Prom Pics and BSI – Cashew!

Um, can I just note for the record that I would like to have every Friday afternoon off?  I got so much done yesterday!   First and foremost though was to help Hannah with her hair.  Truth be told, I hardly did anything – but I am responsible for curling four sections of hair she couldn’t reach – oh, and I zipped up her dress!  I am not much help when it comes to hair and make-up – my twin sister and I were polar opposites growing up.

While she curled her hair, woke up 2 hours before school to change outfits six times, I would wake up when her boyfriend honked his horn to pick us up.  More likely than not, I would wear the same sweats I slept in, would wash my face and brush my teeth and hair and I was ready to go!

I found this picture recently – my sister Jennifer fixing my hair for prom – circa 1985!  I have to question why we still had Holly Hobby curtains in high school??!!

Now on to Hannah!

ignore our fire pit in the background!

the back of her hair

fancy flip flops! 😀

Here is her dress full length – in my messy kitchen!

She’s sleeping right now, so I’ll get more pics off of her camera and post them tomorrow.  Her plan was to go to iHop after the bus brought them back to school . . . at 4:30 a.m.!  I have a wedding shower to go to so I probably won’t see her until dinner! 😀  I hope she had a great time!

Aubree of Living Free chose cashews for this weeks BSI.  For some reason, I immediately thought of soup!  I found a recipe on tastespotting for a potato and cauliflower soup and used that as a base for my soup.  If you haven’t gone to The Daily Spud blog – you must – gorgeous photography and great recipes!

Curried Potato and Cauliflower Soup Recipe (printer friendly version here)

Makes 7 one cup servings (283 calories, 19.6 fat, 24.1 carbs, 5.7 fiber and 7.6 protein)



1 pound red potatoes
1 pound cauliflower
3 cloves garlic
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups light coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
7 teaspoons cashews
7 teaspoons cilantro


  1. Heat a large dutch oven. Spray Pam and saute garlic for a few minutes with the sliced jalapeno.
  2. Add the ginger, cumin, coriander and curry powder and stir for an additional minute.
  3. Then add potatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk, salt, pepper, lime juice and chicken broth. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add chopped cauliflower and simmer for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender.
  5. Using a stick blender, puree mixture. For each one cup serving, chop 1 teaspoon of cashews with 1 teaspoon of cilantro for garnish.

I am still loving my spicy peanut butter! 😀

Coriander is a relatively new spice to me – love it!

cumin, coriander, hot curry powder and ground ginger

Love the slight sweetness the coconut milk gives to the broth!

I chopped up one head of cauliflower:

I added three thai chiles to the pot – but after five minutes took them out -the jalapeno and spicy peanut butter had the perfect amount of heat.

At this point, I am sure you are saying “what does that soup have to do with cashews??!!”  It’s the garnish!!  For each one cup serving chop up 1 teaspoon cashews with one teaspoon fresh cilantro:

The gremalata makes this soup!  The saltiness of the cashews combined with the bright cilantro balances the heat of this soup amazingly well.  When I described this soup to my Mom yesterday and told her the ingredients, I think she kind of threw up in her mouth a bit – but I absolutely loved it!

it's 10:30 in the morning, but I almost want to heat this up for breakfast!

And no Friday would be complete without . . .Pizza Party Friday! 😀  Marisa swears by my no-rise pizza dough.  Have you tried it yet?

No Rise Pizza Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix well and roll it out – add up to 1/2 cup additional flour to get the right texture.


I loved the pickled jalapenos and carrots on my side! 😀

I decided to go with Green Tabasco!

From making the dough until out of the oven - 30 minutes! Way faster than delivery! 😀

I loved the crust – since I bake the dough for five minutes before adding the ingredients, it gets nice and crispy!

I did not enter any of my food into caloriecount, and I only walked the dog for 15 minutes – which means I have to fit in an exercise DVD sometime today!

Now I am off to figure out what to wear to this wedding shower!  Enjoy your Saturday! 😀

31 thoughts on “Prom Pics and BSI – Cashew!

  1. Thanks for the kind words and am very glad to have inspired your soup making!

  2. You have a beautiful daughter, hope she had a wonderful time.

  3. That soup looks so good and so does the pizza!
    Hannah’s so cute in those pictures! 🙂 And she looks so happy eheh
    Have a great saturday!

  4. Biz, that soup picture is gorgeous!! All of the ingredients sound great to me, too.

    Hannah looks beautiful, relaxed, and happy, I hope she had a great night!

  5. I know, I was all hmmm, cashews – let’s make soup!!! Seriously, I don’t know how your mind comes up with these BSI recipes, but holy cow does that soup (and garnish!) ever look good!!!

    Ah Hannah…so lovely. Hope she had a great time…wonder if she will tell you everything that happened? I wouldn’t have, but then again we’ve already established that I was a bit of a delinquent.

  6. She looks so pretty! I hope she had a great time!

  7. I love everything about Hannah’s dress!! The color, the style, so gorgeous and it looks perfect on her!! Oh and the shoes were perfect too!! She looks so pretty Biz, you must be so proud!! 🙂 I hope she had a wonderful time!!

    That soup looks awesome!! I love cashews.

  8. Awww, Hannah looks so grown up! I love her dress and her shoes!

  9. You still had Holly Hobbie curtains b/c SHE ROCKS!!! haha 😛

    Hannah looks beautiful! I love her dress and the color on her is terrific!!

  10. Holy cow Biz the food looks amazing! Also Hannah looks amazing! YaY Prom! 😀

  11. fattiefatterton

    Awww, Hannah looks so beautiful!!

    And I was like you in high school…and college….and sometimes now. I just can’t be bothered with fixing my hair and all that.

  12. She looks beautiful, way to go Mom!
    I was totally like you in HS I went to boarding school I woke up at 7:15 for a 7:25 class, but we had to wear skirts and blouses and dress shoes (GROSS!!)
    Both those recipes look amazing. I might have to try the soup for my next meatless monday lunch, well maybe the week after… Although I think I have all the ingredients, hmmmm.

  13. Hannah looks beautiful! Hope you had a great day. My pizza dough is in the bread machine right now. It’s late and your pictures are making me hungry, and I am wondering why I never ate dinner.

  14. WOWWW so many great people pictures today Beth!! The one of Jenn doing your hair is classic and SOO adorable, i wish i could see your experession better. hahaa Hannah looks so gorgeous in that dress!! It’s a beautiful color on her and…those fancy sandals are totally my style. 🙂

    Your soup…no words. I hope you submitted that for Food Gawker. The presentation makes me just want to dig in!!

    • Michelle – I actually did and it was accepted about 30 minutes ago! Finally a picture they didn’t think was “dull/unsharp!”

      Hope you are having a great weekend!

  15. Hannah is beautiful! I love the dress, but you already knew that! I, too, hope she had a wonderful time! Prom is a very special night 🙂

    Beautiful soup, I love the pictures! And that pizza crust sounds like a keeper! We always decide to have homemade pizza at the last second and now we don’t have to wait for dough to rise!

    Have a great time at the reception!

  16. OMG! she is such a STUNNER! okay i know where she gets her looks from of course! it was so awesome to see a vintage pic and then flash forward to now. id flaunt these pics too, u must be one proud mama! she’ll make jaws drop @ prom! ❤

  17. Hannah looks gorgeous, such a pretty dress! The soup sounds super delicious!

  18. you had to be the proudest mommy in the world, she’s beautiful!

    i love how you made you pizza!

  19. I just want to tell you that I think you are such an incredible mother…I see your relationship with hannah and hope that if I ever become a mother, I can have something very similar.

    Happy early mother’s day!

  20. Hannah looks beautiful, Biz! And I’ll bet your heart was bursting with pride and joy at what a lovely woman she’s turned out to be!

  21. oh prom….memories!!! i love the pix of both you and hannah. yay!

  22. Hannah looks so pretty!! I love the color of her dress – my senior prom dress was a very similar color. 🙂

  23. She looks beautiful!!!

    Oh, and the soup, marvelous, love it!

  24. I love the colour of Hannah’s dress. So pretty!

  25. I hope Hannah had a great time at her prom. She looks beautiful, what a pretty dress and an even prettier smile!

  26. Hannah looks amazing in her dress. She is such a beautiful girl. Good job, Mom.

  27. Hannah look so beautiful! I LOVED the picture of you and your sis getting ready in 1985.

    YUM to the pizza and soup!!! I am going to have to make pizza soon – I bought yeast like a million years ago the first time I saw you make your no rise pizza dough 😀 LOL

  28. You looked fantastic. Thankyou so much for the help as well. Jess xxx

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