What’s in a Name?

As you may know from Reshape with Ape’s Facebook, January 1st begins the next Whole30 adventure.  I will be teaming up again with Hey Joob, and a number of other people will be committing to the journey as well.  I’m so excited for each of you!  Remember, you don’t need to read the book, “It Starts with Food” in order to join us–but it is a great idea!  There are plenty of resources (email me if you need help!).  PLANNING is essential.  Otherwise, you WILL catch yourself in a vulnerable position in the kitchen searching out for something quick.

My goal on this endeavor is to extend past the 30 days, since this is my second time, to seek out healing and full awareness for my body.  I have my calendar broken down into 45 and 60 days.  Remember, this is about healing and listening to your body.  When Clubber passed away in October, I immediately went to Flavor Cupcakes post-Whole30.  Therefore, I didn’t PHASE back into eating to see how my experiment worked out for me.  My experiment was incomplete.  Cupcake equals sugar, gluten, and dairy all in one.  For me, since I’ve been eating paleo-style (August/September-ish), I’ve noticed substantial gains in my muscle development, as well as my strength.  I’m looking forward to also getting back on a schedule after the holiday slacking.

Hey Joob and I have been trying to think of a name for this adventure, something really cool:  but, we haven’t.  Perhaps the name doesn’t matter but the friendship and discussions that will come from this journey….. On another positive note, Hey Joob is coming to Maryland next weekend–I’m really stoked to rock the bells with her.  I will surely be shouting, “make your butt eat your pants!”  YAY!  We will be scheming and planning for this 30 +/- Day shindig as well.  If you have thoughts and ideas, please let us know.   USE US!  We are at your disposal, and here to help you make this a HUGE success!!!!

What’s in a name?  Well, I chose this because of the above adventure name issue, but also because I had a Turkey “Noodle” Soup epiphany.  My mom always makes soup after Thanksgiving.  I don’t eat ham (and neither does my picky husband) so I went to Springfield and got another turkey for Christmas.  I didn’t feel like it was AS good as my first, but it was still good.  So, since I wasn’t adventuring anywhere post Christmas (surprised?), I volunteered to take home the carcass and rock the soup.  I’m a pretty good soup maker, if I do say so myself.

Well, I let the carcass sit outside because it was colder than my fridge and I didn’t have room.  Last night I began the journey:

TURKEY “NOODLE” SOUP

I was really confused because I wanted to make stock first and what my mom was telling me just didn’t make sense–blonde moment?  Anywho, I ended up just putting some stuff together from a semi recipe I found online (remember, I don’t really like following recipes–I learned this from my Great Grandma):

1 15-20lb Turkey Carcass
Fill Pot w/ Water to Cover
Add lots of spices, celery, carrots (dash of this, some more of this, then that…)
Add some chicken/turkey stock (this annoyed me a little but I added it)

This is my new stock pot!!

Bring to a boil and then simmer (SLOW & LOW) for 1 hour.

Remove the carcass, allow to cool and finish removing meat
(My mom said to remove it beforehand, but I didn’t listen….thankfully, it came off really nice)

BUT

Then I smelled like turkey.  Which caused Orbit to go in a frenzy of licking my socks, fingers, etc. (after I was done cooking of course!)

NOTE:  Don’t forget to take out the TRASH ASAP or else, your crazy dog may sit and beg at the trash can and think he’s sneaky when he tries to knock it over to get the contents because they smell yummy!!

Add other veggies and bring to a boil, then simmer until everything is done.

Now, this was supposed to be turkey “NOODLE” soup but I decided against the noodles to make it compliant with my food habits.  I added turnips and more carrots and more spices…..  I will serve it over probably kale, spinach, or cabbage to add more veggies.

I’m not sure if my Mom or Dad will like it.  There is no corn, no noodles, and unfortunately, no onions (except the onions in my spices) because those induce migraines for my dear beloved husband.

Anywho, there’s my soup story.

Happy New Year!!!!!!  It’s time to bring in 2013 baby! :)

Love,
APE

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