Cauliflower Bone Broth Soup

High Protein Soup with Cauliflower and Bone Broth

If you are like us, you may be following a stricter eating plan this month.  Cue the cauliflower.  Well, as you probably have realized by now, we love our soups at Nearly All Things.  The problem is that we are looking to add more protein in our diet.  So, Ashlee came up with this great idea to use bone broth in her Cauliflower Soup.

And, just in case you aren’t totally familiar with bone broth, let me share some of its top health benefits.  To start with, it contains a slew of vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, selenium, and iron. Bone broth also contains gelatin which breaks down into collagen and can help protect the joints. It also contains the amino acid glycine which can help you sleep better at night.  And lastly, which takes us back to why it was added to this soup in the first place, bone broth can help you lose weight because it is high in protein and makes you feel full longer.  Tah dah!

Cauliflower Soup with Organic Beef Bone broth

Cauliflower Bone Broth Soup

Ingredients:

  • Head of cauliflower
  • 2 – 3 Cups Bone broth (depending on how thick you want your soup)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

Toppings (optional – but so worth it!):

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon

Directions:

Steam the head of cauliflower.  Add steamed cauliflower, garlic, and bone broth to the blender.

Transfer blended mixture to the stovetop.  Add about 1/2 cup of milk or cream.  Add 1/2 stick of butter and stir until it is melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Cauliflower Soup with Bone Broth

 

Cook on low for 10 minutes. Here is what your soup will look like, especially if you like it a little thicker like me:

Top your soup off with cheese and bacon – c’mon you know you want to 🙂

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A Great Book Club Read

Educated A Memoir: Book Review

 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is a remarkable retelling of a young girl’s struggle to escape a repressive father, abusive brother, and a mother who ultimately puts the needs of her husband over the safety of her daughter.  Born to a religious fanatic, Tara Westover was raised by a father who believed that the best education for his children could only be found in the confines of their home. His paranoia of the government and of the outside world led Tara’s father to isolate his family more and more throughout the book.  After her brother leaves to pursue his education, Tara realizes that this might be her only way out.  Tara borrows books from her brother and through self-teaching learns enough to get into Brigham Young University at an early age.

With the help of friends and mentors, Tara educates herself on not only academics, but the ways of the world.  Her pursuit of an escape through education, will open your eyes to the many little things we take for granted.   Educated: A Memoir is captivating and enlightening from the start and a true testament that the human spirit has powerful potential to overcome impossible odds.  A must read!

 

Spotted! Leopard Shoes of All Kinds

It’s all about leopard these days.  Here are Ashlee’s top picks for just about every style.  A leopard can’t change their spots – can you?

 

These “Miller” Flip Flops top off my list because we are all thinking about spring break about now.

"Miller" Flip Flop
“Miller” Flip Flop

 

People love a cute loafer.  Personally I can’t do it, but when I see someone rock them – I like it!

Feather-L Genuine Calf Hair Loafer Flat
Feather-L Genuine Calf Hair Loafer Flat

 

Who doesn’t need these fun, furry slippers???

Faux Fur Slipper
Faux Fur Slipper

This open toe number is pretty sexy!

Rowen Genuine Calf Hair Pump
Rowen Genuine Calf Hair Pump

These Keds are pretty darn cute!!

 

kickstart genuine calf hair sneaker
kickstart genuine calf hair sneaker

 

If you have money to burn, why not go with these Running Sole Genuine Calf Hair Sneakers?

Running Sole Genuine Calf Hair Sneaker
Running Sole Genuine Calf Hair Sneaker

 

This little pointy toe shoe can be worn so many ways.

Posh II Pointy Toe Pump, Main, color, WHITE/ BLACK LEOPARD HAIRCALF (3) Posh II Pointy Toe Pump
Posh II Pointy Toe Pump

 

Why are these in the mix??  Because I would totally wear them that’s why!

Malin Genuine Calf Hair Bootie
Malin Genuine Calf Hair Bootie

 

I’d wear these too!

Animal Genuine Calf Hair Studded Boot
Animal Genuine Calf Hair Studded Boot

 

Because I’m thinking of spring break again!!  These Leopard Wedges say “vaca”!

Lonnie genuine calf hair wedge sandal
Lonnie genuine calf hair wedge sandal

 

I have to end with these!!  Are you frickin’ kidding me?  These are badass – that’s all I can say!

So Kate Genuine Calf Hair Pump
So Kate Genuine Calf Hair Pump

 

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10 Fun Pieces at Amazing Prices

Nasty Gal won’t give us a commission on these steals – but we won’t hold that against them (at least not for long – ha ha!).  Here are 10 fun pieces that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for.

  1.   Leopard Bag – At $20, this leopard handbag is a steal.  It can be dressed up for a night on the town or a perfect bag to grab when you are heading to dinner with friends.
Want for Box Sake Leopard Bag
Want for Box Sake Leopard Bag – $20

2.  How about a matching jogger set?  This takes all the thought out of it, right? Perfect for running errands or a night in.  Two comfortable pieces for $35?  Sounds great to us!

Serious Chills Top and Jogger Set
Serious Chills Top and Jogger Set – $35

3.  Here’s a great find that will add some color to your winter wardrobe – and it might just come in handy for that pesky little holiday coming up in February 😉

Sweet Tooth Striped Sweater
Sweet Tooth Striped Sweater – $35

4.  While we’re at it, here’s more pink for you – this added corset dresses up this simple tee.  So now you’re comfortable and stylish – just the way we like it!

Corset It is Tee
Corset It is Tee – $10

5.  Okay, Ashlee claims there is no theme here, but we know a theme when we see one, right?

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Where Do Broken Hearts Go Bobble Sweater – $55

6.Here’s another rockin’ purse at an amazing price!

WANT Circle the Block Croc Shoulder Bag
WANT Circle the Block Croc Shoulder Bag – $25

7.  A fun dress that can be dressed up with heels or make it more casual by throwing on your favorite pair of Doc Martin boots.

Little Spotty Wrap Dress
Little Spotty Wrap Dress – $24

 

8. This bag is a statement in itself! I’m picturing a black turtleneck dress.  Who needs a necklace when you have this.

WANT Hold That Thought Croc Backpack
WANT Hold That Thought Croc Backpack – $24

 

9.  Here’s great deal on distressed cargo pants.

Cargo For It Distressed Pants
Cargo For It Distressed Pants – $36

 

10.  This one has Ashlee written all over it!  Who agrees with me? Well, she picked it, didn’t she?

Oh Hey Grr-l Leopard Dress
Oh Hey Grr-l Leopard Dress – $35

So, there you go – 10 great finds at ridiculous prices!  Have a little fun – after all it’s a New Year 😉  But, hurry, these prices won’t last long!

Looking for more fashion inspiration?   Follow us at Nearly All Things and please like, comment and share whenever possible 🙂  We truly appreciate it!  Stay tuned for more leopard inspiration!

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is crazy easy to make.  Throw the ingredients in the crockpot and 6 hours later – you are done.  It’s one of my favorite things to make early in the day and then come home to a wonderful smelling house with a meal ready to go!

Now, I said this is crazy easy, but there is a little time involved in chopping the onions, red peppers and garlic.  If you don’t have the time – buy that stuff already chopped!  Otherwise, make sure you tag on about 10 minutes of chopping.  But overall, it couldn’t be easier 🙂

Chicken Tortilla soup ingredients

This is a compilation of a lot of different recipes I found online but ultimately I added lots more cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper – because I want my tortilla soup flavorful!  But if you are leery about too much spice, I recommend adding about 1/2 of the spice and then keep adding more until you find the right spice and flavor for you.  If you agree that more flavor is better – than add away.

Ingredients:

  • 1- 1 1/2 lb organic chicken breast
  • 1 15 oz can organic black beans – rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen white sweet corn
  • 2 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1- 2 chopped red peppers
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 – 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup monterey jack & cheddar mix

 

Toppings:

Set out a buffet of options, anything goes – but here is what we like:

  • Prepackaged tortilla strips
  • Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese mix
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot sauce of choice
  • Jalapeño, sliced raw or Crispy Jalapeño by Fresh Gourmet

Crispy Jalapenos by Fresh Gourmet

 

Directions for Crockpot:

Turn your slow cooker to high.  Rinse your chicken and place in your slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock over the chicken.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir.

After an hour, turn your slow cooker to low and continue to bake for 5-7 hours or until the chicken starts to fall apart with a fork.

 

Directions for when you don’t have 5 – 7 hours:

Pour 1 – 2 Tbsp EVOO in a large stock pot and sauté your onions and red peppers.

Chop your chicken into bite size pieces and throw into the pot once the onions and red peppers have cooked for about 10 minutes.  Cook for about 5 minutes, then throw in your garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and a dash of pepper.  Stir while this cooks for about 2 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients (minus the cheese) and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes until all the flavors have blended well.  Add the cheese and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes.

Serve bowlfuls and top with your choice of toppings.  Enjoy!

New To Nearly All Things? Looking for more healthy recipe ideas to start 2019 off right?  Follow us at Nearly All Things.  We’ve got plenty of healthy recipes in the works along with beauty products that actually work, great books, fun fitness options, fashion inspiration, and so much more!  Here’s to looking good and feeling good in 2019!

 

 

 

5 Tips to Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

gettimg back on track after holidays

If you have been overindulging in food and drink since the kids got out of school for winter break, then, like us, you are probably starting to think about returning to a healthier lifestyle.

Below are our five tips for getting back on track:

1.  Set realistic goals.

If your goals or resolutions are realistic, you are more likely to stick to them.  Keep in mind that a pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories.  So cutting 500 calories a day would lead to losing 1 lb/week.

If you’ve never run before, don’t sign up for a marathon.  Maybe try a 5K first.  And, if running isn’t your thang – that’s fine too.  There are so many different types of exercise.  Find out which one you like and you will be more likely to stick to that.  Most gyms will offer a free trial class or even a free week of classes.  Shop around and see what you like.  Not into a gym just yet?  There are tons of workouts online.  Really, there’s something out there for everyone.

2.  Weigh yourself once a week. 

Don’t weigh yourself daily.  Instead, pick a day and a time (morning is best) each week to weigh yourself.  Track it and watch your progress.  Weighing yourself each day is bound to have many ups and downs which can defeat your motivation.  Remember it’s about progress, not perfection.

scale

3.  Hold yourself accountable.

Grab a group of girlfriends, a spouse, or join an online weight loss group.  Let’s face it, we aren’t always motivated to workout – having some accountability will get you moving on the days you don’t feel up for it.

4.  Surround yourself with positivity.

Positive quotes can be helpful in keeping you motivated. And yes, there’s an app for that!  Sign up for an app that will send you daily motivation and positivity.  Check out  Shine and Louise Hay Affirmation Meditations for daily messages.  Or, go old school and use post-its with positive messages.

Also, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people.  They are more likely to keep you motivated because they also want you to do well.  Limit your time  with people who make you feel bad about starting or following a healthy lifestyle.  If they care about you, they should be encouraging you.

5.  Cut back on sugary treats – and yes, that includes alcohol too.

Just keep reminding yourself that these are empty calories.  If you have been adding several drinks each night or reaching for the holiday cookies, you’ve been adding a lot of extra calories.    It’s time (well, at least after New Years) to cut back and get back in control of your diet.  Have healthy, go-to-snacks readily available and remove the junk food.  Add a Simple Green Smoothie into your morning routine or grab a cup of Sweet and Spicy Tea in the afternoon instead of something sweet.

Need more motivation?

Here’s some articles we found insightful and motivational:

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Overeating

Nutrition: Eight Tips to Get Back on Track After Christmas

How Much Damage Does Indulging Over the Holidays Actually Do?

What’s The Best Way To Track Weight Loss: A Measuring Tape Or Scale?

Follow Nearly All Things for 2019

We know you moms are busy, so we keep it short and sweet – giving you useful information a couple of times a week to keep you motivated to look and feel good.  We’ve got some great healthy eats coming your way in 2019 along with inspiring interviews, fun forms of exercise, fashion ideas and beauty products that actually work.  Thanks for all your support and sharing in 2018 to help grow this little blog of ours – you all rock!!!

Last Minute Drugstore Stocking Stuffers

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Just a few more days to go and you just remembered the stockings.  Here are a bunch of great products for your teen that will get plenty of use.  And, you might want to grab an extra for yourself 😉

  • Maybelline’s New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a must have.  All of their colors are amazing but Seductress is perfect for most skin types and is a great neutral, everyday color.
Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
  • L’Oreal’s Paris Voluminous Original Mascara is our go to!  Pair it with the Voluminous Primer and your lashes will really stand out.  We are huge fans of mascara so go as black as black can be!
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original 
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original
  • Revlon’s ColorStay Brow Pencil is the same as some high end brands we’ve tried.  Don’t waste money get this brow pencil!

 

Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil
Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Skinny is great for a thin eyeliner look or to line the water line of the eyes.
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Skinny
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Skinny
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller, Sheer Light/Medium Tint is great for just about anyone.  It goes on thin and covers those dark circles.
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller, Sheer Light/Medium Tint
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller, Sheer
  • L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream –  I literally can’t say enough good things about this product.  It does all that it says it does.
L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
  • Tweezerman Classic Eyelash Curler – you gotta get a good eyelash curler, end of story.
Tweezerman Classic Eyelash Curler
Tweezerman Classic Eyelash Curler
  • Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor – I know this seems like a weird gift, but seriously gals, a shaver and bikini trimmer in one is where it’s at!  I have used this for years.  Maybe don’t give to your mother-in-law but give it to someone who would really appreciate knowing that this beauty exists.
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor
  • Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Pre-Tox Peel Off Face Mask – OK, any fun face mask is a good gift.  Get a bunch of singles or try a cool peel off one!
Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Pre-Tox Peel Off Face Mask
Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Pre-Tox Peel Off Face Mask
  •  Scunci Strong Hold Black Ponytailers are the best.  I cannot live without these flat hair bands!
Scunci Strong Hold Black Ponytailers
Scunci Strong Hold Black Ponytailers

That completes our list of great stocking stuffers your teen will love and you don’t have to go far to get them 🙂  Merry Christmas from Nearly All Things 🙂