Yummy Mushroom Soup

First I am vegetarian now so learning to cook with my new lifestyle choice. Secondly we are moving and I will be responsible to cook for my family and get us healthy! No eating out as much since I may not have a job right away… hope you enjoy my adventure!

I have been craving the mushroom soup from a specific restaurant that sales cheesecake maybe made in a factory. I don’t mention there name because every time I have gone to get said soup I have been let down by the customer service and have left even before ordering.  Anyways I have been craving it and finally decided to create a recipe based on flavors in my head and experiment. I happy to say that this first try is so yummy and my SO (who is my guinea pig) says it is better than that cheesecake selling factory.

Give it a try and let me know if you adjust anything and at the end I will tell you what I will add next time.

Ingredients-

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 of a white onion diced

2 celery stalks diced

16oz (2 square packs) mushrooms, halved

10oz heavy cream

1 8oz can broth (I used vegetable)

salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste

 

Time To Cook:

Start by prepping your veggies dicing onion and celery, also halving your mushrooms.

Heat a large saucepan and once heated add butter. When butter is melting coat the pan and add in the garlic, onions, and celery. Stir with wooden spoon until the onions are becoming translucent and at that point add in your mushrooms. Cover with pan lid to tenderize the mushrooms faster.

When you notice the mushrooms begin to shrivel or tenderize add in your heavy cream. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes slowly stirring and lightly pressing mushrooms down at the same time. (We are basically trying to infuse the cream with mushroom flavor)

After simmering the cream with veggies you want add in your can of broth. Let this simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring and pressing again.  Now you get to add in salt, pepper, and cheese for taste. Just a reminder you don’t want to over salt or pepper the soup so I used lightly coated the top of my soup 2 and a half times and it was good.

For the cheese it depends on how cheesy you want your soup I opted for less cheesy and added to good sized dollops.

After you have come to your preferred taste in the saucepan you are going to add your mix into the blender. Blend this until it is liquid about 4 minutes. You can taste here to add more cheese or salt and pepper.

I wasn’t happy with the consistency so I added cornstarch. 1 tsp cornstarch and 1/8 cup hot water and deluted the cornstarch so no clumps were there.  I poured it into the blender and blended for 2 minutes. Let this sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

-Next time I will add sautéed mushroom pieces to garnish the soup and to add texture.

 

I hope y’all enjoy this recipe and let me know how you enhance or embellish or just enjoy it!

Current Anxiety Reducers

My anxiety is always here and I am still against the whole medication thing.  I am one who depends on prayer and activities to help me.  Previously I have given y’all my things I would do to help myself get out of the funk and since that is almost always changing as life always does… I figure why not an update!

 

  1. Making List

 

I have notebook galore and I am always buying more because I make list after list after list.. About everything and anything you can think of.  And since my blog is basically all list I think you already knew this!  I can actually finally say I have gotten closer to filling up a full notebook every single page in it (I feel so accomplished) so I feel now would be a good time to try one of those books that inspire you to make list.

 

Here is the one I went with from Amazon: >>CLICK HERE<<

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  1. Plan

 

I love to plan events even if they are just imaginary at the moment!  Ever since I was little I have been planning weddings and wedding events for myself.  I did it so often I wanted to become a wedding planner.  With the help of Pinterest and Google Chrome I have now made slides of the wedding I am convinced I want.  In fact I have shared a few wedding themes I am thinking of with you here on my blog.

Here are the are my blogs all about my wedding wants: Blog 1Blog 2Blog 3

Here is a page of the Google Slide that I created:

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  1. Design

 

Much like wedding planning I have been designing since I was a teenager on graph paper making blue prints to each room.  And through the years I have been designing dream homes on paper and Pinterest.  Now that we are moving soon I have been utilizing Google Chrome to design our next home.  However I have come across this game app that allows you to design rooms based on requirements for money and all the other players get to vote on your room designs and you can win furniture items.  The app is called Design Home and I am sure it is available on the Google Play store as well as I-Tunes where I got it.

 

Take a look here at the app screen shots- 1st you see your requirements, 2nd you design, and 3rd they vote and you get a rating.

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That is the current list… but I thought I would throw in a few things I have done for a long time and a few coping mechanisms that I wish I could adapt:

 

In the past I would do many of the things here but I would also shop a whole lot and do not get it wrong I still shop way too much.. especially when things feel bad buying something new makes me feel new.  But I also used to write music and poetry and I miss doing that soooo much!!  I also love to eat, hang out with the loves of my life, spend hours online researching, and of course play with make up.. and most importantly I like to pray even though my depression sometimes doesn’t allow me to do so.

The coping mechanisms that I am hoping to adapt besides writing music and poetry again are: cleaning, organization, minimizing, read books and exercising.  If I could focus my energy on activities like these maybe I could get a cycle of healthy happiness instead of shopping and eating to cope with anxiety and depression.

Oh and BTW I also want to learn to travel with zero anxiety but I will be happy with less anxiety over the amount that I get!
Till next time my pretties!

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

I am not good at holding to my NYR’s so I don’t really ever list them to myself.  For 2016 I had a NYR to gain more experiences and boy oh boy did I ever fulfill that NYR to my heart’s content.

From Mardi Gras to a road trip through the midwest my year was full of excitement and new experiences.  Even though this year was full of downers it was a balanced year full of uppers so I am willing to state and try for NYR’s of 2017.

The problem with NYR’s is that if you fail to meet your own high expectations you set the year off on a bad note.  So to avoid any anxiety or depression that will stem from failing myself with things such as lose weight, get pregnant and so on.. I am taking the non serious route.. Nothing that will seem life altering and if I don’t succeed this year I may not want to give up on life.

 

  1. Use EBATEs more to shop online- Ebates is an app for you phone or computer that allows you earn back money when you shop online.  I figure why not if I am such and avid online shopper.. It would only give me something back in return.  Also Ebates is really good at letting you see coupon codes and discounts for stores when available as well.
  1. Try a gel manicure- I always get acrylic on my nails and I love them so much but it is hard to type accurately and I have two jobs that I need to constantly type with.  I have been wanting to try the gel or shellac manicure for a while but two issues do come to mind… 1. my stubby little fingers get help in elongation from the acrylic nails and 2. the acrylic nails last 2 weeks sometimes longer and I am hoping that the I will not need to do a manicure every week..  I am willing to give it a fair shot of at least a month or two and if not I will simply go back to acrylics!
  1. Travel Somewhere New- In 2016 I tried to make it all about experiencing new things and I want to continue that in 2017.  Including traveling to see 3 new places just to taste the food and see the sights.. The ones I have in mind are the following(just to name a few):
  • Denver, CO 
  • Philadelphia, PA 
  • Austin, TX 
  • Alcatraz- yes I am from SF but no I have never been!!
  1. Taste the Pancake Souflee- I posted a blog all about food on the west coast that I want to try and yes I want to try all of them but if I only get to one this year it must be Bette’s Diner in Berkley!
  2. Finally Grow Up- only a little bit if I feel like it haha.. I am in no way saying I will give up all the child inspired things I am fond of like Disney, Sailor Moon, mermaids, unicorns, magic, Santa, or any of my sparkle.. But I am saying that I might want to put more money into my savings, eat a little healthier, work out, go back to school, using skincare, or you know put a little more thought into “adulting”

There you have it my 5 resolutions to attempt this year.. sure they are minimal and yes there is many more things I could include but again why set myself or my year up for failure.  More than anything I just want to work hard and enjoy my life and give my loved ones the best everyday!

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A Sweatshirt For Every Holiday

I do not know about you but I am hooked on sweatshirts and hooked on the holidays and yes I am hooked on holiday sweatshirts!! So I thought I would go on a hunt for the most perfect sweatshirts for every holiday not just Christmas!

I found some on Pinterest and the ones I couldn’t find.. I used one of my favorite websites called Customized Girl and designed them myself! For my designs I will update this blog post with the link to my CG Storefront in approx 48 hours. For the ones from Pinterest I will add links of where to find them… The sweatshirt in the featured pic is also one of my designs.

New Years Eve- My Design

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Valentine’s Day- My Design

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President’s Day- My Design

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St Patrick’s Day- SHOPFASHIONY

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Easter- My Design

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Cinco De Mayo- My Design

 

5-5-ss

Mother’s Day- My Design

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Memorial Day- My Design

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Beginning of Summer- My Design

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Father’s Day- My Design

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4th of July- ETSY

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Labor Day- My Design

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Halloween-ETSY

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Thanksgiving-THUG LIFE SHIRTS

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Christmas- AMAZON

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I hope you enjoy this list.. and if you any questions or suggestions about holiday sweatshirts.. tell or ask away!!

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Moving Wants: Mom’s Room

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List..List..List..List..List (in my Riri voice)

Okay so we are a few rooms in now and if you did not know.. I am planning on taking my mommy with me.  I am her caregiver and her only child so it is only natural that I take her with me! And her little doggy too!!

So now we are here building a Decor Inspo post for her room.. You know the drill this series is all about the list of things that I need from room to room.  This gives you a look into my decor hopefuls and I can not wait to show you how it turns out when we finally move in. ( still about 18 months)

I can not say it enough.. I am so so happy to have my mom with me again.. We are super close and are best friends!  I know this will be a hard transition for my mom as well as a culture shock when she is away from everything and everyone (besides us) she knows (especially Lani)… so I am hoping to fill her room with positive and bright decor.  Especially elephants with the trunks up(in honor of a love started by my Nana)!

BTW thank you internet for the great inspirational pics! (Links added)

 

Bed- (we have a queen size mattress set for her)

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Bedding

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Furniture- White and bright

dog-crate

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Accent Furniture-

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book-case

mirror

 

Accent Decor-

family-pics

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elephant-pillow

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curtains-mr

elephant-lamp

 

 

 

For Doggie-

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As I said for my Mama’s room there is nothing more important to me then to make this comfortable relaxing peaceful serene and beautiful.  I know at this time in my life I can not give her a big house or expensive gifts but if I can give her a room to call all her own decorated to her idea of beautiful than I would feel like a good daughter.  She deserves relaxation and serenity in life.. She has done so much for so many and it is time I give her some overdue relaxation.

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Lifestyle Wants: 33rd Birthday Wish List

I love making wish list and to be honest just list in general.. Now that my birthday is a month from today I thought it only fun and fitting to post this today.. 

This year for my birthday I am picking 10 of my top choices for birthday gifts.  Just a disclaimer I am not expecting these gifts I am just putting what I would consider my materialistic wants.  If you do not like wish list or birthday wants or birthday hauls.. >>CLICK HERE TO LEAVE<< (its an article of an adorable cat with a sad face)

If you do like these types of post or love the celebration of life we call birthdays and or you love shopping and wanting for things keep reading and.. WELCOME TO MY PAGE!!

Thank you to the linked websites for the pics!!

First a new grown purse without a cartoon character..  I picked two choices for this one but I want a mostly black designer bag that is under 200 bucks.  The reason I want black is I do not have any nice black handbags and since I am switching careers most likely I want to feel professional and empowered with a black stallion..

The first one I picked is an Arcadia black handbag that is embellished with a snake print pocket.. I found the bag at TJMAXX for $149.99 >>CLICK HERE<<

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The second bag is a Kate Spade bag that I have had my eye on for some time. What I like most is that the purse expends to give pack rats like me a little extra space.  I found the bag in the sale section on Kate Spade website for $180 >>CLICK HERE<<

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The next 3 items are makeup palettes from the same brand, Urban Decay. The reason I want these is the shadows are really good quality and I have half the collection minus the newest so now I am looking to complete the collection. The base price for these palettes are 54 bucks and sometimes not too often you can get them on sale.

2.Urban Decay Naked (1) Palette – I saw this on the Urban Decay website >>CLICK HERE<<

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3.Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette- I saw this one on Sephora’s website >>CLICK HERE<<

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4.Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette- This palette is set to release on September 19th!

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The next couple of items I am thinking of are shoes(no surprise).. SNEAKERS!! I have wanted shoes these colors for the last year and just can not seem to commit to the purchase.  Funny thing is everyone and their mama is on to my Mauve Olive fall fashion color scheme!

5.Olive Green Nike Sneakers- I found these on the Lady Footlocker website >>CLICK HERE<<

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6.Mauve Adidas Originals Tubular Defiant- Also on Lady Footlocker website >>CLICK HERE<<

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The next 3 items are not in a group but just single items that I would love to own.

7.Clinique Happy Heart Perfume- I chose this scent because it is beautiful and I have been using the same two perfumes for years now (Tommy Girl and DKNY Delicious).  I will probably continue to use the same ones but I want a spruce it up option in my collection.  I found this one on Macy’s website and they do come in a variety of sizes.. >>CLICK HERE<<

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8.Silver Hello Kitty Handheld Mirror- No explanation needed it is too cute!!  This item I found on Ebay for about 40 bucks >>CLICK HERE<<

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9.Aqua Sky KitchenAid Blender- I need a new blender and I have the Aqua Sky KA Stand Mixer so it only makes sense that I keep it consistent with the blender. At least that is what I am telling myself to justify this want. I found this one on Crate and Barrel website for 149.99 >>CLICK HERE<<

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The final is not an item it is an experience.  

10.High Tea- I want to experience with my cousins.. the good tea and little sandwiches and little finger desserts.  

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So there you have it my 10 item bday wish list.  I am not spoiled nor am I crazy I do not expect anything on the list to be bought for me that is not the best part of my birthday.  The smiles the hugs the warm wishes all for me on October 2nd is what makes me the happiest.  I simply do the wish list for myself to have fun creating and to think about if I could have any materialistic item as many items as I want for my bday what would they be.. Also I enjoy seeing what others want and get for their bdays so others must too.

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To Get Married or To Buy A House

Living in this part of the country aka The Bay Area, it is hard to have both.  Sure there are some that already have both a wedding and own a house and I am truly happy for them.  But for us in our situation we just can not survive and be able to do both(maybe not even 1), and this breaks my heart.  

The average wedding in the SF Bay is about $40,000 and the average price of a home in the SF Bay is $650,000.  That 40,000 is a chunk of the down payment for a house.  Even condo’s we were looking at are around 650,000.  So being that the price of a wedding is a good portion of a down payment for a house it just doesn’t make sense.

 

I have compiled a few situations and I would love for you to tell me your thoughts:

 

  1. Rent for the rest of our lives (or until we no longer have to) and slowly save our pennies to eventually be able to pay for our wedding.  Who knows maybe a few years after that we will be able to afford a down payment.
  2. Just get a marriage certificate and all the money we save go for a down payment.
  3. Move to other side of the Bay where houses are cheaper..but then we have to both commute across the bridge when we work separate shift therefore adding more gas cost and bridge tolls.  Which to me is pointless to save money on rent or mortgage to throw it right back to the commute.
  4. If we move out of this state life would be cheaper but then the field of work we are both in pays best here in the Bay Area.  Not to mention we work for a cool company and if they moved out of state and offered us salary cuts by a reasonable amount.. We would accept.
  5. Save save and by land big enough to through our wedding on and a prefab manufactured home which would cost way less than a regular home for sale.
  6. Last but not least is very simple: Stop Complaining and Make Shit Happen!

 

All I know is that life will work out just the way it is supposed to (and that’s how I will begin and end this closing paragraph).  I have had this epiphany and I hope that it sticks.  My epiphany has to do with money and food to begin. Epiphany Title: “Time to Grow Up!” I have been trying to lose weight for the longest time and now I just need to stop being so hard headed and stick to a new lifestyle also mix in some exercise.  When it comes to money I have always had a spending problem (kind of comes with anxiety, depression, and retail therapy as the temporary solution) and I really want to learn how to save my money.  I have been reading day in and day out how I could make both of these items happens.  Normally I would make list and plans of how I could make this happen but I really just need to make it happen.  Just get it done and update y’all along the way.  No matter what anxiety puts into my mind my heart knows to have faith and trust in God and the life He has for me.

 

I love and appreciate you guys.  Please don’t forget to make life AMAZING and STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS!

 

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