Snow Day. 

That was sooooooo last Sunday week 😉


Considering it’s supposed to be 70 degrees come Thursday! 

Heck yea, my kinda winter weather…


But, in remembrance of the winter-that-never-was, how about a soup recipe for perhaps that one chilly day that creeps in with the “gift” of the white fluffy stuff?

Ya know, just for old times sake 😛

I can’t take a single ounce of credit here ya’ll.  Jess has yet again wow’ed me another easy-to-make, even easier-to-eat recipe idea. 

This time in the form of a Buffalo Chicken Soup

Velvety smooth and spicy, this soup is super easy to make and also has the potential for many different variations.

So here’s mine, which incorporated chicken thighs in lieu of white breast meat and a shredded salsa jack cheese in lieu of Parmesan and cheddar.

 It’ll be on the table in no time, ya know, so you can get back to loungin’ on the couch with your bottle glass of wine, endless hours of tv, computer activity or whatever it is you do on a snow day… 😉

Not that I speak from experience or anything.

Organic chicken thighs, boneless & skinless. 

I happen to prefer thigh meat over chicken breast most of the time.  It adds a deeper flavor and makes for a richer, more velvety broth.

It’s also nicer on my wallet. Just sayin’…

To each their own?

Simply poached in boiling water until cooked through, then shredded and seasoned with sea salt & black pepper.

Quintessential feel-good flavor combo? – onions and garlic


What doesn’t end well with these two involved?

Lil’ bit of flour to thicken things up…

Followed by some organic low sodium chicken broth…


And a long time friend, Frank’s Buffalo sauce, goes into the mix.

Soup me.

Finish it all off with some cheese, salsa jack cheese if you can find it.

I picked up this random purchase at the local Food Lion and it turned out to be a most delicious find.  Really good!

Now all there is left to do is to serve 🙂  Best step ever?

I topped my buffalo chicken soup with some crushed tortilla chips

Additional grated salsa jack cheese

And sliced green onion

And it was gooooooooooood!!! 😀 😀 😀

Jess recommends topping with sliced whole wheat baguettes (toasted with parmesan cheese), sliced green onions, crumbled gorgonzola and cilantro – which I also think sounds amazinggggg.

I just didn’t have them on hand.  So I improvised, what’s new 😉

Make this soup y’all, not only is it super easy but it’s really darn delicious too!

Happy Friday everyone!! 😀

Gotta make this snappy, we are busy busy tonight getting ready for our all day river tubing adventure tomorrow!

Last minute workout to squeeze in, sandwiches to be made, adult beverages to be bought… you know the drill 😉

And thank you Fanatic Mom for staying with lil’ Lu Dog for us tomorrow, she says that sounds woof-tastic!!

Dinner tonight was an easy night Friday delight…

  • Buffalo Chicken, baked w/ green peppers & onions
  • Sauteed Plaintains
  • Garden Salad

First up, the chicken, which I decided to marinade in this…

The Man picked this out at the store the other day and I knew he’d be pleased with this meal (he’d probably drink the bottle if I didn’t use it soon haha, severe “buffalo sauce” disorder ya think?)

Chicken breast, largely sliced onion and green pepper plus the marinade got happy together while I got my workout on…

Then into a 375F oven for 30 minutes they went.

To go with I decided on plaintains, since I’ve been waiting ever-so-patiently for these suckers to ripen (takes foreverrrrr but so worth it!)

Looks like a rotten banana eh?  Not to worry, this is when the plaintain is at it’s sweetest… yellow & black!

If you remember last time I baked these up in the most glorious mixture of cumin, chili powder, cilantro & coconut oil. So good.

For the sake of time I decided on a simple saute tonight 🙂

1/2 tbslp coconut oil, 1 plaintain sliced on the diagonal.  That’s it.

The smell. Intoxicating.  The taste. Can’t put it into words.

My friends, plaintains are a life changing food.  At least for me.  Saying I adore them would be the understatement of the century.

I liked them like this even more than the last round.  I don’t know if the coconut oil really makes it happen, but these were AMAZINGGGGGGGG!

You know when you close your eyes and make the “mmm” sound while chewing because something is so good? (or is that just me haha)  Yep, that happened for each & every bite of this side dish 😉

Of course there was also a side salad of romaine, cucumber, tomato, green pepper, feta topped with white balsamic vinegar & olive oil, S&P and dried oregano to round out the meal.

Getting tired of this combo yet?  Not I!

Perfect way to end the week!

Well time to run, I can’t wait to soak up the rays from the comforts of my river tube with a frosty beverage in hand early tomorrow morning 😛

But before I go, just your friendly reminder to enter for your chance to win a dozen Candy Valley Cake Pops!!!

Off I go, enjoy your weekend friends!

Hello everyone! Totally sorry for going MIA yesterday…. but we had a busy afternoon and by the end of it I had started to feel like I was coming down with something so took some time to “disconnect”. 

Still don’t feel 100%, and waivering on going to the doctors today if it gets any worse, but don’t want to go unless absoltely necessary & risk exposing myself to more germs there, ya know?  Getting sick on the weekends = sux majorly. 

Anywho, let me give ya’ll a recap of our lovely Saturday afternoon 🙂

First off, I must say that the movie 2012 was seriously not as bad as I thought (read: I was not tempted to rudely be on my phone checking blogs the whole time 😉 )  It was rather long, and by the end I was quite over seeing so many people die bc that’s just not uplifting on a Saturday (or any day!).  However it was a well done movie, I would recommend seeing it when it comes out on DVD.

After the movies we stopped at my all time favorite fro yo shop (right next door, this place is $$ !).  I got a mix of tart <3, strawberry & peanut butter (!!!) topped with some coconut & choclate chips.


Yes please 🙂

The Man got peanut butter + chocolate loaded with reese’s peanut butter cups and who knows what else?!


After the fro yo sustenance, The Man went shopping with me for some pretty Christmas decorations for the house… HomeGoods & Michael’s, what up bribe move haha 😉  We got some great stuff, however can’t put it up until after Thanksgiving (wtf?!) — total buzzkill, thanks honey.

Plans were to go out to dinner afterwards, but we were both exhausted and had no desire to be out in public (is that weird?)  Plus I really wasn’t feeling well by this point, so we decided our best bet would be to order take out (*gasp* I think this is like the 3rd time since we’ve lived here that we’ve done that haha).

Cheesecake Factory was striking a lovely chord with the both of us, so we decided to do curbside to-go, could they make it any easier?!?!

I ordered the Pear & Endive Salad

Grilled Chicken, endive, radicchio, arugula, butter lettuce, roasted pear, bleu cheese, candied pecans & tomato served with a low-cal vinaigrette.


The Man went food-crazy and ordered an appetizer & dinner… his metabolism amazes me still!

Buffalo Blasts

Chicken breast, cheese and spicy buffalo sauce all stuffed in a spiced wrapper and fried until crisp. Served with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing.


Steak Diane

Medallions of certified angus beef steak covered with black peppercorns and a rich mushroom wine sauce.  Served with mashed potatoes and grilled onions.


It also came with bread


The guy who took our order via phone must have liked The Man haha bc he also threw in some extras including their spiced baked apples & fried onion straws.

Holy crap, so much freaking food 😛

Dinner was the perfect way to end the day…. my salad was deelish and I def had a bite or two of the buffalo chicken greasies (couldn’t resist!) and they were amazing.  I really want to try to recreate these “healthified” using Nasoya wrappers!!!  I see a cooking experiment in the near future….

After dinner we lined up movie #2 of the day, The Ugly Truth.  It was SO GOOD!!! 🙂  I’m watching it again as we speak actually haha 😛

Today’s agenda was supposed to include some exercise since I took a couple days off, however I really need to listen to my body with this one and see if I begin feeling better before that happens 🙁   If anything, it will be some low-key yoga just to get my body moving?

I also have plans to go to to a makeup demo with my homegirl from work at The Jefferson, a beautiful historic hotel in downtown Richmond.



I’m just hoping I feel good enough by that time to go – bc I’ve been really excited about this!!

Got some plans up my sleeve for dinner tonight, but you’ll just have to visit tonight to see 😉

Alright friends, gotta go rest up and try to feel better, see you later!!