Hi guys! I had one.CRAZY.day and am so glad that I’m finally on the relaxation end of it! To decompress, I knocked out a fab gym sesh after work:

  • 13 minutes elliptical @ level 5
  • 6 minutes stairmaster @ level 5
  • 13 minutes treadmill @ 7.0
  • 2 minute treadmill sprint @ 7.5
  • 7 minutes elliptical @ level 6
  • 5 minutes treadmill @ 4.0 & 5% incline
  • 5 minutes treadmill @ 3.5 & 5% incline

This was a great one and I am loving incorporating multiple machines into my workouts these days. I’m a “check off” type person, so the short intervals on multi machines lets me do mental “check, check, checks” throughout the entire workout – nice!

I dragged myself home and was welcomed with open arms by my absolute favorite type of dinner, (and Ben) – a ready-for-you-when-you-walk-through-the-door crock pot dinner! Tonight, it was Creamy Corn & Chicken Soup.

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Based off of this recipe, my ingredients included:

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  • 1 can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 2 small cans reduced sodium cream of chicken soup
  • 2 frozen chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup each of carrots & onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • Several good splashes of Louisiana hot sauce (un-pictured)
  • 1 chicken bullion cube (un-pictured)
  • Garlic & onion powder (un-pictured)
  • Egg Noodles (un-pictured)
  • 2 slices, cooked & crumbled center-cut bacon (un-pictured)

This morning I combined all ingredients from the chicken broth through the hot sauce in my crockpot and cooked on low for 5.5 hours. When I got home from work, I:

  • Removed the chicken breasts, shredded and added back into the pot
  • Added one crushed chicken bullion cube and several shakes of garlic & onion powders
  • Cooked up some egg noodles, drained and added into the pot
  • Microwaved and crumbled some center-cut bacon slices
  • Ladled soup into a mug, topped with bacon and dined!

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To be honest, this was a very “Church soup supper” soup, if you will. Ben said it tasted like soup that you would get out of a big vat…thanks babe! It was just kind of plain Jane, which is why I added all of the “un-pictured” items. After those additions – it was pretty tasty!

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Even tastier was some garlic bread that Ben cooked up for us. You know how I feel about garlic bread!

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We used some Whole Wheat Nature’s Pride bread that I picked up at the grocery store this weekend. I had never tried this brand until tonight!

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It was really, really good actually. Not flimsy at all, but light enough so you don’t feel super carby after eating it. I enjoyed! 

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Plus – look Ma – no trans fats!

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I clearly also had some nibbles of Ben’s manly cheese bread

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I couldn’t resist ;)

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Ok – I must relinquish control of my computer now. Ben’s got a very important fantasy basketball draft that he must conduct…

Maybe I should start a Next Top Model draft?

Have a great night everyone!

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Do you like soup? What’s your favorite kind?

I find that a lot of people either really love, or hate soup. I fall into the really love group. My fave is Grandma’s Handmade Chicken Noodle Soup!