Amanda Ripsam

#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.

COVERGIRL VoxBox products from influenster: Plumpify mascara and OhSugar lipbalm #TruNaked experience

 COVERGIRL VoxBox products from influenster: Plumpify mascara and OhSugar lipbalm
 #TruNaked experience

Disclaimer: I received in my voxbox. All free in exchange for review. #Igotitfree+Influenster # #COVERGIRL #VoxBox products from #influenster: #Plumpify #OhSugar #TruNaked experience #Voxbox whoo!

Hello everyone,
Today I am sharing with you the goodies I received from *

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the eye shadow palette but I didn’t receive it in my voxbox not all influenster members got the eye shadow but I really wanted too.  I was so excited when I got my voxbox that I thought it was in the package but I did not get it.

I did get the Plumpify mascara in very black and the OhSugar lipbalm. in 04 Taffy Tire.
I think the pictures can speak for me and you can tell the different just a bit of mascara and lipbalm can make. The mascara was a soft black and looked great when I tested it. The twist wand swirled across my eye lashes really made my eyes pop as I have pale blond eye lashes and I can tell how long my eye lashes are with the Plumpify mascara.  I recommend the mascara to all of my friends to try

The Ohsugar lipbalm in 04 Taffy tire was so light and felt very soft on my lips. It was the perfect matching shade when I applied it the lipstick looked like a tinted lipbalm on me. I recommend the Oh sugar to all of my friends to try. They come in all kinds of shades I can’t wait to try more

#Ohsugar #Covergirl #pimpify
I have pale blonde eye brows and eye lashes so mascara is something I use almost daily.  You can really see the different the right side has no make up the left has only the mascara.
As you can see a bit of shine on my lips how natural looking the #ohsugar in 04 Taffy tire looks like a tinted lip balm because that’s what it is only it looks like lipstick and applies like lipstick. The plumpify took almost no effort to pump up my eye lashes.

If you are interested in signing up I gain nothing in return other then street creed and a chance of getting even more voxboxs.  

*Influenster is a company that sends out products for their members to test out. Testing products is free to try however you do need to fill out questionnaires and see if you pre qualify for voxboxs. 
You can review products, discover product reviews and make new friends along the way.  There are fun brand challanges to complete and you get rewarded after with points and the more active you are the more likley you are to qualify for the next voxboxes that come out.

It is by invite only so consider this your personal invite. 

I have had 5 people sign up under me so far and they all are having a ton of fun taking surveys and unlocking brand badges.  I haven’t received anything when they sign up though. I just get the good karma that I share some fun with my friends.
They give out 20 invites per member and I have 15 left. 
Sign up before you miss out!