Potato Leek Soup

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I love leeks. They have a very rich but mild onion flavor.

I worked on this recipe yesterday and was pleased with the result so I thought I’d share. If you decide to try it, I hope you’ll enjoy!

Prepare the leeks first.

What I didn’t show in this picture is something I learned part way through this process. After washing and rewashing the leeks every time I peeled back another layer and saw more dirt, I learned that if you cut them lengthwise, you can swish them in water and free-up the dirt by just washing them once. So in hindsight, I’d cut them lengthwise, wash them thoroughly the slice them as you see in the picture.

When you have them cut and thoroughly washed, saute them in 2 Tablespoons coconut oil. I wanted to make this soup dairy free, but I worried that the coconut oil might add a flavor I wouldn’t like. However, it didn’t detract at all, just added to the richness of the finished flavor.

While the leeks are cooking for about ten minutes, wash and chop your potatoes.

Leeks in coconut oil.
Russet and Yukon gold.

I used two kinds of potatoes, because these are two of the three varieties we grew in the garden last year! The Yukon’s are supposed to make things creamier and I knew I wanted that quality since I wouldn’t be adding any milk or cream.

Once the leeks are soft, add the potatoes to your stock pot.

Chicken stock and garden corn.

Next, I decided to add some of our freezer corn and a jar of the chicken stock I froze for soups. I love using Adam’s peanut butter jars for freezing things! The wide mouth and thick glass make them ideal as long as you leave a good 1 1/2 – 2 inches head space at the top before freezing. I have had the sad experience of filling jars too full and then finding them broken as the water has expanded while freezing.

Leeks, potatoes, stock, bay leaves, salt.

Once you add the stock, throw in a couple of bay leaves and 1 Tablespoon of Real salt. I don’t salt my chicken stock much, so it needs that much salt, but if you use stock that is salty, you’ll probably only want to add 1-2 teaspoons when you make this soup.

I let this simmer for about 30 minutes. {Actually, I left the heat up too high and had to add water back, since I was working on the computer and didn’t pay attention to the rumbling soup in the kitchen until it was too late!}

Add frozen corn and cook.

You can blend all or part of this soup with an immersion blender if you want it really creamy. I liked it as it was since it became pretty creamy on it’s own.

Before serving, I removed the bay leaves and shook ground multi-colored peppercorns on the top. We had a loaf of bread and a little salad and called it dinner. This is quite nourishing and has a comforting flavor and texture. Especially if you haven’t cooked with leeks before, I hope you’ll give this soup a try!

Happy dinnertime!

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Scrumptious Salad

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This salad was a hit!

We used a mix of greens, topped with:

Fuji apple, diced
Fresh blueberries
Red onion, finely sliced
Sprouts
Cucumbers, peeled and diced
Poppyseed dressing

We usually have a bowl of greens, that have been washed and torn into bite-sized pieces and are ready to eat, in the fridge with a tight fitting lid. Then, when I ‘m ready to make salad, that prep work is already done! And because it takes less time this way, we’re much more likely to prepare and eat fresh food each day.

{There are more insights into this salad prepping idea on this Lioness post.}

I also like a lot of variety when it comes to salads, and I dislike soggy cucumbers or tomatoes ruining a whole bowl of greens if they sit in the fridge together!

There are tasty salad recipes here and here and here if you’d like more inspiration!

I hope you are taking good care of yourself today my friend.

Love,

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Expectations Be Banished!

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Do you ever ride the roller coaster of “failed” expectations?

Such as when a holiday comes and you have some special hopes in mind, things that your spouse might do to celebrate an occasion or to show you that they care?

And then maybe that day comes and those hopes, that may have morphed into big expectations, may not be realized?


Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Seems as though this has happened to every one at least once!

I really believe this is most likely another case for beefing up self-care!

We need to show ourselves that we care, and not depend solely on someone else to give us that cared for and nurtured feeling.

We need to celebrate our lives and not give so much of our power to others. Particularly if we are expecting that someone will have the ability to read our minds to divine what it is we want!

If you need something, I hope you’ll find a way to provide that for yourself.

If you want something, I hope you’ll speak up and let those important people in your life know all about it!

And, I hope you will take a moment to feel your blessings today!

Love,

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Ah-choo!

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Anyone working on getting rid of a cold or the flu at your house?

I hope not, but if so, here’s a simple idea for making lemon juice ice cubes and a soothing tea of lemon, ginger and honey.

When you find lemons for a good price, stock up and juice them all at once. You can pour the juice into ice-cube trays, freeze and then transfer the lemon cubes to a freezer bag.


Photo by Dominik Martin on Unsplash

When you’re ready to make tea {or anything that calls for fresh lemon juice} you can pop a frozen cube into your cup!

For tea, add:
1/2 – 1 tsp powdered ginger {or use fresh sliced or grated ginger}
1 lemon juice cube {or lemon slice}
1 tsp raw honey
to a cup of hot water.

Let the tea sit until it cools off to warm. {Hot temps aren’t good for the stomach.}

Ginger is invigorating; lemon is full of vitamin C and honey is antibacterial and soothing.

I hope you will be stay well! But if anyone at your house needs a little boost, I hope this simple recipe will help.

Love,

Lemon ice-cubes!

Day 30- Victory!

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I’m so proud of you! I’m so proud of us!


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Wow, we made it to day 30! Huuuurah!!!

So now I ask, what did you learn about yourself during this process?

Have you spent more time building your reserves?

Have you improved some aspect of your health or home?

Have you deepened your emotional reservoir or your mental strength and agility?

Have you started some new self-care routines or strengthened previously learned healthy habits?

If so, I’m glad!

I’ve been on the challenge with you and it’s been a good ride! Today, I’ll share some of my epiphanies and hope that you will share some of yours with all of us too!

1 I was reminded how much I push and how I need to ease off sooner, before I am really tired.

2 That self-talk is truly the river of information that is feeding and directing every emotion and behavior!

3 That I start hitting walls of resistance just before I get to the stage of “dripping with self-care” and that I will continue to practice until I am really comfortable and at home in that abundantly nurtured space.

4 That when I am focused on my blessings, I see them everywhere!

5 That when I lighten-up and just enjoy the up’s and down’s of each day, I am more able to be present, which is where I feel the love and support that is always around me.

6 That when I am thinking ahead, my stress goes down! When I have anticipated my needs (and those of my family), life is so much easier!

7 That I don’t run on adrenaline anymore.

8 That I really like my life.

9 That by bringing more of what I love into being, I am really bringing more love and beauty to the world.

10 That I need people–my family being at the top of the list! They teach me daily and love me always, in my weakness and in strength.

I hope that you have gained new insights into what makes you feel nurtured and cared for.

I hope you have greater skills to find and employ those important caring habits.

I hope you have a stronger sense of the purpose and necessity of self-care and a greater dedication to the cause of becoming your best and healthiest self.

What an incalculable gift your health is to your family and friends! How much they are depending on your ability to stand with quiet dignity at your divinely given post!

{You know, I mean standing with quiet dignity at least in your soul- who knows, you might be dancing and singing on the outside!}

Be strong and of a good courage as you continue on!
There will be more holistic health coaching challenges coming up! I hope you’ll join me!

Thank you, thank you for being here.

Love always,

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”