T-Pain Microphone and Irish Potato Soup

Okay, can I just say that my blog post title basically kicks ass! 😀

I decided to get a gag gift for Tony’s birthday last week.  We had seen an infomercial for T-Pain’s microphone – you can sing into it, get beat box rhythms – here is what the microphone can do.

So Tony has been sending me love songs at work and leaving them on my voice mail.  Here is the latest one on a day when I told him I was really busy.

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I just saved it on my voicemail and it makes me laugh every time I hear it – thanks Tony! 😀

It’s still overcast/rainy/crappy outside, so I decided I wanted oatmeal.  Now I know why I don’t eat this too often, I added a teaspoon of agave nectar, with 1 chopped apple, 1 tablespoon of raisins and a small packet of McDonald’s granola – it was just way too sweet.  I missed my cheese. 😀  Although I will say that it was filling and only 6 WW points for the whole bowl.  I think I got the McDonald’s granola packets from my Mom that she got at the food pantry she volunteers at – if they don’t have enough for everybody, they can’t hand it out.

And since I am still working out of my pantry/fridge/freezer, I give you Irish Potato Soup with Honey Beer Bread.  It’s rare if I don’t have chicken broth, potato and carrots on hand.

Irish Potato Soup (makes 4 servings, 246 calories, 12 fat, 25 carbs, 4 fiber and 9 protein = 6 WW points per serving = about 1.5 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound Idaho potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 2 large carrots, shredded (mine came to a generous cup)
  • 32 ounce chicken broth (Dollar Tree sells 32 ounce boxes of chicken broth and beef broth for $1 – nice!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used bacon salt)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Melt butter in stock pot.  Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Add in flour and cook for 1 minute.  Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium-low heat for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. 

I used my potato masher because I wanted a chunkier soup – feel free to stick blend for a smooth soup. 

Honey Beer Bread (makes 12 servings, 146 calories, 2.2 fat, 26 carbs, 1.2 fiber and 3.3 protein = 4 WW points).

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 bottle of light beer
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter (may leave this out next time)

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Add beer and honey and mix just until the mixture is combined.  Pour 1 tablespoon of butter in the bottom of your bread dish, and then add bread dough, then finish off with the remaining butter.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes (I used a glass dish, so it may take longer in a different pan).

I actually liked the extra texture of leaving the potato skins on.  This one will be a repeat for sure, and the bread is super quick. 😀

I never worked out at lunch, it was pouring rain pretty much all day and when I thought it would let up, it would start up again. 🙁

When I went to TJ’s over the weekend, I picked up this small oven roaster – love both the size and the price!

Before work I added sliced lemons, sea salt with rosemary and cracked pepper and wrapped it up.  I asked Tony to heat the oven around 4:45 to 475 – bake it for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 and then I’d take over when I got home from work.  It was cooked perfectly – starting out the first 30 minutes at a high temperature seals the skin and ensures that you will get a crispy skin (I gave my skin to the dog). 😀  But keep an eye on it – you may have to cover it with foil half way through so the skin doesn’t burn.  Um, and please ignore the random shit on my counter.  Thanks.

On the side I had smashed potatoes and sauteed zucchini – again, another comforting dinner that doesn’t break the WW points bank.  This plate comes in at 9 points.

Loved reading about who inspires you to cook on yesterday’s post!  Thanks for sharing your memories with me!

Stats for Tuesday

  • 29]points (I added 4 points of tasting my soup I made after dinner last night)
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 151 (thanks carby breakfast!) 😀

Tonight is hanging with Hannah – we are going to go see My Idiot Brother. 😀  Make it a great day!

Come back tomorrow with Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup using the leftover noodles from the beef stroganoff, chicken from the roast last night and leftover marinara sauce – sounds weird, but this just might be my new favorite soup. 😀

 

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