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cabbage soup 2

What gives mother nature?

It’s still cold.

My daffodils want to know what’s up and my ankle socks say hey, were ready.

Jen fact: I can only handle two lengths of socks if any at all.

Knee-high or ankle.  Anything in-between is just weird.

Any who, I guess I’m not in a big outrage.  I’m still figuring out a good schedule for myself and I would hate to think I missed spring.

Plus the chill in the air means it is still a good time for soup!

cabbage

Huzzah for soup!

This one has a nice kick to it thanks to the mustard, ginger and caraway seeds.  Raise your hands if caraway seeds make you swoon.

No one, is that odd? I just mean that caraway seeds take whatever they’re in up to 11.  It’s a fact, you know it, it’s okay if you don’t want to say.

soup starters

I would totally bring this cabbage soup to your house if you were sick. It is brothy and vegetabley and spicy and is gonna make you want to eat it everyday for lunch, I did.

You should too, even beagle was intrigued.  Silly beagle, soup is for me.  and you!

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kale walnut salad 2

I don’t know about you guys but when I get home from work I am hard-wired to eat.

I’m not ready for dinner per say.  In fact we are late eaters but I do need something.

I try to be proactive and have something good for me waiting.

kale walnut salad

You know, like this.  Something good and delicious and easy to get at so I don’t just jam handfuls of cheez-its and jelly beans into my face.  It happens, it’s not pretty looking.

Well that’s where this salad came about. I prepped it on a Sunday and thought it should get me through Wednesday.  You are one smart cookie Jennifer.  You got this adult thing figured out.

What you don’t have figured out is how not to keep “taste-testing” this amazing salad on Sunday and then eat all of it on Monday!

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veggie soup 1I need to take a step back.

I need to regroup and get this year back on track.

I need to simplify things up and carve out those pockets of time where I can get them.

We can do this.

Go team Jen on three,

ONE, TWO, THREE, TEAM JEN, break.

veggie tonic 1

Okay. Now what?

Now we make soup!

A fast, simple, good for you soup.

A soup that will cure what ails ya that is delightful to boot.

veggie tonic

Eat some while reading a book!

Multitasking.

We’re doing it!  Team Jen for the win!

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mediterranean pepper salad 2I think I’m suffering from seasonal affective disorder.  Anyone else?

Maybe post holiday blues.  I’m pretty sure I have frost bite but I’m not a doctor so maybe not, I don’t know.

All I know is that everything has turned blah and cold.  I’m struggling to want to do anything.  Frankly seeing the temperature in my car at 12 degrees the other morning when I went to heat it up so Larry and I don’t turn into a popsicle was just a slap in the face to my mood. Blah.  Not cool winter.

pepper trio

I’ve been dreaming of warmth, how I wish I was here again.  I’d even happily go with my sister again and refuse any gin.  That’s not true.  That last part about gin was a lie, sorry.  It’s this weather.  Blurg.

On our frigid drives to work these couple of weeks Larry and I have been hatching a little plan to just keep going.  Forget work, forget New England winters and head south to Savannah.  I’m not sure how we came up with Savannah except I’ve never been and have always wanted and well, Larry is game for anything.

cucumbers

We would just drive into town.  I’ll work at some diner with a cute little uniform in some 1940’s style.  The patrons would be humored by my sassy northern ways and Larry would follow me around as I wait my tables.  I’m assuming that would not be any sort of health code violation or anything.  People would think we were the bees knees and say “that’s a mighty fine dog you have there” and I would say, “that’s not my dog, he’s my best friend” and scene.  Is that not normal?  She shrugs her shoulders, exit stage left.

peppers

We don’t talk about the reality of this plan being we would be leaving Franklin, Newton and Adam and that would be just awful but Savannah does sound nice and warm and I can be sassy.

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roasted tomato soup

Fun Fact!

Did you know that until this here recipe for tomato soup I had only had it once before in all my 34 years?  Well it’s true and I really only had about 3.25 spoonfuls before I probably used some unsavory words and tossed the rest.  Ugh, it was horrible.

tomatoes and garlic

I guess I should rewind for a minute.  I don’t really know why I hadn’t tried before that unpleasant first experience.  I liked tomatoes, I liked tomato sauce and I liked ketchup.  True, maybe some (my mom) would say I was a tad fussy about certain things.  On Taco nights I wouldn’t eat the shell, salsa or cheese and the meat could not be too spicy.  I was served bland ground beef and shredded lettuce in a bowl for years.  I loved taco night!  Anyway, maybe my eating habits caused my mom to not bother with the hassle of figuring out what about tomato soup needed to change in order for her youngest child to eat some.

soup 2

Lets fast forward to my first attempt.  I just started college.  I was living on my own in a new city.  You know how it is, everyone gets a little crazy in college. That’s how I ended picking up a can of tomato soup during my grocery shopping .  “I’m an adult now, I’m sure I’ll like it”.  Oh man, how foolish youth can be?  Well I headed back to the dorms, heated it up in the community kitchen and as I stated before, gagged, used some colorful language and wasted my precious money on a vile soup.  “Never again” I said!  Well maybe I didn’t say that but I’m sure I shook my fists in the air vowing revenge.  No? oh, well then I probably just went to the dining hall and stocked up on cereals that I could take back to my room.

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