Another day…another small triumph

By nine in the morning I felt like I was coming out of my skin so I opted to cook instead of staring at the wall.

Another day is passing slowly, they seem to pass so slow when I am alone. I do much better when I have to rush to school, or take care of the grandkids. I have no interest in the TV today, although I have several episodes of my favorite show on DVR. By nine in the morning I felt like I was coming out of my skin so I opted to cook instead of staring at the wall. I looked up a few recipes for cream of broccoli soup, but put my phone down and decided to wing it. I absolutely love it!  It came out really well and I can’t wait to share it. However it’s done and I’m back to staring at the wall. I do NOT like time off from school. Being alone with my head is unsettling. All the things I could’ve, would’ve, should’ve done tend to come to mind. Plus, worrying about final exams is a bitch. I need to find something else to cook.

If you are cold and bored and like to cook- Cheesy Creamy Broccoli Soup

  • about 2 qt. chicken broth
  • 4 heads of broccoli chopped fine
  • 1 c. of chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp of crushed garlic
  • about 1 qt. heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • about a 1/4 cup of grated Asiago cheese
  • a few heavy shakes of cayenne pepper
  • a few heavy shakes of nutmeg
  • a good bit of black pepper and salt
  • a few shakes of garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp of flour

Cook the broccoli, onion and garlic in the chicken broth boiling it for seven to ten minutes. In a separate soup pot melt butter and add flour, making a roux. Add cream and spices to the roux bringing it to simmer. When the chicken broth broccoli mix is done boiling, add the whole mix it to the cream pot. Slowly add the shredded and grated cheeses to the simmering pot until they completely blend. I simmered mine for about ten additional minutes.  I did, at one point. scoop out a full four cup measure and run it through the blender, then dump it back in. I wanted the broccoli finer.

I am going to add shredded chicken to mine, only because my ‘almost-vegetarian’ daughter doesn’t get enough protein.and she will eat chicken. (I’m cheating and buying a rotisserie hen while I’m out today) You could also add small cubed potatoes to the original veggies in the chicken broth to make it more hearty. Personally I’m avoiding carbs.

Speaking of carbs, I have been counting carbs for years due to the diabetes, now however I am counting calories as well. Low carb DOES NOT mean low cal. I am shocked and disappointed. My so-called healthy food is NOT healthy. Dammit! For instance my spinach, feta and egg scramble is NOT good for me. Neither apparently is this soup that I just made. What a blow! I’ve given up McDonald’s breakfasts, I’ve given up my daily espresso frappes and have been cooking every day. Unfortunately my Fitbit has a food tracker/counter that hates me.. Anything with cheese has horribly high numbers, and I love cheese. I am keeping it under the allowed calories though, one day at a time.

My blood work came back better than it has been in years, I was really happy about that. A year ago my triglycerides were 1,329 now they came down to 400. I’m ecstatic. Yes, I know that it is high, but it’s way better than it has been for ten years! My cholesterol was actually good. The A1C was a 9 but I need it to be an eight, still its better than the 11 that it was.

I have an appointment with the heart Dr. to see if my heart will withstand the bariatric surgery this afternoon. One more hurdle cleared!

My breathing is sooooo much better without the cigarettes! I don’t run out of air after walking up the steps! Yes, I still want a cigarette but I WILL NOT smoke one. Not even one. My blood pressure is lower now. I am winning. I am making progress. I will finish this! One day at a time


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