Saturday, December 29, 2012

Baby! Third Trimester Recap

September 24th: I'm officially 28 weeks today and in my third trimester. Time is flying!

28 week bump
September 26th: I had my 28 week doc appointment today. My glucose screen came back ok, my blood type is A+ so I don't need the RhoGAM shot, and my blood pressure was actually a bit lower than normal. I should go on vacation more often!

September 30th: Feeling emotional and stressed out the past few days and I don't like it! I'm starting to freak out about getting stuff done...Jay did get the nursery primed this week so that's a good thing.

October 3rd: Nothing seems to be tasting good lately...or at least tasting as good as I anticipate it tasting.

October 5: I had to drive to Carlisle to pick Jay up from a car show he's been at for work. I swear baby knew when she was getting closer to daddy because she got a lot more active the closer we got.

October 6th: We headed to Long Island today for my twice yearly (October and May) extended family reunion. Lots of baby talk of course! My feet and ankles do not like all this driving lately - had my first episode of swelling limbs today. You are not welcome here cankles!

Baby's second reunion in my tummy.
October 7th: After having breakfast with the family we headed home from Long Island. It's weird to think that the next time I see some of my family I'll have a five month old baby! Super smooth trip as far as traffic goes - the traffic gods must know not to mess with a pregnant lady that might have occasional fits of road rage even when she's not seven months pregnant.

October 8th: 30 weeks today and baby is officially 75% done!

30 week bump
October 9th: We bought the nursery paint today - things are getting more and more real every day!

October 10th: Feeling extra tired today. I hope my fatigue doesn't get as intense as it was in the 1st trimester. I also have been having carpal tunnel pretty bad. Luckily I can type ok still (since that's about 98% of my job) but anytime I grasp anything (driving, using a fork) my hands starts to ache.

October 12th & 13th: We had our preparing for childbirth class...I like to call it "so this is supposed to come out of that?!?" class. Learned a fair amount of things.

October 14th: Jay got the color on the nursery walls today and I love it. He's a pretty awesome husband. My latest food things are soft pretzels and Wendy's chocolate frosty. Baby also seems to love the frosty and kicks with joy. I also still love ice. The hospital has the best ice - I even looked into it. Apparently it's "nugget ice." Mmmm.

October 18th: I currently have cankles. The swelling seems to come and go whenever I either sit or stand for too long at one time. Life could be worse I guess. In other exciting/happy/scary/omg news I'm down to 60 days until my due date and only have 38 more scheduled days of work before maternity leave!

October 20th: Today was my baby shower and everything was perfect! We are lucky to have so many wonderful family members and friends to celebrate with!

Baby Shower at Hunsicker's Grove
October 21st: I slept forever today...seriously. The past month has been crazy and I don't foresee things calming down much so I took advantage of this "down" day.

October 22nd: 32 weeks today! The heartburn has hit me full force and sleeping is becoming increasingly difficult. Still...can't really complain too much though!

32 Week Bump
October 25th: Baby was being extra active tonight. I think she approved of my after work nap! I've been exhausted all week and just want to sleep all the time. I also has been dealing with more feet swelling - it comes and goes but I don't like it!

October 27th: We had baby care class today so we got to play with dolls for about 6 hours. We sat at the cool/funny/smart table (natch ;D) and our table got all the answers right.

Jay playing with our doll.
October 28th: Jay quit smoking! Yay!!!

October 29th/30th: Baby's first hurricane! The hurricane wasn't actually all that bad for us - power went out for a few minutes a bunch of times but came back on right away. Our cable/internet was out the majority of the second day which in turn made me clear out two cabinets from boredom. So all in all - not bad. Very glad I don't live in Jersey City anymore though!

October 31st: Happy Halloween! I'm tired ALL the time lately - it doesn't matter how much I sleep. Although when I do sleep at night I feel like I'm waking up every hour or two at least. Pretty much rolling from one side to another at this point is a multi-step, focused effort. So I'm not sure if I'm tired all the time because I'm not sleeping well or just because I'm 8 months pregnant.

November 4th: I slept all day today. Seriously. Whatever.

November 5th: 34 weeks today...walking is getting a bit tough. So is sitting, sleeping, breathing, living.

34 Week Bump
November 6th: Baby and I waddled down to vote today. :)

November 7th: Latest odd cravings are brussel sprouts and sausage....so yeah.

November 8th: 34th week doc appointment today. Everything is still just rolling along. When they said that if I went into labor today they wouldn't try to stop it I realized just how close we're getting to meeting baby! Excited for the next appointment because I'm having an ultrasound to determine baby's size and location.

November 9th: Baby shower at work today - had a lovely time and receives lots of gifts! They also got me an ice cream cake which proves they have listened to me go on and on about my cravings for what seems like forever now.

November 9th - 11th: We headed to Atlantic City for our last weekend away together for I'm sure a long time.

November 14th: I would really love to find shoes that I can comfortably wedge my feet into. I have wide feet and my shoe choices are already limited. Add my recent, regular foot swelling and finding shoes is near impossible. I think I'm just going to start wearing plastic bags on my feet.

November 17th: Put all the big baby gear (swing, bouncy chair, stroller, playard, highchair) together today. I have no idea where we're going to keep all this crap.

November 19th: 36 weeks and the beginning of the last month! Yeah...doing anything is kinda difficult at this point.

36 Week Bump
November 21st: 36 week doc appointment today. They did an ultrasound to check baby's size and position - this is the first time we've "seen" her since 20 weeks and she has gotten big. She's head down and approximately 6 lbs., 14 oz. already - don't think we're going to get much use out of the newborn size clothing! I'm pretty sure I have started nesting as well. Tonight I did four loads of baby laundry, wiped down all the nursery furniture, put the sheets on everything, and folded, refolded, hung, and organized baby clothes.

Baby Face
November 22nd: Thanksgiving! Food! Yay! Baby seemed to enjoy turkey as much as I did!

November 23rd: Nesting in high gear today! Went shopping and got some stuff we still needed. Nursery is almost finished and I went through and organized a bunch more baby stuff.

November 24th: Today I slept a lot - and enjoyed every minute of it.

November 26th: 37 weeks today and baby is now considered full-term! Jay is also nesting - mainly in the form of making elaborate dinners for me and baby. One night it was a ham roast with mashed potatoes, another night it was an entire chicken with stuffing. I'm ok with this.

37 Week Bump

37 week view from above - stain on shirt and all
November 27th: I had my now weekly checkup today. My blood pressure was really good which made me happy since it was on the high side last week. My Braxton Hicks contractions have been increasing in both frequency and intensity. I think (hope) baby is going to come early!

November 30th: Baby has been super active lately - I think she's getting sick of her cramped quarters.

December 1st: Put the finishing touches on the nursery tonight - now we just need a baby to put in it!

Finished Nursey
December 2nd: The car seat is installed and the hospital bag is packed. I think all the major things that need to be done are done. Now I just need the cleaning instinct part of nesting to kick in...so far it's been mostly shopping, decorating, and organizing.

December 3rd: 38 weeks! Starting to realize that baby could be here any day!

38 Week Bump
December 5th: Weekly doctor appointment. My blood pressure was high which I'm sure had nothing to do with the fact that they wrote down the wrong office for me to go to so I had to drive all over and then wait over an hour to get in for my appointment. Hmrph.

December 6th: I thought baby was coming today. I had 6 or 7 contractions in an hour but then they stopped. Baby is already a little teaser.

December 8th: Still pregnant...slept a lot today. We're down to single digits in the due date countdown - I'm ready for baby to get this show on the road!

December 10th: 39 weeks today. I'm officially done with being pregnant and have my telling baby that she needs to get out for a few days now.

39 Week Bump
December 12th: 39 week doc appointment - told me I've made no real progress since last week. It really means nothing but I can't say that I wasn't frustrated when I left! Besides....I thought baby and I had agreed to come on 12.12.12. Baby does what baby wants I guess.

December 15th: Lost something that starts with M.P. today. That's all I'll say. You're welcome.

December 16th: Still pregnant with one day to go until my due date. I was getting frustrated about baby not being here for the past week but I'm feeling a little better for now.

December 17th: 40 weeks today - my official due date. Baby apparently wants to be fashionably late...no idea who she could of got that from!

40 Week Bump - hopefully the last..apparently I'm past the point of smiling.
December 18th: I decided today was my last day at work and I'm now officially on maternity leave (yes, I'm planning going back). I managed to work past my due date so I think I did pretty good! Some more contractions tonight - this seems to be a nightly game that baby likes to play.

December 19th: 40 week doc appointment today...which I really hoped I could cancel. Everything seems to still be ok with me and baby. The doctor said we'll induce in a week if baby doesn't show up before then. For now, I have a whole bunch of the standard overdue tests (ultrasound, non-stress, biophysical profile) scheduled for Christmas Eve - I REALLY hope I can cancel these!

December 21st: I'm starting to get frustrated at times. I am going to try to remember to never, ever, ever ask another pregnant woman "Is baby is here yet?" or "Still pregnant?" or any variation of this question. I know people mean well and are just excited but after a few weeks of answering these questions multiple times a day you get a little sick of hearing them. Believe me - I am not holding in the baby for my own amusement and I will let it be known when I have the kid!

December 22nd: I apparently don't sleep anymore...I just take a lot of short naps throughout the day. I guess I might as well get used to that now.

December 23rd/24th: Woke up with major contractions at 6:30 in the morning (after going to bed at 3:00am) so I woke Jay up and said you better start timing contractions. By about 10:30am my contractions were coming every four to five minutes for two hours and the doc told me to head to the hospital. Once we got there I spent about three in the triage area where they were assessing if I was in true labor or not. They were on the fence about admitting me but since I was overdue they decided to keep me (which is good because I wasn't leaving). At this point my contractions were frequent and painful and I opted for the epidural. I had nice thoughts about doing a natural childbirth but I don't regret the epidural for one second. After a few hours I wasn't really progressing so they ended up starting pitocin. After 21 hours of active labor and 59 minutes of pushing baby was finally born at 4:07am on 12/24/12!!! Eleanor Iris was 8lbs, 3oz and 19 inches long and is the most amazing little creature!

Family Photo!

...and now the real fun begins! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

BABY! Second Trimester Recap

I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going! Here's a recap of my second trimester:

June 18th: Today I'm 14 weeks and officially in my second trimester (well that depends on who/what you ask. I've read everything from 12 - 14 weeks). My energy level is up today, if it stays up it will be magical. I do seem to hate everyone and everything today. Jay had to listen to a 45 minute rant about nothing and everything when he got home from work. And he told me I was right. He's a good (and smart) husband.

June 19th: Latest food obsession is blueberry muffins.

June 20th - 22nd: I had a sleep study schedule for the 20th which turned into a three day adventure. I arrived for my sleep study and got robot-fied. They glued all sorts of brain monitors to my scalp and taped on a billion other monitors. I slept more than I thought I would but I can't say it was pleasant. The next day I met with the doc and he said I had some mild to moderate apnea and I should return for another sleep study that night while wearing the mask. Wonderful. I actually felt great the morning after sleeping with the mask and the doc said my sleep was "gorgeous." Based on this, they sent me home with a lovely new machine and mask that I'm supposed to wear at least four hours a night. I hate the mask they gave me....and not just because it's a huge thing that I have to try and sleep with on my face. I think I need to go back and try on some other styles...going to see if they have the Darth Vader version in stock.

June 23rd: Latest food (well drink) obsession is Vitamin Water.

June 26th: Feel like I should write something but not sure what to write. I am feeling less tired lately...so now I only want to sleep 16 hours a day instead of 20. Food cravings seem to be becoming more manageable. That's all.

July 1st: I'm so sick of the hot weather already and July is just beginning. At least I'm not 9 months pregnant right now! Things have just been rolling along. I took Frankie the Fetus for his her first swim yesterday. I love swimming. My latest food obsession is melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, whatever). I seem to be gravitating towards more natural and healthy foods lately. Much better than the two weeks where nothing sounded appetizing except fast food!

July 2nd: I had my monthly checkup today - can't believe I'm at 16 weeks already. Baby was being much more agreeable today and let us hear its heartbeat right away. Good baby! Jay surprised me with sunflowers when he came home for our 7th wedding anniversary. When we got married I thought we'd have kids in a year or two...whatever, better late than never!

July 3rd: I had more blood drawn today for part three of the quad screen. I think an upside to being pregnant is that my veins seem to be much easier to find lately - must be all the extra blood my body is pumping around!

July 4th: I spent today celebrating by taking two long naps. Woooo - party!

July 6th: Got the call with my results of part three of the quad screen and everything looks good! Very, very low chances of (1 in 1000) spina bifida and (1 in 10,000) down syndrome.

July 7th: So it's the hottest day of the year so far and our AC craps out. Great. At least I'm not 9 months pregnant...I'm saying that a lot lately.

July 10th: I'm pretty sure I've entered the emotional part of pregnancy. I hope this part lasts like 2 days.

July 11th: I went into work this morning and was surprised by these beautiful congratulatory roses from my boss. Seriously, I stared at them forever - they're so pretty!


July 14th: Today was our first major foray into baby gear shopping. Set up our registry and started adding stuff. Lots and lots and lots of choices. I also found Very Hungry Caterpillar crib sheets online which I didn't think were made - very happy I found them!

July 16th: I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching breastpumps tonight.

July 18th: I can not get enough ice cream. That is all. 

July 20th: All of my non-pregnancy shirts have become mid-drifts! I need to make the transition to prego shirts only soon. I've been almost exclusively in prego pants for a few weeks now. I can still get away with my regular pants and the bellyband. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the bellyband - I think it's bunchy and I'm constantly adjusting it. 

July 21st: Baby registering round two. I think we're pretty good at picking stuff out - almost through the list!

July 23rd: I think I felt the first definite kicks tonight. Yay!

July 28th: Had a get together with my family tonight and there was lots of baby talk.

July 30th: 20 week check-up today. Baby and I are doing well. I can't believe I'm halfway already!

20 week bump!
July 31st: Spent part of the night watching Olympics Men's Gymnastics. I'm pretty sure baby got some ideas since it felt like it was jumping and spinning in there for an hour.

August 2nd: Today we found out we're having a baby girl!!! I was perfectly ok with a boy or girl and really had no feeling about what it was going to be. Almost everyone thought I was going to have a boy so I did say that I was going to have a girl because I like to do what people don't expect. Almost all of the old wives' tales and gender charts predicted girl. I still don't want excessive amount of pink stuff though.

20 week ultrasound
August 9th: I'm starting to freak out a bit. This whole thing is going too fast! We need to get the nursery ready. I keep having baby dreams. I thought we were set on a name but now I'm not sure. Ahhhhh! Decisions!

August 11th: I think we've finished registering. Baby is going to have to fight me to play with her toys.

August 12th: I haven't had too many cravings in my second triester but today I wanted the Firecracker popsicles ALL day.

August 13th: 22 weeks today - I decided I'm going to do bump pics every two weeks for the remainder of the pregnancy.

22 week bump

August 15th: Baby likes Foo Fighters. Twice now when they came on she started bopping and kicking around in there.

August 18th: We took baby on her first trip to the zoo. I'm excited for many, many more (you know, when she can actually see the animals). Later that night we went to a cruise night at Macungie park. We were talking to one of Jay's buddies when Jay points to my tummy and goes "That's my daughter." It was very sweet and I kinda wanted to cry.

August 23rd: My popsicle obsession is back. That is all.

August 24th: Pregnant ladies are supposed to try to avoid sleeping on their back after the first trimester because the growing baby puts pressure on a vein that can reduce blood flow. I have been trying to sleep on my sides but sometimes it's hard not to end up on my back...especially with the Darth Vader style sleep apnea mask they told me I need to wear. Well baby enjoys reminding me when I do end up on my back via lovely sciatic nerve pain. The sciatica will literally jolt me awake from a sound sleep with a shooting, burning pain down the outside of my right thigh. The major pain goes away fairly quickly but my leg will remain tingly for hours. It's apparently common in pregnant women but the only time I notice it is when I'm laying on my back in bed. Thanks for the reminder baby.

August 25th: Jay's latest thing is sticking his finger in my belly button and saying "high five!"

August 26th: I do not like any names. (later this night...) I think we may have a name. :)

August 27th: 24 weeks today! First day of my 6th month - and the last month of my second trimester - this is going super fast! I had my monthly doc appointment today. Baby's heartbeat is now loud and clear. Today is also Jay's birthday and we went out for a delicious meal at the Inn at Maple Grove. I'm making a point to enjoy grownup time, like quiet dinners, while we still can! 

24 week bump
August 28th: Baby was having a party while I was trying to sleep. I've been feeling kicks for awhile now but tonight she was jabbing me so hard that I actually jumped a few times. Have fun now baby - kicking me won't fly when you get on the outside world!

August 29th: I just did the most cliched pregnant thing ever and ate pickles and ice cream. Not like pickles on ice cream, but pickles and then ice cream. They were both delicious, I don't regret a thing.

August 31st: So this happens to me too often... I don't even know what started it tonight but something sparked an idea in my brain and that led to an hour long obsession with wanting a new nursery theme of vintage Fisher-Price. I'm not sure what I'm going to end up doing!

September 2nd: Here comes a rant...   I went to the Motherhood Maternity store today because they were having Labor day sales and I needed some more jeans to get me through the next few months. I don't know what their deal is but every salesperson in there annoys the crap out of me. I am not the type of person that likes to be "assisted" while shopping, I like to be left alone so I can browse in peace. I want to yell at them "I'm having a baby, not in the late stages of a terminal illness...I don't need help so back the f off!" They also feel the need to quiz me about every aspect of my pregnancy - How far along are you? What are you having? Is this your first? Is it a boy or girl? What are you naming it? I'm serious - these are all things I was asked (some more than once) while I was in there for 20 minutes. I'm sure they're trained to be this way (at least I hope so) and that some women like it...I am not one of them. I can not get out of that store quick enough!

September 3rd: I think I managed to pull a rib muscle or something while working real hard...rolling over in bed.

September 4th: My pulled rib thingie feels much better today. When I got home from work I noticed my belly was super lopsided - baby tends to favor my right side. Then she decided to kick me hard enough to make me jump a few times while we were out to dinner. It's like she's training me to get ready to not be able to eat a meal in peace for awhile.

September 8th: We went to the Bower's Chile Pepper Festival today. It's a favorite thing of our's to do every September. This year I wasn't as adventurous in my food samplings as in some other years. It was quite warm in the sun and I got dizzy and had to sit on the ground for a few minutes. I've only become dizzy a few times so far (which is apparently a normal side effect of being pregnant) and luckily it doesn't last long. I feel like Jay gets left out of the baby postings a lot so here's a picture of Jay spackling holes in the nursery-to-be - they're so cute when they work! :)

For the record, we didn't paint the walls black. More about the nursery later!
September 9th: The countdown is now in the double digits - 99 days until my due date!!!

September 10th: 26 weeks - 2nd trimester is winding down!

26 week bump...looking rather plump this week
September 11th: I think maternity parking is kinda stupid but f it, I'm parking here while I can.


September 12th: I'm being a bit of a spaz tonight...not sure if I'm starting to nest or what. Pretty sure I'm driving Jay crazy though reminding him of everything we need to do every five minutes.

September 14th: I went for the glucose screen today. Mmmm, flat orange soda. On the upside, my veins have been easier to find since I've been pregnant.

September 15th: I think the fatigue is coming back...fatigue is apparently common in the third trimester which I'm almost in. I slept for 9 hours, was up for 2 hours, and then took a 4 hour nap. Whatever. It's the weekend and I'll sleep if I want to! Tonight, Jay's band played a show and it was the first time baby got to hear daddy's band.

September 17th: Today just sucks all around. We had to put our kitty, Chloe, to sleep today due to complications from lymphoma. On top of that I have a cold that is making me feel extra miserable...at least it explains my sudden fatigue the other day. 

September 18th: Still sad and feel even crappier than yesterday. My head feels like it's full of cement and I can't hear out of my right ear anymore.

September 19th: Feeling better than I was yesterday...hopefully this trend continue. I could even hear with both ears this morning but went deaf in my right ear again around 3:00pm and it's really annoying. 

September 21st: Continuing to feel better but not great. Leaving for the beach today...more about that in another post!

....and that brings us to the third trimester!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Latest Randomness

I haven't written a random (or any)  post in awhile. I did make a soup last week but I got distracted by the Olympic closing ceremonies and never posted it. It was a Southwestern Chicken soup. I made a few changes but I don't remember what they are now. The original recipe was Southwestern Chicken Soup.


This week was pretty uneventful. I have been teaching a grad course for Bloomsburg this summer and that course wrapped up this week. I really enjoyed teaching the course and got some really great responses from the students.

Friday night led us to the Sands casino in Bethlehem. We were there more for the food than the gambling. We went to Carnegie Deli and got a Reuben and a knish to share (our standard order). We decided to order a slice of strawberry cheesecake to top off the meal. I thought we had tried it but after seeing it (HUGE slice) and tasting it I'm pretty sure I would of remembered eating it before. I could go for another slice right now!

Complete with bloated hand and chewed up nails for size comparison.
Saturday morning we went to Lehigh Valley Zoo. I love our local zoo and they made a bunch of great changes since we were there last! Enjoy a bunch of random animal pics...

I see you emu. I adore emus and ostriches.

Sup?

Freely roaming lady cocks.

Feeding rainbow loris.

Lotsa loris

Closeup lori.

Rawr!!!!

See, I'm really a sweet little ostrich.

Mr. Peacock was loud.

Little penguins!

More penguins.

Jumping roos.

I don't even know what it is.

Tortoise.

Zebra butt.
We finished up Saturday with a trip to cruise night at Macungie park. We went down with a bunch of Jay's coworkers from Queen's. Jay and I got to take the 1941 Packard custom. It's currently for sale for $375,000 is anyone is interested. (No, we sooooo don't currently own it.)

I might of screamed "I'm rich, bitch!" out the window at least once while we were driving around. I can pretend.
We finished out the weekend on Sunday by going to the Cheese and Garlic Festival at Bear Creek. I was super excited for this but, unfortunately, I wasn't impressed. There was very little cheese and garlic for a CHEESE and GARLIC FESTIVAL. It cost $8 bucks to get in which got you a very little...we got one sample. There were some other samples available but every stand had a line of at least like twenty people. Waiting in a line for 15 minutes for one little bite of something is not my style. There was really no meal options to purchase other than the sad cafeteria style food that is always there. I was expecting much, much more. 

So that's what has been going on lately. The cooler temps made me to get out of the house - I'm looking forward to fall!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Soup: Turkey Bean




I was very happy with this soup. It was fast, pretty inexpensive, healthy, and delicious!

Servings: 5 dinner sized portions

Time: 60 minutes total (30 minutes hand on)

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced

  • 49.5 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 

  • Shredded cheddar cheese


Directions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over high heat.
  2. Add turkey, onion, and celery to the pot and cook until turkey is finished and veggies are soft.
  3. Add the chicken broth, corn, beans, chilies, and spices to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Top with cheddar cheese and enjoy!
Original Recipe: Turkey Bean Soup

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Soup: Creamy Chicken and Rice




The soup was pretty tasty. If I made it again I would add in more (any) veggies though!

Servings: 5 total (4 dinner sized portions and 1 lunch sized portions).

Time: 45 minutes total

Ingredients
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1lb. boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 6.5 oz package long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Directions
  1. Add chicken broth and water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken and rice (but not the seasoning packet) to the pot. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan.
  4. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
  5. Stir seasoning packet contents into butter and mix until bubbly.
  6. Reduce heat to low and slowly add the flour mixture to the butter to form a roux.
  7. Slowly whisk cream into roux until the mixture is smooth. Continue stirring over low heat until thickened.
  8. Mix the roux mixture into the larger pot. Re-cover and continue to simmer for 15 minutes before serving.
Original Recipe: Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Soup: Sausage and Tortellini




I like tortellini. I like sausage. I like soup. I liked Sausage and Tortellini soup! It was quick, easy, and yummy! Plus, it uses turkey sausage so it's practically a health food. :)

Servings: 8 total (4 dinner sized portions and 4 lunch sized portions).

Time: 45 minutes total

Ingredients
  • 20 oz. sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 6 heaping tsp. minced garlic

  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (20 oz.) package cheese tortellini

  • 1 (12 oz.) bag frozen spinach
  • 1.5 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Few dashes of red pepper flakes
  • Parmesan Cheese
Directions
  1. Warm a large pot over high heat.
  2. Add the sausage and onion. Crumble and cook until sausage is no longer pink and onions are soft.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, and water to the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Add tortellini to the pot and bring back to a boil. Cook tortellini for 7 minutes.
  6. Add frozen spinach, basil, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Return to a boil and let cook until spinach is ready (about 5 minutes).
  7. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Original Recipe: Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Soup: Chicken Corn Orzo




The soup has no story and I'm too lazy to even make a boring one up right now. I picked it out, made it, ate it, and now I'm writing about it. It was a pretty tasty soup.

Servings: 6 total (4 dinner sized portions and 2 lunch sized portions).

Time: 45 minutes total

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1lb. boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup orzo

  • 1.5 cups frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, diced
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice
Directions
  1. In a large pot, warm oil over high heat.
  2. Add the chicken, celery, and onion to the pot and cook until chicken is done throughout and veggies are soft. 
  3. Add the saffron and thyme to the pot and heat until aromatic.
  4. Add two cups of water to the pot and scrape up all those tasty bottom bits.
  5. Add chicken broth to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile...  In a separate pot, cook the 1/2 orzo in salted water according to package directions. (I used about 2 cups of water and boiled the orzo for about 8 minutes.) Once finished, drain the orzo.
  7. Back to the large pot...  Increase heat and return pot to a boil. 
  8. Add frozen corn, cooked orzo, parsley, and lemon juice to the pot and let cook until corn is heated.
  9. Salt and pepper as needed and enjoy!
Original Recipe: Corn  and Orzo Soup from pg. 42 of The Best of Fine Cooking: Soups and Sandwiches 2011