Winter Stoup!

February 17, 2012

I had lunch with one of our fave guest bloggers Denielle yesterday, and I was telling her how this winter I have been very into thick soups for dinner — stoups, if you will, since they’re halfway to a stew, really. I find that they’re hearty enough to satisfy an appetite but not too filling since I tend to eat dinner close to 9pm during the week. Denielle told me that one of her daughters is really into soup. So I feel like this is a good recipe for young and old alike — and it’s easy and healthy, too!

Turkey-Barley Vegetable Soup

(Serves 4)

Brown 1/2 pound ground turkey in olive oil in a saucepan; remove.

To the saucepan add 1 each: chopped onion, carrot and stalk celery and cook, stirring often, til softened.

Return the turkey to the saucepan and add 6 cups chicken broth (I use fat free and low sodium) and 1/2 cup pearl barley; season with salt and pepper.

Simmer until the barley is tender. Stir in 3 cups chopped baby spinach.

Voila!

It keeps well in the fridge so you can easily double the recipe and have it for it a couple of meals, or even it bring it into the office for lunch.

Keeping the Funny Alive

Because really, you’ve gotta laugh!

Here are 2 more recent posts of my pieces for NickMom.com:

Grammys My Kids Could Win

Top 9 Reasons Why Beyonce is an Awesome Mom

Etc.

My kids are off next week and I am taking a few days off and I could not be more excited…plus my husband and I are doing a belated Valentine’s celebration of dinner at Blue Hill and a concert of Mates of State at Le Poisson Rouge. Fun all around!

I hope you have something good planned…enjoy the long weekend!

 

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Soap Opera

February 10, 2012

Well the Giants fans were out in full force this week, with the parade and all. Most of them seemed to be in good spirits, although I did run into a drunk one on the subway at 8:30 am! Pace yourself, my brother…

We went to see Jay-Z in concert at Carnegie Hall — fun (but late!) night. Chris Rock, Josh Groban, Russell Simmons, Beyonce and a bevy of models were in the audience, and Jay brough Alicia Keys and Nas out on stage to help entertain, along with a 30 piece orchestra (and Questlove on drums!).

The next night we headed out to a dinner party for Josh Bazell and his new book, Wild Thing. I haven’t read it yet, but I did enjoy his first novel, Beat the Reaper. That’s out in paperback and is a good read. And now the author/medical school grad may go back and finish his residency. It’s a shame when people just aren’t motivated in life! Ha ha.

Let’s talk about soap today, shall we?

Hand soap can be so blah, but I really love Savon de Marseilles. The packaging is great, and the scents are clean and fresh without being too overpowering. The last few times I have been to France I have filled my checked suitcase to the brim with all kinds of soaps, lotions and scents. And you know what? Every time I use it I think of those fabulous trips…and I want to go back!

It used to be hard to get their stuff in the states, but now they’ve got a website with everything, and the added bonus that things ship free with a $50 purchase. Check out the Compagnie de Provence here. You can use them to add a splash of color to your bathroom. All the ingredients are natural and you can choose from glass or plastic for the bottle. I have the brown glass bottle of the incense lavender olive oil hand soap, and I buy the huge refill bottle to keep it filled. The Mediterranean Sea Hand Soap is perfect for a beach house. I love these as hostess gifts if you’re spending the weekend with friends. If you already have soap dispensers, you can just buy the more economical refill bottles, but the bottles themselves really are a good decorating tool!

Bring the Funny!

February 3, 2012

This week’s post is about some posts on another blog I’ve started writing for — NickMom! It’s a humorous look at being a mom. I’ll post links from time to time.

This week we have:

9 Most Unintentionally Confusing Things Moms Say to Their Kids

Letters a Mom Would Like to Write — Ballet School

I hope you enjoy!!