I realized I’ve had soup for 3 meals in a row. I promise tomorrow’s lunch will NOT be liquid!
I had a rather uneventful afternoon. I mostly just piddled around the house.
The husband’s whole family stopped by – his dad and bro before they went to the Panthers game and his mom to drop off his bro – which was a bit of excitement.
I had a handful of kashi crackers out of boredom and this mini Key Lime Pie LaraBar at 4:30. It was my first time having Key Lime Pie. I’m not a huge citrus person, so I wasn’t totally looking forward to this flavor, but it was better than I expected!
The skies were gray so I had little motivation and energy to do anything else productive. Until 5:00! I headed to the gym for some CardioFunk! First I did 40 minutes on the Stepmill, kind of by accident because I got there too early. I was itching to get out of of the house. CardioFunk was fun as usual, but I think there was less energy in the group there too! I left 10 minute early because I had to run to the grocery store and shower before the football group returned.
I invited Andrew and Mark for dinner at the last minute and decided on the Frontier Tortilla Soup Alex in Chicago gave me during the Quaker trip.
But I needed 2 cups of cooked chicken. At the grocery store I saw the rotisserie chickens and decided one would be the easiest solution and would also leave us some extra for sandwiches this week!
This spontaneous purchase was definitely not the most cost effective. In fact, including the beer I got for Andrew as a surprise, this dinner cost us as much as the whole first week of the Thanksgiving Challenge! But otherwise we’re doing really well this month: we’re up to about $60 for December and only have 1 major week left. (But to be honest, this meal isn’t even going to count towards the total because I used the last of a gift card I had left from this fall.)
The husband plucked off about 2 cups of the chicken for the soup, which went in with this spice packet, 5 cups of broth, and a can of Rotel (which I used in place of salsa due to the onion factor).
And no worries – I picked out the dried onions from the spice pack 😳
We served the soup as directed: with tortilla chips and avocado!
My chip stash –
Along with a beer like the rest of the guys 😉
The soup was absolutely delicious.
So were the chips! I had probably double more from the communal bowl as we sat around chatting after dinner –
“Teach A Man To Fish”
In the spirit of the gift-giving season, I wanted to write about another organization that we support: Heifer International. Heifer’s mission is to “help hungry families feed themselves” through sustainable resources. I have valued this holistic approach since I first learned of Heifer. Rather than shipping in prepared food, which is inefficient and costly (although sometimes necessary), Heifer uses its resources to help educate and support communities to feed themselves. The Thanksgiving Challenge donation went to Heifer this afternoon 🙂
I’m getting up early (5:45am) to accompany the husband to the gym before work. Better get to bed!
I think the Key Lime larabar is my favorite one. I think it’s the coconut that I like.
Magic Hat is brewed like 10 miles from where I went to school. I always get excited when I see someone drinking it!
The soup looks great – esp the avocados. You’re doing so well keeping up the challenge! I’m very impressed.
That organization looks wonderful, you guys did such a nice thing by helping to support it 🙂 Have a great night, Kath.
Kath- I love your New Orleans glass!! I live in Baton Rouge 🙂
Yum ,yum, that dinner looks great!
Are larabars sort of like clif nectars? I love clif nectars a lot, but I’ve never been brave enough to dish out 1.50 for a larabar.
ashley (sweet & natural) says
Good food and good company! Heifer sounds like a great organization. Kudos to you and the husband for supporting their work.
The soup looks delicious!
You can just start sending the onions to me. 🙂
Molly, I find Larabars similar to Clif Nectar. Larabars are a bigger portion though.
Kath, I think it’s awesome you are able to use your blog to make a difference. You are an inspiration!
I love Heifer International! A couple of years ago my sibs and I all pitched in to buy my parents a bunch of chickens and ducks.
I love Larabars. I love soup. Enough said =)
Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) says
I’m glad you gave to Heifer Intl. It is a wonderful organization.
The boyfriend and I are limited in the fundage department this holiday season so we’re “getting a flock of chicks” in my parents’ names for their gift this year. We love Heifer and they always love what we “get” for them : )
Have a great week!!
You can;t go wrong with soup, if I could eat it at every meal I totally would! Yours looks really good, even starting with a dry mix!
Oh She Glows says
That is so great about that organization and your donation. Good for you guys!!!
Thanks for keeping it real 😀
mmmm I love soup and that one looks amazing!!!
thanks for posting that link; I’ve read about that orgainzation before but never had a chance to donate and I had lost the magazine page I clipped. I probably can’t give until after the holidays, but last year I gave most of our tax refund to charity.
okay, that beer looks mighty tasty right now. (i’m stuck at work and want OUT!!)
reading through your post from sunday morning – i have another yoga DVD recommendation if you ever find yourself wanting to try something new: bryan kest’s power yoga.
i know, the name sounds intense, and parts 2 and 3 certainly look it (i’ve never made it past the first part – i’m that much of a wimp. or inflexible. however you want to look at it.)
anyways, part 1 is an hour long yoga session that’s just a little bit heart pumping the first couple times you do it. i know you’re warming up to the yoga idea, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE this dvd and i’m about as un-yoga-ish as they come.
you won’t even notice the hour pass you by and then all the sudden you’re done and you stand up and realize that your muscles are shaking and you will be SORE by the middle of the afternoon. but it’s awesome for toning and strengthening muscle groups you didn’t even know you had. none of the moves are too hard, but it’s at a nice pace and he keeps you in poses just long enough that you feel it, but not so that it’s boring or painful. i think the videos were first made in the early 90’s, so the hair and outfits are hilarious. but the routine doesn’t get old and i can do it over and over without being bored because you can really notice yourself getting stronger and more flexible.
anyways – christmas stocking idea. (can you tell i just spent the weekend gift shopping?? i’ve got presents on the mind!)
I also hate onions. I mean, I hate them!
I use a stick blender on salsa and jar spaghetti sauce to equalize the texture so there are no chunks. There is nothing worse than getting caught off guard by a crunchy little piece of onion. Blech.
Kath, the soup looks awesome!! Have a good sleep.
As a big fan of soup, I love all your meals lately 😉
Soup + MINI KEY LIME PIE LARABAR (love that flavor) = delish.
Hi Kath, late posting but I just wanted to say GREAT JOB on your race!! I hate those slow starting lines too, so frustrating! and you are faster than me. That post really made me want to do a 5k. I did the philadelphia marathon this year – first one! and now I’m ready for a distance break and to start doing some speed work again!
Kath, so glad to hear of your support for Heifer. It’s a truly great organization and I am proud to be a supporter as well. Have a great day!
Yes, they are a lot like Nectar bars. But a little less chewy and more crumbly.
I would totally mail you the 2 containers I don’t want, but they would have to be packed on dry ice and all and I think that would be way too expensive to be worth it.
Thanks for the recommendation!
There are few of us, so we must stick together!! I love the blended idea. I HATE chunks!!! I really love salsa when it’s not onion-y (a few Mexican restaurants I like have “the good kind”) but I can’t find any in a jar that I like.
Thanks so much 🙂
Missy (Missy Maintains) says
That soup looks delicious! I have not had a rotisserie chicken in forever! They are the best!
Rachel Lauren says
lol. piddle. Um. my aunt uses that word when she has to use the bathroom. So, I get what you mean, and it does mean to waste time and such, but I got a disturbing mental image of you peeing all over the house.
WOOHOO! yay soup. You can never have too much, eh?