Blue, Green and Red

It tends to happen every winter.  I just get a little blue.

No not like this:

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More like this:

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Although, looking at that face has to cheer you up a little.

It’s probably a lack of vitamin D, finals, finals and did I mention finals?  This winter has been especially tough being back in school, in some really hard classes and worrying about whether or not I should retake them to improve my grade.  It kind of makes me feel not good enough.  I don’t know about you, but when I’m not doing well in one aspect of my life, I start doubting if I’m good enough in other areas of my life.  Am I a good enough wife, friend, daughter?  Am I doing a good enough job keeping the house neat, paying bills, being kind to others?  And then, I tend to turn on myself.  Am I eating because I’m hungry or to fill a void?  Why have I been so lazy about exercising?


Sometimes, life is hard.  When I feel like I can’t stand another minute, I like to listen the song “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” by Gary Allan.  (Hopefully this link works.)

Ok, now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s have some fun.  Good thing I have this goofy boy (he’s feeling much better!) to cheer me up:

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We went for a walk along the canal road behind our house.

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Snow boots for me.

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Sometimes, Hunter thinks he’s a cat.  I guess that day he thought he was a reindeer.

When I got home, I was in the mood for some comforting soup.  I never thought I’d say this, but since I started making homemade soup, I’ve snubbed the canned stuff.  With a few exceptions, it just can’t compare.

I was reading Better Homes and Gardens and came across this recipe for asparagus potato soup.  It’s really, really good.

First, gather your ingredients:

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Chop:

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Asparagus, you are so photogenic.

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Simmer:

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Blend.

Then get out the big guns:

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Back away from the turkey bacon.  I said the big guns.

You better make two extra pieces, you know, for the dog:

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Hunter turned into a puddle of drool.  He doesn’t get people food very often.

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First four

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The second four practically get deep fried.

To be honest for a second, bacon is a food I’m afraid of.  All that fat and grease.  I tell people a lot of times that I don’t like bacon but the truth is, I do.  I could eat the whole package.  Which might be why I usually avoid it.  But hey, life is short, a little bacon won’t hurt.

Save a table spoon of bacon grease (just do it) and add more chopped asparagus:

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Garnish:

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Eat up!

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I think next time, I’ll save a little of the soup and only blend half, this comes out pretty thick.

Asparagus Potato Soup
(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)

1 1/4 lb asparagus, chopped
1 1/4 lb poratoes, peeled and diced
12 oz. evaporated milk
1 1/4 c water
lemon zest
6 slices bacon

1. Reserve 1/3 of the asparagus and combine the rest with potatoes and evaporated milk, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, lemon zest and water.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.

2. Blend until smooth, half at a time (or only blend half for a thinner soup).  Cook the bacon and reserve 1 tbsp of the grease.  Cook asparagus until crisp.  Garnish with chopped bacon and asparagus.  Simple!

I also made red velvet woopie pies with peppermint cream cheese filling.  (Jeremy always laughs when I say whoopie pies, you know why.)

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They were just ok.  If you want the recipe, let me know.

Oh, and I made a Christmas wreath:

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This Saturday I’m getting my tree!  Yay!

What’s your favorite soup?

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12 thoughts on “Blue, Green and Red

  1. I saw your beautiful wreath tonight! I stopped by but you weren't home! (I thought I'd grab that VCR) I was going to tell you how pretty it was!That soup looks fantastic! Maybe if I ground up the asparagus, my family wouldn't know it was in there?YES, of course I want the whoopie pie recipe!Cheer up, you are almost through finals!

  2. My favorite soup is kabocha, but enough about soups.You're more than your grades, Meg! Have confidence in who you are, not what you do. That way, you won't be swayed by your self-love and confidence even when things don't go your way. I hope you feel better soon!(hugs)

  3. oooooomg Hunter is adorable!! haha Woodstock acts like a cat all the time, and he, too, goes nuts whenever people food is involved since I don't usually allow it :)I think I want to make that soup! It sounds amazing šŸ™‚

  4. I'm sure I would LOVE that asparagus potato soup! I'd probably add some cheese too! :-)I often feel the same way in the winter…when it's cold and dark out, it's more difficult to feel chipper.But you know what WILL make me feel chipper? Seeing you in a week! Wee! This time, missy, let's make sure we do more than one dinner date! ā¤ xoxo

  5. I'm sure I would LOVE that asparagus potato soup! I'd probably add some cheese too! :-)I often feel the same way in the winter…when it's cold and dark out, it's more difficult to feel chipper.But you know what WILL make me feel chipper? Seeing you in a week! Wee! This time, missy, let's make sure we do more than one dinner date! ā¤ xoxo

  6. I saw your beautiful wreath tonight! I stopped by but you weren't home! (I thought I'd grab that VCR) I was going to tell you how pretty it was!That soup looks fantastic! Maybe if I ground up the asparagus, my family wouldn't know it was in there?YES, of course I want the whoopie pie recipe!Cheer up, you are almost through finals!

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