Vegan Grilled Cheese and Dill Pickle Soup

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I have a lot of pickles in my fridge and someone on Instagram had mentioned dill pickle soup. I thought it sounded interesting but I didn’t look up a recipe.  I was using things I had in my house as I  haven’t gone grocery shopping for awhile. I added vegan butter, half an onion, 1 potato, a few pickles, and lots of spices to the soup maker. I used curry powder, dried parsley, smoked paprika, mushroom seasoning, salt and pepper. I turned the soup maker on and went to do a workout. The soup maker is still my favourite gadget.  I am always amazed by how good things turn out in the soup maker. I will make this soup again but I will use more vegetables next time to get a creamier texture.  I found this really good applewood vegan cheddar block from the UK at Save-On-Foods on sale for $8.99. I thought it was expensive when I bought  but the block lasted a long time and it melts great the best melting vegan cheese I have tried so far. You can see the cheese here on my second Instagram accoun

2017 Year in Review and 2018 Goals

2017 was a year of change for me but I feel like 2018 is going to have bigger changes.

I joined Instagram @livingvancouverloca and post pictures like this

I visited the United States a few times even though Donald Trump became president. I went to Tulalip and stayed in the beautiful resort 

 I took this plane and Visited Las Vegas a week after the mass shooting there.

I only had a few small contest wins this year a Tim Hortons gift card, some Starbucks, tickets to the home show, and tickets to the Nestle Toll House cafe Vancouver Grand Opening. Total value of the wins less than $100



I got some great freebies to review  from social nature cashew nut ice cream, coffee, salt, chips, vegan pizza, vegan gluten free bread and more. Total value of freebies to review around $75.

I bought and Instant Pot and learned I could make popcorn in it.




 

Goals 2017

In 2017 I quit my job with a company that I had a very long-term relationship with then I learned
web development. Then I learned I wasn't good at web development and ended the year jobless but not broke yet. Financially it wasn't the best decision but mental and health wise it was the best decision I could possibly make.

I had three major goals for 2017

1.Get Healthier - Mentally I made a lot of progress, physically its a constant battle but I am working on it. This continues to be a goal for 2018.

2. Win a Trip - No luck with this one but I did get a free trip for two to Las Vegas. I used save-on points for the flights and my favourite hotel in Las Vegas South Point comped the room and food. I will consider this goal accomplished.

3. Earn $1000 from the internet. Goal accomplished ended the year with $1040.00. See the previous posts for more info.

I managed to accomplish goal number 3 because I worked at it every day and I wrote it here on the blog so I am going to try and apply the theory to 2018 goals and hopefully I will accomplish these goals.

Goals for 2018 

1. Get a job, I pretty much took a year long holiday from working and now it is time to get back into the working world.

2.  Get healthier physically which means losing weight considering I put on 15 pounds last year alone losing that 15 pounds would be a great start.

3. Earn $1375 from the internet this is ideal as it goes along with the 52 week savings challenge that I am doing. For more info see the previous posts.

Hope you enjoyed this blog and will have a wonderful 2018. Follow @livingvancouverloca on Instagram, twitter, and Facebook.









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