Creamy Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup {with sausage}

The phrase “fake it ’til you make it” has been floating around in my brain over the past few weeks.

Trying to get back into the groove with a fitness routine has been 1 part determination and 2 parts faking it until I make it. I know I’ll get there one day, but for now I am okay knowing it’s a struggle.

Another “fake it ’til you make it” factor in my life has been the weather. We keep getting a few days of beautiful Fall weather here & there, then it shoots right back up to the low 90’s.

How can I get white girl wasted on my pumpkin spice coffee if it’s too hot to even think about wearing long sleeves?

So I decided that until it’s actually cold enough to heat the house up with the oven every night, I’m faking it and making cold weather recipes that will keep the house at a decent temperature {fans on constantly, of course}. Who cares if I need to drink ice water right away in order to not overheat?? So worth it!

This Creamy Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup has been a favorite of mine since last Winter.

I bought a huge bag of carrots from Costco because, well, Costco can coax me into buying anything in bulk and started looking for creative ways to cook them. We always have sweet potatoes laying around, as well as onions, and I had stocked up on some ground sausage a few weeks prior.

This is also a triple bonus recipe – 1. If you add the sausage, this soup will taste even better the next day. 2. It’s pretty inexpensive to make – about $5 will get you around 10 dinner servings. 3. It’s super easy to make a huge batch and freeze some for meals down the road. You know I have your back in the “I don’t want to have to cook every night” department!

Creamy Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

by Maureen McCann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: appetizer entree soup/stew dairy-free gluten-free soy-free fall winter

Ingredients (8-10 servings)

  • 1 pound carrots, washed & cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, washed & cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 onion, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 8-10 cups broth and/or water
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika {or other spices that suit you}
  • 1 pound ground sausage


Wash & cut all veggies

Add veggies to a large soup pot

Cover with broth/water {I use a combo of these}

Add spices

Bring to a heavy boil for 15-20 minutes

Lower heat to a slow, steady boil for another 30 minutes or until veggies can be poked through with a fork or knife

Remove from heat

Using an immersion blender, thoroughly blend until you have a nice creamy soup

Serve OR:

Cook up the sausage in a separate pan

Add sausage and the fat from the pan to the soup pot

Using a large spoon, mix well

Put soup back on burner on low and let simmer for up to an hour.

Serve & enjoy!

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All the Food {Weekend Snapshots}

Happy Monday everyone!

I feel like I spent a majority of my weekend in the kitchen. For some that would be hell on Earth, but I couldn’t have been happier.

I started out with my favorite soup consisting of carrots, sweet potatoes, onions and {not pictured} ground sausage.

Once everything was cooked through, I blended it together with my immersion blender.

Comparison of not blended {front} and blended {back}.

I also made homemade chicken broth for the first time ever.

Once it was all done on Sunday I kept wondering to myself why I’d never made this before. I swear this broth is one of the easiest things I have ever made in the kitchen.

Early Saturday afternoon our persimmon tree in the backyard decided to fall over, so Gary helped my dad prop it back up. It is so heavy with fruit on one side that there are at least 3 beams supporting it now. I’m hoping it can hang on until the season is over…then it can be pruned back.

My dad is in there somewhere!

While those two figured out how to fix the situation, I took pictures {don’t worry…I DID put my phone down long enough to help out for a few minutes}, then sat down in the lawn with Sasha, who was desperately hoping to get a selfie with me…or a belly rub from me…the selfie won

Once we got the perfect shot {seriously…how cute is Sasha in this picture?!?!} she went back to chewing her bone and I went inside to relax.

Sunday was another full day in the kitchen.

Cauliflower rice in the food processor that I froze to use in a few weeks.

A HUGE pot of spaghetti sauce, made mostly from scratch. The only canned item I used was tomato puree from Costco.

Can you tell I’m stocking up on food for the winter?

In all the cooking craziness I made sure to take some time & enjoy the fresh air outside. Bailey was upset that she didn’t get in any pictures from Saturday so I took this one of us just chilling.

I’d say it was a great weekend. Definitely low-key which was nice because we have a few busy weekends coming up in the next month.

What did you do this weekend?
Best thing you ate this weekend?

***I’m linking up with Erin today Stop by her blog and see what fun stuff others did this weekend!***

I’d Rather Deal with Teenage Attitude Than Go to Costco

Yesterday was a great day up until the last 2 hours of work.

Then I had to deal with teenage attitude and I was spent. Working closely with teenagers, I know that their attitude is something to expect and I can usually brush it off very easily. But yesterday I was literally counting down the hours until I could go home and drink wine.

First I had to make a Costco trip.

Within 10 minutes I decided I would rather be back at work dealing with teenage attitude than at Costco dealing with an onslaught of complete fucktards.

I could go on for days talking about why Costco people suck, but I will hold myself back and share 2 thoughts with you.

  1. If you are hungry for a meal, Costco samples should not be your game plan. Go the damn food court and buy yourself a hot dog meal for $1.50.
  2. If you MUST try the samples, do not make eye contact with the person trying to get around you, then promptly park your cart so they cannot get by.

I finally made it out of Costco without having to wait in a long checkout line or getting arrested.

I’d call that a win.

Working On My Fitness

I’ve talked about the many areas of fitness that have interested me over the years. The year I pretended to be a runner {ok, I guess two 5k’s DO count}. Then came my love/obsession with TRX and most recently my admiration for yoga.

But nothing has been said about fitness over the past 4 months.


Because there’s been nothing to talk about.

After my mom passed, I literally had NO desire to workout. I had too many other things to deal with. Trying to figure out when to work out was NOT high on my priority list.

I met with my Naturopath soon after my mom passed and when I mentioned it to her, she told me that if I had to focus on one spectrum of health, it should be my mental health. I literally was doing everything I could to {for lack of a better term} keep my shit together.

Cooking healthy meals for Gary, my dad & I helped me focus, so that was no problem. I also didn’t stress about working out during vacation because I tend to be more active on an everyday basis during my month off, which helps.

But then I went back to work, which meant I was less active and wasn’t doing anything about it. If you’ve ever lost anyone close to you, you probably know how physically exhausting it is to just go through the motions day in and day out. I can also tell that my muffin top has gone from “mini-muffin” to “Costco size mega-muffin.”

It has been almost 5 months since I lost my mom and I finally feel like it’s time where I need to start focusing on physical health again.

How am I going to do this? First of all, I am trying to focus on the mindset of “what you can when you can,” also known as #wycwyc. I know this is a marathon, NOT a sprint. I went from being active most days of the week to barely walking on my 15 minutes break 3 times a week. Second, I plan on easing my way back in with lots of yoga. Doing something that is good for both mind & body is probably my best bet right now.

I was super apprehensive about sharing this outside of my little bubble, but I also know that being honest with myself in front of a large audience will be a great motivation to actually follow through.

Tell Me!
When is the last time you worked out?
Is it hard for you to find the motivation to work out sometimes?

This {and Pumpkin Spice} Makes Me Happy

It’s been 2 years since I professed my love of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice coffee. Well, the season to enjoy a huge mug of this liquid goodness is back and I couldn’t be happier!


A few weeks ago, Marcy commented on my original post asking if I knew whether or not this coffee was soy free. It seems Trader Joe’s changed from using “pumpkin spice oil” to “natural pumpkin spice flavor.”

As much as I love TJ’s, the term “natural” never means much to me. So I sent them an e-mail asking whether the coffee was soy and gluten free. {I know coffee is naturally gluten free, but sometimes “natural flavors” can mean added crap in your coffee}

Within 2 business days, I had my response-

Trader Joe's Response

Just what I wanted to hear!

Thanks to Trader Joe’s for being so customer service oriented and also making the BEST pumpkin spice coffee ever!