2011 Holiday Challenge Update and I was Bizzy in my Momma’s Kitchen!

Yep, you read that right – my Momma came home from the hospital yesterday!  Hannah was already there, and I called to tell her I was on my way to the hospital and she said “I am putting Nana in the car right now to bring her home!”

So happy – as anyone knows who has spent any time in a hospital, you get no rest and it seemed every time my Mom would fall asleep someone needed to wake her up for one reason or another.

I made my Mom a sasuage and spinach lasagna to have later in the week when she has more of an appetite.  What I knew she could have right away though was soup!  I don’t really have recipes for these soups because I make them pretty often and just throw everything in the pool and taste as I go along.

The first soup I made was turkey soup with rice.  I never cook the rice in the soup – I cook it on the side and add it when I take the soup off the heat.  I used a smoked turkey breast for the stock – you could really taste the smokey flavor.  And since my Mom loves onions in her soup, I obliged being the good daughter that I am. 😀


The  secret to my potato soup is that I start out with 2 tablespoons of butter and flour, cook that together for a minute, then slowly add three cans of chicken stock – the base is super thick that way.  About 10 minutes after I start the base I add the potatoes, carrots and onions, and at the end add 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.

My mom ate a bowl of turkey rice soup for lunch and a bowl of potato soup for dinner. 😀  She also slept for a couple hours.  While Hannah went to pick up her medications, I scanned through my Mom’s cookbooks.  I ended up making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.  Funny thing was that the recipe said it would yield 40 cookies.  Um, I got 16!

So I guess I made mine a bit too big!

I had forgotten that my Mom used to make chocolate covered cherries every year for Christmas.  She’d make them in November and they would sit for a few weeks before they were ready – when they were you would just bite into it and a sugary sweet syrup would burst in your mouth.

And I don’t ever remember my Dad making this recipe, but I was just talking about making short rib lettuce wraps – I may need to make this one!  Seems like it makes a lot too!

So how are my 2011 Holiday Challengers doing?  Did you survive Thanksgiving Day?  I was down 1.8, and revised my goal to lost a total of 20 pounds by December 31, so that’s 5.6 pounds in five weeks – totally doable!

Can’t wait to get back in the gym this week – I actually have to work today and tomorrow is going to be crazy busy, then hopefully things at work will get back to a more normal pace.  It’s cold and icky outside, so I guess it isn’t too bad I’ll be stuck in an office all day.

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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20 thoughts on “2011 Holiday Challenge Update and I was Bizzy in my Momma’s Kitchen!

  1. So glad your mom is home!!! Hopefully, now she’ll get some rest!

    We love turkey soup with rice!

    Hope work will be less busy soon!

  2. Hooray!!! So happy your mom got to come home!!!

    Those soups look so good! I know it’s 8:00 AM here, but I still want a bowl! 🙂

  3. Cabbage andddd sauerkraut?! The Polish inside of me is doing a happy dance for this recipe!! I made soup last night with white beans and cabbage (and a few other things) – love the stuff. Hope you enjoy your Sunday 🙂

  4. Yay for mom being home!!!

  5. yayyyyyyyyyyyyy! So glad your Mama is home- whoop, whoop! I am such a soup fanatic (I think I’ve told you this like 5 times). Onions are a must for me too ;). Such a great daughter you are! Those cherries sound amazing. I heart maraschinos!

  6. yay, glad your mom is home from the hospital! Such great news to hear!

    Thanksgiving went ok, but I was prepared for it at all so I just did what I could with it.

  7. I just did a little happy dance. I think that is the recipe for cherries that my mom used to make. When she moved she lost the recipe. I’ve tried a couple of recipes but they were never right. So happy. Thanks.

  8. Great news about your Mom! 🙂

  9. Great that your mom is home! You are sweet to make her some soup.

    Surprisingly, I didn’t overdo it at Thanksgiving. Having celiac disease eliminates stuffing, rolls, gravy and green bean casserole (all of my weaknesses!) so I had turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and spinach. No pie either. I couldn’t believe it! I thought I’d feel deprived but not at all. I felt great.

  10. Glad your mom is doing well! The cookies look wonderful and great job on your weight loss!!! This is especially hard during the holidays and you are doing great 🙂

  11. I am actually making soup for dinner tonight and I usually don’t use a recipe either. I am going to try the butter/flour trick (roux?) and I LOVE onions in soup. I shred them in my cuisanart so my kids won’t make a big deal.

    Oh, and I never get the amount of cookies a recipe calls for. Who wants a cookie the size of a nickle?

  12. I am also so happy to hear that your Mom is home. I’m sure she is too. It’s funny that you mention how disruptive it is being in the hospital. Probably the number one thing patients holler at me for is waking them up to check vital signs or administer a scheduled medication that is to be given in the middle of the night. I can understand their frustration. It’s my least favorite part of the job especially working nights. I don’t experience it as much on my current unit, but I’ve done my fair share of waking patients in the past. I’m sure your Mom was sweet about it, but I know she’ll be relieved to sleep uninterrupted tonight. I wish her a speedy recovery.

    Congratulations on that awesome weight loss this week Biz. Way to go girl!!

  13. Weighting For 50

    YAY….so glad Momma Vat/Jenn is home!!!! Great news. You are a star daughter!! have a wonderful week ahead.

  14. Those cookies sound amazing! I hate when I get a lot less out of recipes. Still loo delicious!
    So glad your mom is out of the hospital and is doing well. 🙂

  15. I’m so glad to hear your mom is home! I hope she keeps doing well!

  16. So glad to know your mom is HOME! I know she’s thrilled to be out of that hospital!

    My challenge post is here: http://www.emptynest1.com/2011/11/scrap-it.html

  17. Ok. That is NOT the challenge post. This is: http://www.emptynest1.com/2011/11/challenge-day_28.html

    Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most. LOL

  18. Yay, so glad your mom is home and able to eat some yummy food and get some rest!!

    Those soups look so, so yummy. I haven’t made soup in forever. It keeps being too warm here (today keeps flirting with 70°) But I’m really in the mood after seeing yours. I also always cook my rice on the side and add it later.

    My update for this week is another good one!!! I love after hitting a plateau how it seems to melt off. I’m down another 3 pounds. So I’ve hit my goal of 10 pounds 3 weeks early. I also dug my scale out of the storage unit and it stores your user weights, so I was able to see my heaviest from back in IL, from April or May. I’ve lost almost 20 pounds since then!!!! I feel fantastic, can SEE the difference in the mirror, and my clothes are fitting amazing!! I’m one happy camper!!

  19. Biz,

    I’m so sorry I missed the news about your mom–we’ve had all sorts of plague and sickness around here and I haven’t been home. I’m glad your mom is with you and that you’re feeding her such great, nutritious stuff. Tell her that I’m thinking of her!

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