Recipes – Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup (Sam Turnbull “It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken”
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

“Quick and easy to make, this soup is so simple but so tasty you won’t be able to stop eating it!” Me – I agree. It is comforting. And reminds me like of “Stone Soup,” you know, good peasant food…

1 T olive oil
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup full-fat coconut milk (the kind in a can)
1 1/2 t salt (or to taste)
coconut bacon
green onions, chopped
vegan cheddar cheese
**I don’t use the salt or any additional toppings**

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Saute the veggies, until they soften and begin to brown. Add the potatoes and veggie broth. Cover and simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes, until a fork can easily pierce all the way through the veggies.

2. Use an immersion blender straight in the pot. Blend until it is perfectly smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can carefully scoop some soup into a standing blender, and blend in very small batches. Remember to not fill your blender up too high or you will have a hot soup explosion! I like my soup creamy and silky, but if you prefer some veggie chunks in your remove some of the soup, blend, and then mix the two back together again.

3. Once blended, stir in the coconut milk. Salt to taste. Serve hot with optional toppings of choice.

Nutrition Facts
1/8 pot
calories 150
total fat 7.9 g
saturated fat 5.6 g
cholesterol 0 g
sodium 332.8 mg
total carbohydrate 18.8 g
dietary fiber 1.9 g
sugars 2 g
protein 2.7 g
vitamin A 0
vitamin C 13%
calcium 3% iron 10%

PS I’m pretty certain if you don’t want the saturated fat of coconut milk, you can use almond milk, which I’ve used in other creamed soups.

Also, the sodium is counting 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in the pot (which I didn’t use at all and am loving the soup)

Gratitudes 1/31/18

  1. I am grateful for the homemade creamy tomato soup I’m having right now. For breakfast!
  2. I’m grateful that I made it
  3. I’m grateful for the hot coffee (and hot soup = lots of hot liquids today mmmm. needed)
  4. I’m grateful for my talk with M last night
  5. and that *I* was there for *her* (she has the flu)
  6. I am grateful that this laptop is working
  7. my breathing
  8. my swallowing
  9. my sleep
  10. my dreams last night phew
  11. piano!
  12. Mozart!
  13. that my parents made me not quit piano oh so thankful
  14. that I WILL shop for or order to be delivered, the foods for my mother today. Groceries.
  15. my house in order
  16. and clean
  17. have salad and Shakeo with nuts and a piece of fruit for lunch today, like yesterday
  18. and my potato soup for dinner
  19. I will put that recipe here mmm
  20. The book Stone Soup. Haha child’s book – it inspires me.

More later must go – slept late

Journal 1/31/18

I feel better.
Affirmations, gratitudes, and working as cheerfully as possible, and piano, and sitting with other people for part of lunchtime, all helped me. Well, were all good for me anyway.
The biggest difference came form when I talked with M (mother’s aide) and she said J sounds down/depressed lately and “something’s going on with him” and he’s driving tractor trailers in another county or something and tired etc. That gave me hope that he might consider coming back with me. After these YEARS, it took THAT to make me feel better from finding out the night before from mother’s aide B, that his (J’s) aunt had died and he’d been been to her funeral that day – he hadn’t even told me. She was my aunt for like 20 years and he didn’t even tell me. And I was devastated.
I need therapy.
I think.
Then again, it is SO hard to find one – a smart therapist. Omg SO hard. And – I’m torn – I have the practical stuff in my head AND I have the spiritual heart stuff like D would say about twin flame and magic…

Will see. Don’t know.
Just know that had the first night of not ick dreams since a wee ago Mond (when found out Tues that De was ding in hospice), and am going with the good feeling for today. Am under the weather and that’s all I want – the good feelings and to teach nicely and well.

Very Shaky Need Gratitudes 1/30/18

  1. I am graeful for the lessons from that funeral Sunday
  2. Especially my lesson of live eac moment to the fullest. I didn’t say I’m doing it; but I’m trying
  3. i can see
  4. i can hear
  5. i can walk
  6. i can breathe!
  7. i have a piano
  8. and in classroom
  9. i can play it
  10. i have tv
  11. i have a home
  12. i have heat
  13. i have a car
  14. i have my hands
  15. i have my spirit
  16. i have my Higher Power
  17. i have an amethyst geode:)
  18. i have books
  19. i have my Nook
  20. i have magazines
  21. and will buy more today
  22. i have a little money in the bank
  23. i have a little pension for when i retire
  24. i have hope for a  therapist
  25. i have health
  26. i have my heart
  27. i have my lungs
  28. i have my life
  29. i have oa. may i use it more. and maybe better
  30. i have food in the fridge
  31. much of it organic
  32. and in the cabinet too
  33. and freezer
  34. i have a basement
  35. with a washer and dryer
  36. and a cleaned out clear attic
  37. i have a driveway
  38. with the walls done and i can park in it now
  39. i have a front yard
  40. and a backyard
  41. and can walk around side of my house
  42. this spring the two little trees will come
  43. i have clothes
  44. i have a coat
  45. i have boots
  46. i can stretch
  47. i have yoga dvds
  48. and workout dvds
  49. i have sat 4 times on retreats with thich nhat hanh
  50. i sat right in front of him few feet away at a park on the ground in London and we looked at each other
  51. i have the Law of Attraction
  52. i have the potential for positivity
  53. i have my manifestation board
  54. i have deep spirituality
  55. i have friendship fo D
  56. i have meditation
  57. i have Reiki
  58. i have powers
  59. i have ww
  60. i am a limitless being of the Source
  61. i have seen Wayne Dyer in person
  62. and i have internet for his messages too (I don’t like his books although I’ll try again)
  63. i ave Louise Hay books and Internet and affirmations
  64. I am feeling better now, second cup coffee, and gratitudes.
  65. i can laugh
  66. i have a sense of humor. And I make others laugh
  67. I get to work with *children!*
  68. I WILL have a relationship and family!
  69. I think I’ll change my haircut soon 🙂
  70. I have friends
  71. I have compassion
  72. I have my morganite ring
  73. and my amethyst ring
  74. and my rose quartz crystal
  75. I have a good eye doctor
  76. i have a massage every moenth
  77. and he is good and knows my body and it helps me food good
  78. i get pedicures about once a month. I don’t even get polish lately; it’s about the massage and nail cutting and softness for me. The experience
  79. the other day I got one, and it involved a 20 minute massage!. AND I went straight TO my massage from there!
  80. I have nver had cancer.
  81. I have never had a heart attack
  82. I don’t have asthma anymore
  83. I have the amazing example of that sub from St B school, who had the most positive attitude, and had had cancer
  84. and of DL who remained ositive and active through her whole cancer journey. Although she lost that battle and died , her spirit was such an inspiration
  85. and of MA. Priceless. About making the best. AND about accepting where am in the moment. Oh, Thank You. Thank You, MA, and Thank You, Higher Power
  86. I can go to oa today if I want
  87. or to a store
  88. or stay at school and work
  89. or to my mother’s
  90. or give St a ring
  91. or anyall of these and other things
  92. I can take a detox bath… … … whatever i want.
  93. i am free
  94. I think I shall come home and play piano!
  95. Jo
  96. M
  97. D and her son P too
  98. St
  99. Tr
  100. M
  101. N
  102. my job
  103. my school
  104. my class
  105. my classroom
  106. my principal

Journal 1/30/18

All I want to do is lie down.
Sleep with tv on.
Is this depression? Is it fear? Is it giving-up?
Is it healthy waiting in cocoon for my spring? I wish. But it doesn’t feel like that.
I need a therapist. It is so hard to find a good one.

Just writing that and getting up to walk through the house (to get tissue and coffee) makes me think – I WILL find a way to turn this around.
Please may it be so.

Affirmations 1/30/18

I want – it’s an excellent way to attract happiness into my life.

I am one with the very power that created me.

I am grateful for my healthy body. I love life.

I draw love and acceptance into my life and I accept it now.

I handle my own life with joy and ease.

I now choose to release all hurt and resentment.

I am safe!

Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.

Gratitudes 1/29/18

  1. Thank you for so many wonderful things. including that despite the big challenges of last week involving my mother’s money, my responsibility, and my “phobias” and a sad death, that I am able to not say, “This was a terrible week.” Just that SOME terrible things happened but many good things too. THAT is a change.
  2. Saturday. The whole day. I took it for myself.
  3. I started with a lot of piano. Mozart, which is happier than Chopin (to me)
  4. Then I got a pedicure. No polish, just lavendar pedicure with 20 minutes of massage. Ahhh.
  5. Then – I went to my massage! 1 hour. I floated through a bunch of it! Wow! And had detox aromatherapy and sugar foot. Ahhh
  6. Then,shopped at health food store. So fortunate.
  7. Then, MORE piano!
  8. And then, an oa meeting! Saw friends there. Nice
  9. Came home, had relax time, watched Columbo
  10. Also talked with M and L that day
  11. And B was there for my mother yay (Ma was sick)
  12. I helped L get to dr.
  13. I did “the right thing” yesterday, going to that service
  14. I stayed compassionate, even when M was driving me crazy
  15. I came home
  16. on way stopped at hfs
  17. and bird food place
  18. didn’t have to shop for mother. phew.
  19. this morning, awakened feeling like shit. but moved on with things and after coffee – during, actually, much better.
  20. that I AM going in to work
  21. I am okay.
  22. Sat, during the massage, I was so grateful for my spiritual accessibility
  23. and – that I kind of put my body first that day
  24. And – HUGE – I felt – desirable – there is no reason someone (with family) wouldn’t want ME! Well, everyone has own taste, but what I mean is no reason no one would want me! THAT’S a first-feeling in a LONG time!
  25. rough visit with Jo Fri eve. But the gratitude is that I realize that that friendship is what it is and it was a level of realization and acceptance.
  26. That M sent me that text yesterday morning – and happened to mention that she’d made soup and done laundry – because I was in such a state that I’d forgotten to do my Sunday routine!
  27. So I changed my plans and didn’t go to ww and made sure to do my stuff!
  28. Did the laundry phew
  29. Cooked TWO soups yay!
  30. slept last night
  31. and while some funky dream, not like the 3 preceding nights phew
  32. ordered the present for D’s new home – amethyst geode – she’s gonna LOVE it!
  33. Mother Earth
  34. My Nature kind of Higher Power
  35. This baked apple I’m having right now. This bag of apples was sour – but I’ve taken one and cut and put a little touch of water and some cinnamon and heated it and yum!
  36. the Shakeo with little bit walnuts I had before that, for breakfast
  37. Will have salad for lunch
  38. my teeth. Yes really
  39. water
  40. coffee
  41. that I bought coffee yesterday – ’cause was out of it
  42. That I CAN eat
  43. chew
  44. swallow
  45. digest
  46. eliminate
  47. piano (Meaning playing it)
  48. and that I have one in my classroom
  49. will go to mother’s after school today and crochet while we watch tv together. Nice visit. So grateful
  50. my job
  51. that I “have to” go to it
  52. that I have it to go to
  53. my car
  54. my lunch bag ice things
  55. the beauty around me in my house
  56. especially through the windows – the outside beauty
  57. and the bids
  58. and the trees etc
  59. that someone yesterday noticed the fossil I was wearing! It isn’t the prettiest thing; I just love what it IS – about 150 MILLION years old! – and someone noticed and loved it! (a teacher from another school)
  60. other beauty around me in my house. Like the 3-tiered dish from my mother
  61. and my Royal Doultons
  62. and the giraffle thing on the wall, made by women of Africa and brought here for me by a student
  63. my McKnight
  64. My Koko print limited (very limited) edittion
  65. my Penbrook table
  66. my sreal sculpture!
  67. my gorgeous glamorous lamp
  68. my new l.r. furniture light and bright
  69. the throw thing *I* bought
  70. and the throw pillows *I bought too. Cheerful
  71. my kitchen with everything working
  72. my washer
  73. and dryer
  74. my dishes are clean
  75. I will bring salad for lunch
  76. and have my potato/veggie woup for dinner
  77. the immersion blender M bought for me that I FINALLY appreciate! (used in both soups yesterday)
  78. lying down
  79. resting
  80. relaxing
  81. activities too!
  82. the laughter of children
  83. AFTER 20 YARS – 20 YEARS – I FINALLY told ST from FM what I’ve been holding in my heart. Wow. What a relief.
  84. my hands
  85. power. i mean power to help others; healing power in self; power to give Reiki… that kind of power
  86. humor
  87. laughter
  88. heat in my house
  89. my plants
  90. will get to relax tonight
  91. MA all those years ❤
  92. England when I went 🙂
  93. tv show Mom
  94. my mornings
  95. meditation!
  96. Louis Hay Affirmations on Daily Affirmation page
  97. that I can see
  98. MY eysight
  99. that I can walk
  100. legs getting stronger
  101. my front steps when NOT snow!
  102. that I had a skirt to wear yesterday
  103. will bring up the laundry in couple of mintues
  104. Life. My life. Yes. Really.

Affirmations Jan 29

All that I need to know at any given moment is revealed to me. My intuition is always on my side.

I am unlimited in my wealth. All areas of my life are abundant and fulfilling.

Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.

Graitudes 1/25/18

  1. I am grateful that I went to scool esterda. It is hard. I am under the weather. No energy. Feeling and trying not to act, crank. But it was better for them than if they’re had been a sub I *think*, and better for me mentally too.
  2. i am grateful that although still under the weather, I am well enough to go in today
  3. and the cleaning lady will come today
  4. and i have the money ready for her
  5. good day planned today
  6. after HORRIBLE call from mother last night and ANOTHER from M, I DID sleep. SO grateful for sleep!
  7. my amethyst geode
  8. my rose quartz crystal
  9. my morganite ring
  10. listening to TNH in the car yesterday morning
  11. Expect nothing appreciate everything. That saying.
  12. tv
  13. glasses
  14. water
  15. coffee
  16. my job
  17. i have plenty of food
  18. i have plenty of water
  19. i have healthy skin
  20. i have shakeology
  21. i have workout dvds
  22. i have friends
  23. i have students
  24. i have music – sheet music
  25. i have a piano
  26. and one in my classroom even
  27. oprah winfrey
  28. c.s. ww leader
  29. n, ww leader
  30. will go to mother’s tody
  31. and oa tomorrow
  32. see Tr for lunch Sat
  33. my principal seems to know and appreciate who i am and what i do
  34. that i know my flaws
  35. and some of my strong points too
  36. posting in my fb groups
  37. last nigh and today particularly
  38. children’s smiles