Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mushroom Bisque

While traveling back and forth to the hospital, my mother introduced me to and amazing place. Zuppa's. oh wow! The phrase "where have have you been all my life," comes to mind.

Last week I created my own version of of their cauliflower cheese soup. Yummy! Ill post that recipe soon. Last night I found a Recipe and tweaked it just a bit. I was absolutely delicious. Not quite perfect yet, so ill update it as I perfect it. It defiantly hits the spot. So yummy. Even my husband who despises mushrooms, loved it. Yeah baby!

Mushroom Bisque

12-18 oz or sliced or chopped mixed mushrooms*
2 T. olive oil
1 T. butter ( next time I am going to try 4 tbsp)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
5 c. Beef broth (you could use chicken too)
1/2 t. dried thyme
2 c. heavy cream (next time I am going to try 1 cup)
salt and pepper

In a large pot, saute onion and garlic in the oil and butter. Cook until soft,  (3-5 minutes). Add broth, thyme, mushrooms,  Simmer with pot half covered for 30 minutes. Pour 3/4 of the soup into a blender ( I threw it all in)  and blend until smooth. Return to the pot and stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste. 

* I used 6 oz of baby Bella's, 6 oz of sliced mushrooms (it didn't say what kind they were) and a little package of dried wild mushrooms that I found at frys and rehydrated.) my stores didn't have much variety, but just use a few different ones and it will be fabulous.

I'm back!

How have you all been? Oh how I have missed you all. I have a good excuse, I promise. I almost died. Seriously, I did. Yep. So I told you in my last post that we were having baby number 6. Shortly after that post my life began to change forever. We found out that we were having our first son! We also found out that I had placenta Previa and was put on bed rest during my second boutique of the season. (I was hosting this one too!) we made it through the holidays, a move the last day of the year etc with me on bed rest. Thanks to so many angels! The beginning of Jan, I went back in to my doctor who told me that he thought I might have something called placenta Accreta. WHAT. What in the world is Accreta? Yeah, so we went home and scoured the Internet. Things began to look very grim! Two weeks later of shear panic and anxiety for my life, we went to our appointment with the high risk doctors, a Perinatologist. I hadn't even heard of a Perinatologist before then. They confirmed that I had Accreta. They weren't able to tell if I had Increta/percreta or not. I was praying that I didn't. (I have a blog that tells the long version of the story with TONS of info on all of these terms) Basically... This condition is a life threatening condition that is literally the highest risk of high risk pregnancies. I was literally fighting for my life. Blood loss, is sometimes uncontrollable. so i would most likely need transfusions. Oh and I would have to have a hysterectomy just after delivery! Good news was, my baby boy looked great and wasn't really effected from my condition. I just prayed and prayed that I would live to see him grow up.

So, bye the way, we found that out on my hubby's birthday. We went home and spent the next two days together asking for prayers in our behalf. On the 24th, the dr called me and said that since I was spotting already, they wanted me to get to the hospital and be on bed rest there until delivery. This felt good. I had to deliver at a hospital over an hour away. My chances of bleeding out before I got to the hospital were huge! So there I lay, getting doted on for 6 weeks. I desperately missed my husband and kids, but I knew that I was in the safest place possible. To spare all details on this yummy food blog... Lets just say, I had a few scares but made it to delivery day.( they had to move the date up a few times because of the scares.)

March 1st came and I was absolutely terrified that I wouldn't wake up. But completely at peace and excited at the same time. Baby Caleb was born at 31 weeks and 2 days. He was 3 lbs 15 oz. and beautiful. I didn't get to see him until the next day though. They had to out me to sleep earlier than planned because the spinal didn't go up high enough. They had to make a huge incision. Wow, I am getting anxiety again as I relive all of this! Ahhhhh.

Anyway, after 11hours of surgery, they woke me up. Still intebated by the way. Gag! Literally! I thought I was dying. Anyway, I made it through the night and they unleashed me to let me breathe on my own. Oh, that night was so horrifying. My husband was even more horrified. I was blown up like an oompah loompa (sp) my fingers and toes were little sausages. I had tiny little slits where my eyes where my eyes were supposed to be. I was so swollen you could even tell it was me. I tried finger spelling to my husband and could barely move my fingers they were so fat! Oh whoops, I was going to spare you the gory details. After 4 horrible and yet amazing months of recovery,(two months of that was spent back and forth to the hospital to see our baby in the NICU) I finally feel like a human again. I am so excited to get blogging and even more so.... Cooking again. I can't promise fabulous pictures or even pictures at all, because of camera issues and computer issues. But, I will do my best to post something fabulous at least a couple of times a week.

Prayer and faith saved my life! I give all of the glory to my God who spared my life and let me live! I am a changed woman. My life has new meaning. And oh boy am I so in love with my little man!!

Here is the link to my blog. Check it out. Surviving Accreta