My goodness! This entire month has been so crazy. I can’t tell if I am coming or going. Wonderful Husband has been in and out of the house, which is great because we thought he was going to be away the entire month. Little Darling and I actually took a day and road tripped the two hours to visit Wonderful Husband at his hotel, and this week we went to the zoo for the first time as a family! We have been having some well deserved and much needed family time. On top of family time, both of the vehicles have been short circuiting this entire month, leaving me stranded at home a lot of days, and sitting at the mechanic a lot of other days.
The Subaru is still sitting sadly in the garage waiting for its spark plugs to get changed, but the truck finally seems to be working! I have turn signals and headlights and working air conditioning! Its the little things in life eh? Having both vehicles on the fritz has prompted some serious conversation about car shopping, and even a test drive at the local Nissan dealer. Let me just tell you how wonderful a Nissan Rogue is. It’s like driving butter. It’s smooth and smells good and makes you really happy. But then you see the price tag and you have a heart attack. We haven’t come to terms with the cost of a new vehicle and are not ready to part with our savings account just yet, and so continues the saga of Dave Ramsey living.
A very dear friend of Wonderful Husband’s family passed away this week. He was very young and had had a long, hard fight with cancer. His wife and he got married only a month before Wonderful Husband and I, and they showed up the weekend of our wedding to help us. They cooked, they cleaned, they decorated, they made a slide show. They were amazing, and generous, and just all around good people. It breaks my heart, the real world version of A Walk To Remember.
It has just been a very long, very emotional month. Lots of ups, lots of downs. Laughing and tears.
I had to pick up with Wonderful Husbands sister from the airport this week, she flew home for the funeral and to spend time with her grieving friend. Driving to the airport in the truck was terrifying, but we made it there and back safely (even if Little Darling screamed the entire ride). We needed a quick and filling dinner that preferably used zucchini since I am still in the throws of zucchini season. I decided to try my hand at a delicious zucchini soup my aunt made for me a few months back when I visited her. She had sent me the recipes she used and it seemed pretty easy.
She originally used two different recipes to make hers, picking out the ingredients she had on hand and making it work. I did the same. Here is what I used for mine:
- bell peppers
- coconut oil
- cheddar cheese
- Parmesan cheese
Here’s how I did it:
- put the garlic and onion in a big stock pot with oil and let the garlic brown up a little, about 5 minutes
- add the chopped peppers, zucchini, and corn and sprinkle them with some cumin, I used red and orange peppers to give it some color
- let the vegetables saute for about 5 or 10 minutes. You want them soft but not mushy, stir them once in a while so they don’t stick.
- sprinkle some flour on the veggies and give it a good stir
- add 3 cups of broth, I thought I had broth but then realized it had been in the fridge a tad bit too long so I ended up adding water and some bouillon cubes.
- bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat and add a cup of milk (give or take) and season with salt and pepper
- simmer for a few more minutes
- add the cheeses, enough to make you happy, I probably did a cup or so
This soup was delicious! Its creamy and filling, but doesn’t have a ton of bad stuff in it. Everybody had a big bowl and Little Darling even had a bowl today for lunch. This is definitely going to be repeated in my house. I may even try making a big batch and freezing some for winter so we can enjoy some zucchini when its cold and icy and we feel like summer may never come again. Its also very customizable and you can use or lose a lot of different ingredients. I would like to add some carrots next time. Or maybe when we run out zucchini swap it for broccoli and have an easy broccoli cheese soup. Oh the possibilities!