Quick Coffee Talk

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday morning so far. Pittsburgh is really cold and dreary out, which is typically not my favorite combination. If it’s going to be cold at least be sunny.
I received an email earlier today stating that my yearly dues for my blog is coming up at the end of February! Already! I can’t believe it’s been almost an entire year of blogging…it doesn’t seem possible. I guess time does fly when you’re having fun!
That got me thinking about my future posts on here….I would really like to know what you would like to see for future posts!
I created a poll and I would love if you would take two seconds to vote! If you have any ideas that you would like to share with me please do not hesitate to comment. I would love to know!

 

 

Thanks for sticking around, I highly appreciate it!

My Favorite Cheesy Potato Soup

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Nothing seems to scream winter to me than soup. I am soup gal…I love it. I eat it a lot during the winter mostly, but it doesn’t stop me any other time of the year. There is always an excuse for me to cook soup…I will always find one..

It’s such a comfort food.

Panera makes the BEST Broccoli Cheddar Soup I simply have not conquered the Broccoli Cheddar scene yet..but I’m trying. Anyone have a to-die-for Broccoli Cheddar soup to share?

There was a Crock-Pot Potato Cheddar Soup circling the Facebook scene a couple months back that I wanted to try, but I have not had much luck with Facebook recipes. They normally turn out to be blah…

But let me say this…

This Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup is ‘ahhh-mazing.’ I’m just going to leave it at that.

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‘Cookin’ up some yummy bacon! Typically I am not one of those people that say “just add bacon to anything and it makes it ten times better.” BUT..BUT.. in this soup…I can’t get enough of it…it just takes it to a whole different level…and it is not overpowering by any means…

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We used Yukon Potatoes instead of Idaho Potatoes…I actually prefer them….Plus..they are a softer potato and cook faster!

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Look at all those beautiful potatoes!

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Right here I am making a Roux. Roux’s are a thickener I actually prefer them when cooking  a creamy soup.

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One tip when making a Roux is to get your whip out and get prepared to “whip it!” You don’t want your Roux lumpy at all! Keep whipping until your arm is about to fall off…seriously…

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Or at least it became the consistency of a creamy mashed potato….and don’t think you’re done whipping yet…you didn’t think you were getting off that easily..did you?

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Add your Chicken Broth in and get your whip ready. You don’t want to end up with lumps in your Roux…who wants lumpy soup?

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Add your potatoes in slowly

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Mash your potatoes up using this cooking tool…I did it about 3 times…and that’s it!!!! What is the proper name for this potato masher?

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Did I mention that this isn’t a diet friendly soup?

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It wouldn’t be complete without some Cheddar Cheese..now would it? I would be lying to you if I told you I didn’t add some extra cheese…

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Look at this bad boy…I mean come on…who wouldn’t want to dive into this and forget about their New Year Eve diets for one night…The scallions are my favorite topping..they’re amazing!

Oh and by the way I doubled the recipe and make it on the stove! So if you don’t have a Crock-Pot to make this! And it makes great left overs!

 

We Met Peppa

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A few weeks ago my friend Paula texted me and asked if Sophia and I were interested in going to a character breakfast at Chick-Fil-A. All I had to hear was Peppa was going to be attending and I knew Sophia just had to be there.

So, this past Saturday my mom, Sophia and I drove to have breakfast with Peppa. For 45 minutes all Sophia did was talk about Peppa from the backseat…”mama Peppa,” “eat with Peppa.”

I honestly thought that Peppa would get a different reaction than Santa did this year…

Boy was I wrong!

Sophia was initially so excited to see Peppa..she squealed…and screamed when Peppa made her first appearance….

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Then…

This….

HAPPENED…..

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The look of pure freight came over Sophia’s face…Peppa was no longer thrilling…but became a symbol of “stranger danger.” My poor child just wasn’t having it.

I think Santa at the mall…scared her for life….

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Sophia and her little gal-pal Emma!

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The Chick-Fil-A cow was my favorite! Does anyone know if the Chick-Fil-A cow has a name?

Maybe next time Sophia won’t be so scared of Peppa or any other characters. Once she met Peppa she was not exactly keen to meet the other characters with open arms…wait…she didn’t meet any other characters. They were viewed from a distance.

Do you kids swoon over Peppa the way mine does?

 

 

 

 

 

Sophia’s First Homemade Pie

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Sophia is my little helper in the kitchen. No matter what I am doing she always ends up helping me out, and I LOVE it. It only seems to be natural that she enjoys being in the kitchen as much as I do, she comes from a family of cooks and bakers on both sides. It’s in her blood. I hope she continues to enjoy it as she gets older.

She always drags a chair over to the counter (like a foot away from where I am standing). Not matter what, as soon as I stand in front of the counter within seconds I have my Sous Chef!

Sophia climbs up and says “help..help..mama…peas,” with her big green eyes. It melts my heart every time…I mean..whose wouldn’t?

It’s wintertime in Pittsburgh, and being stuck inside all the time especially with really cold temperatures doesn’t help cabin fever. So I am finding it challenging to find some activities that will help pass the time.

That’s when I decided we would have Sophia bake a pie. Plus she has been asking for pie for days!!!

Sophia’s Process:

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Chef is all prepared and ready to start!

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Add some sugar & other yummy ingredients!

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Make sure everything is ready to go….

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Add some apples & mix in some extra love! Baking is always better when you add love into it!

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Preparing the best pie crust in the world! Made with extra love!

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I can do it!

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I did it!

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Look everyone I made my first pie!!!

I did take a photo of the finished product when it was out of the oven, but I lost the photo! Sophia’s first homemade pie was so good and I am so proud of her! She did such a fantastic job and she had so much fun!

If you are interested in the recipe we used it was this recipe!

Anyone have cabin fever yet? Ready for Spring?

Emeril’s Wonton Soup

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Every New Years Eve my family and I end up ordering Chinese for dinner. It’s tradition. We kick back and relax while feasting on all kinds of Chinese food. This year we decided to switch things up a bit and make Chinese ourselves.

My friend Charnaye stopped over for my moms Egg Rolls this year. I swear everyone will stop what they are doing to come over and have some. We are always more than willing so share. If you are interested in making my moms Egg Rolls, I did a blog post on it called Mama’s Homemade Egg Rolls. You won’t be ordering them out anymore!

Anyways, along with Egg Rolls this year we made Wonton Soup! It was wonderful!

We used Emeril Lagasse Wonton Soup recipe..and boy it did not disappoint!

Let me share with you the process & some tips:

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I always allow my ground pork to marinate for a few minutes. Well…meat in general..don’t get me started on chicken..that’s a whole blog post in itself.

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My mom is coating the edges of the Wonton Wrappers with water. It’s the glue to hold everything together. Don’t add to much water, it will break or tear!

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Bring all the corners in the center to meet each other!

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We always add a tiny-tiny bit of water…like a drop to the center where all the corners meet. Pinch the four corners closed. Keep all that yummy stuff contained.

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The biggest tip I can tell you is: Make them as you go..if you are having the soup for dinner make only a certain amount for that sitting. They fall apart if left in the soup to long. I learned that the hard way.

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Preparing the Soup!

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Bok Choy & Shiitake Mushrooms..we didn’t add the Bamboo Shoots we couldn’t find them.

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Add the Wontons soup very carefully! They sort of remind me of Pierogies, because when they are done they float to the top, allow them to cook to specified time in the instructions.

Do you have any New Years Eve food traditions?

Mini Me Time

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It sure has been a roller coaster ride so far this year, but this Saturday was sort of the icing on the cake. Sophia and I had an entire day planned to go to our first Lularoe party…have you ever been to one? About an hour before we were about to leave, Sophia vomits all over me and the comforter on my bed. It was completely out of no where, initially I thought she gagged herself, but right after she got sick..she started with a fever. Poor thing was not feeling well at all.

After spending a good amount of time at the Laundromat, then coming home to take care of my sick child, by the evening rolled around..mama was tuckered out.

Sophia passed out early on Saturday night…the house was empty & quiet…so I decided to light a candle & pour a glass of wine….and call it a mini me time.

I thought I would share with you what I whipped together for my mini me time.

I have been dying to jump into my Lush Bath Bombs that I bought about two months ago. If you live in the Northern regions and if your skin is like mine…especially my legs..turn into a dry-cracked mess…ugh…Lush Bath Bombs will moisturize your legs.

But…don’t forget to put body butter or lotion on after words..it won’t hurt..right?

How many of you read the book The Girl on the Train? What were your thoughts? I have not finished it yet. What other books do you recommend reading?

I have been dying to try out Fresh facial products for quite sometime now. The reviews are amazing, and considering I have highly sensitive skin..I have to be really careful about what products I use. Unfortunately I can’t use drug store products on my face, I will regret it for weeks. My skin goes nuts and I break out like no ones business.

When I tried the Fresh Rose Face Mask on my face I swear I could see a difference on my skin the next day. Magical? Yes! Psychosomatic? Nope…it honestly works. I’m in shock!

If I was a billionaire I would send all of my friends…family…and faithful readers a full jar of Fresh Rose Face Mask! I believe I am in love….

My night would not be complete without Aloe Infused Fuzzy Socks.

Ok..so I would love some feedback…How many of you have ever purchased Lularue leggings? I am a total leggings girl…and I keep hearing wonderful reviews on them…but I would like to see what you think!

By the way their Valentines Day ones are coming out soon….ah I can’t wait to see them!

My Favorite Cold Pasta

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Long time…no blog post! Before I start talking about my favorite cold pasta in the world, I want to express to everyone that reads my blog & my followers thank-you for being so patient with me. I highly appreciate it. My life is changing, it is something that I am getting used too…slowly but it’s changing. But out of respect for my family I am not going to go into any further details.

In the future I do plan on blogging more and sharing with you, so if you could be a tad bit more patient with me I promise that I will be more consistent.

So let’s talk about something that is more fun and positive….pasta! Carbs! hmmmm I feel better already!

My mom came across this recipe in the summer for her annual 4th of July party. At first I was a little apprehensive about it, because some of ingredients did not seem appealing to me all combined.

Boy was I wrong!

I believe I eat it for Breakfast, lunch and dinner when its made. It’s super easy! And oh-so-yummy…..yes I know I eat strangely.

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One tip I can give you is to incorporate your spinach into the pasta about 20 minutes before serving. I like my spinach crunchy…but hey if you don’t mind your spinach wilted a bit then go for it!

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I always add a lot more Craisins than what the recipe calls for. I just love Craisins, when I was in college I always kept a bag of them in my purse.

Do you have a favorite cold pasta?