Here’s to Extra Days of Summer!

It may be too hot for this time of year and this Mommy might be about ready to melt into a puddle of warm goo, but there’s at least one little munchkin who isn’t complaining about the ‘extended summer’!

Who needs pumpkin spice season when you can have extra days of summer instead, right?

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On Starting Again

A very wise friend told me that when trying to get back into the blogging mindset after an extended absence, the best thing to do was start with a picture.
I'm sure she meant that start with a picture and follow it with an actual blog post, but I think I'll leave it at a picture for now.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Is it Soup Season Yet?

Summer is finally over and boy did it take its sweet time about it. Summer is all well and good but give me the cool, crisp days of Fall over hot Summer days any time. 

So yes, to honor the start of Fall, here’s a lovely little recipe for Chicken Hot and Sour Soup to warm you on the cool nights ahead!

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Chicken Hot and Sour Soup

What you need:

  • 1 chicken breast, cut julienne style
  • 2 cups Chicken stock
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp red chili pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • Thinly chopped cabbage
  • Thinly chopped carrots
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp white vinegar (depending on how ‘sour’ you like your soup :))

Method:

  • Take a large pot and pour in the chicken stock and water, bring it to a boil
  • Add the red chilli pepper and the tomato paste, cook for a few minutes 
  • Add the chicken and cook on medium heat till chicken is tender
  • Add salt
  • Add the cornstarch mix but don’t add all of it at once. Pour in half, mix and let simmer for a minute or two to check consistency. If the soup is still not thick enough for your liking, add more till desired consistency is reached 
  • Now add the soy sauce, vinegar and black pepper

veggies

  • Add the veggies and cook for no more than 3-4 minutes otherwise the vegetables will get too limp
  • Now pour in the egg whites in a circular motion, let cook for a minute befitting stirring.
  • Serve hot!

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I love soup, it’s one of my all time favorite foods! What about you? What’s your favorite soup recipe?

On Perspective, Chocolate Cake and Accusing Eyes

No matter how big of an optimist you may be, there will still be times when life brings you down. It could be something big, it could be something seemingly trivial, but those bad patches when you feel like crap hit even the best of us.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might know that I’m trying to get back into shape after a summer of junk food and soda, and I was doing really well too. 3lbs in a little less than 2 weeks isn’t all that bad, right? 

And than this weekend happened. It was only a 3 day trip to visit family, but I think I ate enough food to feed a small army. I’m afraid to weigh myself because if I’ve gained back any of that weight I will definitely get depressed!

So there I was, eating chocolate cake and feeling sorry for myself at the same time, when I happened across the following image on Pinterest:

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And you know what? It made me feel better for some weird reason. I’ll lose the extra pounds, I know I will. Whatever else might happen, at least I have a loving and caring husband who won’t give me the silent treatment over a clogged drain 😂 It’s all about perspective people! No matter how down in the dumbs I may get, stuff like this reminds me that there are weirder problems out there (or there were) that people deal with!

On Shaking Off the Summer Haze

This summer, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, has been more than a tad hectic to say the least. Always being on the go and always doing stuff may seem awesome and fun for a while but after a month or so of constant activity? Well let’s just say the charm wears off soon and you actually start relishing the odd day or so of having nothing to do!

So yes, I definitely need a vacation after this summer, though I suppose a vacation would mean more activity and moving around so maybe what I really need is a few consecutive days of peace and quiet and nothing to do.

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A side-effect of constant activity that I didn’t anticipate was the mental haze that comes with it. Basically, when you’re always working or on the move, there really isn’t any time in the day to think. I like to think of myself as a wannabe writer and usually my head is always full of ideas and snatches of creative inspiration but for the first time in a long time all my head seems to be full of is a hazy cloud of exhaustion. Even when I’m actively trying to come up with things to write, all I end up with is the idea of wanting to write and nothing to go with it, and that really bothers me. Writing, or creativity in general, is an essential part of who I am and without it, I just feel slightly lost.

So yes, summer is almost over (hopefully) and I for one cannot wait for the dull routine of life to pick up again. Maybe I’ll have better luck shaking off this haze when my physical life is less demanding!

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Getting Things Done (Hopefully)

Have I mentioned how busy this summer has been? I have? Good. Let me just repeat it for good measure: this summer has been very very very busy! I’ve barely had time to sit still for more than 10 mins at a time let alone composing and putting out blog posts! My blog however is the least of my worries when it comes to all the things that got neglected this summer. 

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When spring rolled around this year I promised myself I’d get so much done. I’d read all those books languishing on my to-read list, I’d finally hit the gym and lose that pesky extra 5lbs I’ve been carrying around since Lilly was born, I’d potty train Lilly in time for school, I’d change my hair color and on and on. You know how much I actually got done in the last few months? Go on, guess.

If you guessed ‘virtually nothing’, congratulations you win money (or not).

Reading books? The only reading I did this summer was 160 characters at a time on Twitter. Losing 5lbs? Yeah, I kinda sorta gained an extra 4lbs instead. My hair? The same old boring shade of brown. And potty training? Don’t even get me started on that. Let’s just say that that ‘last box of pull-ups I’m ever buying!’ is still in a store somewhere because I sure as hell ain’t done with potty training.

To be fair, I haven’t been able to give potty training the undivided attention it deserves but that’s only because I’ve barely been home for more than 3-4 hours at a time. Ever try potty training on the move? Not fun.

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Now though? With a little over a month to go before Lilly starts at nursery school, it’s time to get serious and fast. Pull-ups? Just glorified diapers that really don’t seem to help so those are out. I let Lilly pick out some nice training pants and we’ve been using those since yesterday. Hell, I even got stickers and all for a reward system and it actually seems to help! 

So yes, we are going cold turkey, going from diapers to underwear overnight and we are getting this done damn it! Wish us luck! I don’t know about my toddler, but I at least am going to need it.

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The Summer of Things

A lot happens during the few months of summer, a lot more than happens in all the rest of the year combined. Adventures are had, plans are made, bucket lists are tackled and new places are seen. With all that activity though also comes the ever looming mantle of exhaustion. 

Physical exhaustion is an obvious side effect of all the stuff we’re doing and to be expected, but what I always forget about, and never see coming, is the emotional exhaustion that goes hand in hand with having too much to do and too little time to to it in.


So yes dear readers, it is about that time of the year again when I’m starting to feel more and more exhausted and am desperately in need of a long break. I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready for this summer to be over. There is after all such a thing as too much of a good thing.