Monday, June 28, 2010

Random Jewels From My Younger Self

I LOVE talking about my childhood and laughing at old stories with my friends. A lot (read almost every single one) of my friends from home have been my friends since first grade (thanks to Spanish Immersion) and we've had some ca-razy times.

Here are some jewels I've been thinking about recently that make me chuckle and smile.

  • I thought watercress was raw potato until college
  • A friend and I once changed her parents TV to "Canadian English" out of curiosity late at night and it broke her TV, we had to call the cable company any everything.
  • My friends and I decided we wanted to remake the Lord of the Rings trilogy in its entirety using a family camera.  We did about 10 minutes of video and never worked on it again. We did however to a fake oscars for that ten minutes and taped that too.
  • When I was very little I was scared of people with really curly hair.
  • Once I decided I wanted to try lying. I told my brother they were releasing a Valentine's edition of Ninja Turtles with hearts on the shell. He did not believe me so I told on him.
  • My best friend was up in the rafters of her garage once looking for old talk boy tapes and as a joke stripped down to her sports bra, undies and toe socks.  As a joke I hid them in her room.  She ended up getting stuck in the rafters and while trying to climb down she got stuck even more with her arms clutching the rafters, one foot on top of a cabinet and the other one dangling above the counter. She started laughing so hard she peed all over the counter and floor... 
  • In fourth grade I asked a red headed boy in my class if he had stuck his head in a fire place... Really I had a big crush on him... he now plays pro soccer in Germany.
  • My best friend was so moved by the movie Titanic that she wrote the word titanic on her ceiling with glow in the dark stars. Years later when she tried to remove them it pulled of the ceiling popcorn, you can still read titanic in her parents house in her room.
  • My brother and I were not allowed to hit so we would wrestle with our legs.
  • My friend and I once put on a concert in our old elementary school playground with recorders. We sang Michael Bolton songs and charged people a penny to come. Our other friend got really into it and was our press person. She developed a flyer and sold tickets. Only three people came.  We still loved it.
  • One time my friend and I were walking around my block and talking about how begging would be an easy way to make money and decided to try it. We smeared our bodies in tar from the newly paved streets (we were like 7) and went back to my house to get some grungy clothes with plans on walking up to the market.  My mother FREAKED out and began rubbing my friend with alcohol because her mom was on the way.
  • I really miss my childhood

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Do you want to make everyone love you?

Banana Muffins that will make everyone love you.

These are great for when you have aging bananas around the house... sooo good.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Some Great New Products- purse edition

I bought a new purse. I've been using a lovely white Kate Spade purse for about a year and well, the grungy NYC subways and sidewalks basically destroyed its pretty eggshell leather.  I've been wanting a red purse for a while. I carried one for a long time in college and was kind of known for it. I loved that purse.  I've been searching for a good one and found one on eBay. I just got it in the mail recently and totally love how sassy and luxurious it is.  It is a B. Makowsky bag... mmm leather.
This is not the actual bag I have, mine has a lot more detail on it and is much more hip looking... this was closest I could find though...

For the inside of my purse I purchased a few goodies.
First up-
Universally flattering lip gloss in a trendy pink shade- NARS orgasm. (eek on the price!)

A solid perfume to tuck in the zipper pocket for long days when I need a fragrance touch up. I have always been a fan of all Tocca scents. They are so classy and the packaging is so elegant. I use Florence but Stella is also nice.
Next is a good hand salve.  I usually use Laura Mercier's creme brulee scented hand cream but I needed something a little less sweet smelling. So I finally bought some L'occitane classic lavender hand cream.  I'm really impressed so far. Nice clean scent and non-greasy. 
I bought one more lip gloss on chance because it was 50% off at the Duane Reade I was passing. I love it! and at 4.99 it was totally worth it. A nice blue tone pinky shade- Revlon Creme Gloss in Pink Cami. I little sticky but very nice color.
Of course I cannot live without my Jackie O tortoise shell prescription Juicy sunglasses. (literally I need them to see sometimes).

OKOK those are my Marc Jacobs glasses... couldn't find a picture of the other ones.

Friday, June 25, 2010


I have really been able to get some great perspective lately on this whole weight loss journey.  My current BMI is 31. Using I calculated this and then looked at the chart of danger zones and BMI.  Once I get to 170 I'll be out of the highest danger zone... wowza though.... its scary to think that my weight got so high sooo fast... I will not technically be the green safe zone until 140 pounds... but I will still consider 150 a major victory... when it happens.

It just goes to show how important taking care of your body is.  The fact that my own laziness and indulgence has put my health in the danger zone really sucks... now OFF TO THE GYM.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How to Make a Children's Book

I was recently tasked with making my own children's book.  This was a ton of work.  There is SO much to think about so that you aren't just creating a bunch of fluffy children's nothing. It's not just about cute stories here people. Every word, font, size, illustration etc. should prove a purpose. Every punctuation mark, dialog box and speech bubble is an opportunity to teach a child about literacy.  So guess what? I did a counting book. haha.  There is slightly less to remember because there is a pretty set formula.
Here I am just going to cover the design basics because you could use them to create a photo book or a fun little story book for a boyfriend, new baby etc.  I didn't get great pictures of the inside but I got some of the inside.
Choose materials and color scheme- I wanted a night time theme so I chose a dark blue felt (felt is only .29 cents and is already cut in the size of most paper) and some gold tone thread and beads. I also chose some green to make leaves.  You will also need pins, measuring tape and needles.  The thread is crocheting thread and for the beads you need just a normal sewing thread in the same color as the felt.

Choose some pretty beads to attach to the cover. I chose a shimmery crystal bead to be the stars on my cover.

First step is to measure out a space for your words and where you want them on the felt. Follow the measuring tape with pins so that you create a box of pins- This will allow you to stitch words in a straight line. To start the words simply thread a needle with your choice of crocheting thread (use quite a bit of thread) and pull it straight through where you're going to start your first word.  Tie a knot in the thread once you pull it all the way through to stop the thread.  To make words simply stitch up and down through the felt following the shape of a letter.

As you can see larger stitches create a more solid looking line (and goes faster).  

Now you can add the beads.  You do the same technique with tying a knot but this time use normal weight sewing thread.  Pull the thread through exactly where you want a bead to go.  Once its pulled through place a bead through the needle and push it down to the felt (on the thread).  

You will then pull the needle through the felt again right underneath where the bead it sitting so that it secures it down to the felt. Pull the thread all the way through and then poke it back through the felt in the next place you want a bead.

Continue to do this until all your beads are on, cut the thread and tie another knot.

The back will look crazy like this. If you have some time and a sewing machine... Sew a piece of fabric or another piece of felt to the back to cover up all the thread.

Do not let a plastic container full of needles spill in your supply bag....

Show off!
(the pins on the side are to ensure an small allowance of fabric for binding)
Here are the insides, simple water colors I did using googleimages for inspiration.  Sorry for crappy cell phone quality photos.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Work Out Playlist.

So I've really noticed that what I'm listening to on my iPod really makes a difference in how fast and intense my work out is.  These are the songs that make me really move my tush.

Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz.

Tik Tok by Kesha. I don't really like this song or artist more of the time because its pretty stupid. It does have a good work out beat though.  Also someone give that girl a shower. And brat adjustment.

Anyway you want it/Lovin, Touchin and Squeezin mash up from Glee.

Livin on a prayer- Bon Jovi

U+UR Hand. P!nk

Watcha Say- JAson DeRulo

Battlefield. Jordin Sparks

My Life Would Suck Without You

Halo/Walking on Sunshine mash up from Glee

This play list is pretty much 30 minutes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Motivation Monday!

So now that I've given you a great cake recipe... let's talk weight loss!! haha.  I had a long week last week and was really unable to get to the gym as much as I wanted and my dad was in town for a few days which means eating out... BUT I got on the scale this morning and still managed to lose a pound!  Now that isn't my goal... I wanted 2 pounds a week, but considering, I'll take it. Now that I can see that I'm progressing along with my goals I feel more comfortable sharing my weight and where I am at.  When I started the is journey at the beginning of June I was 191lbs (wow...). I've never been even close to this heavy. I have coasted along around 150 for years... Size ten jeans, medium top, every time.  I am desperate to be back at that weight... I have a ways to goooo.  Currently I am at 184.5.  This feels great... I am so close to losing the first ten pounds! My goal by July 22nd is to be in the low 170's.  I will be spending the first part of July at home in OR and as most of my friends will be out of state I plan on BIKING to the gym everyday and really kicking it up a notch.  

I've tried to be one of  those "I don't need a scale to know how much I'm worth" people but in reality, the scale just keeps me honest about my progress.

I CAN'T weight (see what I did there?) to be in the 170's... that just sounds so much better then 180 or certainly 190 something.  My next goal after that will be 150-145 but I am taking each goal ten pounds at a time.  This week I am trying something new... something I have always resisted... I am going to journal my calorie intake and output.  I used this website- to find my resting metabolic rate (how many calories your body burns just from living) and am going to record how much I burn at the gym.  You have to add a few for daily activities such as walking.

I am going to use THIS website to check my calorie count-  Its extra work but that is what is so great about using this month to concentrate just on me... I can do what I need to do for myself... even if my BF was in town I could do this. DO IT FOR YOU!

I need to come up with a 7,000 calorie deficit at the end of the week to lose 2 pounds. It really is all simple math.  I am going to take in 1,200-1,400 calories a day, exercise for 45 minutes on the strider majig a day (probably with one day off) and I should be good.  I'm also going to kick up the weights and toning stuff too. I'll tell ya'll on Monday how it went!!

I'm really excited about this! I've worked my butt off to lose these 6.5 pounds. 180 is SO close now (first goal)!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Want to make amazing cake? Yes you do.

Today I'm going to show you how you can easily take a box cake mix and turn it into an amazing home made cake with only a few extra steps. Trust me on this, it may sound weird but try it and you'll never buy a cake again...

Take any cake mis of your choice. I don't know that this would work with carrot cake or like that strawberry flavored cake but otherwise it should work well. I usually choose a chocolate variety because it works best with chocolate.

Add the mix to a bowl
Then you'll mix in a 5.9 oz box of chocolate pudding powder mix (for vanilla use vanilla, butterscotch etc., you can play around with different flavors but chocolate with chocolate will make it realllly good and chocolaty)
1 cup low fat sour cream
1 cup butter (I hate the taste of oil in cake, ick) (hint- adding extra butter will keep making it better)
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups or more mini chocolate chips (you can play around here with peanut butter chips, white chocolate, coconut etc.)

Blend it all together.

This makes a lot of batter and its pretty thick, it will take a bit longer to cook.

It is very dense, moist and SOOOO good. Boyfriend approved.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

How to have an awesome spa day... at home.

I don't know about you but sometimes I just want some good solid alone time and I want to be pampered. I can't always afford a real spa trip but its easy and fun to pamper yourself at home.

First I like to think about what little extras I want for my special night in and what I need to buy.
I like to plan on having a nice light meal that I don't have to prepare myself like a to go salad from a deli or a sandwich (I imagine sushi would work well if you're into that). I make a list of everything I need and go to target to pick it up if I don't have it. I usually like to buy myself a new nail polish color to spice it up and make it fresh. I'll buy the salad and usually a fancy kind of drink I would not usually splurge on like Voss water, last so its fresh.

Once you've done this once you won't need as much stuff at the store but here are a few essentials-

A good mud mask to clean out pores. Nothing beats Queen Helene mind julep mask. It is also cheap at only 3 or 4 dollars.

For silky locks a cheap hot oil treatment works well. Heat up a towel in the microwave and wrap it around your head while the mask sits.

Next a good body scrub is called for so that in the bath you can polish your skin. You can buy this almost anywhere and they come in many price ranges, you can even make it yourself if you know how... I love the feel and scent of this from target (its also Boots. heart London) and it is reasonably priced. A good buy.
Boots Mediterranean - Body Scrub, Mint, Melon & Sugar - 13.5 fl oz

Rubbing a baby oil on after the bath will seal in moisture- rub it on your skin before you dry off so its not greasy. Follow with a thick body butter in a great scent like Bath and Body works vanilla noir, a very sexy scent.

If you have a tub make sure to buy some cheap bath salts and bubble bath. This stuff is usually cheap. In the tub shave your legs and whatever else you like thoroughly. I also say head over to Ross or TJ Maxx and pick up a super soft, big, luxe towel that you can use on spa nights.

Once you're dry comb out your hair and rub in some leave in conditioner. I find this kind works great, is super cheap and smells yummy. Garnier Frustise, sleek and shine.

Let your hair dry naturally or clip it out of your face. No blow drying or beauty rituals... relaaax.

If your brows need a trimming and you feel ok doing it yourself I use this:

Now that you're dry and waxed, wrap yourself in the luxe towel or put on some comfy clothes. Sit down and eat your dinner and enjoy a guilty pleasure movie you don't normally indulge in but love like Mean Girls.

For the finishing steps get some cheap nail files if you don't have them and pick out a killer polish. I love OPI shades and quality (and names!) but its a tad pricey. Any brand will do.

Now sit back and relax for a while. Watch another movie or finish one. Read a good book and maybe indulge in dessert.

Most of all, enjoy!

Great new product

So last time I was at Sephora they gave me a little sample of NARS eyeshadow base.  Interesting I thought, I am always having terrible smudges with eyeshadow... especially when it gets humid in NYC.  I hate having to fix it all the time and by the afternoon I've pretty much wiped off all my shadow.  So I decided to give this puppy a try... with low expectations.  I was wearing it on a very muggy day where I would be walking around a lot and going to a concert that night. Well guess what? This stuff WORKS. I was wearing a dark brown shimmery shadow and by the end of the night... sweat and all there was just a tiinnnyyy little line of shadow. On a normal day there is no line at all. It's a bit pricey at $24 but it really is a great product. I plan on buying the full sized one when my sample finishes.  Also note- the wand makes application really easy, it does not change your eye shadow color and once its dry you cant feel it.
Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blarg to this week.

I'm having such a busy week with school. I had my children's book due on Tuesday as well as having to teach a science lesson to 4th graders... today I had a huge math test... tomorrow I have a genre study due and I have to lead a panel discussion in science............ I haven't been to the gym since Saturday..... the good news? I lost 2 pounds last week! This means so far I've lost 4.5 pounds.... I hope I haven't put any on with my lack of gym time.... I'm going to go hard at the gym Thurs.- Sun. and not weigh in until Monday morning. I would really like to stay on track to losing 10-11 pounds before I leave for Oregon.


My summer school is coming to an end. Children's Lit ended Tuesday and will officially end tomorrow when I turn in my final project.  Science ends next Thursday and Health and Math end on June 30th.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Snack Time!

Everyone loves a good snack. These two are really good healthy snacks. They may not be for everyone though.

1. Let's call it "nuts 4 nuts" like those silly nut carts all over NYC.  I take a spoon and dip it in peanut butter. Don't get a big huge glob but just a normal spoon full.  Dust said spoon full with cinnamon. Now HERE is the exciting part. Grab a hand full of raw almonds and dip them in the peanut butter 'till it's gone.  This nut on nut action is seriously good and full of filling protein and omegas.

2. This is a special popcorn I used to make as a child and still make for an exciting snack. Many people will think it sounds gross... I think gourmet.  Take a hundred calorie bag of popcorn and pop it in the microwave.  Open the bad. Hold onto the little crease/fold on the bottom so that you can gently shake the popcorn around (the goal here is to rumble the popcorn around so it rotates around the bag).  First you will shake in some garlic powder (the garlic salt works too but adds unwanted sodium).  Shake it in according to how garlicy you want it. Then press the opening shut and shake it up to mix it well. Next you will repeat this step with paprika.  If you want it spicier use cayenne pepper.  Here is where it gets crazy and trickier.  Repeat this step one more time but make sure the popcorn is really being thrown around the bag and not sitting at the bottom.  Take some soy sauce and slowly dribble it down into the bag while you are jiggling it. I know. It sounds gross. I promise it is good.  There may be a few soggy pieces but if you toss it right you will have soy sauce splattered popcorn.  Add as much or as little as you like. mmmmmmmm

New Section of This Blog

Hello lovelies.

I have decided to start a new section on this blog called "how to" and I will chronicle my experiments with various crafty, foody things etc.  I already have two in the works and a few other possible ideas and I have already taken some pictures for some of them.

Please look forward to the following:

How to sew your own dress
How to make a children's book
How to buy a great outfit for a low low price

Check back very soon as I will be putting together the first one soon!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Guest Post- Great Hotel Tips!

Tiday's guest post was originally posted here-

So you’ve decided that you need a little weekend getaway, or you’re planning a family vacation… either way, you need a hotel room (if you’re not camping).

Here are a few things you should know, before booking that room.

1. Destination. Where are you going? What area of town are you staying at? For example – Minneapolis. Minneapolis is broken down into suburbs (too many to list here); Minneapolis, isn’t just Minneapolis. There’s Bloomington (central, west, and east), Egan, Richfield, downtown Minneapolis, etc. Mall of America, and Ikea are in Bloomington; Target Field and Metrodome are located close to Downtown and the Warehouse District, respectively.

2. Research. Once you’ve chosen a location, ask family and friends if they’ve been there and what hotels they’ve been to. They will tell you which ones to stay away from and which ones to go for. This also goes for strangers – if you have a specific hotel in mind, hit Google with the hotel name and location…. people will be brutally honest if they had a horrible experience, and brutally honest if they’ve had a great time. Some things people will complain about…

1. Bed Bugs – if they’re there…. they will tell you! Hotels might not be upfront about it. They do want you to stay at their place of business after all.

2. Front Desk Service – are they helpful? Do they pay attention? Understaffed, overstaffed?

3. Breakfast or no breakfast?

4. Towels – towel service has to be the number one complaint amongst guests…. none, too hard, dirty?

5. Number of stairs to elevator ratio… some hotels don’t have elevators if it’s just two stories, or sometimes the elevator doesn’t work and you have to climb stairs.

6. Pool – yes, no? Too hot, too cold? Too much chlorine? Too strict pool hours?

7. Location, location, location! Do they advertise it’s close to a popular tourist attraction, but when you get there it’s a blatant lie?

8. Room temperature – too hot, too cold? Are the guests able to adjust the temperature in the room, adjust the air conditioner?

3. Ready to book! Once you have a hotel chain in mind, keep these options in mind too. Calling a 1800 reservation number or booking online through their website, might not get you the best rate. The number/website rates only have a set one… you can’t get much of a good rate if you call/book online. Give the hotel a direct call. Sure you may pay long distance charges, but you just might get that awesome rate you’re looking for… and they might throw in a few extras for you.

For example – my dad called the hotel we’re staying at this summer. The online rate was $124/night and we’re there for a week. That would equate to $868 not including state and hotel taxes. He decided to call the hotel directly because there were a few specific things he needed – a wheelchair/disability accessible room, a mini fridge for his insulin, and a roll-away cot for myself (the wheelchair accessible room only has one bed and no pull-out sofa). We got a great deal on the room for booking directly with the hotel $86/night and that includes all the taxes; my dad also got the mini-fridge and cot for free, this would set you back $10 each/night if you required them. He also asked that since he’s heat sensitive due to his diabetes, for the suite to be set a certain temperature; the hotel was courteous and the room will be set to about 75ºF for the time of our arrival.

If you still can’t get a good deal, your best bet is Hotwire. Hotwire is a hotel booking online service (also can get flights, and car rentals); when hotels have unbooked rooms, they sell them to Hotwire and Hotwire then gives you the customer a discounted deal – five-star hotel for a three star price (as their commercials say!). Hotwire is actually pretty awesome. My cousin used it last year for our trip to Minneapolis, and we stayed for two nights for $80! We stayed in Bloomington West and the hotel was awesome (Bloomington West is about 10 minutes to MOA).

The only downside is you cannot pick the hotel, but from what I’ve heard from other customers is they haven’t been dissatisfied with the service. They’ve always got a nice clean hotel and in a great area close to many tourist attractions. Hotwire picks the hotel for you, well the ones that have been sold for their services. You pay upfront (once all the booking goes through), and THEN they’ll send you the name of your hotel. Hotwire actually gives you a group of hotel names that you could stay at. For example: 3.5 star hotel in Bloomington West can net you either Hilton, Millennium, Crown Plaza, and other respected hotels.

I highly suggest Hotwire. We didn’t use their service for this trip, because they don’t have a wheelchair/disability accessible database yet. You have to call the hotel Hotwire gave you to see if the same rate can apply to the specific suite, and sometimes it could be a no.

4. Yummy, yummy in my tummy. To continental breakfast or not to continental breakfast… that is the question. For me, it’s a simple answer – yes… there must be SOME type of free breakfast available (besides a restaurant attached to the hotel). Be it cereal or oatmeal, with juice…. something you can eat for “free” and not have to worry about eating out all the time. Trust me, if your hotel doesn’t have a continental breakfast (and some of them have YUMMY ones!) you will be spending up to $50 a day for breakfast plus the cost of eating out for lunch and dinner.

FYI – “free” continental breakfasts are included in the price of your hotel. If you’re paying $238 a night for a top star hotel room, there better darn well be a continental breakfast included in that price. (P.S. Hotwire also lists this service for the prices it gives you).

5. Location of hotel, location of attractions. This can deepen the pockets; sometimes only by a fraction, and sometimes by a lot. Since we’re talking about Minneapolis, let’s keep with it – Mall of America. If you want a hotel that’s right next door or five minutes, be prepared to see a high amount per night. This is what the hotel thought of when going in business – what you want, and how bad you want it. It’s just like supply and demand, it works just like that. You want to walk across the street and you’re inside Mall of America? Be prepared to pay over $100/night (if you didn’t follow tip #3).

Want to stay downtown where everything is happening? Same thing. Next to Target Field or minutes from the ‘Dome? Again, price, price, price. Same goes for Disney World in Orlando. Or the hotels on the strip in Vegas.

With these great tips, you should be able to now go out there and book a room. These are just some suggestions that you could follow, hopefully, ensure a great hotel and an enjoyable stay.

Another great tip is time of arrival. Check-in for some states is 3pm, while check-out is 11 am (the hotel website will for sure give you the exact details). If you’ve arrived early to your destination and you’ve got a car full of luggage and don’t want to drive around town with them, visit the hotel you’re staying at and see if your room is ready and if you can check in early. Most of the time, they will let you. Don’t be checking in at noon. Since check-out is usually 11, your room might not be ready. 1:30 – 2:30 can be the golden hours, but ask before you check in and be nice about it… don’t go demanding your room. Also an explanation is also great – if you’ve miscalculated your time of arrival and you’re honest with them, usually they throw you a bone.

This also can work with late check-ins. If you’re going to be late… call the hotel directly! Explain your situation and also tell them that you really want to stay in this hotel… some hotels can really sympathize with travelers, and they really do want your business. Last summer we didn’t get in to Minneapolis until 1am and when my cousin called at 8pm (I didn’t get in to Grand Forks until 8ish because there was a long wait at US customs), they were able to save our room and not give it away (it was already paid for with Hotwire).

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Best Homemade Soup Ever

This is probably better for winter but honestly its so good you could make it anytime. I made this for my boyfriend and he raved about it for days. Make a batch appropriate for what you can serve because it doesn't reheat very well. I adapted this from another recipe.

Hot and delicious Potato soup

  • 3 1/2 cups and diced red potatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 3/4 cup diced prosciutto
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper, dash or two of black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
If you like it a little spicy- a dash of cayenne pepper

  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, , carrots, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Line serving bowls with cheddar or cheese of your choice (will melt into a gooey stringy yummyness in the bowl). Before pouring in soup you will take these out and drape them on top.
  4. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.
For an equally delicious side dish I LOVE this corn bread. Very Very good.

Corn Bread


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.