Clean Eating Broccoli and Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread Copy Cat)

Good evening!

I’m here to share with you my delicious recipe for Broccoli Cheddar soup that tastes exactly like the one from Panera Bread! Its SUPER EASY and only takes about 30 – 45 minutes. Also, the ingredient amounts can be adjusted to whatever amount you want to make.


2 – 3 bunches of organic broccoli

3 large organic carrots

1 large onion

5 – 6 cloves of garlic

1 cup organic half and half (or almond milk)

8oz block of cheddar cheese

3 – 6 tablespoons organic salted butter

3 – 6 tablespoons organic wheat flour (or any substitute)

Spices: onion powder, garlic powder, kosher sea salt, black pepper

First, chop up your veggies. I am picky, so I leave the onion and garlic cloves whole, and then I fish them out at the end. If you prefer, you can dice them up. Dump it all in to a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the veggies (about 2 -3 cups). Sometimes I find myself adding extra water throughout because some of it evaporates. Let the veggies boil for about 15 or 20 minutes until they are as tender as you prefer.

Once the veggies are nice and tender, start up your roux in a separate pot (about medium sized). Now, the amount of butter and  flour you add is up to you depending on how thick you want your soup to be. I like mine to be thick so I use 6 tablespoons of butter and 6 tablespoons of flour. Which ever amount you choose, just make sure the butter and flour are equal parts. Melt the butter on medium heat and when it is completely melted, whisk in the flour slowly.

Next pour the roux into the large pot of veggies and stir. You can keep the burner on medium heat. If its too high the soup will start to burn on the bottom.

Let this slowly bubble as you cut up the cheese in to small cubes (or you can use a cheese grater, but thats too much work for me). Before I add the cheese, I make sure to take out the onion and garlic cloves. Now add the cheese cubes and stir often to allow them to melt fully. If you want, you can add other types of cheese for variety. The final step is to add the spices. You can choose how much you add, just be sure you are doing taste tests.

Finally you’re done. Enjoy! Save the rest in a large bowl or tupperware container and keep in the fridge. It generally lasts up to one week!

Let me know what you think in the comments! And please don’t forget to subscribe!


Hair Fun!

Hello all!

It sure has been a while since I posted! But as some of you may know, I am recently trying to build a portfolio for updos for special occasions and such! Yesterday, I went to Jess’s house and was able to practice on her hair!! So thank you Jess for letting me practice!!! But I wanted to post pictures of what I practiced thus far! 🙂

This is my first Updo! More of a curly fancy ponytail!

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This is my second Updo, more of a curly messy bun!

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She made the perfect model to practice on since she has SOOOO MUCH HAIR:-)

So since it is practice, I’d be happy to hear what you think, and I am open to suggestions and ideas and constructive criticism. (Just nothing mean please!)  Thanks everyone and I hope every one is doing well on this Saturday! 🙂

LUSH Skincare Products for Clear Skin: My Miracle Cure!

Hi everyone! Please take a look at my video if you ever had concerns about acne, oil, and redness. My skin was a nightmare, but now I have the Dark Angels Cleanser and the Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water as my miracle cure.

The cleanser is amazing and smells great. It exfoliates and pulls out any gunk that is clogging your pores. The toner water returns moisture and balance to skin while reducing redness. Together they manage oil production to get rid of grease and shininess. Please give them a try if you are struggling like me!


Vega One Nutritional Shake

I love love love this stuff! I will recommend this to anyone and everyone.

I normally blend up a smoothie with frozen strawberries, 1 banana, greek yogurt, a splash of milk, and about 5 ice cubes. After its all mixed together in the Magic Bullet, I toss in a scoop of the Chocolate Flavored powder. I struggle with trying to get enough veggies in my day, so this plant-based powder gets them in there for me!

Here is the information taken from Vega One’s webpage:

Made from real, whole food ingredients, Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake has the good stuff you’d choose if you had the time – all in one delicious scoop. With everything you need, Vega One gives you:

  • 20 grams of complete, multisource, plant-based protein
  • 6 servings of greens
  • 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals
  • 25% DV fiber
  • 1.5 grams of Omega-3s
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics (1 billion CFU)
  • Low-glycemic with no sugar added
  • Only 160 calories per serving

Vega One is free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. Vega One is also Non-GMO Project Verified.

Available in Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and Natural flavor.
Enjoy Vega One shaken with water, juice or a non-dairy beverage of your choice, and as a delicious, nutrient-supplementing addition to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Did I mention it tastes amazing?! Those of you who are vegan, you can replace the greek yogurt and milk with appropriate substitutions of your choice. Or you can mix the powder by itself with some water or almond milk. Your choice! I think it tastes just as good with plain water, but making it into a smoothie is like a delicious frozen treat.

I generally have this as a lunch replacement 3 or 4 days a week. It is plenty to fill me up until dinner time. Although I like to have little snacks here and there anyway (almonds, fruits).

They also have single-serve sizes so you can try it out before buying the large tub. Give it a try and let me know how you like it in the comments section!

More Budget Shopping at Whole Foods

Hi everyone! I’m here to share another Whole Foods Receipt with you!

2 bakery rolls – $1.50

1.5 lbs of organic broccoli (3 bunches) – $4.66

1 bunch of carrots – $2.49

1 pint organic blueberries – $2.99 (SALE!)

1 lb organic stawberries – $3.50 (SALE!)

1 large vidalia onion – $1.28

1 lock of sharp cheddar – $2.49

16oz organic salted butter – $4.49

1 jar peanut butter – $2.79

1 pack of chicken breast – $7.03

1 cantaloupe – $2.99 (SALE!)

Total with Tax (and reusable bag refund) = $36.00

Normally I’ll buy a few apples to have as my mid-day snack, but lately they have been giving me a belly ache after I eat them. So instead I got a few different fruits to make a fruit salad! I can have this for a snack every day this week.

The carrots, broccoli, onion, cheddar, and butter are for homemade broccoli cheddar soup (Panera copy-cat). I’ll post the recipe for you when I make it later this week! It is absolutely delicious! Also, the rolls are for me to dip in the soup. This will make a yummy lunch for about 5 days.

For my breakfasts I already had bread, but I’m running low on PB so I grabbed a jar.

For dinner, I picked up some more chicken. I have a few bags of frozen veggies already.

And there you have it. I am set for the week!

Feel free to comment or email me if you want any budgeting or meal planning advice!

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Jessica’s Photos from Mt. Tammany

I’m sure you’ve all read Steph’s awesome post about the Delaware Water Gap! Today I’m going to share the photos that I took from that amazing trip.

This trip would count as my second major hiking trip. Mt. Tammany is around 1500ft above sea level (pretty close in height to Hawk Mountain actually). By researching a few websites, I knew what to expect and had confidence that I could complete it. Sure, it was exhausting but the views were worth it.

Delaware Water Gap

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