Well, it is officially fall. In Pensacola, we are still hitting 90 degrees with over the top humidity. We wear shorts and flip flops all year long. As I matter of fact, I wore a pair of flip flops to church Sunday. They were sparkly flip flops, but flip flops non the less. You can buy a bathing year round in our stores. You can find water floats, sunscreen, coolers, and anything you want with a flamingo on it. As much as I love my Florida life, I need a little fall! I need to pretend that there are pretty fall leaves on the ground. I need to wear boots and a sweater. I want a fire in the fireplace. So instead of having these wonderful fall transitions actually happen, I light an apple caramel candle, make myself a pumpkin spice latte and get a pot of soup simmering on the stove!
It’s been two weeks of emotions all over the map to say the least. First and most importantly, let me share my Valentine present from my Sir Streusel. This was my happy point in the past two weeks. He had texted me the sweetest text earlier in the day and you can see my sweet response right back to my Valentine.
Are we the sweetest?! Well, let me share with you the diamonds I received.
And just like that love was blooming in our home!
Hey, do I have a romantic guy or what?! I love how we tease each other. If we do nothing else, we laugh…we laugh a lot. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Life is too short. I loved my Valentine gift. I showed it off with pride. He knew exactly how much I would love lying in bed, eating my Pecan Log and watching any of the Housewives’s on Bravo. I can’t wait until next Valentine’s day. Continue reading Chicken Stew
Baby it’s been cold outside! It has been a breath of fresh air and we were given the gift of no humidity for a few days. Oh my life is GOOD! Cold weather means coats and gloves, blankets and fuzzy socks, sweat pants and sweat shirts, but most importantly it means soup!! Cold weather and soup go hand in hand. This Tortellini soup is one of our favorites.
Chicken Noodle Soup. Just say it. Just say, “Chicken Noodle Soup”. Did you feel the calm sweep over you? Did you feel like you were just wrapped in a snuggly blanket? Did you just feel your blood pressure lower 20 points? That my friends is the power of Chicken Noodle Soup.
I believe I have been cooking this chowder since I was a new bride. I have worked and tweaked it through the years and it has become a hands down Sheaffer family favorite. I can remember dropping my little punks off at school and telling them I would have Chicken Corn Chowder ready for them when they returned home. I would get the sweetest smiles returned to me with a big, “Thanks Mommy”! Oh be still my heart, I miss those little punks. I may go a couple of years without making this chowder, but when I do, we remember just how much we love it.
I made this for Sir Streusel and me this past weekend and I got a sweet smile from him as well. That smile makes my heart skip a beat!
I have been trying to make this soup for two weeks. Once I start craving something, I cannot stop thinking about it until it is actually in my mouth. Sir Streusel and I have been going non-stop for probably five weeks. Getting his 92 year old mother’s house sold, packing up her house, getting her ready for her next phase of retirement home living, and walking through some personal fires, all I wanted was a bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup. I mean, I am a girl of simple wants…a bowl of broccoli soup was all this girl needed! Finally, FINALLY, I made a pot of soup this weekend and it was every bit as good as I thought it was going to be. All my wants, needs, frustrations, and cravings disappeared. This soup is very similar to Panera Bread’s Broccoli Soup. It is creamy, cheesy and loaded with onions, broccoli and carrots.
The colder temperatures finally made their way to Florida for two days! During Christmas, we had three weeks straight of hot, humid, muggy, wet, damp, hot, wet, muggy, jungle, wet, damp weather. It was like July in Christmas. Finally the sun broke through and colder temperatures were here for two days, two days people!! Colder temperatures mean a pot of soup needs to be simmering on the stove top. I love Chicken Noodle soup but don’t always enjoy making the noodles. I had some cheese tortellini in the freezer, along with rotisserie chicken and knew I could have of pot of Chicken Tortellini Soup simmering in no time. Sir Streusel became a lifetime fan. He told me the Tortellini made the soup more “meaty”. Who says you need to have noodles to have a pot of Chicken Noodle Soup?!