Cucumber Soup

The other day I saw a yummy looking cucumber soup being whipped up on the Today Show.  I took to the internet to find a recipe.  Little did I know there are a ton of variations.  Some are spicy, some are sweet.  It really all depends on your preference. 
Therefore, I will leave it up to you which one you make (search cucumber soup).  No matter what you choose, cucumber soup is a perfect chilled soup for the summer.  Try having a bowl before heading out to dinner as it will nicely fill your tummy and prevent you from overindulging.  Just make a batch, pour into pitcher and store in fridge.  Just keep a few things in mind.  Sub Greek yogurt, low-fat sour cream, or cottage cheese for any heavy cream.  Try using English cucumbers (I found at Trader Joes) as they have fewer/smaller seeds. 

Let me know what variation you try!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Penzeys Spices – Breakfast Sausage

My sister, Kelli, introduced me to one of my new FAVORITE stores a couple weekends ago…drum roll please…
there is one in Des Moines located next to Toys R’ Us off of University

You will find ever combination of spice and herbs for every dish for every occasion!

I purchased some of their best sellers:
Italian Dressing– makes a wonderful homemade salad dressing with olive oil and vinaigrette
Fox Point– smells like butter 🙂 so good on baked potatoes or asparagus
Black & Red– the wonderful gentleman helping me threw this one in for free!!! Yipeee!!! It’s J’s fav since it is SPICY!

Chicago– have not tried yet, but will make the PERFECT steak.
Breakfast Sausage– made turkey burgers/sausage with this….YUM! Typically, just ground turkey breast can be a little bland and need LOTS of flavoring, but just a few tsp of this spice made the most amazing sausage.

Add spice to meat and mix in. I also add a little to the tops of each sausage.
Add less/more for spicy preference.
Pan fry in olive oil on medium till cooked through.

ps…these spices make WONDERFUL gifts as well.

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good