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About hardlyagoddess@gmail.com

Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

Carrot Mango Coconut Soup #SoupSwappers

carrot mango coconut soupI have to admit I am not a huge “fruit soup” fan when the soup is all fruit or worse yet…if it’s cold. I am a warm soup gal, with the only exception being Gazpacho. So I was worried that I would not be able to come up with a good “fruit soup” for this month’s theme for Saturday Soup Swappers- which if you aren’t familiar, a bunch of soup-loving bloggers share soup recipes based on a theme.

Enter this carrot soup. I figured that soups that combine vegetables and fruit, like Gazpacho or like potato or squash with apple, this carrot-mango combination would suit me. Adding in the heat of jalapenos and ginger, it is perfect. My husband was so not interested in this…he should know better! It was so good and he had seconds and thirds! It was surprisingly delicious for both of us!

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This is such an interesting and fun soup to make to change up boring old-carrots! I loved the spices and flavors in a recipe that I found in a recipe book that I bought at a second-hand bookstore last month, and I was inspired to change it up a bit but not much! I used coconut milk and jalapeno, changing up from the original recipe. The heat and sweet is perfect for this soup! I hope you’ll try it- or you can always pin it for later!

carrot mango coconut soup

Carrot Mango Coconut Soup

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and rough chopped
1/2 a fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 tsp. peeled & grated fresh ginger
1 cartons (32 oz) of vegetable broth
1 can low-fat coconut milk
1 large mango, peeled and diced
4 green onions, chopped
juice of 1 lime, squeezed
salt & pepper for seasoning

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large pot to medium heat. Add the carrots, season with salt and pepper, cover and stir, cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the jalapeno and ginger. Stir.
  • Add the broth and bring to a simmer for 10-12 minutes, cooking until the carrots are soft.
  • Puree the mixture with an immersion blender (or carefully blend in a blender, and then add back to the pot).
  • Add the coconut milk, mango, and green onion and cook on low until heated through but not boiling. Add the lime juice. Garnish with a little green onion if desired, and serve.


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Linking up with Meatless Monday with Deborah & Sarah!

NYC Shape Half-Marathon Recap

So, I am a little late getting this out there to you all, but with a stomach bug, and recovery, and going away on a super fun weekend to Burlington, VT, and #BrunchWeek, well….I am late but not forgetting that I need to recap my race for you all!

half marathon

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It was fun- Lots of firsts for this race:

  • The biggest race that I have ever done. There were 7, 000 women there, as it was a women-only race.
  • And it was my first ever time to Central Park. If you didn’t know, Central Park is so beautiful! And hilly. There are lots of hills. Well, not so many, but when you go around a couple of times they seem to keep going in the way that hills do. Crazy as I am, I actually like hills. Running on a flat plain seems to hurt my knees, but hills are where I always make up some speed and just enjoy myself a bit.
  • My first time running a race with a friend. Seriously. I have no idea why, but it seems I need more runner-friends! It was so nice to chat for the first few miles and have some company during and after the race. That has never happened before, and I think I want to make a point of doing it like this more often.

I have to say, I have done some low-entry very small races that still had good swag and nice medals…I was a bit disappointed with my medal. Sort of cheap looking:

Shape Half Marathon

Sort of cheesy right?

…and the swag was minimal. I hate to say anything negative about the race, since it was very organized, the water stops were great, and the course really fun…but I know we all like to keep our medals and when you have done a bunch, you would know what I mean! There were no goo-sticks either. Just Gatorade and water. So there’s that .

Overall, here is my take:

The 5 good things:

  • Central Park
  • Women Only
  • Well Organized
  • Did it with a friend
  • Beautiful running weather!
  • I actually had a great race, good pace

The 5-ish bad things:

  • No goo or energy sticks or gels
  • No Advocare Rehydrate, just Gatorade
  • Low-end Swag
  • Low-end medal
  • Umm. Not much else!

I brought my Advocare O2 Gold mixed with Rejuvenate and Biocharge for my run in my own bottle anyway, so I was feeling great right up to the end. I started the race, worrying about how I would do, since I had had a chest cold the week prior-  I felt really good and continue to feel motivated to run, which is great leading into summer, where I would love to sign up for some more fun races.

half marathon

Seriously. a little toothy right?!

What are you running this summer? Any  half-marathons? Do you run for bling? Do you get your mojo back after a race or lose it?


Linking with: 

Friday Five 2.0 with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness, and the Weekly wrap at HoHo Runs 

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Low-fat Apple Coffee Cake #BrunchWeek

Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the fifth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. It is day#5 for me, and I have loved every minute of this #BrunchWeek giveaway and recipe sharing! Have you pinned all the things?! I have stocked my #Breakfast & Brunch board up to the gills! Well, not to worry if you haven’t since today is the most important anyway! I saved the best for last… as it should be.

Here is my new favorite coffee cake. Zero guilt. Zero. In just a few simple steps, you have a great coffee cake that is a must at any brunch buffet or table.Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake

You have to have dessert and cake with coffee is just so…brunchy!This is SO good and I can ‘t wait to make this again and again! Sure to impress, this succulent cake is all apples and light cake topped with a crackly, brown sugar crumb.Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake (1)

YUM! Yes, thank you, I will have a slice…again! Inspired by my (afilliate link) Better Homes and Garden cookbook (my tried and true!), this is sure to be a new favorite of yours too.

Here’s the recipe:

Low-fat Apple Coffee Cake

What a treat! A low-fat indulgence to enjoy with tea or coffee and so guilt-free you don't have to wait for a special occasion to make this- it is great any old time!

Ingredients

    The Cake
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups peeled apples, finely chopped (about 2 large))
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (I used the carton kind)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • The Topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. butter-substitute (Smart Balance or Earth's Balance)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9X9 inch pan with non-stick spray (or you can use a 9-inch round cake pan).
  2. Preheat the oven to 350*
  3. In a small bowl, mix the dry cake ingredients: 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set this aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the egg whites (beat if regular eggs and not carton-whites). Add the apples and the sugar, 1/2 cup nuts, and applesauce. Stir to combine. Scoop this into the prepared pan and smooth to an even layer (mixture will be chunky and thick).
  5. Make the topping
  6. In a bowl, add the topping ingredients and mix until crumbs form.
  7. Sprinkle this over the top of the batter.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350*
  9. Cake is done, when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan. You can serve from the pan or remove and cut into servings. Serve with your favorite whipped cream or as is with coffee.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, p123. I added more apples and lowered the sugar.

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I want to thank Rainier Fruits for sending their delicious Lady Alice (amazing for eating too!) apples and Dixie Crystals for sending enough sugar to keep me baking lovely recipes like this for the rest of the year! I love these #BrunchWeek sponsors and hope you check out the giveaway they are offering below.

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Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsors for their generosity during Brunch Week. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about them all and what you can possibly win!

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Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

BrunchWeek Beverages:
Blackberry Mint Bellinis from Sweet Beginnings
Cardamom Rose Cocktail from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Lemon & Blueberry Mocktail from Girl Abroad
Mango Pina Colada from The Spiffy Cookie
Sparkling Mojito Lime Rickies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Cheesy Asparagus Bacon Quiche from The Nifty Foodie
Creamed Asparagus Omelet from Wholistic Woman
Eggs in Hell from kimchi MOM
Asparagus and Cheddar Frittata from My Catholic Kitchen
Spring Veggie Quiche from A Day in the Life on the Farm

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Apple Cheddar Cream Cheese Danish from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Cinnamon Bread from It Bakes Me Happy
Gluten Free Apple Waffles from Gluten Free Crumbley
Banana Bread Buttermilk Pancakes from Love and Confections
Blackberry Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls from Pink Cake Plate
Brown Sugar Poptarts from Big Bear’s Wife
Creme Brulee French Toast from The Barbee Housewife
Cherry Almond Coffee Cake from The Chef Next Door
Cheddar Dinner Rolls from Family Around the Table
Cinnamon Apple Danish from Nik Snacks
Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake from Books n’ Cooks

Mocha Eclairs from The Redhead Baker

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Country Ham Biscuits with Peach Mustard from Palatable Pastime
Ham, Apple and Cheddar Melts from Cookaholic Wife
Ham, Egg, and Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Shaved Asparagus, Herb Cream Cheese, and Smoked Salmon Pizza from Sarcastic Cooking
Yumbo Sliders from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Rhubarb Crunch from Cooking with Carlee

Biscuit Bar with Flavored Sugars from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake from Hardly A Goddess

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