My Mamma's Autumn Soup


It snowed today.  Like quite a bit!  And the thing I wanted most was my Mom's Autumn Soup.  This is one of those beautiful comfort soups that is delicious and nutritious and reminds you of home and family.  Basically, it is one of my favorite soups ever!  So, what did I do?  I made it!!  And now I'm going to share it with you!  I'll share both my mom's version and my modified version to fit better with lean and green.  Honestly, though, both are pretty dang yummy and good for you!  So, without further ado, I'll get right to it!


The Lean & Green Version:

Ingredients:
1 lbs. lean ground turkey (cooked, put in last)
2 cups water
2 (14 oz) cans chicken broth
1 med chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup chopped cauliflower
3 stalks celery
1 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cube beef bouillon
1 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 Tbsp Salt
1 bay leaf

Directions:
Brown the ground turkey, drain, and set aside.  Pour the water and chicken broth into a large pot.  Add onions, carrots, cauliflower, celery, and cabbage to the water.  Add the bouillon, cider vinegar, thyme, basil, salt, and bay leaf.  Simmer until veggies are tender.  Stir in the diced tomatoes and ground beef and allow to heat thoroughly.

Isn't that just so pretty?!!  It's just as good as it looks!  
I hope it brings as much warmth to your home as it did to mine growing up 
(and now to my own home and family).  


My Mom's Original Version:

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs. ground beef (cooked, put in last)
5 to 6 cups water
1 med chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 lg. diced potato
2 stalks celery
1 cup chopped purple cabbage
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
3 cubes beef bouillon
1 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1 Tbsp Salt
1 bay leaf


Directions:
Brown the ground beef, drain, and set aside.  Pour the water into a large pot.  Add onions, carrots, potato, celery, and cabbage to the water.  Add the bouillon, cider vinegar, thyme, basil, salt, and bay leaf.  Simmer until veggies are tender.  Stir in the diced tomatoes and ground beef and allow to heat thoroughly.

KAMsnaps® How to


Have you heard of KAMsnaps®?  If you are a cloth diapering mama, you most definitely have!  BUT if you're not (like me), ya might be missing out on this awesome-ness...especially if you want a removable hood on your baby carrier!


KAMsnaps® can be used on a variety of stuff (clothing bibs, towels, crafts, crib rail covers for your little woodchucks, etc.)-- but I have most recently used them to attach a hood to a babycarrier I made for a friend (it's seriously one of my favorites!).  Anywho, they are super easy to use and really not too expensive to get started with ($20ish) on Amazon prime.  I thought I'd put together a quick and easy tutorial for those not as familiar....

This was the starter kit I got and I've been pretty dang happy with it.  It was a couple dollars extra to come with the organizer, but I thought that was worth it. It had a good variety of colors along with the pliers and other little tools that make it easier to use along with the box to keep it all in one place.  
There are add-on bundles if you want more snaps. 







Pliers
Flathead screwdriver to swap out the different size attachments on the pliers and a (super sharp) awl needle to make life easier to get your cap prong through your fabric you are attaching to
And the cute little organizer that came with it with all the different snap colors
Top: Caps
Bottom Left: male stud, Bottom right: female socket
Use the awle to put a "pre-hole" through the fabric.  
Push the cap prong through the hole and place the male (or female in this image) piece of top of the fabric with the prong going through the hole

Position the pliers over the snaps (in this image I have the cap on bottom and the female socket on top)
and press until it can't go any further
And voila!
(this is the female side...the male side follows the same exact process)

And here's the results of my snaps on attaching it to my Little Pick Me Up baby carrier.  You'll want to put the female socket on the carrier and the male stud on the hood.  This way if you don't have the hood attached, it's less obtrusive in sticking into your little one while you are wearing him/her.

In the example below, I attached the hood so that it was snapped in from the inside of the carrier.  This way it is less likely to be unsnapped unintentionally.



Pret-ty nifty if I do say so myself!

Aaaaand We're Live!!

Can I get a woot woot?!  I mean really!  I'm such a perfectionist with this type of stuff.  So for me to finally call it "good enough to launch" is a pretty big deal in my book!

So, why "True to You"?  Well, if any of y'all followed my previous blog, "Fit n' in the Pink", it was mainly focused on my health coaching and all that jazz.  BUT that's not all that I'm passionate about!  That's not all of me.  I wanted to be able to share my mommyhood with you, my sewing adventures that make me feel accomplished, my testimony of the amazing gospel, babywearing, cooking, life, humor, (you get the idea...) and much much more!!  SO began a journey of figuring out what to do...  I came up with True to You.

I fell in love immediately.  One of the big things that I'm very vocal about is loving yourself and being you!  Being True to You!  There are things we can do to better ourselves, to stretch ourselves, but in the end...it all needs to be true to who we really are.  So now I have a platform to share things that are true to me (that might be true to you!).  Awesome, right?!  (But don't worry, everything from "Fit n' in the Pink" is here aaaaalong with a ton of other awesome-ness!)

NOW what to do?!  GO and subscribe ---> so you can be all up to date on all of the True to You happenings.  THEN check out what is here already!  (I've got some awesome healthy recipes for you!)

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Love ya!

It's Happening!!





Big News!!  I'm revamping my blog!!  I'm seriously SO stoked!  I am excited to have a central platform for all the things that I love and want to share with you all!  So...stay tuned!  If a few of the links don't work, never fear...cuuuz I'm still getting thing up and runnin'.  In the meantime, peruse the past and check out what's comin' in the future!  Love you all!! *Muah*