Tour de Soup Series: #5 Broccoli Cheddar Soup

You guys, Fall is literally around the corner and it begins the day after my birthday! I’m not thrilled about celebrating my birthday, but I am anxious for some cooler weather. If you’re a Floridian like myself, it’s hard to tell when our eternal summer is going to end. In other states there are tell tale signs that autumn is approaching, but here it feels like each day is just as hot as the next, am I right?

Those of you not living in the Sunshine State, here’s a comfort food that your family is sure to love as the temperature drops. My second oldest, Lexy, and foodie in her own right, says it almost tastes like the kind of soup you get from Panera Bread. She packed it up for lunch the following day and a classmate of hers thought it came for Panera. I’ll take the “almost” as a win.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Serves: 8

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

8 Tablespoons butter

1 Onion, diced

1 1/2 Teaspoons garlic powder

4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 Cups water

2 large chicken bouillion cubes

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 Teaspoon paprika

2 heads of broccoli, florets, cut in small pieces

2 carrots, grated

2 Cups Half and Half

2 Cups Milk

8 ounces cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. In an 8 quart Dutch Oven pot, melt butter and saute onions until translucent.
  2. Stir in flour. Pour in water and mix in bouillon cubes until dissolved.
  3. Mix in the salt and paprika and put in broccoli florets and carrots. Place on medium heat until vegetables are tender.
  4. Pour in half and half, milk and grated cheese.
  5. Ready to serve.

5 Life-Changing Books on Personal Growth

There are a number of self-improvement books out in the market. I have read my fair share and there’s no doubt that another author will come out with a new and improved way of dishing out the same information in a different form. Out of all the books I have read so far, there are a select few I would recommend to a friend.

I have read and listened to the following books a few times and each time I take away something new. The following is a list of my favorite books on personal growth. You know, the stuff that makes us better humans. Changing yourself for the better can be painful, but it also makes you a stronger person in the process. If you have a book you’d like to recommend, please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

#1 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R. Covey

“Habits are powerful factors in our lives. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily express our character and produce our effectiveness… or ineffectiveness.”- Stephen R. Covey

It has also been said that everyday we are either taking one step closer to our goal or taking a step away from our goal. We have the ability to change our habits for better or worse, so why not choose new good habits now. As long as we live on this earth we have the ability to say to ourselves that we are never too old to change.

#2- The Success Princples- Jack Canfield

“If you assume in favor of yourself and act as if it is possible, then you will do the things that are necessary to bring about the result. If you believe it is impossible, you will not do what is necessary, and you will not produce the result. It becomes a self-fulling prophecy.”- Jack Canfield

I haven’t read any of his books that made him famous (i.e. Chicken Soup for the Soul), but this stands out as one of my favorites. He provides particular success principles in bite size form to make it easier to apply in your life.

#3- The Untethered Soul- Michael A. Singer

“Everyone knows you can’t deal well with a situation if you’re getting anxious, scared, or angry about it. The first problem you have to deal with is your own reactions.”- Michael A. Singer

When you are able to see your feelings for what they are, you will be able to take a step back and realize they are just feelings. Remembering that you are not your feelings is one of the steps towards an untethered soul.

#4- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Mark Manson

“Because happiness requires struggle…Real, serious, lifelong fulfillment and meaning have to be earned through the choosing and managing of our struggles.”- Mark Manson

He also talks about in length how we go about dealing with our problems. The first is denial and the second is the victim mentality. How do you deal with your problems? I can see how easy it is to blame others for our problems and from my own experience I can see how denial made it appear to solve my problems. Little did I know, I wasn’t dealing with my problems I was compounding my issues.

#5- You are a Badass- Jen Sincero

“You need to raise your frequency to match the vibration of the one you want to tune into”- Jen Sincero

Believing in ourselves has got to be one of the most challenging aspects of living this life. We all have different life experiences, but we can all agree that negative talk comes from what we hear in our own heads. See for yourself how raising your frequency in a positive way can change your day. I didn’t believe it until I applied it in my life. Like attracts like. If you continually focus on the negative things occurring in your life that is exactly what you’ll attract. Positive vibrations will attract positive events and people into your life.

Tour de Soup Series: #4 Egg Drop Soup

Seriously, where has the time gone? I can’t believe we are headed into another weekend. My days are still blending together. Kylie has me up a couple times a night, but for the most part, she’s a good sleeper, as good as a two-month-old could be. On the downside, Brooklyn came down with a cold and it’s making its way through the family. So far my husband and I have only had a sore throat. Hopefully, it won’t be anything more than that. What better time for soup, right?

With all that said, this soup series has been a saving grace when it comes to post ideas. It has helped me to not think too much about what I should post. I’m not a huge fan of the plain old egg, unless it’s covered in cheese or Hollandaise sauce. I have ordered this through take out Chinese restaurants, without realizing just how easy it is to make at home. Although, I am a quarter Chinese, this is a soup I never encountered growing up until my 20’s. If you have ever wondered what goes into making egg drop soup, look no further. It only took me another 20 years to find out how to make it.

There’s a packet you can buy in the Asian section of your local grocery store called Egg Flower Soup, but after you make this at home, it pales in comparison BIG time. Not only do I like it for its simplicity since I thought Zuppa Toscana was the easiest. From start to finish, it takes about 10 minutes. There are so many variations of this soup out there, so go ahead and be creative. Think of this soup as a base and put your own ingredients in it (i.e., mushrooms, green onions, seafood, or fried wonton strips).

Egg Drop Soup

Serves: 4

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/3 cups water
  • 2 bouillon cubes, chicken flavored
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan pour water and stir in bouillon cubes, soy sauce and sesame oil. Bring to a boil.
  2. While you are waiting for your base mixture to boil, mix cornstarch and water together and pour into saucepan once it begins to boil.
  3. Slowly stir in eggs.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.