Monday, February 16, 2015

Week 58 Monday (2/16/15)

Recipe Review
Today’s Recipe and Location:         Sherried Tomato Soup
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
         Pages 103 - 105 Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 219 calories per serving, if 12 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I have been dreaming of this soup, and even though I haven’t remade many recipes, I had to make this one. This is my original review from somewhere around March of 2014. My thoughts haven’t changed a bit. I LOVE THIS SOUP.  It is so low in calories and the diced cooked tomatoes are not bothering me at all.  I can’t wait to savor every bite!

         I have had an aversion to tomato soup since I was a kid. As I said previously, it was one of the only things my Dad knew how to make on Saturday morning. He paired it with grilled cheese or a peanut butter and jelly sammy and that was the regular lunch on the weekends. I also developed an allergy to raw tomatoes as they made me itch. So I was worried about making this dish. 
         I am admitting that I was dead wrong.  This is not anything like the red and white labeled tomato soup of my childhood. I made it with petite diced tomatoes so that maybe it wouldn’t bother me as much if I ate a bite.
         Not only did it not bother me, but this was amazing. You just MUST try this soup.  It is restaurant level and creamy. This is definitely a first for me.

Good Lord, what is happening to my focus?
Is it me?
Is it my camera?
Am I going blind?
Maybe I should take more photos to avoid this problem.
That's the ticket!

When servings are only one cup as mine are,
you get a heck of a lot of them.
I froze most of them, so I can enjoy them
in the weeks to come.  Yeah!

Random Reflections - Bucket List #46

         I just purchased additional organizing containers, which made me so happy.  I really think that I could write a book on the subject. There are so many experts that it probably wouln’t be published, but it might be fun to try.

  • ·      Write a book on organizing a home
  • ·     Using my dogs and possibly my great-nephews, and design a series of greeting cards
  • ·     Plan my funeral
  • ·     Spend a fun day with each of my nieces/nephews
  • ·      Take a formal cooking class
  • ·      Organize and host a Christmas Caroling Party
  • ·      Watch the IMBd list of the best 250 movies
  • ·      Vacation in Colorado
  • ·      Create a list of home repairs
  • ·      Prepare to teach a new course at Aurora University
  • ·      Visit Brookfield Zoo and photograph the animals
  • ·      Have absolutely no debt
  • ·      Set up a schedule for next summer to visit area cities
  • ·      Organize and purge the basement
  • ·      I am going to learn as much as I can about large animals
  • ·      Make repairs in each and every room of my home to prepare to sell
  • ·      Research Hadrian’s Wall for visit to Scotland
  • ·      Enter a quilt in a local fair
  • ·      Write a book about school for parents
  • ·      Host a game party
  • ·      Purchase a truck
  • ·      I would like to learn more about fostering animals
  • ·      Visit the narrowed list of Kentucky towns each for a weekend
  • ·      Have a B.M.I. of 24.9 or lower
  • ·      Return to Florida/Alabama and see old friends
  • ·      Play tennis again
  • ·      Learn to play bridge
  • ·      Have an in-ground pool
  • ·      Finish writing a book on the Scent Family
  • ·      Save up enough money for a down payment on my Kentucky house
  • ·      Research every town in Kentucky in hopes of relocating
  • ·      Work on learning calligraphy and bettering daily penmanship
  • ·      Begin making my own clothing using a mannequin
  • ·      Volunteer at an animal rescue
  • ·      Visit all 50 states
  • ·      Photography courses
  • ·      Complete all of Mom’s and my scrapbooks
  • ·      Go skiing again in Colorado
  • ·      Meet the Duggar family
  • ·      Watch every nominee and winner for the Academy Awards to date
  • ·      Remodel my kitchen
  • ·      Take piano lessons
  • ·      Write 2 books for my great-nephews
  • ·      Travel to Wales
  • ·      Travel to Scotland
  • ·      Alaskan cruise

Wants and Wishes

         I really want to end this year on the highest note. The kids and I are working hard to prepare them for middle school. I want them to feel secure in their knowledge and anxious to begin the middle school experience. I m looking forward to each coming day, and want to make school the best ever.

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