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Creamy Chipotle Tomato Bisque

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Tomato soup, for so many it is a classic comfort food that is perfectly paired with grilled cheese. For myself, it has been a food I have avoided for over thirty years. That was until recently when I tried Cream Chipotle Tomato Bisque.


Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup

 I can say, without doubt, that I am most definitely a soup kind of person. There is just something about a nice, big bowl of homemade soup. My favorites change from time to time and I don’t love anyone soup more than another but right now I am really loving Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup.

Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup | My Hot Southern Mess

Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas

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It doesn’t seem possible but it’s that time of the year again, Back to School. While many schools have already headed back there are many more that are enjoying their last days of summer break. My kids are in that later group. With under two weeks to go until school starts I have been trying to get thing  ready for when the kids go back to school. I’m not just talking about buying new clothes, school supplies, and fresh hair cuts either. We are slowly working at getting back to our school time schedule and figuring out things like what to eat for breakfast. My boys have all decided what they want but my daughter is another story. She changes what she eats every couple weeks it sometimes so I need a breakfast boredom buster for her so I’ve come up with some Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas.

Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas | My Hot Southern Mess


Simple Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salad

My marathon training has definitely been an adventure. If it is not one thing it seems to be another thing going on and my plans just  have disappeared. I’m trying my best but it seems as though time is just slipping away. Then again maybe it is just because i’m a grown up now and time moves fast the older you get. There is one thing that is not getting past me while i’m training, it is my nutrition. I am doing my best to eat as healthy as I can. It’s easy to say, well I just burned XXX calories I can eat whatever I want but in the end it catches up to you. I don’t know about you but when I eat like crap I can tell in my run. I will never be the girl that can eat whatever without it affecting me in some way or form. Thankfully I have an arsenal recipes that I can turn to like Simple Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salad.

Simple Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salad | country Girl Gourmet

This recipe is very simple to make and the flavors all go very well together. It is a favorite of mine to have during the week to have for lunch. Even my homeschooling 13 year old likes it. The recipe is also vegan and gluten free making it a healthy option that many can enjoy. You simply roast some diced sweet potatoes and then when they are done throw in a bowl with onion, black beans, cilantro and toss with some lime juice and olive oil and some salt and pepper. Can it get any easier?  This recipe takes about 45 minutes to make and the majority of that time is waiting on the sweet potato to roast.

So there you go one of the many ways I try to eat healthy while training for my first marathon, Simple Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salad. It is simple easy and best of all tasty. Plus you are getting a healthy dose of carbs to fuel your run and protein and antioxidants that help with muscle recovery.

What do you eat while you are training?

Galactic Munch Mix

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1977 was an awesome year. Yes, it was absolutely awesome and I say this not just because it was the year I was born but because it was also the year Star Wars™ was released. The movie has a following that rivals others. Most everyone has seen it, those that have not somehow never seen it are questioned and then told they need to see it. Interventions will be done so that they do see it. It’s a movie that parents share with their children, introducing it to a new generation. Star Wars™ has become a must watch classic for all ages. Everybody seems to love it for their own reasons and many hold some very strong opinions and will debate which movie was the best. I’m not sure i’m ready to enter that debate here. We have it all the time in my house. We are HUGE Star Wars™ fans around here.  From it being the classic story of good versus evil to the characters in the different movies we all love the movie and we are super excited for the newest movie Star Wars™ movie, coming out in December. If only I had a dollar for every time one of my kids has said they want to go see it as soon as it comes out, I would be a rich women.  Yes, son we will go see the movie, just not the moment it first comes out. Since i’m going to make my inpatient children wait I have been thinking of things we can and should do before going. I think the number one thing on the list is watching the movies for our family fun night. I think a Star Wars™ marathon is a must! Then in the morning  I will have a quick breakfast ready and we could go making the first viewing in the morning. Well try, there are 6 of us and getting out of the house on time came be challenging. Having breakfast made ahead of time so everyone can grab and go will probably be the best option for my crew so I came up with Galactic Munch Mix  that i’m pairing up with some Star Wars™ Go-Gurt.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Going grocery shopping for my Galactic Munch Mix at Walmart I knew I had to get some Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal and incorporate it somehow and then I saw the Honey Nut Cheerios® . That lovable bee, Buzz, was now dressed up for Star Wars™. Plus there was a toy in the box too. I was instantly transformed to being a little girl wanting the cereal with the cool toy in the box. The fact that it was a Star Wars™ toy just made it that much better.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

How could I not buy them? So in my cart they went! I continued wandering the store and came across the Star Wars™ Go-Gurt and decided they would be perfect with my Galactic Munch Mix. My breakfast idea was coming together.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Once I was home Lil Miss helped me put together my first batch of Galactic Munch Mix. Well she was there when I first opened up the Honey Nut Cheerios® . I think she really only wanted the Star Wars™ toy because she grabbed it and disappeared, looking for light. The toy was a space robot viewer with a scene from the newest movie! I will be buying more Honey Nut Cheerios® just for the viewers. I need want them all and i’m sure my kids do too!

Galactic Munch Mix | country Girl Gourmet

I let my daughter and youngest son go back to fighting over playing with the toy and I went back to work. I had some Galactic Munch Mix to make. I gathered up my ingredients and went to work.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

My Galactic Munch Mix is a combo  of Honey Nut Cheerios® , Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal, Graham Cracker bites, Lightly Salted Almonds and Chocolate Covered Cranberries covered in an easy homemade caramel sauce.
I start the recipe off by making the caramel sauce. I use salted butter to help balance out some of the sweetness or maybe it is to enhance the sweetness, it just helps makes it yummy. If you add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to the recipe you will have a good salted caramel too. I add butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook it on medium heat until it comes to boil. I then remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

In a large bowl I add the cereals and all of the mix ins. I then pour the caramel sauce in and mix well making sure everything is well coated.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Next I pour the cereal mix onto a cookie sheet and bake it for 30 minutes.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

After  the first 15 minutes I give the mix a good stir. The Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal marshmallows may melt a little but that is ok.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

When the cereal mix is done baking I remove it from the cookie sheet and spread it out on wax paper and let it cool.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Once cool I break up large chunks and  add the chocolate covered cranberries and mix them in.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Then all is left is to bag it up so my kids can grab and go in the morning.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

My first batch of galactic trail mix disappeared fast. My kids and husband all loved it. The combo of the Galactic Munch Mix and Star Wars™ Go-Gurt has worked well on busy school mornings. I am thinking it is going to be perfect for Saturday morning when we are trying to get out of the house in a hurry to get to the movie theater giving us one less thing to worry about on our way to see the movie. Quick and easy breakfasts that all of my kids like are always a winner for me! My kids can focus on other things that morning like what they want to dress up as. A debate that they have been having the last few weeks.


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Galactic Munch Mix
  • 6 Cups Honey Nut Cheerios®
  • 2 Cups Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal
  • 2 Cups Graham Cracker Bites
  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Covered Cranberries
  • ½ Cup Salted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • *optional ½ teaspoon sea salt*
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Pour the cereals, graham cracker bites and almonds into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, cook butter, brown sugar and corn syrup on medium heat until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over top of cereal, graham crackers and almonds. Toss gently to coat the cereal.
  4. Spread the coated cereal out on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes and then stir.Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Cool the cereal mixture completely spreading onto waxed paper. Once cool place in a large bowl and add the chocolate covered cranberries. Toss to combine.
  7. Store in an airtight container or portion into ½-1 cup servings in resealable sandwich bags.