Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mushroom Barley and Chicken Soup.

So it got pretty cold here a week ago and I decided to try my hand at a soup. I had some fresh mushrooms and some barley, and a left over grilled chicken breast, So I figured why not soup.
Here Goes,
Prep Time, 15 Min
Cooking time 55 min.
Makes about 3 quarts, Great for leftovers, and let me say it is even better the second day.
This is a healty meal at about 156 calories.
Feel free to use this recipe as your own,

Mushroom Barley and Chicken Soup.

7 Cups of Chicken Broth, ( Reduced sodium if your using canned broth )
2 Medium carrots, peeled and sliced thin.
1 Medium onion chopped.
2 Garlic cloves minced.
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, Or 1 1/2  tbl fresh chopped basil
1/2 teaspoon of oregano, or 1 1/2 tbl fresh chopped oregano.
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper, I use a mixed peppercorn blend (myspicesage.com)
1 1/2 cups of medium pearled barley.
2 cups of tomatoe juice, reduced sodium preffered.
1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained.
1/2 pound or one 8oz package of mushroom, thinly sliced.
1/2 pound, of grilled or cooked chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Freshly grated parmesan for garnish.

1.  In a dutch oven or large nonstick pot combine broth, carrots, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and pepper and bring to a boil. Add barley and chicken, Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-55 minutes or unitl barley is tender.

2. Add tomatoes juice, diced tomatoed and mushrooms; cook for 10-15 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

3. Pour into bowls and sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese in the center of the bowl.

4. Enjoy, This soup goes well with a grilled steak or can stand alone as a lunch.

We already ate all of this dish so I didnt get a good photo. But its very easy to do,you could even use leftover rotissire chicken,

If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line,
Have a great week, everyone.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Barnum and Bailey Parade.

When you think of Barnum and Bailey Circus and a Parade, What do you think of? We thought the "Greatest show on earth" this is will be pretty neat. Although I thought it was a but strange that a parade for the circus was at 10:30 Am on a Tuesday. The wife and I figured it would be neat for Ashlynn to see this Parade as the prices for the actual circus are quite high we figured this a fun free alternative.
We had breakfast and I attempted to get her excited that about where we were going. I was pretty excited myself. I mean when you think of a parade for the circus you think clowns, elephants, maybe the ringmaster surrounded by jugglers and if your lucky someone shooting flames from his or hers mouth.
The parade was scheduled to go from the train depot to the Von Braun Center. Which is a nice little route through a few blocks.
We had been to the Christmas parade there and had a fun time.
Anticipation getting the better of  me we left the house a little after 9:30 so we could get a good spot and before they blocked the roads.
We arrived a little after 10:00, ( I had to stop at the Post Office ) and I pulled out all of the things Parents need to pack in case of a baby melt down. Snacks, something to play with, a drink. all that stuff. We ended up getting a spot right next to the road and at the very beginning of the parade. There were quite a few people there already and as we waited many more people showed up. I figured there to be about 300 people waiting at the beginning of the parade route. You could see the trains and there where about 15 police cars already waiting.
You could feel the anticipation building as 10:30 arrived and passed,
Its seems Huntsville is really that good about being on time with things.
and then 20 minutes later the parade started.
31 seconds later the parade was over.

The parade that had been promoted through the news radio and paper consisted of 5 elephants led by a truck.
There were more police officers and animal handlers than animals.

I was very surprised that the greatest show on earth could give us a little more, Perhaps a clown or a horse or something. Everyone who had taken the time to come see this Parade seemed to be a shocked as I was.
I would have taken more pictures
But this was all I had time to capture

 Oh well at least we got outside for a little fresh air, and got to see an Elephant.