Category Archives: 30-Day Challenge

Soup Recipe + End of a Challenge

I made a hearty and delicious soup Sunday night that I have been eating ever since!  It’s been my lunch and dinner a lot this week and is such a comforting and nutritious meal!  Plus, it’s very satisfying and filling!

I adapted this recipe from Rachael Ray

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup low fat half and half + 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Few dashes of hot sauce
  • Few shakes of parmesan cheese

*Note: I don’t measure my seasonings, I go on taste.

In a large pot, heat up the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter, over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower florets and stir. Add celery, onion, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder and cook for 3 minutes.

Push the vegetables to 1 side of the pot. Melt 1 more tablespoon of butter on empty side of pot and add flour to the butter. Cook for 1 minute, stirring the flour in the butter. Mix in chicken broth and half-and-half and milk mixture. Bring up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted into soup.

Puree soup using an emersion blender, food processor or blender and return to pot.  Check seasoning and add a dash of hot sauce, if desired.

Soup!

**Make sure to season to your taste.  I like my soup with a little kick so I added extra hot sauce and red pepper flakes.

30-Day 90-Day Challenge

So I’ve been slacking on my 30-day challenge! Tonight I am going to breeze through the last few topics to finish it up!

Favorite Movie: A League of Their Own, it’s been my favorite since the day I saw it in the theater.  I love the cast and the story is just great!

A League of Their Own

Someone who fascinates me: Oprah…the woman does it all (She has her own Network!) and uses her fame for good.  She is a saint!

Oprah

What kind of person attracts you: Someone compassionate, loving, generous, hard working, driven, funny, easy going, and loves their family and friends (basically describing Andy 😉 )

Andy and I

A problem that I have had: Sucking my thumb…once in a while I still do it! Crazy, I’m 26 years old and still find comfort in it! I do it when I am very, very sleepy (I sound like a toddler!)

Something that I miss: My family! I wish they lived close!

We Are Family!

Goals for the Next 30-Days: Continue running consistently each week, continue filling my diet with plenty of whole foods, and to enjoy each day!

Highs and Lows of the Month:

Lows:

  • The dreary weather and my car accident was a definite low
  • I also fell this morning on some ice walking my dogs

But other than that, it’s been a good month…I am blessed!

Highs:

Baby Claire

  • I went home to Cincinnati visit my parents and brother

My brother Mike and I

Girls Night Out

5K Race

It’s been a good month! 🙂

Question:

What’s been your ‘high’ of the last month?

Life Isn’t Always How We Plan

So I’ll elaborate more about my car accident from Monday.  Like I mentioned, I was not hurt what so ever, but I was left a bit shaken!

Unexpected Snow Storm

I was driving home from Cincinnati to Cleveland, which is typically a 4-hour drive.  The weather called for some flurries in Cleveland so I was not too worried about bad weather.  That is until I got past Columbus, OH.

Snow + Ice + Rain = Disaster

When I got just outside of Columbus (which is about an hour and a half from Cincinnati), the weather was horrendous.  It was a total ice storm.  It was raining, sleeting, hailing and snowing all at the same time.  I had no clue this would be happening!

As I began to slow my car from a cruising pace of 70mph I saw an accident to my right.  I got over to the far left hand lane to make room for semi trucks to get over as well.  My car slowed down to around 50mph and I said out loud to myself “I need to really slow down, it looks crazy out here”.

Just as I was slowing down a semi was to my right.  I decided that once I passed up the semi I would get over to the far right (as I was in the passing lane in the left) to drive slow.   But I was unable to pass the semi.  My car went out of control as I slipped on the ice and straight into a metal guard rail and into a grass ditch.  I was terrified!

I wasn’t so much scared that I crashed, but more so I was afraid that another car would do the same thing and just plow into me.   After several minutes of panicking and calls to my family and Andy, I managed to drive my car out of the ditch.

After driving back into the road something didn’t feel right. My car was wobbling and my steering wheel felt strange.  I pulled over to the right and called a tow truck.  My car was not going to make it!

And I Waited

Unfortunately there were many accidents and it took hours for a tow truck to come.  I sat and waited for 3 hours in my car on the side of the road as the snow piled up.   I would like to say I was calm, but patience is not my best quality. Truthfully, I was a bit panicked.  I didn’t like being on the side of the road alone.  Plus it got dark and scary outside.

The tow truck came and I decided that the weather was too dangerous for Andy to come get me (that was the original plan).  Plus I was still 2 hours from home.  It would take him much longer with the weather to even get there then we’d have to drive all the way back.   I had the tow truck guy drop me off at a Comfort Inn hotel.  And I waited again.

Still Waiting

Many other people had the same idea to stay at a hotel that night.  And the Comfort Inn was not expecting this storm…so they had very few clean rooms.  There were about 30 of us waiting for a room and the house keepers had to clean them all.  I waited 4 hours for a room in the lobby.  It was pretty boring and I was getting pretty cranky.  Luckily I had a book and stayed occupied.  But Andy and my parents would tell you that I was a baby.  I complained to them and wanted their pity.  Not my finest moment!

I got to bed around 11:30pm and woke up around 7am.  I had some continental breakfast (best part of the whole ordeal I must say!) and waited some more.  My car wasn’t ready until 3:30pm.   So all day I watched TV and read my book “An Unquiet Mind”, which is about bipolar disorder (side note: very good book, I recommend it).

Cheez-Its and Combos = My Food Groups

My diet consisted of mainly vending machine eats since I was not in walking distance of restaurants.  Cheese Combos, Cheez-Its and candy were a major staple the past couple of days!

Dinner

Lunch

I was glad to get home yesterday to see Andy and the pups.  I feel safe and secure once more.  I thanked God that I was safe and that my accident was not serious and that I was OK.

Lessons Learned

To be honest, I had a feeling that day something was not going to go right so I had some prior warning. Strange how intuition is always right! But I had to get home and I would not have had the opportunity to leave later…unless the storm had been predicted to be really bad.

I guess this accident was a test of my patience and how I handle tough situations…and I failed miserably! One thing I learned is that I need to remain calm in these situations.  Life is not always going to go as planned and panicking is not going to help.  I needed to stop and take a minute to think instead of getting all crazy.  Looking back on the situation, yes it was scary, but I was not hurt and I needed to calm down and think things through.  Lesson learned!

5 Hot Guys

On a totally unrelated note, part of the 30-day challenge (which in reality is taking me about 90!) the topic is to post up 5 celebrity guys that I think are hot.  Here we go!

Jake

James

Johnny

Shane

Matthew

Question:

Do you  have a celebrity crush?