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Food for Thought

Hello, everyone!

I am on a baking spree! I can’t stop sifting through recipes and trying new things! Maybe its because cabin fever has begun to settle in and I just need to get my hands busy.

So I wanted to share some yummy soup I came across! With  fall coming, I believe soups are a great thing to delve into as the temperatures drop! My mom and I made this particular soup yesterday for lunch and there was enough leftovers for us to have it again this afternoon, and boy am I excited to eat it right after this post!

Also its pretty healthy!

218 calories for a cup and a half, with 35 carbohydrates and 7 grams of fiber!

soup

Bean and Pasta Soup:

Ingredients:

-1 cup uncooked small pasta

-2 celery ribs, thinly sliced (I detest celery so I don’t use them for this recipe)

-2 medium carrots, thinly sliced

-1 medium onion, chopped

-1 garlic clove, minced (I use garlic powder instead)

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-2 cups water

-1 can (14 and 1/2 ounces) tomatoes, undrained

-1 and 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

-1 teaspoon dried basil

-1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed (I don’t even use this and it still tastes extraordinary)

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/8 teaspoon pepper

-1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

-2 cups shredded fresh spinach (If you don’t have this on hand, you don’ t have to use it to keep the excellent taste)

-1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (you don’t have to have this, either)

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick saucepan, sauté the celery, carrots, onion and garlic in oil for five minutes. Stir in the water, tomatoes, broth, basil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for ten minutes or until carrots are tender.

Drain pasta; stir into vegetable mixture. Add the beans; heat through. Stir in the spinach; cook until spinach is wilted, about two minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

If you’re a soup-lover this is definitely a must! The blend of basil and broth and onions… Oh its just perfect !

Time to post this so I can get right to that bowlful of soup that has my name written all over it!

God bless!

Hannah

Chapter 5: Perfection in a Cookie. Recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello everyone! I am terribly sorry that I haven’t been on for a long while! My days have been pretty busy the past month and a half but those are stories to tell for another time!

Right now I want to share with you my recipe for the best cookie I’ve ever tasted. If you know me, you’ll know that I adore chocolate chip cookies. ADORE them. So when I found a new, healthier way to make them I was up for the challenge! The cookie? Banana chocolate chip.

They are 66 calories (if you make them the way the directions want you to, they are. But I’m a rebel and make them a little bit bigger and add more chocolate chips so I’m sure mine have a some more calories in them!) and even if you’re not a banana person, no worries. My cousin absolutely hates bananas and yet enjoyed these cookies! You may have all the ingredients in your home already so when you feel the need to eat something sweet, this is the perfect solution!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies:

-1/3 cup butter, softened

-1/2 cup suger

-1 egg

-1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (1 medium sized banana should do the trick)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 cup all-purpose flour

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/8 teaspoon baking soda

-1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips *I use between 1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups. Adding a little more not only makes it sweeter but lightens the banana flavor if you don’t want that to overpower your taste buds

In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, banana and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls (Like I said, I make them a tad bit bigger… Closer to a large spoonful size) 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 3 dozen (unless you make them jumbo-sized like mine, then its about 20 cookies to 2 dozen)

Keep in mind the dough is different than regular chocolate chip cookies. With the banana inImage there, it makes it almost elastic-like. The picture on the left are the cookies I just made about 20 minutes ago before sticking them in the oven!

I popped mine in for about ten minutes considering they are a little larger than what the recipe recommends. After taking them out, you’ll see that the bottom of the cookie looks a little golden brown while the rest of it is almost soft and almost doughy. If you let them cool for a few minutes, that doughy look will harden up a little.

I couldn’t resist waiting for too long before trying one! And like the title says, its perfection in a cookie! The texture is incredibly soft and the taste of both the chocolate chips mixed with the banana is both sweet and satisfying! The two flavors blend and balance each other well and the banana doesn’t throw anything off except that hint of extra taste.

ImageSo the final product, if I do say so myself, was delicious and I’m excited to share these today with my family and friends when we go on our picnic at the park later this afternoon! If you decide to try the recipe, please get back with me and let me know what you think! I truly hope you enjoy them if you feel adventurous enough to give it a go!

Many blessings!

Hannah

The Beginning

Hello!

I am new to the world of blogging. My deepest apologies if I’m not up to the best of standards yet. I’ll attempt to get there as soon as possible!

I suppose for my first post for blogging (which happens to be the exact same for my first page that I’ve written), I would just like to introduce myself. Who I am, who and what I stand for, so on and so forth. Nothing too interesting unless you want to know about me before reading more of my blogs that I’ll be writing (lets see!) daily.

So hello (again!). My name is Hannah Faith Eagan. I am 20 years old with numerous passions. My first and foremost passion is my love for Jesus. You may not know Him. You may. You may not even care. No matter, I love Him and am willing to help out anyone else who wants to know Him.

I love to write. I’ve always had a sort of knack for writing long stories, even at a young age. So for the past two years, I’ve been trying my hand in some serious writing. Hopefully, as time goes on, others will see my potential and I can continue to grow and develop and maybe, just maybe, one day become an author.

I have a love for helping other people feel good about themselves. That may sound strange, but there was a point in my life where I didn’t feel the best about myself. Sometimes I still don’t. But I have come to realize that its ok to love yourself. Not become self-important, of course, but to acknowledge the good attributes you carry and go from there. Keep working hard at changing the rough areas in your life, but don’t beat yourself up for not being ‘perfect’. That will never happen. But laugh. Love. Live. Be the best you.

I am an eater. I have an obsession for anything food-related. That sounds so unhealthy, but I can’t help myself. There are times even

Twix bar Purchased March 2005 in Atlanta, GA, USA
Twix bar Purchased March 2005 in Atlanta, GA, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

when I’m on a strict diet for various reasons when I look at a candy bar and for the rest of the day, that candy bar will be all that I think about. Its just in my DNA or something.

Movies, books, and music are things that I get overly attached to. I’m not exaggerating either. There’s too much to say about this subject, so I’ll try to just use examples and be as brief as I can! I just finished watching “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and right now even as I type, I can’t get over how I really, really wish Jack Sparrow were real. Excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow. Books are my

Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

friends I will never, ever get rid of. I’m currently reading “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins for the 4th time and I’ve owned it for just a little over a year. Not to mention three or four people have borrowed it since I’ve had it. And music… Oh goodness, don’t even get me started. I love any and all music so I’ll just leave it at that. I will say this, though before I move on… About 85% of anything that comes out of my mouth could come right back around and be related to books, movies, or music. Yeah… I’m that obsessed.

Well that was just a bit longer than I originally anticipated, but that is only a snippet of who I am. But no worries. You’ll learn much much more about me as I continue with this whole blogging business. And I’m very excited to share!

All the best and thank you so much for reading if you’ve gotten this far! All my love! Hannah