Cutting the Cord

cut-the-cableAfter a few weeks of discussion, my husband and I finally decided to cut our cable cord. It has been a topic of discussion for a while. We noticed during the past year without Bobby and Clara at home, we barely ever watch TV and if we do, we are usually watching a movie or documentary on Netflix. I am excited that we are going to cut the cord tomorrow and turn another page in our book.

Since the kids moved out we have been looking for ways to save money and downsize. There is really no need to have over 500 channels when we are only watching TV maybe, 5 hours a week.
We had thought about getting rid of cable a few years ago and even bought an HD antenna, luckily for us it is still one of the best on the market and were going to be able to use it. We did some research and found out that even with only the antenna we will still have 28 digital channels. That is so many more than I expected!
We will be able to get ABC, CBS, FOX, and all the big networks. We will be able to watch the news; one of the only things we actually watch, and all of those wonderful primetime shows. I am not as concerned about what show we can and can’t watch compared to my husband. He is worried that he would be able to watch all the football and hockey games…:D Being the wonderful wife I am, I suggested for the games we won’t get, he goes to a sports bar or to a buddy’s house to watch. Needless to say, he loved that idea.
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On top of our 28 digital channels, we also have Netflix; we are in love with it. It is so great, we are able to watch past TV series, the really old shows we grew up with, movies, documentaries, and what makes it even better, it is only a fraction of what cable cost us.
I am really excited to officially cut the cord, save some money, and have a little simpler life at home. I think it will also give us an excuse to be with each other a little more; not that we need an excuse. 🙂 We are so ready to cut the cable cord!

Have you gotten rid of your cable and seen the benefits? I would love to hear about your cable cutting experience; the pros and cons. Please comment below to share your insights.

Until Next Time,

Nancy

October Already? (Soup recipes here) :D

Happy October! I still can’t believe that it is officially fall and OCTOBER; time has flow this year. I love fall so much. Working at the floral shop has given me a little taste of fall already working at a few fall themed events already. Fall gives off such a warm feeling with all the rich colors, sweaters, and spices. Oh how I love a pumpkin spiced latte… 😀 SHHHH don’t tell, I know they are not good for my healthy lifestyle.

This month I want to set some more goals to work towards to keep my healthy lifestyle. I want to continue my tai chi practices and zumba whenever I am able to make it. I will continue to eat healthy and adventure out of my comfort zone with foods. I want to make as many soups as I can this month because October and fall are the best time of the year to make soup. I want to take my husband on a date and keep our romance burning. I don’t think my goals are too difficult, I have confidence I will be able to achieve all of them. 😀
I found two soup recipes I really want to try this fall…here they are.
Fall Chicken Stew

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Ingredients-
• 5 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
• 1 lbs. chicken tenders, cut into small pieces
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 4 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
• ½ tsp. dried rosemary
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. ground pepper
• 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 2 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
• 2 tsp. cider vinegar
Instructions-
• Heat 2 tsp. of oil in a pan and add chicken and cook through. Set on the side covered.
• In a pot add the remaining 3 tsp. oil, onion, parsnips, carrots, rosemary, salt and pepper; cook until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the broth and apples and bring to a simmer stirring often until the vegetables are tender. Add the chicken and vinegar to the pot and enjoy!

Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

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Ingredients-
• 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 cups sliced mushrooms
• ¾ cup chopped celery
• ¼ cup chopped shallots
• ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• ¼ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. ground pepper
• 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 1 cup instant wild rice
• 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
• ½ cup reduced fat sour cream
• 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
• Heat the oil in a saucepan then add the mushrooms, celery, carrots, and shallots and cook until softened. Add the flour, salt, pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
• Add the rice to the saucepan and heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is cooked through. Stir in the chicken, sour cream, and parsley and heat for about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

I hope you all are ready for a fabulous fall full of fun! 😀 What are you planning to do during October?

Until next time,
Nancy