Indoor Bowling…beating the cold!

My cupkeiki is NOT an indoor person. She wants to be outside exploring, running in the opposite direction of me, finding things, picking up interesting rocks or leaves (sometimes things that ought not be picked up) and listening to the animals. So what to do about all this cold weather we are experiencing  (really it’s cold to a person who has enjoyed a consistent 80 degree climate for the last eight years!)?? Today I set up the outside bowling toys, why not bring the outside in?!

We had lots of laughs!

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Bacon Leek and Potato Soup!

I’ve spent the better part of three days caring for a sick babe, which is not fun. Sleepless nights, a cranky lil miss and the stress of keeping up with everything has thus lead me to also be sick. Boohoo. I felt it coming on yesterday and with that icky feeling came the comfort food search. My answer to that search was soup, with cornbread. No photos to go with it, which is a bummer because everyone in the house was raving about it and going back for seconds and thirds but my energy was focused on eating and trying to get a few hours of sleep!

Here is my recipe, ENJOY!

Makes about 8 main course servings.

Ingredients:

4 slices thick bacon chopped up

half an onion, diced

three cloves garlic, minced

2 medium carrots, cut into quarters

8 medium potatoes, cut into chunks

1 medium sized leek, white and pale green parts thinly sliced

6 cups water

2 Tbs, heaping, Better than Bouillon Chicken Base

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

3/4 Cup milk

approx. 3 ounces cream cheese

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

salt and pepper to taste

cilantro for garnish

Preparation:

In large pot, start bacon, onions carrots and leeks. Allow onions to cook, add potatoes and cook on med. low for about ten minutes then add garlic. Add water, chicken base, and dry spices to vegetables and bacon. Bring to boil and then turn to med. low to simmer, cooking for about another 20 minutes. Just before you are ready to serve add milk and cheeses to the pot and with a hand blender, or in a processor, blend the soup up to a slightly course consistency. Taste and season if needed. Serve with fresh cilantro on top!

Make something WILD!

So, I won’t lie…I’m a little addicted to Pinterest. I don’t know what it is about it that captivates me but thankfully, I’m not alone in this addiction (that’s right ladies (and some gentlemen) you know I’m talking about you, probably).

Anyway, I get a lot of craft inspiration from there, like this fun mama-time one:

It’s supposed to be an “Anthropologie”-esque flower, but it also reminds me of a sea urchin.

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It’s so easy to make! I picked up a package of Styrofoam balls and Q-Tips with colored sticks and I had on hand, from bubble painting, some neon food coloring! Woohoo for fun craft time! I cut the Q-Tips in half, and started poking them into the ball one at a time, pretty close to each other. Don’t ask for a count on the Q-Tips, I didn’t pay attention to that, I just put as many as I wanted in. Then, and this is where I maybe would make a change, I put 15 drops of food coloring into a bowl with about a 1/4 cup of water and rolled the “flower” around, getting as much of the cotton covered as I could. I think it would have been easier to dye the Q-Tips first, let them dry and then make the flower.

I only did half the ball, I thought it looked better than covering the whole thing. Once the food coloring was dry I used bamboo skewers as the “stems” and put them in a vase. Fun, easy, and cute!

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They have managed, after a week, to keep their brightness, no editing done to the photos!!

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Roller Derby Benefit, This Saturday!

I’m a fan of Roller Derby. It makes me laugh, it makes me uncomfortable, it makes me want to be out on the track in a cute costume zipping around scoring points and getting a good workout. But I don’t have the guts to actually try out. That being said, I’m a supporter of it, and encourage other women/girls to try it.

This Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6:00p.m. The FoCo Girls Gone Derby are hosting a benefit event for a teammate who was shot in the head earlier in October. All proceeds will go to this woman to help her with medical recovery, so if you’re in the area check it out!

Safety for Sarah Bout Flyer

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