SOCIAL MEDIA

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Creamy Cauliflower Chicken Soup

I was so weary one night, trying to figure out what to make for dinner. When your family has multiple food sensitivities it is hard to come up with new and exciting things. It is hard to be motivated to come up with new and exciting things too. Especially when you deal with fatigue yourself and health issues.

While thinking of something I could do with ingredients on hand as I started pulling stuff out of the fridge and freezer, it occurred to me that if our Lord had the chance to make his own mother, he HAD to have blessed her with some mad cooking skills. You know he did. And The Holy Family was poor, so she had to make do with what she had. I whispered a prayer in desperation "Mary, please help me make something we will enjoy." I started throwing stuff in a pot, adding spices here and there. And quite honestly, was amazed at the resulting taste. Ever since then, I have asked Mary to "help me" in the kitchen. But this soup is also known to me as "Mary's Soup". The only dairy in it is butter, and it is gluten free, grain free, and low carb.

Ingredients

2.5 packages frozen chopped onions
a whole bunch of celery, diced
4 cups of chopped carrots
4 12 oz. pckgs. frozen cauliflower
10 garlic cloves, chopped
4 qts. broth
2 sticks of butter
1 large package of chicken breasts (4.5 lbs)
1 Tb. sea salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 Tb. garlic and onion powder
1 Tb. ground thyme

Instructions

1. Saute onions in a little butter in a large soup pot. Add all chopped veggies (except cauliflower), add enough broth to cover vegetables. Save the rest. cover and cook until boiling. 
2. In the meantime, boil or steam your cauliflower. Drain and rinse. 
3. You can cook your chicken different ways. I have sautéed them in a pan and cut them up into chunks, which is time consuming and labor intensive but tasty as it leaves a nice brown crust on the pieces. Recently I cut up breasts into chunks with scissors, dropped them in a separate boiling pot of salt water, and boiled the pieces for about 10 minutes, check for any pink, then drain and add at the end. 
4. This is your "cauliflower cream" part. You are going to take half of the cauliflower, half of the rest of your broth, and cut 1 of your sticks of butter up into pieces. Add all to blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your vegetables. Repeat the process with the rest. 
5. Add your cooked chicken pieces and spices at the end and stir, cover and simmer a little longer for maybe 15 minutes. but don't boil too long as you don't want chicken to overcook.  

God bless your family (and your kitchen) and Enjoy! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Why I Bail My Kids Out Sometimes

It’s such a hard thing figuring out what works best with parenting! And each family and child has different needs. While I don’t encourage the “helicopter parent” mentality, here’s why I think kids need you to give them mercy and intervene for them sometimes. When you are able. I recently spent a whole weekend with my cousins, mourning the loss of their beautiful godly mother. Each of them got up and shared how her constant, unconditional love and acceptance of them, even through their “rough spots”, affected them and changed them. It has made me think deeply about, what matters in the end, is love. My cousins, as grown-ups, have followed their mom’s example. They are humble, God-loving people that take care of others. I know there’s such a thing as tough love. But I also know God tends to show way more mercy to me always than I show on a daily basis.
And ultimately, we learn mercy by being shown mercy. (Micah 6:8)

Why I Bail My Kids Out Sometimes
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Remembering Barbara Morgan

A most beloved mentor and spiritual mother to my husband and myself, Barbara Morgan, a professor we had the privilege of working with and for, while we were at Franciscan University of Steubenville, has recently passed away. Those of you who knew and loved her, I hope can smile, laugh, and cry with me as I remember her beautiful, holy soul. I was blessed to know her for a short time, but she remained forever in my heart and mind, leading me on to holiness.