Cabbage Soup W/Meatballs (Don’t knock it until you try it )

This is my version of Paula Deen’s Cabbage Soup. After making the original recipe, I found that it need some changes (in my opinion). This recipe takes a little bit of preparation, but it is well worth it. Give it a try and tell me what you think. I literally just finished licking the bottom of my soup bowl (no, seriously). Enjoy!

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Meatballs: 
2lbs ground turkey

1 cup of uncooked rice

1 tablespoon of salt

1  teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon of cumin

1/4 onion minced

2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce

Soup: 

3 cloves garlic minced

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 a yellow onion diced

1 6oz can of tomato paste

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of ketchup

28 oz can of whole tomatoes with juice

1 medium cabbage sliced

1 cup of beef broth(stock)

1/2 cup of water

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 cup of monterey jack (cheddar will work as well)

1/2 cup of raisins

Directions

Combine all of the meatball ingredients into a bowl and mix together (USE YOUR HANDS PEOPLE!). Form into walnut sized balls and set aside! Time to make the soup!… In a large stock pot heat your oil over medium high heat, add your garlic and onions and sweat the onions until they are translucent (about a min or two). Then add your tomato paste, whole tomatoes w/ the juice, ketchup, brown sugar, salt and pepper and bring to a fast simmer. This should take about 8 to mins.  Transfer your soup mix into the blender and blend on low for about 30 seconds (or until the whole tomatoes are crushed). Transfer back into the pot and add in your cabbage simmering on medium low heat for another 10 mins (Until cabbage has reduced in size). Now add in the beef stock and water to thin the soup (you can play around with the consistency ). Add in the meatballs and continue to simmer for 20 to 25 mins. This gives the rice enough time to cook as well as the meat. Add in the raisins and cheese when the soup is done cooking but still hot! I garnished mine with avocado, but a nice crusty french or sourdough bread would go great too!

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I did today!

 

 

 

 

Jogging Mama UPDATED***

After a whirlwind day of finding out that my beloved Jogger City stroller was not in fact a “Jogging” stroller (come on babies r us! Know your stuff!) I did my own research and hightailed it back to the store to exchange for an actual jogging stroller. I settled on the Britax B Agile. The details claim you can both run and jog with it. It too folds easy and is actually lighter than the first non-jogging stroller. So, my cardio starts tomorrow! I am just glad that one of my readers brought it to my attention that it was not in fact a jogging stroller before I actually started running with it! What a mommy moment today was! Glad we resolved the issue and are ready to go for tomorrow mornings run! I have attached all of the details about the stroller and some personal pictures I took after the assembly of it. I will give you guys an update about the Britax B Agile, after I’ve used it a couple of times. Enjoy!

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11486152&cp=2255957.2273443.2256189.2256201&green#goto-top-of-page

 

***This Britax B-Agile Stroller has many convenient features for making your strolling experience a pleasurable one. Click & Go offers a built-in receiver for car seat compatibility and stroller versatility, and the one-hand, quick-fold design with an automatic chassis lock on the frame allows for easy transport and storage. With a no-rethread, adjustable, five-point harness, this stroller continues to provide optimal safety as your baby grows. The harness and head pad feature reflective binding to promote visibility, and the linked parking brake locks both rear wheels. The three-wheel design provides improved steering and maneuverability, while all-wheel suspension offers a smooth ride. The frame is designed to provide stride clearance as you walk, jog or run, and the stroller is designed to offer infinite seat recline positions for your child’s comfort. The large canopy provides protection from the sun and features a ventilation window to keep your child cool, while the peek-a-boo window allows you to keep an eye on him or her. There is a large underseat storage area with a zippered pocket.

For children weighing up to 55 lbs.***

 

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We’ve Got A Teether On Our Hands!

Riley has been teething for a while now. She never fussed much, and we hadn’t discovered any teeth making their way down… until this morning! The strangest part about it is that it seems to be either an upper incisor or a canine tooth. Is this normal? I’ve always heard of the two front teeth or bottom teeth coming through first. Mommies, I want to hear all about your teething stories! Please send them my way!

I do have a couple of tricks up my sleeve that seem to soothe and calm our baby girl when the pain kicks in.

The first is the “Razberry”. We’ve been using this since she was about 5 months and it really does work! The little bumps on the berry soothe her gums and the color tends to distract her. It is also BPA free (so important). razbabyrazberry-teetherred

These cool baby teething keys called “Kleynimals” serve as both a toy and teether for baby! They jingle just like the keys our babies love, but are safe for them to put in their mouths! You can just throw them into the dishwasher to sanitize! (I always dip mine in boiling water for a couple of seconds even after they’ve been washed)  www.Kleynimals.com  kleynimals

The last remedy I’ve discovered is Hyland’s teething tablets (any grocery store). A good friend of mine recommended these to me recently and they work like a charm. They’re all natural/homeopathic, so you don’t have to worry about giving your loved one any sort of harmful chemical. home-teething-tablets-box

These are the remedies that are currently working for me, though sometimes there is nothing you can really do but wait it out. I hate to see my little one suffer and am therefore always on the hunt for other remedies to help ease the pain. What works for you? Comment below and let me know! I hope my arsenal of remedies can help some of you out there!

Enjoy!

36 Hours In Salt Lake City Part 2

JOU JOU at The Grand America Hotel 

So, if I didn’t mention in part 1 of this post (which I don’t think I did) we stayed at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City,UT. It was beautiful! It definitely lived up to its “Grand” title. The hotel had an amazing courtyard, delicious (spicy) room service and a gorgeous outdoor pool (we unfortunately had no time to enjoy it). During our “Baby’s first snow” outing, we stumbled upon the most adorable toy store i’ve ever seen! It’s called Jou Jou and had the most unique finds, most of which were handcrafted and one of a kind! I had been searching for a flag garland for Riley’s room and finally found one! We also picked up a book for her, perfectly titled “Spring is here”. I am almost certain we enjoyed being in the toy store more than she did. Enjoy the pics!

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What we found for Riley 🙂

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36 Hours in Salt Lake City! Part 1

After leaving Houston,TX we hopped on another plane with baby in tow and went to Salt Lake City, UT. Though our trip was a short 36  hours, we had a blast. Riley even got to experience snow for the first time! Needless to say, she LOVED it. I actually didn’t expect her to start playing with it right away, but she did. I was a proud mama! The view from our room was incredible and the hotel we stayed at was historically beautiful. I would definitely go back for a winter vacation. Has anyone stayed at any of the ski resorts in Salt Lake? Tried any of the outdoor heated pools? What is that like? I’ve always wanted to swim in freezing weather (No, really). Definitely on my bucket list. Hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did taking them!  (Stay tuned for part 2!)

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Oh Hey “Dada!”

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Who are you serving?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

This verse is a great reminder of who we are living for and what truly matters.
It is so easy to get off track and forget why you are doing the things you do. We start working for others and to prove something to other people, instead of working for the Lord and making ourselves happy. In todays society there is a huge emphasis put on fortune and fame. In hindsight none of that matters, or will matter at the end of the day. Things and wealth can satisfy you for a short period of time, but will never fulfill you and make you truly happy. Whatever it is that you love doing, do it! At least try and do it. When doing whatever it is that you do, do it for the Lord and do it with joy and love. At the end of the day you’re happy, God is happy and that is all you have to worry about.
Whatever your profession, make sure you enjoy what you’re doing and giving it 110%. Live for the Lord and you can’t go wrong.
What are your thoughts? I hope that you are blessed by God’s word today!
Enjoy!

Aquarium Fun!

We spent the weekend together as a family in Houston, TX! We were there because my husband was participating in the all-star weekend 3 point shootout. We had a blast. We were able to take Riley to the Downtown Houston Aquarium during our stay and I’m so happy we were able to find the time because she absolutely LOVED it. She did manage to fall asleep halfway through, but the time she was awake was well spent. The best part about it all? There were WHITE TIGERS at the end of the tour! If you’re ever in Houston, check it out! Hope you enjoy this round up of pictures from the aquarium!

 

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Easy Salmon Marinade!

I am always on the hunt for delicious recipes. Most of the time I want something quick and easy that doesn’t lack flavor. I think that my easy salmon marinade gets the job done. Try it and let me know what you think!

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees

combine in a sandwich bag or bowl the following ingredients:

4 Cloves chopped garlic

1/2 a small onion finely chopped

1/2 cup of Mirin

2 tbs Low Sodium Soy

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup brown sugar

Juice of an orange and a lime

Mix all of the ingredients together and voila, your marinade is done.

This is enough marinade for 1.5-2 lbs of Salmon

Salt and Pepper the fish to your liking, Pour the marinade over the fish and bake for 15-20 mins! It’s that easy, and it’s sure to please!

I paired my salmon with asparagus, roasted potatoes and cheddar mushrooms.

Enjoy!

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Baby Style 2

I am absolutely in  love with these baby headbands from an ETSY boutique called Little Hip Squeaks! I’ve never been a fan of putting Riley in a big bow headband, so this is a perfect alternative AND they stay on her head ( for the most part). I’ll include a link below to their site.

http://www.etsy.com/search?q=little%20hip%20squeak&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US&ref=auto1

Enjoy!

** I have not been compensated in any way for this post. Opinions are all my own**

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A Fresh Start!

I recently completed a subconscious test in the productivity area of life (ha! this sounds sort of genius). I took a look at an entire week of my life and what I accomplished and got done each day in that week. Some days were drastically more productive than others. What gives?! I then came to the realization that the days I made up my bed in the morning were the days I accomplished the most!

Mind boggling right?!… Well, not really. It’s simple actually

When you make up your bed in the morning, you have already accomplished something before your day has even really started! You’re giving yourself a fresh start and a clean slate. You can take on the world! It’s like a domino effect! “I’ve already done something today, might as well keep going!”

As crazy as it sounds, it’s worked for me. Try it, and tell me if it works for you. The best part is that it’s like coming home to hotel turn down service at the end of the day. Ahh the perks!

Enjoy!

New Moms and The Babysitter!

I wanted to get opinions from all of the moms out there on finding a babysitter. Were you nervous the first time you hired one? How did you find them? At what age did you start leaving your little one with someone else?

I am asking because my husband and I have left our baby girl for a total of 10 hours combined, and it’s always been with a family member (she’s almost 7 months). I am absolutely petrified to leave her with someone. She is so little and can’t speak for herself yet, what if she needs me?! Have you moms out there had the same feelings? How did you cope? Please give me your feedback and comment below.

Thanks!