Archive | July 2013

Southern Belle Contemplates Monday: Nashville (TV Show)

This past year I did not watch the show Nashville.  Mainly because it is on at the same time as Criminal Minds and well I can’t miss my Criminal Minds.  Well this summer I have been catching up on Season 1 of Nashville.  I am watching episode 12 right now as we speak and I am loving this show so far.  I can’t wait to get home from work each day so I can watch more.  I will be ready for Season 2 when it starts this fall.  I will still be watching Criminal Minds on Wednesday nights but I will catch up on Nashville the next day.  September can’t get here fast enough!

Southern Belle Reads Friday (On Tuesday): Crossfire

This week I finished book two in the Crossfire Series.  Wow, these are totally different from Fifty Shades of Gray!  Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed reading both series so far.  And they both are great in their own way.  Book One of Fifty was almost a little too much for me but Books Two and Three were perfect and my favorites.  The Crossfire Series seems to be pretty much even throughout the series, what you get in book one continues in book two and I would assume book three as well.  Don’t get me wrong I like that.  I will keep you posted after I finish book three.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Cooking This Week

Well I have nothing cooking this week.  I want to make some chicken noodle soup sometime soon but is not going to happen this week.  I’m hoping to find a chicken noddle soup recipe that is healthy or at least somewhat healthy and that tastes like the chicken soup at Carrabba’s.  Hopefully I can find something.  I’m not a big Carrabba’s fan but I do like their chicken soup.   Wish me luck!  And I will keep you posted.

Southern Belle Contemplates Monday (on Wednesday): Radio

I don’t usually listen to the radio, I prefer books on cd when I am driving to and from work.  The only time I have the radio on in my car is if I have someone riding with me.  But there is a song on country radio right now I can’t get enough of.  In fact I can’t get enough of the music video either.  I’m sure you are wondering what song I am talking about.  It is “Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farr.  There is something about that song and his voice that has just drawn me in.  I can’t wait for October 15th for his cd to come out.  I can’t wait to listen to it for the first time and to hear his voice on different types of songs.

Southern Belle Reads Friday (on Tuesday): Summer Reading Funk

My funk has returned!  I don’t know why but my reading funk is back.  I so want to sit down and get lost in a good book, but I have not been able to do that .  I miss having a book you can’t put down and you stay up half the night reading, even though you have to get up and go to work in a few short hours.  None of the books I pick up lately do that for me.  I wish I could find one and soon!  Is summer, beach read time!  I’m not going to the beach but I would love a good beach read.  Hopefully I find something soon.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday (on Tuesday): Southern Belle Creamy Vegetable Soup

Southern Belle Creamy Vegetable Soup



olive oil

2 cans vegetable broth

2 cans water

2-3 large potatoes peeled and cut into pieces

2-3 carrots peeled and cut into pieces

1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen green beans

1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen cut cauliflower

salt and pepper to taste

2 cups fat-free half and half


1) heat a small about of olive oil in pan (2 to 3 tablespoons)

2) add the onion and chopped garlic

3) once the onion has started to cook add the 2 cans of vegetable broth and 2 cans of water

4) let broth and water mixture heat up

5) add cut up carrots and potatoes

6) cover and let that cook for 30 mins

7) after 30 mins add the green beans

8) cover again and let cook for another 30 mins

9) after 30 mins add the cauliflower

10) cover again and let cook for about 20 mins

11) after 2o mins check the texture of the vegetables, if they are done, turn the heat off and let them cool a little

12) after the broth and vegetables have cooled a little, separate the vegetables from the broth, keep the broth

13) add the vegetables to a food processor with some of the broth and puree

14) after the vegetables are purred add them back to the pan with the broth add the half and half and salt and pepper and heat back up

15) serve


Southern Belle Contemplates Monday: A Surprise Winner in NH

Yesterday afternoon in New Hampshire a man who has been through hell and back, or at least it seems, surprised thousands.  Brian Vickers won the New Hampshire race yesterday.  That’s right I said Brian Vickers won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race yesterday!  Vickers does not even have a full-time ride.  Yesterday he was racing the number 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing.  A few years ago it was unsure if Vickers would be able to ever race again after a health issue side-lined him.  In fact it could have even killed him, so his winning yesterday was a great ending to a long story.  Maybe this will mean Vickers can find a full-time ride for next year.  Congratulations Brian Vickers!