Welcome, 2018!

This year is so much like every other year in some ways and so unlike them in others.  We are all a little older…a little wiser.  Someone once told me that I didn’t know crap from apple butter.  He was right.  I didn’t.  Now, I know what I don’t know.  Then, I didn’t.

There are certain routines that happen every year at this time.  People set resolutions.  But you see, I set my resolutions for 2018 back in November.  I’ve been working on them every day I can since then.  Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Continued weight loss.  I want to do a round of Beachbody a month until I hit my goal weight.
  2. Meal planning.  I have to meal plan in order to be successful with the weight loss.
  3. Relationship growth.  I want to devote time to our relationship and develop some new habits that will spur us on to love.
  4. Soul growth.  I want to find my spiritual place and lock into it.

Those are my goals for 2018.  What are yours?

 

Healing the Body

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The last week or so, our house has been down for the count.  Bronchitis, sinus stuff, and wheezing.  Both of us have had this.

Today, I felt a tiny bit better, despite my back muscles being sore from coughing.  I decided to take advantage of this and try to make butternut squash and sweet potato soup.

Last Black Friday, I bought an immersion blender.  It has been money well spent.  I’ve made lots of mayo and homemade soups.  An immersion blender is a must for this recipe.

Short version: I went to Publix and bought two containers of precut veggies.  One container was butternut squash.  The other was sweet potato.  I threw those containers in my pot along with three cans of chicken broth.  I boiled it for about 40 minutes.  Then, I turned down the heat and let my immersion blender to do the rest.  In less than an hour, we had homemade, fresh, delicious soup! I may make large quantities of this next time and freeze it.


I added a tiny bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper to the mix once it was finished.

Let me know if you all try this.  It was tasty!