a little change…chicken soup with a serious twist


time for change
this recent hurricane
has started a storm brewing…
inside me.
the chaos of the last 2 weeks…
heck – the last 2 1/2 years…
has got to be …put to an end.

So… time for a little change.
or A LOT of change.

Change is good.
Change is what makes things better.
Change is what’s going to be on
my immediate agenda

1st up – NO MORE caring about what people think!
I have to do what I do…
because in the end of the day
I know deep down
if I am happy with it
if my gut is saying…
this is the right thing to do…
well then…
that is really all that matters.
all the other white noise…
the “competition”
the “news feeds”
the “well meaning” friends that say “why dontchya” or “maybe you should…”
is a distraction
I can no longer afford
to indulge in.
so .. time to shut off
and listen to the voice in my heart…
change …is a crazy thing.

2nd up -give a lot TAKE a lot
I am not by nature a taker…
if it was my way…
I would be the giver in all things..
but sometimes…
your just not in a position…
sometimes…like my favorite song says…
you need a little help from your friends!
and you know what…
taking ….
is as much a good thing (for both you and them)
as giving…and sometimes…. more important.
so …I am learning…
when someone sincerely puts their hand out
I am going to stop hesitating…
and grab on.

Finally…BE DARING!
the first step in making a change
is the hardest.
you need to think…
then forget it all…
and just jump in
with your eyes closed.
what’s the worse that could happen?
oh wait…
the worst has already happen…
so what is there to be afraid of anymore?
there is no time/age limit when it comes to change….
if you don’t at least dare to try
you will never know…
the one thing some of the most successful people
have in common…
they dared to do.
me to.

a little change goes a long way

so yesterday…
I started with my hair… (lol – always wanted bangs!)
helped put a new look with my new attitude
more change a coming…
stay tuned.

me in bangs… loving it – so happy I dared!

Chicken Soup with a Serious Twist : or Chicken Corn Chowder Soup

Last week I was not feeling so great, and the one cure everyone recommended was lots of Chicken Soup! I guess even though it has never been scientifically proven…chicken soup really is a great remedy for the common cold.

Especially now, with the weather here in the east coast being topsy turvey, freezing one day, a balmy 62 another, I have a feeling more colds are sadly in mine & Tunie B.’s future.
However, with a seriously stuffy nose, and a really bad head cold, I decided that my regular friday night chicken soup was not going to do the trick…I needed something I could actually taste despite the cold.

2 years ago I came up with a recipe that I have grown to love and make whenever I need to wake up my tastebuds and eat something comforting and filling – in one bowl. My Chicken Corn Chowder Soup. Talk about change…this is one chicken soup that has a lot of moxy!

The use of cayenne pepper, helps a ton, with clearing out your sinuses and giving you the chance to taste the delicious flavors that is this soup. If my cold is bad, I load up on the heat of the cayenne, if it is just a regular dinner, I tone things dow, quite considerably.

Best of all Tunie B. LOVES LOVES LOVES this soup. Corn & Chicken – her two favorite food groups!

2 cups chicken broth or water

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper

1 package smoked turkey deli (about 5-6 slices)

1 onion, chopped

2 tsp. olive oil

½ tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. smoked paprika

2 tsp. dried cilantro

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (more if you dare)

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. curry powder

salt & pepper to taste

2 15-oz. cans creamed corn

1 15-oz. can sweet yellow corn niblets

½ cup coconut milk


Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pot with broth. Simmer, covered, over medium-low heat 10-15 minutes, flipping chicken half way through.

Transfer chicken to plate and reserve broth. Using 2 forks and your hands, shred chicken into bite size pieces and set aside.

Sauté in the olive oil, the smoked turkey and onion in medium size soup pot or dutch oven for about 12-15 minutes until the onions have wilted and browned. Add all the the spices, mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.


Add both corns to the pot and mix, cook for 2 minutes. Add reserved chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened. Stir in the coconut milk and chicken and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot!