Soup is on the Menu

Can you believe it is October? Where did the summer go? One day I was wearing shorts and t-shirt; now I find myself in long pants and sweaters. I am now cuddling up in a blanket and keeping the windows closed so as to not let too much cold air in.

That brings me to food. The kind of food I want to eat when I need to get warm. Soup.

Here are 5 recipes I am giving a try this season.

  1. Hot & Sour Soup from Nom Nom Paleo
  2. Bok Choy Chicken Garlic Soup from Canadian Cooking Adventures
  3. Kale Soup with Curried Cauliflower Rice from Cotter Crunch
  4. Instant Pot Chicken & White Bean Soup from Feasting at Home
  5. 15 Minute Wonton Soup from Feasting at Home

Post Thanksgiving

I am sure most of you had turkey and all the trimmings during your Thanksgiving holiday. I hope it was a great meal! If not, below are some of the items that I made for my dinner with the family that were fantastic.

  1. Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie from Mel’s Kitchen Café 
  2. Grilled Mexican Corn Salad from Southern Living 
  3. Pecan Pie Bites from The Baker Mama 
  4. Cranberry Salsa from Our Life in Food (it seems their website is down; should you want the recipe, send me a comment and I will send their recipe to you)
  5. Chile-Rubbed Turkey from Bon Appetit 

Even if it was a great meal; I am sure you have burnout with the leftovers. Don’t get me wrong, I love turkey and it is one of the few meats that I eat but I can only see it paired with stuffing and mashed potatoes for so long before I start thinking fast food sounds like a good idea. So here are 5 ideas that I think sound excellent for using up the leftovers.

  1. Nachos from Half Baked Harvest 
  2. Bites from Nabisco Triscuits 
  3. Sandwich from Two Peas and Their Pod 
  4. Soup from Town and Country Living 
  5. Tart from Cook’s Illustrated 

The Curse

That is exactly what it is–a curse. What is a curse you may ask? A head cold. Yes, the common head cold that ruins your life because your too sick to make basic decisions but not sick enough for people to have real sympathy like they do when you have the flu.  You get to still exist in the world, going about your daily life, like nothing is the matter because you are functioning enough. Never mind that you haven’t slept in a couple of days because you can’t breathe. That food tastes funny and everything smells weird once you can breathe through your nose again. Or the fact your whole head is sitting in a fog thick enough even for you to believe you are in a creepy movie plot.

Such has been my life for the last week. I have had to endure my long daily commute (thank heavens the roads were clearer than usual). I have had to make detailed work decisions and I got to go on vacation this weekend with it. The only saving grace in this whole process has been the remedies that I have taken. So here is to the top five things that helped me survive this round of the common head cold.

  1. Airborne: If you have never used this product, there might be something wrong with you. It is wonderful at keeping you from getting sick while sickness is around you and at helping you get better faster during it.  Capture
  2. Emergen-C: Once again, if you haven’t used it, you need to think twice about your medicating actions. 🙂 It is also a great pick me up during your cold and great at preventing you from getting the cold. Capture
  3. Afrain Nasal Spray: I really hated nasal sprays as a kid because they were weird. As an adult, I only mildly like them because of living in a dry climate and common nose bleeds BUT when you are sick and you can’t breathe at night; this is salvation in a bottle. Capture
  4. Kleenex: Tissues are your only friend during this horrible time but even they can be horrible if using the wrong ones. A few years ago I stumbled upon the best invention EVER! Kleenex makes Cool Touch Tissues and believe me, you will welcome the opportunity to blow your nose. Seriously 🙂 Capture
  5. Soup and rest: Although it is really hard to sleep when you have a head cold; when you can sleep it is wonderful because it is deep and you know that your body is repairing. It is also great when your best friend just happens to make some amazing soup to help nourish you on the inside.

What remedies do you use when the common cold strikes?