Bread Dippin & Wine Sippin: Easy Cauliflower Soup

12 Apr

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Craving something with the texture of a fatty or creamy soup? Need something lower in calories? Or maybe you need to sneak in those “daily veggie” servings? Well look no further! This thick and delicious cauliflower soup is just what you need and easy to make.

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower chopped
3 cups of water
1 can of chicken broth
2 cubes of chicken bouillon
Spices to taste (I use garlic, lemon pepper, a little season salt, and a dash of cayenne for a kick!)

Add all ingredients to pot. Bring mixture to a boil. When it starts to boil take it back to a simmer and let it hang out there for about 20 minutes (or until the cauliflower is cooked all the way through). Then bust out your blender and purée the mixture and voila you’re done! This makes about three big bowls of soup, so adjust accordingly!

Bread & Wine used in this edition of BD&WS: Slices of French bread (great for dunking in the soup!) and some Franzia Sangria that needs to be gone from my fridge (as always, keepin it classy!).

Until next time mango readers!
❤ Jennee

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How to Change the World- According to Gandhi

30 Nov

I find that winter and the holidays, despite all of their “cheer,” can be a very depressing time… We lose motivation, determination, and drive when the skies turn grey and the birds head south. I found this article ages ago and re-read it when I need a pick me up. Now I’m sharing these motivating tidbits for all to enjoy!

1. Change Yourself

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

2. You are in control.  

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Forgive and Let Go

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

4. Without Action you aren’t going Anywhere

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

5. Take Care of This Moment

“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

6. Everyone is Human

“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

7. Persist

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8. See the Good in People and Help Them

“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”

“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

9. Be Congruent, Be Authentic, Be Your True Self

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

10. Continue to Grow and Evolve

”Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

 

And here are some bonus quotes just for funzies:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

Las Vegas: Walking Around in an In Style Magazine

11 Nov

Usually I only see fashion like this in magazines! Love to be up close and personal…

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Caesars Palace

11 Nov

We made it! Can’t wait for this crazy weekend to begin… Happy Birthday Sam Klam!

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Las Vegas: Viva Las Vegas

10 Nov

Considered to be one of Elvis’ best performances on the silver screen, Viva Las Vegas was released in 1964 and paired the hip swiveling heart throb with the famous Ann-Margaret. The King plays Lucky Jackson, a race car driver who goes to city of sin to participate in the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, his sweet ride breaks down. He manages to raise the money to fix it gambling, but then loses when he gets distracted by the harlot Miss Rusty Martin (Ann-Margaret). Lucky also has to deal with Count Elmo Mancini, a rival both on the track AND for Miss Martin’s affections! (Insert dramatic music).

It’s a musical, so I’m sure all ends well. Look for lots more of these Vegas themed posts over the next couple of days by the way!

Meet Me in Las Vegas

10 Nov

Today is the day! Hopefully I will be on my way to sunny Nevada in about 7 hours. No worries Mangoers, I’ll be posting while I’m away 🙂

What is Love?

9 Nov

Soooo my blood was a boilin at work today, and Pandora decided to play this little ditty to brighten my day. I love Pandora sometimes 🙂

Bread Dippin and Wine Sippin: Kielbasa and Cabbage and Pierogis Oh My!

8 Nov

Welcome to Bread Dippin and Wine Sippin, the MangoTree’s new cooking column! What’s with the title? My favorite thing to snack on while I cook is some good bread dipped in some kind of vinegar and olive oil. And wine too of course!

Eventually I would love to do cooking videos for these, but that seems like quite the production so we’ll have to see. Today’s recipe is for Kielbasa, Cabbage, and Pierogies!

So here’s what you need:

1 head of Cabbage

1/2 cup of Butter

1 cup of fresh sliced Mushrooms

seasoned Salt

2 cans of Beer

14 oz of Kielbasa

minced Garlic

1/2 Onion chopped

3 tbls of Worcestershire sauce

3 tbls of Balsalmic Vinegar

12 Pierogies

14.5 oz of diced Tomatoes

Shredded cheese of choice

This makes quite a bit! I would say it would serve around 8 people, so adjust accordingly. Or do as I do and make big meals with full intentions of eating the leftovers for a couple days. I imagine this would also freeze well for longer term storage.

Start by throwing the mushrooms and butter into a LARGE pot. I made the mistake of using one that was just a little too small, so I had to transfer everything later. Go big or go home people! Turn the heat up to medium and let the butter melt. In the meantime, remove the outer layers of the cabbage and the core. Chop the rest of the cabbage. Don’t worry about pieces being too big. The cabbage will soften during the boiling process. Which brings me to the next step!

BEER! That’s right, throw the cabbage in with the mushrooms and butter and then pour the two cans of beer over the mixture and stir. If you’re making this for the kiddies or don’t like the taste of beer (in other words, you’re crazy) chicken broth can be used instead. Give it a couple healthy shakes of seasoned salt. The recipe I based this dish off of required two tablespoons, but that seemed like a lot to me, so I just eyeballed it. Bring this concoction to a boil, put a lid on it, and let in simmer down now…

Next slice up the sausage and dice your half onion. Throw that in a frying pan over medium-high heat with some minced garlic (again, I eyeballed. Probably about a tablespoon and a half), and the balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Let that cook until the onions are translucent (approx. five minutes). I also got a little creative at this point and threw in some red pepper flakes, oregano, basil, and lemon pepper.

After the onions go clear, combine the two mixtures in the big pot and stir. Recover the pot and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

Now it’s pierogi time! Boil some salted water and add the frozen pierogies to it. Only boil them for about 4-5 minutes. You’ll know they are done when they float to the top.

After the pierogies start floating, add them to the big pot. Open your can of tomatoes, drain them, and add them to the pot as well. Let this final mixture warm for another 5-10 minutes.

You’re almost done! Scoop the finished dish onto a plate and sprinkle with a cheese of your choice ( I used Monterrey Cheddar) and some parsley flakes.  Voila! Or as they say in Poland- Smacznego!

Song Stuck in My Head: Work Out

8 Nov

Sooooo the cooking post is taking longer than expected to put together, so I have to throw in a couple quicky posts for you!

I can’t explain why I love this song. Maybe it’s the Paula Abdul sampling?

I like it! Definitely need to add it to my “work out” mix. Get it? See what I did there?

Holy Skinny Jonah Hill Batman!

7 Nov

Have you seen the Call of Duty: MW3 trailer? Yeah yeah, awesome graphics and shooting and blowing stuff up, but more importantly- did you see Jonah Hill???

 

Just how does one go from this?

To this?

Shocking really! Good for you Jonah! PS: I think we all know deep down that Call of Duty is garbage and the greatest first person shooter OF ALL TIME will forever and always be Goldeneye 🙂

Real Estate Porn: Santorini Edition

6 Nov

Santorini is definitely on my short list for dream vacation spots. This gorgeous R.E.P. is actually a 9-room hotel that is perfect for a romantic getaway. 

Magic is in the details at Astarte Suites, beginning with the twinkling Swarovski stones that adorn the ceiling above each suite’s Jacuzzi pool, ending with the personalized service each guest enjoys. Surrounded by soothing shades of white and stone, guests are sure to find bliss here. During their precious down time, guests can relax and unwind next to Astarte’s stunning turquoise infinity swimming pool, which overlooks the Aegean Sea’s tranquil blue waters and nearby rocky cliffs. Leisure and cultural options abound nearby, such as in Akrotiri, an ancient city buried and preserved by volcanic ash-known as the Pompeii of the Greek islands-and at Red Beach and White Beach, the ultimate locales for a spectacular day of fun in the sun.”

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How do you say “absolutely gorgeous!” in Greek?

Someday I Hope My Daughter Is This Awesome

6 Nov

I know Halloween is so yesterday’s news, but I couldn’t resist posting this little cutie. According to her dad, the conversation went like this:

Dad: What do you want to be for Halloween honey?

Most Awesome Daughter Ever: I want to be Darth Vader… but PINK!

One mask, a sewing lesson, and some pink spray paint later….

I give you Princess Vader!!!

Awesome Coffee Table Book

5 Nov

This is a nice follow up to my Infographic post from a few days ago. Listomania is basically coolinfographics.com in book form.

Organized into eight chapters, Listomania covers questions of human behavior, trivia facts about geography (past and present), etymology, mythology, ancient and recent history, as well as pop culture. Some of the lists included are:

• 10 Tiny Terrors: a list of the ten most petite world leaders (yes, some were shorter than Napoleon!)

• 43 Famous People Who Were Adopted (e.g. Steve Jobs, Debbie Harry, Mark Twain, Alexander the Great)

• 15 Movies Featuring Giant Rabbits

• 10 Top Cheese Eating Countries( note correspondence to the top ten happiest countries)

• 8 Dastardly Ponzi Schemes

• 38 Ancient Cities (That People Still Live In)

• 28 Prehistoric Creatures Named for Famous People or Cool Things (e.g. Dracorex Hogwartsia, Attenborosaurus, and Psephorus Terrypratchetti)

Illustrated in full color with playful images, graphs, charts, captions, and photographs, this colorful book brings a new face to trivia and is sure to wow readers, surprise them, and make them laugh from cover to cover. Listomania functions as a practical information resource as well as a fun and quirky gift for readers of any age.

Yep, my coffee table needs this asap.

Race Day: Tyranena Beer Run

5 Nov

Today I’m running 1/6 of a marathon at the Tyranena Beer Run! Tyranena is a small brewery in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. The brewery was founded in 1998 and is located about 50 minutes outside of Milwaukee.

According to the brewery website the legend of Tyranena (pronounced Tie·rah·nee·nah) began long ago, in a time before history was written. Legend tells of a foreign tribe that built a series of stone structures and effigy mounds on the edge of a lake they called Tyranena. Today, these structures lie preserved deep under the waters of Rock Lake. No one knows for sure who built them, the purposes they served, how and why they are now submerged, or even the meaning of the word Tyranena.

Today the brewery produces six beers year round (Three Beaches Honey Blonde, Headless Man Amber Alt, Stone Tepee Pale Ale, Bitter Woman IPA, Rocky’s Revenge, Chief Blackhawk Porter) and six seasonal beers (Down’n Dirty Stout, Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen, Scurvy IPA, Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest, Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice, and Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale).  Whoever named these beers is my new hero.

As far as I can tell, this is the fifth year of the race. Me and 1400 other runners will either compete in the 1/2 barrel race (a half marathon aka 13.1 miles) or the 1/6 barrel race (1/6 of a marathon aka 4.3 miles). Obviously I’m only doing the 1/6 barrel, but maybe I’ll do the 1/2 next year!

You have to be 21 years old to race, and upon finishing you receive two beers and a lasagna dinner! Sounds like the perfect setup to me. Wish me luck!

 

I Love Strawberries!

4 Nov

Wanna know why? According to some science people, diets high in strawberries have a positive effect on the human stomach. This includes minimizing the damage of alcohol. Ipso facto, if you eat lots of strawberries, you can drink as much as you want!!! That’s what they meant right?

Cheers to strawberries!!!

I’m in Platteville!

4 Nov

Well techinically by the time this post publishes, I’ll be on my way home already, but whatever. I’ve been sent to this western Wisconsin gem for a work thing, and so I thought I’d throw a little Platteville trivia your way while I’m here!

1) Population 11,224

2)  It is in the Hollow Region of Wisconsin, as named by early southern miners.

3) Named for the Platte River

4) In the 1820’s, a mining boom caused the area  and surrounding communities to flourish. Main products: lead ore and Galena

5) The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has only been around since 1971. Before that the school was known as the Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology and before that it was actually two schools: The Normal School and the Wisconsin Mining Trade School. This explains why UWP is covered in M’s. (Their mascot is the Pioneers, so the M’s are confusing to visitors). Nowadays UWP is known for its Engineering program.

6) From 1984 until 2001 the Chicago Bears held training camp on the campus of University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

7) Platteville has the world’s largest M, a claim that its Chamber of Commerce states is unchallenged. (See image above)

I’ll be back soon Milwaukee!

Song Stuck In My Head: Paradise

4 Nov

I’ve been a Coldplay fan forever. I wasn’t really digging the first single off their new album, Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall, and was concerned that maybe their last album, Viva La Vida, would mark the end of my Coldplay fandom. But then I heard the sweet sounds of Paradise:

 

Ah I’m in love again! Just for giggles I’m also posting my fav Coldplay song ever too:

 

Anybody seen them live? I think they may have to go on my concert to-do list!

Infographic Crazy

3 Nov

Be honest. If you’re thinking about reading something, and you see that it is accompanied by a groovy little infographic, you’re gonna check it out. Well at least the infographic anyway. Infographics are huge on the web. Why? They give lots of info, and they give it to yah fast and hard…

I’ve found a treasure trove of infographics about everything from Horror Movies to Which New Jersey Streets Are the Most Deadly. Here are some of my favs, but I check back often for both a good laugh and a daily dose of useless trivia.

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My Spinster Apartment

3 Nov

If I end up all alone with nothing but my cats and dozens of nieces and nephews to keep me company (wait let’s be real. That “if” should be a “when”), this is what my apartment will look like!

Very cute, clean, and feminine!

Real Estate Porn: Sydney Edition

3 Nov

G’day mates! This little beauty features a gorgeous pool and an even better view of the land down under!

Again this is pretty modern for me. I think when are architects mix modern lines with natural materials, I find it more tolerable. Here’s what the architects have to say about this one:

The building is a simple rectilinear form of concrete and masonry construction, carefully layered with timber battening and sandstone cladding to present a modern home with a focus on natural materials and clear design principles. The interior finishes incorporate American Oak timber floors to the living areas, Serena Grey honed stone floors to the circulation areas, Capricorn Walnut veneered joinery, white polyurethane cupboards, Raven Caesarstone island benchtops and Nero fossil stone slabs in the bathrooms to create a contemporary, sophisticated interior with a warm inviting feel. Energy saving options were adopted including an operable skylight over the central core allowing natural light and ventilation, timber slated screens provide sun control, concrete floors and roof to provide thermal mass and low E glazing to the external windows and doors.”

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