A quick soup for Teagan!

Having no idea what Teagan really likes to eat when down with a cold and when you have a summer cold, which is just the nastiest thing to deal with in the first place, she managed to post on her blog https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/copper-the alchemist-the woman-in-trousers-episode-29. For we followers of this magnificent writing.  Back to this nasty cold first you are hot, then you are cold, then you are tired, then you have no appetite. Then you write over 2,000 words on your episode and somehow I just believe she has not had much to eat?

I just bet in her refrigerator and pantry are some goodies to prepare a quick soup! A potato, carrot, celery stalk, rice, noodles, parsley, garlic, onion, bouillon cubes or low sodium stock/broth? Would she like it creamy with milk? Clear fluids are usually best when fighting a cold! So, Teagan get out the dutch oven or pot with a lid we’re cooking you a delicious easy soup! Any frozen veggies in the freezer? Corn, carrots, green beans, peas, lima beans? Add 2 cups of cold water to the pot, add whatever veggies fresh or frozen, bouillon cube or two (chicken/beef) or chicken/beef stock or broth. Add a cubed, peeled potato, or rice, or noodles, all on low heat, salt and pepper to taste, add garlic, onion, parsley stir it around on low simmer 15 minutes. Meatless soups are best when you are fighting a cold. Hot broth/stock and veggies are the thing to help you fight a cold.

Feel better soon my friend. Lots of Hugs. Cheryl (cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3).

Need a light lunch fare? Light snack?

Do you love avocado? Just recently, I sliced a ripe avocado I just added some sea salt and fresh lemon zest and juice.  Chilled  in the refrigerator 15 minutes.

I picked 20 lemons from my lemon trees and decided to make homemade fresh lemonade. I use an electric juicer, 5 cups cold water, 1 cup sugar, stir and refrigerate in a gallon jug with a spout. Serve over ice cubes.

So my snack yesterday was a tall glass of fresh homemade lemonade and avocado. Oh, my it was delicious!!!

Simple and pleasing! Give it a try when you need something light to eat.

In closing I wish you Good Health. cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.

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Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Terrific*easy* new fruit snack for the summer months! 2 cups plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt), 24 ounces fresh blueberries rinsed well and dried on paper towels in a colander. Add yogurt to a bowl and using a slotted spoon dip several blueberries at a time into the yogurt, allow to drip and place coated blueberries on a parchment lined platter(s) or sheet pan(s). It will take a few minutes to do this but the reward afterwards makes in worthwhile!

Place the platter(s) or Sheet pan(s) in the freezer shelf for several hours to freeze. Once frozen place in freezer safe baggies or airtight container . Keep frozen and when ready grab a handful or bowlful and have at it! I am telling you they are scrumptious on a hot day! Cool and refreshing.

I hope you’ll enjoy these-we sure do! In closing I wish you Good Health. cheffie cooks easy 123.

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Where do I Start-might be your first question?

Understanding how confusing living on your own can be it can also be very exciting! We will start with the pantry/cabinet staples you will need. They are basic, simple every day spices. Iodized Salt (Morton), Black Pepper (Any brand), parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, onion powder, Cinnamon, Pure Vanilla Extract (not imitation). *Note: Many of these items can be purchased at your local Dollar General Stores Nationwide-you do not need to spend extra money on name brands such as McCormick’s spices!!!I myself have an herb garden year round. If I need a particular spice I will definitely check my Dollar General Store first! I encourage you to do the same. Today, we are attempting to help you start on just the basics. You can add spices as we go along this journey together.
Refrigerated Items: Milk (buy only what you will need in a week). Dozen eggs (large), many times I have seen Walgreen’s, CVS, Dollar Store have fresh eggs on sale cheaper than your local grocery store chains. Butter one pound (4 sticks) you can freeze butter! Ketchup (your favorite or store brand), Mayonnaise, mustard. Canola oil, Olive Oil. White distilled vinegar. Salad Dressings can be homemade and we will get into that later. Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, block (8 ounces) cheese (your favorite), mozzarella cheese (whole), cream cheese. We will get into making flavored specialty butters later on. If you do not like cottage cheese do not purchase it, same for sour cream, cream cheese or yogurt. I will close wishing you “Good Health”. cheffie cooks easy…1-2-3.