is that we reap what we sow. I did not include the percentages on the poor because I look at this list as a reminder of the success I want in my own life. I do not want to look at what "they do" or what "they do." I only want to consider what I do. At the end of the list, Ramsey shares his own conclusions about Christianity and how we prosper depending on our personal habits. Also how we may fail, but we are not victims of our circumstances and can make positive changes. It is a good read, if you are so inclined.

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list.

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month.

7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month.

8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls.

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals.

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind.

12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month.

13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day.

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read.

10 December 2013

Here lately

Lucia and I have been home for an early holiday - iced in our house! We have escaped a few times, ventured to The Rink - our favorite vintage mall, she's played in the snow with her dad, and we have had coffee and biscuits at Ingrid's - another of our favorite OKC locales. My favorite thing, however, has been the evenings inside, bundled up and watching White Christmas - over and over again. We have also had our fair share of viewing The Rockettes Christmas via Netflix. Well, let's be clear, I watch the Rockettes, Lucia dances along with them. This am we have made smoothies and this afternoon we are trying our hand at some Christmas baking. xoxoxo

Best days ever.