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!

Can I Wear That: Joanna Gaines

**DISCLAIMER** I am just someone who enjoys fashion.. I am not instructing anyone to go out and purchase these items or follow my lead.  I am just pointing out certain aspects of other women’s fashion that I think are fantastic choices that I am considering adding into my own wardrobe.

Can I just say I absolutely adore Joanna Gaines.. her style with fashion and home decor inspires me everyday.  But also I just admire the wholesome down to earth family focused who can also be a boss in business ladies still left in this world.

Thanks to the world wide web for the pics and info on these products!

 

1.Neutrals

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2.Denim Jacket

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3.Coats

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4.T-Shirts

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5.Tunics

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6.Bold Shoe

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7.Delicate Tanks

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8.Short Dresses

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9.Maxi Dresses/Skirts

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10.Denim on denim

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11.Simple beautiful hair and makeup

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12.Boots

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I hope you enjoy this posting and let me know your opinion on adding these items to my closet.  I am looking forward to adding a few more list under this post title!

PS… If it is okay with you guys I would like to do a follow up with my version of the items listed above as well as where and when I bought them with links.  How bout that?<< had to do it!!

Till next time my pretties!

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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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

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Accent Furniture-

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book-case

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Accent Decor-

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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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Too Faced Obsessed: Eye Shadow Palettes I Own

I have a favorite cosmetic brand and from the title you can tell who it is.  I am obsessed with their packaging and I am in love with the quality of every thing I own especially my eye shadows.  I consider them a high end brand as there palettes typically range from 30-50 bucks sometimes a little higher. However this is a high end cosmetic company that is worth every penny and makes myself and all of the TF addicts sparkle with joy.  

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I have gone through so many high end eye shadow palettes and there may have been great competitors in quality or in packaging but never have I found one that has both.  Don’t get me wrong I am not saying there is no cool, chic, and beautiful packaging but TF has the pretty and cute element that I am fond of.

My history with Too Faced Cosmetics is that they were my first in high end in a few categories. When I started to jump away from drug store makeup my first palette over 20 bucks was the old version of Natural Eyes and my first liquid lipsticks were the Melt Lipsticks in Fuchsia and Coral.

Now I am just so in love with just about every product they put out.  Of course I am not saying there are not items that I have a love hate relationship but I will just say I still have and reach for my very first palette from TF and it still does a classic eye like no ones business.

Let me show what I have and tell you what I have and why I bought it.

I will link what I can.. And like always thanks “WWW” for the pics!

 

Eyes-

1.Natural Eyes (Older Version)- I could only find a link for new version.. >CLICK<

I love this palette because you could do a pinup look so very easy.  It can be a subtle eye, a bright sparkly eye, or a darker earthy smokey eye.  They did take away Nude Beach, Velvet Revolver, and Cocoa Puff in the new version.. all of those I would consider my faves of the palette but Nude Beach was my confidence for a long time.  I stopped using this palette so I would never use it all.

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2.Smokey Palette- >CLICK<

I bought this palette not to long ago and have used it a few times. That is not because there is a difference in quality of eye shadows but only because they are darker colder colors that I do not typically reach for. This palette is not currently available on TF site or other makeup stores but I did find it on JET click the link above.

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3.Chocolate Bon Bon Palette- >CLICK<

This palette is where my addiction to their design stems from.  The smell of chocolate that wafts your nose every time you apply a color to your lid is incredible.  And hello it is full of hearts and speaks to my heart fully.

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4.Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette- >CLICK<

I was counting down the days for this palette to release for three things: 1.the peanut butter scent 2. Peanut Butter and Peanut Brittle the copper colors and 3. Jelly the vibrant purple color.

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5.Sweet Peach Palette- (Not available as of 24SEP- will update if changes)

After being so impressed with the Chocolate Bon Bon and PB&J palettes I was so yearning to smell this palette

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I reluctantly missed out on the Xmas releases of 2015 so when I heard they were releasing scented palettes this year I could not help but try to pick up all three.  The packaging the scents the everything Christmas.. I love it all!! So far I have gotten:

6.New York Grand Hotel- >CLICK<

Comes with 3 palettes with scents they each have 6 eye shadows and 1 blush or bronzer- 1.Eggnog Latte 2.Mocha Pepermint 3.Gingerbread Cookie

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7.New York Merry Macarons- >CLICK<

smells like macarons and comes with 12 eye shadows.

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First let me know who makes your favorite eye shadow palettes and why?  

I am really dedicated to my obsession of Too Faced Cosmetics (especially their eye shadows) so much so I am doing research on discontinued items and upcoming releases.  I will be going through all eye shadow colors and seeing where they recycled colors.  

The next following postings will be:

  1. Lippies I Have
  2. Facies I Have
  3. Eye shadow Palettes I want: Available
  4. Eye shadow Palettes I want: Discontinued
  5. Products I want: Available
  6. Products I want: Discontinued

 

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Lifestyle Wants: Humble Birthday Wish List

I released the materialistic items that I would want if I had the point and receive lifestyle.  I thought I would post a couple more birthday wish list because they are fun.  I consider this a humble list that I am probably going to make happen for myself.  Humble to me because I think these items are more of experiences and not materialistic items.

 

Disclaimer- If you do not like wish list.. Birthdays… hauls… or anything that has to do with this type of post.. You should probably leave or take a chance… read what I list and maybe try making a list yourself.

 

So without further ado let’s get started and thanks world wide web aka www for the pics!

 

1.Starbucks Chocolate Croissant & Black Tea Lemonade- my all the time order from SB and I will enjoy it like this a venti ice tea and 2 chocolate croissants.

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2.Bowling Fun- who doesn’t love bowling!

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3.See 2 New Places- Duh!

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4.To Make 2 New Soup Recipes- Soup is something I could eat everyday of my life.

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5.Sandwich from Gherkin’s- My current favorite sandwich spot.

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6.Try 2 New Restaurants in Bay Area- No explanation needed for this one.. This happens all year round for me!

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7.Good Dinner With Great People- in other countries this happens everyday but here only for special occasion and as I wish it could happen all the time I really appreciate the times it does happen.

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8.Take A Long Drive with My Lovey- who wouldn’t want to take a road trip with the love of their life!

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9.See An Array of Fall Leaves- The best colors of fall come from Mother Nature!

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10.Monogrammed Blanket Scarf- Not only is fall the best season ever for fashion but I am a fall baby and I embrace the scarves!!

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And there you have it folks.. I am looking forward to making this come to life for my birthday.  Don’t worry I just have one more list in plan for my birthday wish list and then the list of what I got.. So stay tuned for fun!  If you want to check out the first Birthday Wish List >>click here<<

 

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