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Soup….homemade….

Homemade soup is always best. With my bout or flare up of diverticulitis I have to go back to clear liquid diet and work back to solid food. All last week I was eating or rather drinking my meals, pre-made soups and broths. Then I worked up to these….

In this flavor and creamy tomato 🍅 as well. They are really good.

Then to work up some more… so I decided to make my own chicken and veggie soup.

I sautéed celery, onions, carrots, bell pepper, and mushrooms with olive oil in my multipot and some spices. Then added chicken broth and a whole chicken, put it in pressure cook for 40 minutes and let it release for 30 minutes. I added 2 cans of navy beans and pressure cooked for another 10 minutes, quick release and ate.

It was delicious!

I am eating, slowly on solid foods but I couldn’t turn down a chance for a good tomato soup. So I am making my own tomato 🍅 soup.

Starting out with 2 types of tomatoes, onions and bell pepper with olive oil and my goto spices. Roasting at 350 degrees at 15 minute intervals, turning each time. When the skins of the tomatoes 🍅 are ready to come off I peel them off.

I decided, after talking to my sis-in-law and she mentioned tomato 🍅 bisque, to look at recipes for it. It had an addition of bacon, carrots and celery and they even used canned tomatoes, I feel if you’re going to make it homemade you have to have fresh tomatoes 🍅! So in addition I put in a batch of bacon, celery and carrots in the oven with olive oil and my spices to roast.

After blending the tomato 🍅 pan and putting it in my multipot to simmer, I blended the carrot pan and some tomato blend until smooth. Once that all was combined and heated thru I added 2 cups of heavy cream.

I snuck a taste, since I had just eaten lunch, and….WOW the flavor!! The bacon was the first thing I tasted, right after the tomatoes, then a smidge of everything else. It is good! Will have to remember all that I included!! 😋

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Our Traditions

Reading another fellow bloggers blog, I thought I would put my 2 cents in.

Depending if we are staying home, going to my parents house or going to my in-laws house is how we celebrate.

To start with my family, to start we are white and practiced basically how my father was brought up. Our traditions always had my friends in awe. My parents were not holiday decorators other than stockings on the mantle, if we had one, and a tree. We didn’t get and put up the tree until Christmas eve and didn’t decorate it until after dinner, and lastly the child (I was an only child) got to open 1 present picked by an adult. We then would get up on Christmas day, only at a decent hour, had to atleast get dressed, brushed teeth and hair. Then we had one person passing each person a present to open one at a time. It took some time on some Christmas’. Then we would have a light breakfast and turkey and all the trimmings around 1-2pm.

My husbands family, being Mexican have more very different traditions. His mother cooks all day Christmas eve, even preparing the day before. Later in the day we get dressed up, around 2pm or so, and all family that can comes over. We have lunch, talk, play games and at dinner we have the meal she has been slaving over all day. We continue talking and such until midnight, at that time we wish everyone well and merry Christmas with hugs all around. We then open presents, differently every time, this year I was picked to go first and open all my presents from everyone and so on. We then talk for alittle more and then say our goodbyes and go to bed. On Christmas day lately my brother in-law, who is younger than my husband, takes the family out for a movie, this year it was Spiderverse. A few years ago it was the last Star Wars movie.

When my hubby and I are home, with/without my kids, they do every other year with their father, we decorate our house the first weekend in December, in and out but no tree due to fuzz butts. On Yule, the 21st, we give a gift to enjoy. On Christmas day we wake up to enjoy gifts after I get the turkey in the oven. Around 2pm we eat and then I deal with clean up with hubbys help. The next few days we enjoy turkey sandwiches, turkey tacos, turkey tamales, etc.

Granted we have not had many Christmas’ together since my husband serves in the military and has been out of country many times, but this is our family and our traditions.

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Valentines soap…

Alittle while ago, December 17th to be exact I made what I was calling ChocoBerry soap. To be ready, ok I didn’t calculate the times that great….Im new to making soap, but anyway to be ready for valentine’s day.

I scented it with chocolate covered strawberry scent, via Natures Garden fragrance oil. Well I went, apparently, light handed on the scent.

This was the day after making, unmolded and was disappointed. No scent and it was yellow and red instead of brown and red like a strawberry with chocolate on it.

Later, it has turned the colors I wanted but again no scent.

They are even darker now! I wish I had a picture but Im not where I can get a snip.

Anyway they are luxurious anyway from all the oils used, just not scented as I want. 🤷‍♀️ Live and learn.

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Magical Mermaid Soap

Made a new soap last night, a partial lard bar and it was beautiful when making it, but the cut was even better than I thought it would come out!Thanks to some name suggestions I named this batch Magical Mermaid 🧜‍♀️. The smell is sweet and kind of oceany, it was Sea Salt fragrance from Bramble Berry. It will be wrapped and ready to go mid to late January.

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Hidden ailments/diseases

Sooo… I ended up having to go to the doctor, who called the next day to check on me (she told me go to the ER), I go to the ER and spend all day, and then end up having to go right back late in the night/early in the morning (depending on how one looks at it), and then they admit me for 2 days. Feeling awful makes it hard to bear oneself, so I didn’t get any knitting or crochet done while there.

I’ve been diagnosed with diverticulitis, along with a few other things. My grandmother suffered from it and my dad has bouts of it too. During an episode, if you want to call it, or a flare up, antibiotics are needed (which lemme tell ya are nasty tasting and can have some aide effects that are down right miserable). Then a low fiber diet, and alot of limitations to certain types of food, like nuts and seeds for example are no no’s. Then when well, a high fiber diet to keep things rolling.

If you’d like more info on the ailment…. here is a pic of simple terms.

I’m looking at making a batch of soap tomorrow will post then.

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I’m here again.

Well again I have just been not in the mood or forgetting things. So Im here again!

So here are my soaps I made, all wrapped up ready to be sold! Kiwi 🥝 Swirl, Mocha Coffee ☕️ and Pink 🍋 Lemonade.

I have samples of the Ocean 🌊 Swirl, Oatmeal, Milk 🥛 & Honey 🍯 and Pink 🍋 Lemonade as well!

I am going to make another batch of soap today or tomorrow. I have been busy with working and trying to find a better job.

I finally got this done! All of it made with yarn I got off wish…not doing that again. Granted it came out looking beautiful, but scratchy.

This is my current project. Asymmetrical Shawl by Red Heart. Got alot of mistakes but it still looks good.

More to come, later.