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by Courtney on July 27, 2010

…that I just tried out a delicious new recipe? ;)

Actually, the title of this post has more to do with what you’ll find after today’s lunch + recipe, but we’ll get there soon.

I found a recipe the other day for a chilled cantaloupe soup, that was just screaming “summer” to me, so I decided to give it a try today.

First, cube up about 3 cups of cantaloupe.

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Then, get the rest of your ingredients ready to add to the blender.

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Puree all the ingredients until they’re all smooth, and you’ve got yourself some fruity soup. If you want, you can serve yours all “snazzy-fied” like I did in a wine glass. Hey, we’re classy over here. ;)

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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lime, Basil, & Mint

(Original recipe can be found here, courtesy of Soup Chick)

  • 3 cups cubed melon
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp ground (powdered) ginger
  • Zest of one lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or honey
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • 2-3 basil leaves (optional, but delicious)
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp water if needed to thin the soup to desired consistency

Combine all ingredients except water in a blender, and puree until smooth. Adjust consistency with water, if needed. Serve chilled. ENJOY! :)

Before eating my soup, I shared the rest of the leftover Pulled BBQ Chicken with the hubby, who came home for lunch. :-D

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Rather than eating it plain, I decided to open up a new bag of Food Should Taste Good Chips.

LIME flavor! :-P

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The flavor of the lime chips (which almost reminded of a margarita! :shock: ) with the BBQ chicken was actually quite an interesting, but totally delicious combo.

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Probably one of my more random lunches, but it was all still tasty nonetheless. :)

So now, on to the real meaning behind the post title. A couple days ago, Nancy tagged me to do a “10 Random Facts” about myself, so after doing a little thinking, here are 10 that I found at least a little interesting. Hopefully you all think so too. ;)

1. I was a dancer for 18 years. I started when I was 3 years old, and did a combination of tap and jazz. I miss it all the time, and occasionally find myself “tapping away” in the kitchen while cooking or walking the aisles of the grocery store. Sometimes I think about going back; who knows? But I will always be a dancer at heart.

2. I hate snakes. I cannot look at them in books, on tv, and especially in person. I don’t have any horror stories of encountering one at any time, I just simply don’t like them. Luckily, I can handle other gross things like spiders, and have “saved the hubby” numerous times from them “trying to attack him”. ;)

3. I have a collection of Ernie dolls. I grew up with one Ernie doll and was completely in love with the orange guy my entire life. As he started to gain a little popularity and had more dolls made of himself, I started to accumulate them rapidly. I think I must have about a dozen or so different Ernie dolls, with “Tickle Me Ernie” and “Tumbling Ernie” definitely in the mix.

4. I was a semi-finalist twice in the Miss New York USA pageant. Yes, yes, I dabbled in the pageant thing. For me, it was more for the fun and experience of it, rather than winning. Actually, when I made it to the semi-finalist round, I got wicked nervous because I didn’t really want to win! I was surrounded by girls who had been training to do this kind of thing their entire lives, and totally could just not relate to that. So yes, it was fun, but definitely a thing of the past.

5. I married the love of my life. But you already know that by now. ;) I met him at 15 and he stole my heart.

6. I’ve been on TV. I’ve appeared in two local TV commercials in the past few years: one was for the CW channel, and one was to promote a local gym (which is actually the gym I’m now a member at – who knew!)

7. I’ve never broken a bone. The worst damage I ever did was sprain my wrist while sleigh riding when I was little. Other than that, no casts have ever been on my bones! (Don’t worry, I’ve already knocked on wood numerous times.)

8. I won a local contest to be on America’s Next Top Model. After being encouraged by many of my friends, I drove out last minute to the casting call, waited in line for 3 hours, tried out, and figured that’d be the end of it. A few weeks later, I got a call saying that I won the local contest and was going to be given the opportunity to meet the casting directors personally in NYC. I never heard back after that (which is fine, because the gals on that show are CRAZY!) but if nothing else, I got a free trip to NYC and had a fun weekend with my mom. :)

9. I live in a house that my grandfather built. The house Jay and I currently live in was built by my grandfather and great uncle back in the 1960s. It was the house I grew up coming to, to “sleep over

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen is Green July 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

oh cool you tagged me! now I gotta think of things! nice! :-)

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2 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers July 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm

i’ve never broken a bone either (knock on wood)! :)

loved your fun facts. i think it’s cute you loved ernie. i was a little partial to the cookie monster. ;)

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3 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Haha, he was 2nd in line for me too…surprise surprise. ;)

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4 Lizzy @LBBakes July 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Oh my gosh, cantaloupe soup! I am bookmarking this one. :) I actually have a TON of watermelon… maybe I could try that variation.

Hmm, random facts… I finished undergrad and my MBA in 4 years. And I swam competitively from age 4 to 22, and now have a lifetime ‘souvenir’ of broad swimmer shoulders. :)

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5 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

LOL – “souvenir” – too funny. :-P

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6 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

One random fact about me is that I graduated with my bachelors degree in dietetics in 2 1/2 years!

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7 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Good for you! You go girl!! :-D

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8 atastelife July 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

When I was in middle/high school, I was mesmerized by George Clooney. For some reason I didn’t like the teeny-boppers but I loved George. To the point of cutting out People magazine articles that were about him and even getting a book for Christmas one year…so embarassing looking back.

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9 Ellen@FirednFabulous July 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Ohh that soup sounds so interesting. And it looks beautiful…very profesh :) My fun fact: I’m a triplet! That’s always my go-to answer because I can never think of anything else! My sis lives with me in NYC and my brother is in Ohio. I love being one of three!

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10 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Wow, how cool!! :)

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11 Shannon May 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

It’s good to hear of another triplet! I’m happy I’m not alone. :)

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12 Rosey Rebecca July 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Oh! YAY. Thanks for linking! I’ll do this sometime this week. <3

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13 Amy July 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I’ve never broke a bone or had a cavity

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14 sweetsbyalli July 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

This is my first time commenting and I just wanted to say how much I love your blog! You promote such a healthy/honest lifestyle and it’s so refreshing to find a blog like that to read. I love the facts! A random fact about me…I can grab my shoulder blades behind me and make the 3-leaf clover shape with my tongue!

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15 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Well, Hello(!) and thanks for commenting!
Those facts are pretty interesting!! ;)

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16 spabettie July 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm

That cantaloupe soup sounds great (and looks pretty!).

I LOVE Food Should Taste Good chips… have you tried the Chocolate?? :)

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17 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Not yet, but I have a bag of them waiting to be opened!! :-D

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18 Lauren (Healthy Delicious) July 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I totally could have written #1, 2, 5, and 7 myself.
your lunch looks really good. I bet the combo of bbq and lime was great together!

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19 Shanna, like Banana July 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Oh you sly lovely girl. Now the onus is on me. Yikes!

I too was a dancer starting at age 3. I miss it dearly!!!

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20 missyrayn July 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I was on the Miss America Pageant. My middle school band was chosen to play on the live show so I was on TV and got to watch live.

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21 Courtney July 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Wow, how neat!!

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22 pursuitofhealthfulness July 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

I’ve never broken a bone, and I’m hoping to keep that trend going!

Hmm… My initials spell out “ELMO,” so he was always my favorite Sesame Street character. (:

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23 TheBloggersBrother July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

I can crack every joint in my body, including my chest, which isn’t a joint…NOW THAT’S INTERESTING!!!

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24 Courtney July 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

Haha, yes Dan, you are interesting! ;)

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25 christina July 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm

awww thanks for tagging me!! i just did the 10 random things a few posts back. here it is:

http://www.hungrymeetshealthy.com/2010/07/why-i-love-blogging-part-uno.html

thank you though!!! :)

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26 Courtney July 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Awww man, why did I not remember this?!? I totally read that post AND I’m pretty sure I commented on it too. LOL…woops! But it was fun to re-read again. :)

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