Mountain Trip

Mountain Trip10

I hope the world doesn’t stop turning, but this week I’m only doing one post and it will not include one actual recipe. The hubby and I just got back from the North Carolina Mountains where we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! We were kid free and enjoyed some quiet time by ourselves and also checked out the River Arts District in Asheville where we strolled through some art galleries and a glass shop.  We also ate lots of good food and drank plenty of tasty local beers. Asheville has a ton of  local, small breweries and we took advantage of trying a few of them out.

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Creamy Low-fat Red Potato Soup

 Rich Creamy Low-fat Red Potato Soup, perfect for a main meal or a side dish. Loaded with potatoes, 1 % milk, bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Perfect soup to warm you up on cold day!  

creamy low-fat potato soup

I dreamed up this soup while waiting at the bus stop in the cold rain at 6:30 in the morning. Yes 6:30! school starts crazy early here, which works for us because we are early birds. I could do without the cold rain though..

Shivering and wet, I was thinking about how cold rainy days are perfect days for soup. I’ve been on a roll with the soup recipes lately, I just can’t stop myself. Now that fall is officially here I feel the need to cook as many cold weather foods as I can, and this Creamy Low-fat Potato Soup is the perfect cold weather meal. And it tastes even better the next day for leftovers..amazingly flavorfully delicious.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Rich Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread with a honey cream cheese filling, topped with cinnamon & sugar pecans. No spread needed for this sweet breakfast treat!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I made this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread after getting reamed out today.  It was my therapy bread. And man, it sure did the trick; so rich, chocolatey and creamy!   I suppose I deserved to get yelled at. It just hasn’t happened in a while.  I’m the one doing the yelling these days… I’m not on the receiving end.

So what happened you might ask? Illegal trespassing guys. I know, bad ass right?

I had just dropped my son off at preschool and I figured Annie and I could go check out this lake down the road. I have been thinking about taking some pictures of the kids so I’ve been scouting out pretty spots. I found this cool area in a neighborhood with a little parking lot and a trail down to the lake. And yes there was a sign that said NO TRESPASSING [Read more...]

Chicken and Sausage Rice Casserole

 Chicken and Sausage Rice Casserole, loaded with spicy sausage, chicken , rice, mushrooms and soup sauce. Perfect for feeding a hungry crowd!

chicken and sausgae casserole

There’s a chill in the air so it’s time to start bustin out some casseroles. Get your sweatpants ready cause this one is a doozy. It’s not low-fat but it sure is tasty! I am a big fan of the 80/20 rule and this casserole definitely falls in that sinful 20% part of your diet…in fact wash this down with a cold beer like I did and you’ve used up all your points for the week. But This Chicken and Sausage Rice Casserole is soo worth it. 

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Low-fat Creamy Tomato Soup

Low-fat Creamy Tomato Soup; the perfect side dish or meal to warm you up on a cold fall or winter day. Made with low sodium tomatoes, vegetable juice, low fat milk, and cream cheese. 

creamy tomato soup Two things happened this weekend that haven’t happened in a long, long time. I got to turn on the heat! And man was in cold for my southern wimpy bones. 39 degrees…whaaat? It’s just barely fall and we are already approaching freezing?!

Around here there doesn’t seem to be much open-window time. It goes from winter to summer in one week and then from summer to fall super fast. Which is fine by me.  I love the smell of the heat when it hasn’t been turned on for 8 months, it’s like something’s burning..but you know it’s not the house catching on fire. Just the smell of breaking in the heater. [Read more...]

Egg White Delight Copycat

McDonalds ain’t the only place in town that can throw some eggs whites in a pan with a piece of cheese and a slice of Canadian Bacon. You can come to mi casa too for this yummy Egg White Delight Copycat!  

eggwhite delight Like many, I have a love hate relationship with the Golden Arches. The food is good, in a really gross way if ya know what I mean? I try my best to treat my body good and most of the time I do. But when I’m living life old-school college style or on the road you’ll find me at McDonald’s scarfing down an egg sandwich {a sure cure for a hangover} or on a road trip from hell with the kids shoveling down some fries {helps block out the blood-curdling screams coming from the back}

Luckily for my rapidly aging body me I only get out to party with my lady friends once a year, and when I do find myself at McDonald’s for breakfast I order this egg white delight and lose some of the guilt. You get the comfort of an egg sandwich without all the calories.  [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Soup With Rice

A how-to on making your own homemade chicken soup with rice. You’ll love making this for those cold fall and winter days. Perfect served with a grilled cheese sandwich. The kids will love it too!

Home-made chicken and rice soup

With fall being officially upon us it’s time to start thinking about those warm comforting meals that we miss out on in the summer and spring seasons. Homemade Chicken Soup with Rice is one of those perfect fall and winter foods. Plus it’s awesome because you make it from scratch and there’s a certain satisfaction in that! This recipe is really more of a guideline , not an actually set in stone recipe. Homemade Chicken Soup With Rice is what you make it, you can experiment a little and not worry at all. It will come out great. Promise.

Before we get started please admire my steamy picture of this soup. I burned the crap out of my hands several times while trying to get this shot. It took over an hour and I had to try several different methods to get it right. Plus soup is one of the hardest foods to take flattering pictures of and will be the 1st topic up for discussion in my Photography Forum. Look for that post mid October. back to making the soup.. [Read more...]

Writing Process Blog Tour

Hey Guys, so this post is going to be a tad bit different. Danielle from Live Well Bake Often invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. It’s a chance to share the writing process everyone goes through and what sets each blog apart from one another. If you’ve never stopped by Live Well Bake Often, you are missing out! Danielle cooks up some amazing goodies and savory meals, like this to die for Buffalo Chicken Dip or these crazy yummy Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Everything about Danielle’s blog is great , from her recipes,  beautiful photos to her sweet , funny writing style. So thanks Danielle for inviting me! You rock :-) What am I currently working on? 

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Fast Out-of-a-Can Chili

Super Fast out-of-a-can Chili. Just cook up some low fat ground beef and add some canned ingredients and you’ve got a comforting chili for a no-fuss Monday Night Football dinner.

Fast Out-of-a-Can-Chili

It’s fall and that means football has started, which also means you have to eat yummy football food. You know, food that is snack-able,easy,  comforting, and can be eaten on the couch. This Fast Out-of-a-Can Chili is all of the above. It’s fast, easy and totally snack-able. You can also scoop this chili up with a chip and you’ve got yourself a dip! So put on some sweats and dig into this chili, it will be a new fast and easy meal for the fall.

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Zucchini and Squash Pesto Salad

A Zucchini and Squash Pesto Salad with some fresh tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Perfect for a side dish, serve hot or cold, your choice!

Zucchini and Squash pesto saladWow, did this week fly by or what?! I can’t believe it’s Friday again. And believe me I’m not complaining, it’s going to be a beautiful weekend here in sunny NC. Plus it’s the first weekend we’ve had in a long time where it will be cool enough to have a fire. My husband loves fires and built a fire pit in our backyard , so when the weather gets nice we love to grill out and then have a fire afterwards. I figured we could grill out and have some burgers and have this Zucchini and Squash Pesto Salad as the side.

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