Lightening Stuck

August 25, 2011

On my way back from Jefferson Vineyards (I was picking up an assignment – not drinking!) I got stuck in a TERRIBLE storm!!!

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It was very scary, and lightening nearly struck my car. I didn’t know where to go, so I went to the bakery!

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Matt gave me comfort

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And comfort food in the form of a cookie piece!

Back at home, I was still hungry. Perhaps my longer-than-normal run!? I had a taste of the granola bar Diana brought to HLS – delicious! It held together really well! And a small spoonful of SFB!

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My snack had to power me through a 7pm dinner because I had a play date with Levi!

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My favorite little friend lives just a few houses away so Jenn and I made a walking date. It was a little spoiled with the weather, but we had a good time anyways. Levi even fell asleep!

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Back at home, I was one starvin’ marvin! Must be that time of the month. I couldn’t keep my paws out of the bacon, cheese and beer while I cooked.

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And the crouttttonnnns!!!!

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Tonight I made a simple 10 minute meal out of a boxed soup, fresh greens and simple add ons

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Make Your Own Sweet Potato Soup

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 box Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Bisque (or Pacific/Imagine brand)
  • 3 slices loganic bacon
  • 1 massive salad spinner full of kale
  • Grated or cubed cheese
  • Homemade croutons
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Garlic gold nuggets to taste
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Yogurt for garnish
  • Method

  • Cook bacon in pan and remove when brown on edges.
  • Add kale to bacon grease and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Add soup and stir to combine. Heat till hot and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler and toss cubes of bread with coconut oil, salt and garlic gold nuggets.
  • Broil croutons for 5 minutes until brown at edges.
  • Pour soup into bowl.
  • Garnish with croutons, bacon, cheese and a dollop of yogurt.
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    Too full for dessert!

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    1 Allie@LiveLaughEat August 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Ahhh you got to cuddle with Levi?! I hope you squeezed his chubby feet for me!

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    2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    What a cute bay – those cheeks… I just wanna squeeze them!

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    3 Hillary August 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Too full for dessert? I’m not quite sure I know what that feels like…

    ; )

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    4 Sweet and Savvy August 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    That storm hit me earlier toady! It was crazy. Cookies are always a good pick me up:)

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    5 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Just wait…there’s always room for dessert! ;)

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    6 Lauren August 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Sounds like a good day-except for the lighting and storm! Just a warm up for this weekend, right?!? ;) Earthquake and hurricane in one week? Once in a lifetime experience! What is Garlic Gold exactly? Sounds amazing, I LOVE garlic!

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    7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Levi is adorable and you’re a natural. One day I know you will be an amazing mama, when ever that time is right. Now that you have the house bought :)

    Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Bisque as a base for the soup…great idea. I like to use a can of soup or a box of any kind of broth if i have it on hand for my soups. Gives a nice depth of flavor.

    And glad you’re safe and no lighting struck you. YIKES!!

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    8 Melinda R. August 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What a cute baby boy! Hope your play date was alot better than your drive home!?

    Thanks for the recipe! It looks yummy!

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    9 Shaya August 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    The safest place to be in a lightning storm is in your car!! If you were to get struck, the charge would flow through the outside body and dissipate into the ground :) just FYI for next time!

    ps, I can never be too full for dessert. I have a whole extra stomach for it!! :)

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    10 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Scary! Glad Matt gave you some comfort!!! :) AND you got a cute baby to hug today!!!

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    11 Christine @ BookishlyB August 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Matt’s expression is hilarious! Very scary experience with the lightening, though. I’m experiencing 102 temps out here in Southern California, though. Not sure which is worse…

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    12 erica August 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    there’s ALWAYS room for dessert! lol!

    ok, lightning storms are scary! i wouldn’t know what to do!!!

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    13 lynn @ the actor's diet August 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    between the earthquake and storms, mother nature has not been kind to you lately!

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    14 Mom August 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Levi!

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    15 Ali @ Peaches and Football August 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Sweet potato soup? OMG that sounds great! I feel so deprived not having a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes within a 2+ hour drive. :(

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    16 Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl August 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Love little Levi!!! What a cutie pie!!

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    17 Molly @ RDexposed August 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Bakery: check
    House: check
    Baby: ……!

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    18 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I’m terrified of lightning, but inclement weather is kind of exciting! Stay safe!

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    19 Hannah August 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Oh, if only we all had bakeries and husbands to be our ports in the storm! :)

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    20 Cait's Plate August 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Awww Levi is too adorable! I love the picture of Matt providing you comfort. Haha. Also? I spent like 4 hours on Etsy today after seeing your tweets – I blame you for my lack of productivity today! ;)

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    21 Amy* August 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Driving in storms is scary! The last time I drove in one, I almost cried!*

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    22 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Crazy weather these days, eh? Sorry you were spooked.

    What a cutie that Levi is. I love getting my baby-fix elsewhere for now, until it’s the right time for me to have one of my own!

    ~

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    23 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    he is such a cutie – and you are gorgeous :-)! I hate driving in lightening storms :-/ pouring rain and I don’t get along very well at all!

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    24 Annie@stronghealthyfit August 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    What a cute kiddo!

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    25 katie @KatieDid August 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    loganic bacon! I had that today- Vermont smoked and cured, and it’s SO much tastier than the normal bacon I have eaten in the past. You look like a natural with the kid!

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    26 Baking N Books August 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    You look SO different with your hair down!

    Unfortunately – even when I’m too full (which is always), I still eat dessert. Not good I know it.

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    27 Angel7 August 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    We had terrible rain and thunder last night–I am not sure if there was lightening, though, because I was in bed while it was going on.

    http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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    28 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I love thunderstorms, but sometimes they really are scarey. I bet you were happy to see Matt!

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    29 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    omg I would’ve been scared to death! I hate storms.

    That soup looks delicious!

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    30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I love build your own eats! The soup looks perfect! I’m glad you are safe and ended up having a nice evening!

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    31 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) August 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I love the ‘Play Date’ bib. :) So adorable. Looks like a … fall … dinner to me! Yum!

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    32 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    HHH I always manage to get caught in storms! Lucky you had a safe and DELICIOUS refuge ;)

    Canned and boxed soups make such great bases for awesome meals. It’s fun to change it up and to think outside the BOX ;) Your soup looks awesome :-D

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    33 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles August 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I love using the soup from TJ’s as nice starters and adding in other goodies.

    And too full for dessert?! Come on! ;)

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    34 kaila @ healthy helper! August 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Mmmmm I looove sweet potato bisque!! So creamy and delish!

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    35 Raewyn August 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Mmm, that bar looked good! Big congrats on the house deal, Kath!!! So excited for you and Matt! :)

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    36 Sara August 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    What a cutie! Love the Play Date bib.

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    37 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    AW! Levi looks so lost!!!

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    38 Jennie @ What's Jen Eating? August 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now…but don’t think I’ve ever commented.
    When I heard about the hurricane this morning, I immediately thought of you and some of my other favorite East Coast bloggers (Caitlin and Anne). Glad you’re surviving. :) Your soup looks yummy!!

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    39 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

    :) Thanks for your comment

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    40 Tara August 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Kath, I am in a diet rut right now (I even hate to use the word DIET, but since nothing else has worked, I am a calorie counter lately!!!!)…so I just wanted to tell you how much I love coming here for “KERF”spiration. I have been following you for about three years now…have hardly ever missed a post (you and I are born only 1 day apart!). Anyway, just wanted you to know how grateful I am for all you do. You are SUCH an inspiration to me. Just tonight I was thinking about how much I dreaded cleaning our house tomorrow…until I thought of how you would probably be so positive about it…so then I thought, “Chin up, Tara!” Also, thanks to you, I never go to bed now without an empty email box. :)

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    41 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Thanks and good luck!

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    42 Pilar August 26, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Ohhh, that hit the spot…no Trader Joe’s around here but how hard can it be to make a sweet potato bisque? Substituted the beer for a chilled rosado from the ribera del duero. Love your posts by the way, keep it coming!

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    43 Khushboo August 26, 2011 at 1:30 am

    “Too full for dessert”…nuh uh, I can’t believe that ;)!

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    44 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I love dressing up boxed/canned soups.

    I need a bakery to find refuge in. :)

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    45 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 26, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I feel like I have been hungry ALL the time lately too! The other day I was toasting some almonds to top some rice, and ended up eating them all BEFORE I could use them as toppers!

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    46 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 26, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Yum dinner looks great! :)

    Hope the weather gets better!

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    47 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco August 26, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I’m so glad you decided to not drive in that lightening! I hope everything is okay! ;)

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    48 Kerry August 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Ah Levi is so cute! Hope the hurricane doesn’t cause too much damage for you guys!

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    49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

    What a little cutie!

    I love what you did with that soup. That’s such a great way to jazz it up!

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    50 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Aww Levi is so cute :) Great ideas with the soup, it looks pretty amazing!

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    51 Katie August 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

    My hunger was crazy yesterday but our dinner of corn and bacon chowder with Dakota bread croutons filled me up. I was too full for the dessert I had planned and too tired! Levi is adorable. My kids are 4 and 5 so I miss the cute baby stage. Although my son chopped potatoes and sliced bread while wearing his little apron and told me how much fun cooking is.

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    52 Jenn August 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I think Levi may have as many drool bibs as Kath has table linens…okay, nearly as many ;P

    Thanks for hanging out with us. We will sure miss you when you move, but love, love that new house!

    Levi sends hugs and “high-fives” to Kath’s Mom :)

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    53 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hee hee – let’s walk again soon!

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    54 Jaime August 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Where do you get your spoons? I love your flatware!

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    55 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I inherited them from my grandmother

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    56 Jaime August 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    darn it! I wonder where I can find some like those. Maybe flea markets?

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    57 KatieG. @ Just Roll With It August 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I think I need soup for dinner, it’s rainy here…

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    58 Eileen August 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    That soup looks absolutely delicious, and I think it could motivate my husband to eat kale!

    Levi is soooo adorable. I love that name, however, it would sound ridiculous with our last name, so I smile every time I hear it on behalf of those who “get” to use it! :)

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    59 Diane August 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Sculpin IPA! mmmm good choice :)

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