Wednesday, October 31, 2012

happy halloween
Here's a pumpkin recipe for you to try:
Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Start to Finish 25 mins 
Holiday Pumpkin Soup

  • 2
    tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2
    teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4
    teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4
    teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2
    15 ounce cans pumpkin
  • 2
    14 ounce cans chicken broth
  • 1
    tablespoon packed brown sugar or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1
    cup half and half, light cream or milk
  • Dairy sour cream (optional)
  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)
directions In a large saucepan, cook onion, curry powder, cumin, coriander, and salt in hot butter until onion is tender. Whisk in pumpkin, chicken broth, and brown sugar or maple syrup, if desired, until well combined. Bring mixture just to boiling; reduce heat. Stir in half and half and heat through. If desired, garnish with sour cream and sage leaves. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

nutrition facts (Holiday Pumpkin Soup) 
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 137,
  • Fat, total (g) 7,
  • chol. (mg) 21,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 16,
  • dietary fiber (g) 4,
  • protein (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 21623,
  • vit. C (mg) 6,
  • sodium (mg) 665,
  • calcium (mg) 81,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
  • Nikki B. wishing you a nice holiday!

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Quote of the day

    All our dreams can come true
    if we have the courage to pursue them

    ~ Walt Disney

    And don't let anyone stop you from obtaining your dreams!
    Love Nikki B.

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Saturday, October 20, 2012


    Is anyone trying to gain weight? I am forever on "a diet" to lose weight but for those who have a hard time keeping it on smoothies are great for that!

    Start with a banana or two, throw in some berries (it doesn't matter what kind) blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries. I always put a yogurt in for a smooth taste, 1-2 scoops of protein mix and  vanilla ice cream, that is the "creme de la creme" of this recipe. Ice cream makes the smoothie takes great! Today I added one peach and one apple. Other fruit is optional. Then blend it all together. 

    And voila! You have the best smoothie this side of the Mississippi!! Or anywhere, for that matter! Here's to happy blending! Have a great rest of the weekend!

    Nikki B. signing off.

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    One of My Favorite Poems

    It's like a dream, a vision. Just close your eyes and listen to the words of the video. Let it take you to another place far away. A place called "Xanadu". I fell in love with this poem in high school. I had the best teachers on the planet that introduced all this poetry to me at such an early age. I've loved it ever since. I hope you love it as much as I do. Sweet reveries. 

    Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge
    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
    A stately pleasure dome decree:
    Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
    Through caverns measureless to man
    Down to a sunless sea.
    So twice five miles of fertile ground
    With walls and towers were girdled round:
    And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
    Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
    And here were forests ancient as the hills,
    Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

    But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
    Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
    A savage place! as holy and enchanted
    As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
    By woman wailing for her demon lover!
    And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
    As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
    A mighty fountain momently was forced:
    Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
    Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
    Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
    And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
    It flung up momently the sacred river.
    Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
    Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
    Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
    And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
    And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
    Ancestral voices prophesying war!

    The shadow of the dome of pleasure
    Floated midway on the waves;
    Where was heard the mingled measure
    From the fountain and the caves.
    It was a miracle of rare device,
    A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
    A damsel with a dulcimer
    In a vision once I saw;
    It was an Abyssinian maid,
    And on her dulcimer she played,
    Singing of Mount Abora.
    Could I revive within me
    Her symphony and song,
    To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
    That with music loud and long,
    I would build that dome in air,
    That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
    And all who heard should see them there,
    And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
    His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
    Weave a circle round him thrice,
    And close your eyes with holy dread,
    For he on honey-dew hath fed,
    And drunk the milk of Paradise.

    Nikki B.