#TastyTuesday with carrot and sweet potato #Bisque By Amanda Ripsam

 #TastyTuesday with Carrot and Sweet Potato #Bisque  By  Amanda Ripsam

Sweet Potato and carrot

1 large sweet potato

1lb baby carrots (I use a small bag of baby carrots)

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup maple syrup

  1. Peel and chop sweet potato
  2. in a large stock pot, cover sweet potato pieces and carrots with water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until very tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  4. Combine all ingredients and puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender. The trick is to get it to the creamy texture of creamed soups or a smoothie.


(The recipe  that I follow says that the maple syrup optional, but being Canadian it is not optional). I find that it really makes the soup sand out. I also like to eat it cold because it has the consistency of a smoothie. Also it is perfect for moms who want to make something new for their little ones.

How I came across the recipe.

I was diagnosed with a slow digestion disorder called gastroparesis over two years ago.

That is when I started to really dive into blogging, eating healthier and taking my health seriously.

I know how difficult it can be to figure out what and how to eat while living with gastroparesis. I even at one point took suggestion of baby foods from some friends in online support groups.   I figured I could save the embarrassing grocery shopping trips and make much more of the foods I liked out of recipes that I find online and make them my own to fit my own needs.

I made this soup and everyone in my house loved it. In fact when I make the soup the kids come back for more. I think it has to do with the maple syrup flavor.

Decreasing the meal size can help with some of the fullness, distention and pain that I often have experienced with regular meals so I look for soups, smoothies and bland mushy foods . I also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder on days where I need to make soup my main meals.

I am on a low fat low fiber diet and I love this carrot and sweet potato soup. I enjoy it hot as a soup with some low fat sour cream on top or I will eat it cold and have it like a desert. For the desert part I add extra maple syrup.

If you don’t have a stomach disorder like I do, you can enjoy it between meals for a well balanced snack between breakfast, lunch or dinner. I also like to serve it to the family as an appetizer with some crackers.

Let me know what you think of the soup, and post pictures of when you make it in the Facebook commenting section below. I would love to see how yours turns out.

Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup – #MeatlessMonday

Hi, this is Kathy Crow and today I fixed a wonderful soup for Meatless Monday. Several years
ago I had a cup of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup at one of my favorite eateries. It became a
“must have” every time we ate there. It was so very rich and creamy with little bits of vegetables
that just melted in your mouth. Then one day we went in to eat and my dear soup was gone. No
longer did they carry Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup.
Recently I was just very hungry for soup and for Cheddar cheese soup. Not Broccoli/Cheddar
just cheddar cheese. I began searching at first for Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese but I just couldn’t
quite get the feel of them recipes until I found this one that Emeril Lagasse used. So, I tried it
and with just a few adjustments I made it my own.
Here it is:
•4 tablespoons butter
•1 large onion, finely chopped
•1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
•1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
•4 cloves garlic, minced
•1/2 cup all-purpose flour
•2 cups chicken stock
•1 1/2 cups whole milk
•1 1/2 cups heavy cream
•12 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated (about 4 cups)
•1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•Crumbled bacon, salsa, or creme fraiche, chopped parsley leaves, optional for garnish

Cheese Soup Ingredients

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In a large, heavy saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and peppers
and saute until vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add
flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Cheese Soup ingredients in a Skillet
Slowly whisk in the stock, milk and heavy cream. Bring soup to a low boil and reduce heat so that
the soup barely simmers. Cook, stirring frequently, until the soup is very thick and flavorful, about
20 minutes. Add the grated cheese in 1/2 cup increments, stirring after each addition until completely melted and
smooth. Do not allow soup to boil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste.
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Serve in shallow bowls, topped with some crumbled crispy bacon bits, a dollop of salsa or creme
fraiche, and chopped parsley, as desired.
Plated Cheese Soup
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, 2003
The changes I made were to use Half and Half for all of the milk products, added more cheese
(you can use a mild cheddar for a portion of the cheese if you prefer a milder taste) and to add
some pimento for garnish. The chicken stock can be increased if the soup is too thick for your tastes

Baby it’s Cold Outside, try this Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken and Potato Soup Recipe to Warm you Up

Wahm Reviewer Cecily

This is actually a recipe I found a long time ago in a weight watcher forum. I usually make it up a few times in the winter months when it gets really cold outside when we need something to warm us up. Its easy, healthy and super tasty. We often add sour cream, cheese and corn or tortilla chips too.

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Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken and Potato Soup

3/4 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium sweet potato(es), peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion(s), chopped
29 oz canned diced tomatoes, salsa-style with chiles, undrained
14 1/2 oz fat-free chicken broth
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, not thawed
Mix all ingredients, except corn, in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker; cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
Stir in corn and cover slow cooker; cook on high heat until chicken is no longer pink in center and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.

My Grandmother’s Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

WahmReviewer Mary Madalene

When I was younger, I remember that I was always helping out in the kitchen either with my mom or my grandmother. I remember having a lot of “baking parties” when I would spend the night or weekend with my grandmother. Since she lived out in the boonies we needed something for her to entertain me with and that’s when I started to learn to bake.

I would always stand there on the stool beside her at the counter. I would watch her grab all the ingredients that she would need and she would let me add them in to the bowl one by one. I also remember sitting in front of the oven after everything was mixed and in there prepared pans for them to bake in the oven. I would sit there so intently watching and waiting, watching and waiting, so that I could be the first person to smell the wonderful aromas as they baked.  I also loved how she would always give me that very first piece of banana bread each time she made it. It would be so very warm and I would always slather it with butter ( I love the taste of butter and loved how it made the bread even more moist as it melted).  I want to share this recipe with you, so that you can in turn enjoy her favorite Banana Bread just like I did while growing up.

Grandma’s Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

  • 4 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter or maragine (melted)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In a bowl combine bananas and sugar and mash away
  2. Add in the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, nutmeg and raisins, then stir to combine.
  3. Next add in the salt , and baking soda, and then add the flour 1 cup at a time until throughly mixed.


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  1. Line the Loaf Pan with Parchment Paper and pour mixture into the pan.
  2. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour; test with a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf when it comes out clean you can take it out and place it on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

And we have a #winner. Here’s the result #bakingdays #bakersdelight #nomnom #bananabread #smellsdivine

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Now isn’t that just melt in your mouth delicious? 

The Virtue Training Bible Review #Faith #Trust #WordofGod

Wahm Reviewer Laura Heinle

I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Virtue Training Bible created by Mindy Dunn and her husband. I am so excited to share with you how I put this wonderful resource to work in my home, but first, I will tell you a little bit about it.

Holy Bible

Mindy describes the Virtue Training Bible on her website:

“The Virtue Training Bible is tool that allows parents and children (and anyone that loves the Word of God) to go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 42 virtues.  The VTB emphasizes worship of our Triune God.  The yellow tabs at the top, right provide further study of the Trinity.”

When you order your own Virtue Training Bible, you will receive a set of 4 cards. The first card is an index card of all of the different virtues. The next 3 cards list all of the corresponding scriptures on one side and prayers on the other. You will then have the wonderful experience of setting up your own Bible. (Mindy does give the option of purchasing a ready-made Bible, but I have to say that going through each scripture on your own deepens your understanding.)

You do have to purchase your own Bible, color coded tabs to match the index card and highlighters. I purchased a Bible for $9, highlighters for $7 and flag markers for $8 a piece. All of these are easily found online or in a local store.

Once I had all of my supplies, I set to work on getting it ready to use with my kids. This was quite the process as the Virtue Training Bible teaches about 42 different virtues using over 500 different Old and New Testament scriptures! Totally worth the time I spent as it got me into the Word and helped me to get the full picture of the program.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use this in our home. I needed to find a way to fit it into our routine, so I decided to use it as my 11 year olds Bible study time each day. We followed the S.O.A.P. method. I gave him the Virtue Training Bible, a notebook and a printout from here to guide him through the process. I let him choose what virtue to work on and let him go.

He was to use one scripture a day from the chosen virtue, write it in his notebook and follow the rest of the S.O.A.P plan. The Virtue Training Bible made this process so easy for him. The scriptures were already picked out for him. He even chose to copy the whole passage.

Once I had all of my supplies, I set to work on getting it ready to use with my kids. This was quite the process as the Virtue Training Bible teaches about 42 different virtues using over 500 different Old and New Testament scriptures! Totally worth the time I spent as it got me into the Word and helped me to get the full picture of the program.

When you order your own Virtue Training Bible, you will receive a set of 4 cards. The first card is an index card of all of the different virtues. The next 3 cards list all of the corresponding scriptures on one side and prayers on the other. You will then have the wonderful experience of setting up your own Bible. (Mindy does give the option of purchasing a ready-made Bible, but I have to say that going through each scripture on your own deepens your understanding.)

Flash cards

He was to use one scripture a day from the chosen virtue, write it in his notebook and follow the rest of the S.O.A.P plan. The Virtue Training Bible made this process so easy for him. The scriptures were already picked out for him. He even chose to copy the whole passage when it was really long. For a kid that doesn’t like writing, this was amazing! He said his favorite part about the Virtue Training Bible is that it makes it easy to find verses about subjects that otherwise wouldn’t be so easy to find.

I highly recommend this Bible training resource for every Christian home. You can find your own by visiting http://www.virtuetrainingbible.com

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.


I LOVE ShaveMob! #Skincare #nomorehair #ShaveSmarter

WAHM Reviewer- Cecily Butler

SHAVE MOB~~~~~Again!!



Remember way back a LONG time ago, okay it was actually almost a year ago. I did this review.

Well, I’m back to talk to you once again about ShaveMob. I can honestly say I’ve been using ShaveMob razors since I got my first kit back in January. I LOVE them. They are great quality for the price to be sure.

Well, the company contacted me and wanted to let me know (so I could pass this great info on to all of you) that they have a GREAT new stocking stuffer!!!!  The kit includes one of their great handles, and not 1 but 2 different sets of cartridges and a cute little mustache monocle.  You can get all this for a great price too!!!

REMEMBER order by DEC 17th for Christmas delivery!!


Plus, they have a great new commercial—you can check it out on youtube here
The commercial is cute, but….they need to focus on their great ladies products too!! However, when it comes down to it, why not get the people you love something they’ll love!!

PS—after the first of the year they are coming out with a shaving cream too!!!!!

We welcome all comments and questions below.


Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant Britney Harper #changinglives #skincare

I must say that I was ecstatic when Britney reached out for me to do a review on her products. She is a Level 5 Leader with Rodan + Fields. Rodan and Fields are the same folks who made Proactive. If you have problem skin, you’ll want to listen up to this! These doctors created the ONE and ONLY dominant GOLBAL Acne treatment which is sold in 181 Countries TODAY.

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Britney sent me a sample of Rodan + Fields, Micrio-Dermabrasion Paste along with a blue and silver capsule. The serums are in Rodan + Fields Anti-Aging line (REDEFINE) and the paste is in our Enhancement line.

Before I post my experience with the samples I wanted to touch base on a few things. I have learned such a great deal with Britney in the short amount of time. She knows her stuff. She was all smiles and ears listening to the question that I had, and answered them all which made me feel well connected with her.

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When I opened up the package, she had 3 items for me to try, along with her business card, and directions on how to use them.

Directions: Serum filled capsules, and a sample of paste. Little tiny presents that you must not waste.

Exfoliate first, then rinse and pat dry. Next comes the blue capsule, spread over the entire face but avoid the eye.

Finish off with half the silver capsule, over the lips this you must spread. Save the rest to apply the very next day. I thought heck this seems easy enough! Off I go for a “pamper me night”. I took Cosmetology in high school and loved the fact that I could now say that I know how to do a proper facial, and I had some great directions from the samples she sent.

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Rodan + Fields will launch in Canada is in August of 2014; I know as soon as it comes to Canada what I will be getting for a Early Birthday present. *Hint Hint*


For more information on any of the products or how to sign up, please get in touch with Britney.

FB: http://www.facebook.com/RodanFieldsTeamHarper

Website: britneyharper.myrandf.com 

Email : rodanandfieldsteamharper@gmail.com

Who is Walker’s Hollow?

 WAHM Reviewer – Melissa McClure


Where do I start? I asked myself this question when I received my package from Walker’s Hollow. Shannon Petro, the owner of Walker’s Hollow sent me a variety pack. In my package it included, an 8oz. Mason Candle in Berry Parfait, and Clamshell-Red Velvet. Air Freshener in Sexy Little Thing scent and one Wild Current Sandalwood. Plus two Tart packages, one was Lavender, the other was Hot Toddy.

Walker's Hollow

Whenever I receive a package in the mail, everyone in my house goes crazy. This time in particular was my 5 year old son. When we opened the package, he took each item out and smelled each one. His response was, “mmmmmmmmmm” to every-one. His absolute favorite was the Clamshell that smelled like Red Velvet cake. When you open the clamshell package the wax even has what appears to be cinnamon.

Walkers Hollow Tart

I have to be careful when I burn candles, as I own a daycare and candles are not permitted during daycare hours. So I got up early one morning after my morning run and lit the Berry Parfait candle. In between children leaving and arriving when I do not have them at my house I light my candle. Oh my gosh is it heavenly! The candle smells exactly like it does when you open the jar. I have bought many store candles and have been disappointed when I light the candle and it does not smell like when it is not lit and just in the jar. Currently as I am typing this review I have this candle burning and the wonderful smell is completely across my entire upstairs of my house. I have had comments from the daycare parents asking me what I used to make my house smell so wonderful. They actually thought I was baking something!

Walkers Hollow mini

The next test and the true test were the air fresheners. Sexy Little Thing is my absolute favorite smell out of the whole line that Shannon had sent me. Considering I have two young boys…..*gulp* and a mini-van, which I won’t admit to owning….it is my husband’s vehicle. Anyone knows that when you have children, your cars are not the same anymore; you go from clean cars to finding chips and spilled chocolate milk in the carpet. Eventually, there is kind of a funky smell that not even the ever famous Febreze can get out. I hung my cool new Fleur De Lis shaped air freshener in the van, and when on a small trip with the family to the grocery store. When I first opened it, I did not smell the wonderful Sexy Little Thing scent from the package but as it circulated a bit it began to work. By the time we came back from the store, MY HUSBAND’S VAN :) smelled wonderful. Although it did nothing to change the ever apparent look, yup, it’s still a mini-van.

Back of Tart

The tarts can be placed on any burner and according to the brochure that Shannon sent me, “soy candles burn for 7-9 hours per oz. of wax whereas paraffin only burns 4-5 hours per oz.” I put the lavender tarts on the candle warmer at night time outside of my son’s room, hoping the calming scent of lavender would slow him down a touch. The tarts let off a warm, calming aroma and as my son was relaxing for bed I noticed he kept inhaling deeper and deeper so he could smell the warming tarts. Everyone in my household truly loves these candles; the smell is exactly the same as when you open the package.

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Inside the brochure is a HUGE list of different scents that Shannon has and at the bottom of the brochure it even says that if there is not the scent you are looking for listed, she will make it for you! She has a few stores in Lower Michigan that carry her products and you can also contact her through her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walkershollow to place an order. I know where I am going to be getting my candles and air fresheners from now!



My first experience with Caramel Matcha Green Tea

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

WAHMReviewer – Mary Madalene Yaroscavitch


I can honestly tell you that I have not tried Matcha Tea before this review. 

Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan. It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years.

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Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique rich taste, an initial vegetal, astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness. Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style, whisked with water, is a full-bodied green tea. The intensity of the experience compares to one’s first taste of dark chocolate or red wine. When added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler. It adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, latte, savory sauce or pastry.

Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. It is sugar-free, an ideal drink for diabetics and others wishing to reduce their sugar intake. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

The company offers special size 10g of naturally flavored green tea powder ($10 value). Enough to make 5 drinks.

4 calories per serving.

You can buy the product here and check out what else they offer:


From RedLeafTea.com –

For those of you interested in trying our Matcha before buying it, you can request a FREE sample from us! We are so confident that you will love it, that your first samples is on us! Unfortunately, due to high cost of shipping we can no longer afford to pay for shipping. Each month we will be giving away a different flavor to sample, so if you want to try our different flavors, all you have to do is request it!   Remember, there are no gimmicks or hoops to jump through. Before you know it, your sample will arrive and you will have a fresh batch of Matcha to enjoy! 

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. Don’t forget to share this amazing, monthly sampling opportunity to your family and friends!”


Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

#Handmade Skincare Products from Scratch with #TheSoapDistillery

WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle


If you know me, you know I love body scrubs and other “smell goods” for the shower and bath. That’s why I was so happy to get the opportunity to review some products for The Soap Distillery. All it took was one peek at her etsy page,http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapDistillery, and I was sold!

The Soap Distillery is based out of Chicago, Illinois where Danielle makes small batches of each product, inspired by cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, by hand using raw ingredients and no premade or purchased bases. With names like “Hair of the Dog” and “On the Rocks,” who couldn’t love these products? They carry all handmade soaps, body scrubs, body wash, and body oils. So there is something for everyone.

I was given a choice as to what scents I wanted. They honestly all sounded good to me, so I told Danielle to just surprise me. Surprise me she did! I got “Wheat Beer” soap, Body Scrub in “Tequila”, ”Hair of the Dog,” and “Gin,” and “Bourbon” Body Oil. Of course I had to open all of them right away and give them the sniff test. They were all awesome!!! I couldn’t wait to try them out!

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The soap is great! Even my husband is using it and he loves it. Our skin doesn’t dry out like it does with “regular” soap from the store, and it smells great! The soap looked really cool too! It looked like a glass of beer straight from the tap. A perfect gift for that beer lover in your life.
The scrubs caught me off guard a bit. In a good way though. With other scrubs they always leave my skin feeling oily, which is great, if that’s what you’re going for. These scrubs don’t do that at all. They are a “scrub and body wash all-in-one!” They left my skin feeling clean and gently exfoliated. All three scents smelled great, but “Hair of the Dog” is my favorite, hands down!
The body oil also surprised me. I’m not big on that oily feeling, if you haven’t guessed that yet. So, I was a bit apprehensive when I went to try this oil. It is lightweight and left my skin so soft! Now, it’s my go to after a shower. The scent, “Bourbon,” is scrumptious. My husband loves it!

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Working with Danielle from The Soap Distillery has been wonderful. Every question I have has been answered promptly and professionally. My product arrived quickly and very well packaged. I highly recommend any of these products! So, click on over tohttp://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapDistillery and place your order. I know you won’t be disappointed!

You can also find The Soap Distillery on facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/thesoapdistillery

Or on her blog at thesoapdistillery.blogspot.com

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

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