Day Zero Project

The Mission:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a a period of 1,001 days.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on my part.)

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Foodie: Veggie Beef Soup

I had originally planned this post back in March when it was chilly and perfect soup weather. But, you know, life happens. So here it is, a couple of weeks late. This is my go to soup recipe. I always have hamburger in the freezer so I usually only have to pick up a few things at the grocery store. The tomato juice base really makes this soup, or I think so anyways. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.


1 bottle of tomato juice (large)

1 box of beef stock

2-3 pounds of browned ground hamburger, drained

2-3 bell peppers, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 bunch of carrots, chopped

4-5 stalks of celery, chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic (I use the frozen squares and pop in 3)

1 can of green beans

1 can of sweet corn

1 can of black beans, rinsed

1 can of tomato paste

1 can of Rotel tomatoes (I like the cilantro and lime version)

3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped

3 Bay leaves

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tablespoon EVOO

Seasoning (I use an Italian blend or whatever I have on hand)


In a large pot combine onions, peppers, celery and garlic and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir and cover. Increase heat until the soup comes to a slow boil for 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 45 minutes to an hour or until veggies are tender.

Makes a boatload of servings. (True story.)

Foodie: Homemade Granola

It’s no secret that granola is a main staple in our house. We eat it constantly. In my yogurt for breakfast. Snacking during the day. Or in Rick’s case, eating a whole container in one sitting. I love this recipe because it’s so versatile. You can constantly change it by adding or subtracting ingredients. Don’t like raisins? Don’t add raisins. Want to add dark chocolate chips? Go for it!

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