cheeky soup for the soul

Before you pour yourself a warm beverage and sit down to read this post, I am asking you before hand, if you continue reading, I would ADORE your kind, positive, uplifting comments. Thank you in advance.

I may have over done the errands this morning.  At my second to last stop, I thought, soup.  Yes, homemade soup sounds perfect for supper.

You all know I try and have 6-12 cups of homemade veggie and organic chicken broth in our freezer.  Yes, chicken broth.  We don’t normally eat meat, however, once in a while that slow simmered, healing broth made from the bones, does wonders for one’s being.  Ask any Grandma out there.

I knew I was all out.  sigh.

One trick to healing and eating well is timing. It seems as though you must plan ahead, always.  I try and always have broth and supplies to make all kinds of dishes.  Fast food only happens when you make the effort ahead of time.

I was not up to making broth today.  I thought, HEY, other people buy chicken broth, why can’t I?

After two stores and 8 brands later………….every single box or can of chicken broth contained SUGAR.  Cross my heart, I would not lie to you.

Here are my questions, “Why do the American consumers, need/want sugar in their savory chicken broth?    If you do purchase an organic chicken broth that does not contain sugar, would you please share the brand?  Why does 85% of everything in a grocery store have added sugar?  Do you really want to say, it is only a little bit? Am I the only person out there that does not eat sugar?  Answers please.  Thank you.

I came home and made a veggie broth.

For supper tonight, thanks to a sassy, sharing person over on The Blender Girl, I made Vegan Cheeky Chickpea Rosemary Soup

20150203_133507green onions, tomatoes and chickpeas and oodles of garlic and rosemary all swirled together in a vegetable broth. I tossed in chopped up roasted mushrooms to add another layer of pure flavor.   The recipe is super, duper easy and the aroma is rich and savory.

Say Grace for an amazing home-made, easy soup with NO SUGAR.

I plan on putting big scoops of brown rice in pasta bowls and then ladling on the rich, layers of flavor of my soul renewing, cheeky soup.

We are in this together.

Here’s to our health and wellness (without sugar).



blow me a kiss

I am one grateful grandma.  Some amazing person with a fabulo-so brain created and invented Skype.

Skype makes it possible for grandmas and papa’s across the land to visit with and see and interact with their grands.

One of the things we have been working on is asking questions that help the conversation.  Questions like, “Did you have fun at the parade today?” yes.  Do nothing to help in the chatting skills department.

We are trying to use questions that help teach conversation and help us enjoy the Skype experience.

What did you have for breakfast?  We had round pancakes.  What shape were your pancakes?

What is a moon pie?  “Well, Grandma Daleen, a moon pie is …… a moon pie!” 

Haha, I love those grands.

We also get kisses blown at the screen.   I can go two or three days on a kiss blown through the computer!

Speaking of smooches, did you notice today is not only Ground Hog day………….6 more weeks of winter…………… but today marks only 12 days until Valentine’s day.

Everyone loves kisses.  period.

Kisses from grands.  yes.

Kisses from dogs.  yes.

Kisses from your kids. yes.

Kisses from your Mr. Right. yes.

20150130_150234On Friday, I made a little something up for Mr. Right to set on his desk today, bright and early Monday morning.

While I am guessing he doesn’t want kisses from his co-workers.  I think the thought is nice.    HAPPY.  That is all, plain and simple.

Share a treat, get a smile.  Then tell someone else, then they get a treat and smile.

Way more Happy all around.

Why not make a treat jar for your Mr. Right?  ( I used a plastic jar and filled with a couple pounds of bubble gum.)

Yes, even if you haven’t traded Valentines for years (and why the heck not?)!  Yes, even if they work from home, or out of a truck or “they never share things like that” or you live alone….. then make one for your desk or share a jar of Happy with your favorite hair dresser or the lady who sells raw honey.

Just maybe, by you or your Mr. Right sharing a treat, there will be more HAPPY to share?

Then you or your special someone will come home being more HAPPY.

What a novel idea.

Share HAPPY.

Receive HAPPY.

makes me smile.