Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snuggie: The Blanket With Sleeves!

You've seen the ad on TV. You laughed. You poked jokes. You thought, "Wow! Is that the dumbest thing ever created, or what?!"

Who on earth buys these things?!

Well, my Mom (bless her heart) bought each member of our family a Snuggie. Yes, it's true! Dad, my brothers, and I (and our spouses) got a Snuggie as part of our Christmas presents.

BabyBro and I laughed and made jokes. My poor Mom looked at us and said, "But, it's cold in the winter."
Guess what? Mom knows best. That's right! I said it.

As much as we made fun of the Snuggie, it is super comfy and warm. Sure, it looks pretty silly. We look like we belong on the set for Harry Potter or something. The large arms are also somewhat cumbersome, but it's pretty comfy! It's like a blanket with sleeves!

Oh, wait. That's what the ad says!

Also good on cold winter days...

I love soups of all kinds. I could eat soup every night of the week. I love making soup, and luckily for me, Hubby loves soup too. The only thing is that Hubby is not a fan of cooked veggies. He prefers eating his veggies raw. In order for me to get some cooked veggies into him, I hide them in his soup!

C's Cream of Broccoli and Potato Soup

(Remember, I don't really measure anything when I cook. Sorry!)
-A couple of potatoes, diced/cubed (generally, I cook one potato for each person, and one extra for the pot)
-one onion, diced
-garlic, minced
-a few pats of butter
-salt and black pepper to taste
-a head of broccoli (florets and stems), cut into bite sized pieces. I take off the tough skin of the broccoli stems before I cook them.
-a little bit of flour and butter (for your roux)
-a few cups of chicken stock and some milk
-and the secret ingredient??? Two handfuls of BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!

Photo from Google Images

I kid you not! I sneak in the Brussels Sprouts since I know Hubby hates them and would never eat them if he were aware of them! He LOVES the soup and can't really tell that there are Brussels Sprouts in there because all of the other flavours are so rich. He doesn't even notice!

1. In a pot or pan, melt butter and sautee your onions, garlic, and diced potatoes.
2. Add broccoli and Brussels sprouts (quartered).
3. Once veggies have "sweated", begin your roux. Melt butter and add a bit of flour to make your thickening agent. Add your milk to this.
4. Add your chicken stock and your roux to the pot.
5. Stir all ingredients, and cook until veggies are tender.
6. Season as you like.

Because I don't want Hubby to know there are Brussels sprouts in the soup, I puree the soup before serving. The result is a very creamy, hearty, warm, delicious soup. YUM!


E said...

HA! I was just having a conversation with a friend *just yesterday* about the Snuggie! I have to admit, we were making fun of it, but they do look pretty comfy!

C said...

Too funny! :) Yes, they ARE super comfy! I remember totally knocking the Snuggie before. Now I need to take back those words! We love ours! Haha!

t said...

love it! your mom's so cute!

C said...

Yes, she is! :)

caninecologne said...

hi c - our neighbor got tc the 'snuggie for kids'!!!! it's pink! it's like a backwards robe without the tie. she loves it. i think it makes her look like a cult member.

the cult of pepto bismol.

C said...

HAHAHA!!! Oh my goodness! The Cult of Pepto Bismol!! Ohhhh...toooooo funny!!

Connie Weiss said...

I want one. And I'm going to buy one this weekend because I'm freezing! And I'm jealous of everyone that has one.

J at said...

Blech. Brussels sprouts suck. I do admire you, though, for knowing that they are called "Brussels sprouts", and not "brussel sprouts", which is how most people write it and say it.

Ted threatened to get me a snuggie for Christmas. He got me a cozy blanket instead. :)

C said...

You don't like Brussels sprouts? Hubby HATES them. Weird, because he likes cabbage! Brussels sprouts to me are just mini cabbages!

I have to admit that as a kid, I HATED Brussels sprouts too. I used to cry whenever my parents made them for supper. Now, I can't get enough! LOL! Done right, they are super tasty! :) Or I can always hide them in my husband's soup! ;)

HAHA! Good one, Ted! :) Nice that he got you a cozy blanket. J, I wasn't expecting a Snuggie AT ALL! I was totally surprised. Glad we got one though! It IS kinda chilly up here in the North! :)

C said...

They look sooooo goofy, but they are sooooooo warm!!!

hotmommy said...

[[[[[[[[[[[lol]]]]]]]]]]]]] too frickin funny! i've seen the tv commerical a zillion times.

Palm Springs Savant said...

oh absolutely, I love my snuggie

Cherry said...

We had a white elephant gift exchange at work and joke gifts are encouraged. I put in a leopard print Snuggie and amazingly people actually WANTED it! I thought it was hilarious.

I love that you HIDE cooked veggies in soups. I once had a boyfriend who only ate his veggies raw, but alas.... he also hated soup (and sauces, and any food touching, and...). We clearly didn't work out.

Anonymous said...

I would have bought them as well. Only that Greece is probably too warm for them, as it is still colder outside, than inside of the fridge.

Momisodes said...

You are too cute. I will confess though, I was tempted to buy a knock off Snuggie during the holidays because they were so cheap. I was really curious :)

And I LOVE this recipe you posted. My daughter was just asking about brussel sprouts this afternoon. I may have to try sneaking in a few like you!

C said...

The commercial IS pretty funny, isn't it!? :)

Palm Springs Savant:
Oh, do you really? :) That makes me happy to hear! Okay, the Snuggie MUST be cool if YOU love it!! ;) Seriously, you are the coolest! XOXO

What's a white elephant gift?!?! Am I going to have to Google it now?
People actually WANTED the Snuggie!? COOL!! :)
I think YOU should get one!! They're comfy for snuggling in (Little One loves snuggling with Mom and Dad in the Snuggie) AND cats love it!! You'll never be able to get those cats off your lap! :)

C said...

Hubby knows that all my soups have cooked veggies in it, but I hide certain veggies he doesn't like in them (like Brussels sprouts! LOL!).

C said...

Can I tell you that I've always wanted to go to Greece!?!?!

You should TOTALLY get yourself a (knock off) Snuggie! Or better yet, you can buy a huge fleece blanket and make yourself one! You're "crafty" (in the nicest of ways!)! You can make one for you and one for your daughter! If it doesn't keep you warm, you can always pretend you're super heroes...or magicians! LOL! ;) xo

If you try the soup, let me know how it works out and if E likes it!

Dina said...

i love the snuggie. my brother has one and i use it whenever i am there late babysitting or something! we're getting one for home too.
that soup does look delish..maybe i'll try it as i have a bag of potatoes to use up!

C said...

I was going through my cookbook that my maid of honour put together for my bridal shower (the one where all you girls put in your favourite recipes) and I came across your Cabbage Roll Soup recipe! I think I'm going to have to make it this week. It is soooooo gooooood!!!

P.S. I miss you!

Dina said...

that's funny you're making that recipe! i am making it today too! it is SOOO good!!

Jane - Mom Generations said...

Haha! I have a Snuggie, too, C! Can't knock it!!

That soup looks amaaaazing. Now that I'm experimenting in the kitchen, maybe I'll give it a whirl...!


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