Wednesday, December 29

Possible Survey opp (Food)

I do focus groups and surveys from time to time. I didn't qualify for this one, but maybe one of you will.
We're looking for women to be in an online study about food products that begins January 6. This study pays $80.

I can't share what the survey was about in order for them to get an accurate poll.

Monday, December 27

Sunday Snow

Sunday was a day of snow, soup and silly giggles. Alhamdullilah is had starting snowing overnight, so by 9am the snow had settled nicely and had enveloped the hubbie's work truck , and surrounding cars, and left the undisturbed street bright white and glittery.

Of course the children were anxious to get out into it and play. Now playing in the snow takes a bit of preparation, so it took quite a few run throughs until they were dressed warmly enough to satisfy me.

Masha'allaah as soon as they went outside my father-in-law (Brother B) and one of my sister in laws (Sister S) drove up to drop off some fresh italian bread. I was very happy about that, as I was planning on making a sweet potato soup for dinner, and that would top it off nicely, all warm with butter.

Check them out here acting silly and enjoying the cold and snow. They kept running in and out, but stayed out for the most part for about 2 1/2 hours. I love how my daughter's laugh is so vibrant and full of sparkle, it makes me glad to know & love her!

Since they were having such a good time, this gave me a bit of time to prepare my dinner. I turned on Paltalk to listen to lectures, and proceeded to into the kitchen. I had wanted to make a sweet potato soup, as I had a lot of them left from going to the produce store. And what's better then hot soup on a cold day?

After searching the net for some recipes, I came across from two that seemed to have the flavor I was desiring. It seems for this type of soup the taste will have some sweetness, whether from maple syrup, brown sugar or coconut milk. I ended combining some of the flavor profiles from both recipes.

They were the Sweet Potato and Apple Soup and Creamy Sweet Potato Soup, I think they were very similar actually. I omitted the nutmeg and adobe sauce, and I finished it off with a can of coconut milk. Here is a picture of the final product.

While the soup was simmering, I prepared for the children to come in the house, and made a big pot of tea to warm them up. I had been peeking outside to keep an eye on them, and relished the sounds of their laughter, and appreciated the fact that all the running around would allow them to have a restful night.

Not too long after that, they all came traipsing in looking like snow bunnies, tossing wet coats and gloves on the floor, struggling to get off big boots, all the while showing flush face, smiling faces.

They drank their tea, while sneaking bits of the loaves of bread brought over earlier. If I had not got them it may not have been enough to serve with dinner!

Dinner came around, and I served the hot soup with buttered bread and we tore in. I liked it, but felt it was missing just a tad of something, so I add a few grains of sea salt and that pepped it up a bit The husband initially said no when he came in, but agreed, and said that he enjoyed it very much. The children gave it a thumbs up, except for the youngest.

I will keep in in my recipe box with a few modifications.

So that was my Sunday. How was yours?