Vegan Pumpkin Soup With Thai Spices

Thai Vegan pumpkin soup

As the evenings get cooler, there’s nothing as comforting as a hot bowl of soup. Pumpkin makes a rich, creamy soup base which is complemented by touches of garlic, chili and ginger. Having a friend that loves food from Thailand I wanted to make something she would love. This Thai-inspired pumpkin soup combines fresh ingredients to create a rich, spicy flavor that will really warm you up.

The soup is surprisingly filling as a dinner meal and is also deceptively simple to prepare. No fussing around or wasted time cooling it so that you can put it through a blender: all you’ll need is your trusty potato masher! With just 15 minutes in preparation, you can put it all together and then put your feet up with a magazine and enjoy the rich Thai aromas while it cooks.

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Figuring Out Low-Carb High Fat Eating!

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Changing your diet and losing weight can be a tricky process that requires some significant changes and patience. It is easy for dietitians and experts to tell us to eat a better diet and exercise more, but there are so many different ideas on what a healthy diet for weight loss really is that we end up confusing ourselves with latest tricks and fads and arguing over the best advice to take.

I am not switching diets for weight loss per say, although I could stand to lose a few pounds, I feel better when I eat this way.  Rather than look at the new quick fix solutions, try something that has a deeper long-term impact –  which for me is low carb eating.

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What Me And My Friends Thought Of Austin City Limits

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Plenty of people have a wonderful experience at Austin City Limits Music Festival – whether that means taking in an eclectic mix of sets across the weekend or soaking up up every sweaty, intoxicating molecule of the atmosphere – but it is important to remember that every experience of ACL is unique. There are good points and bad points and always plenty of stories to tell. The 2014 festival was no different and each member of this mismatched ensemble of friends has their own perspective on the event.… Continue Reading

National Margarita Day Is Coming – February 22, 2016!

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This winter has been miserable. Christmas and New Year were wonderful but since then it has been a month of cold weather, violent storms and no sign of the warmth of spring. I had been feeling pretty fed up with it all until I remembered that a great day is coming up on February 22nd. There were only two occasions when a Margarita was seen as an acceptable drink for this mom of two – when the four of us are sunning ourselves on our summer vacations down in Cancun and on Cinco De Mayo. That was until my friends and I heard about National Margarita Day.

Celebrate in a festive style by experimenting  with fun Mexican recipes, use a Margarita machine,  and don’t forget the decor.

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Chips salsa and white queso dip.

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Fried Quinoa With Stir-Fry Mixed Vegetables Recipe

In the dark and cold winter months, a warm and hearty dinner is a real treat! One of my favorites is quinoa fried “rice.” It’s a healthy spin on your favorite Chinese takeout, ready in less time than it takes to get Chinese food delivery! It’s a real crowd-pleaser (even my non-vegan friends love it!), and it would be perfect for Chinese New Year celebrations  or just as a Friday-night staple. Once you try it, you will probably prefer it over your go-to Chinese takeout restaurant; it’s that good!… Continue Reading

Oktoberfest In Hill Country

There are countless reasons why I love Oktoberfest. I can’t get enough of the sweet music from polka bands not to mention the delicious sausages. For this reason each year I attend Fredericksburg Oktoberfest celebration for a taste of real fun. Among the festivals I have attended, I consider Fredericksburg Oktoberfest one of the best. There were many people but this did not hinder fun in any way. Pedestrian trails allowed easy movement of people, dance areas were very spacious and the sound was high quality for all the people to hear.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Continues To Explode In America

Sound The Alarm

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The invasion has begun!

Prescription drugs and their manufacturers have occupied America. They invaded my home, too.

Over the past 100 years, prescription drug addiction has grown from a non-issue to a sleeping pill joke on sitcoms to an insidious and serious health issue that doesn’t seem to have an end.

Abuse of drugs like Xanax, Adderall and Oxycontin has grown much faster than the population overall, and continues to accelerate.

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Happy Birthday, Little Monster

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Time has gone by so quickly.

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My Little Monster, Alex Whitman, is 5 years old today.

She sure makes things exciting. She is active, loves to jump and do her “stunts” that scare others. She is curious about how things work and enjoys science, art, math and building activities. She has an excellent memory – I pulled out my iPad and gave it to her so she could play a game and she remembered exactly how, without hesitation – even though she hasn’t seen the iPad in over 4 months.

I remember her birth – the one she almost didn’t survive.

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Four Horrible New Drugs Hit Our Schools

Recently in our neighborhood, two 9th graders were hospitalized for a bad reaction to Spice, otherwise known as K2 or synthetic marijuana.  They were hallucinating, fighting and throwing things in one of their parent’s garages.

One of them babysat my kids when she was 12, so this news came as a shock (to say the least)!

After being in the dumps for many months (and not blogging), this news kind of snapped me out of my funk. My kids are getting older now, so I’m beginning to worry about such things.

About a week ago, I started researching synthetic marijuana and some of the other “new drugs” that are used by teens in the US and locally.

What I learned was shocking. Most of these truly nasty, addictive drugs have been abused by teens for as long as a decade, yet many still aren’t listed … Continue Reading

5 Things Moms Need

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As a mom, it can be tough to balance work, cooking, house cleaning, my relationship with my husband, keeping in touch with friends and raising the kids. Now try to do that while not losing your temper, keeping a soft tone of voice at all times and not feeling like ripping your head out. Yeah, it’s tough if not impossible. I have been every type of mom: The poor, single mom who worked two jobs just to support her autistic child. Then years later I remarried and became the stay-at-home married mom who was learning how to cook and clean. And finally, with my third child, I became the work-at-home mom who was trying to balance everything along with adding in multiple therapies for a preschooler who has a sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder as well as possible autism, just like her oldest

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Deal Of The Week: Walgreens Sandals For $2.99

I’m a really frugal person and don’t really spend money unless I need something. I used to have these super comfy black ballet-type shoes that I wore with all of my skirts, which was perfect because they stretched. But after wearing them for 3 years, they completely fell apart. I have wide feet and finding sandals that fit isn’t easy.

Luckily, I found these sandals at Walgreens right near my house – for only $2.99!

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Review: Mr. Gatti’s In Fredericksburg, Texas

We recently went to Mr. Gatti’s in Fredericksburg, Texas since pizza is Little Monster’s second favorite food (her absolute favorite is cheese.)
I had never been to Mr. Gatti’s before and wasn’t sure what to expect. The last time I even thought about it was when we went shopping for Christmas gifts last year, and drove by one.
Here in Kerrville we used to have one, but I had heard awful things about it. I heard the Kerrville location was dirty, had a major roach problem and that the pizza was barely edible. The Mr. Gatti’s here closed their doors quite awhile ago. So, as you can imagine, I was nervous about visiting the restaurant, even though it was in a different location. Was Mr. Gatti’s just a horrible place to eat no matter the location or did it just depend on the management? I’m … Continue Reading
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