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Throughout the year, we battle the “busies.” From school drop-offs to extracurricular activities and balancing the demands of work and home life, life seems to be in a constant state of fast-forward and the holidays only seem to exacerbate that sense of crazy. Each week, I try to set aside some time for a “Mom Time-Out” just to regroup, gather my thoughts and be mindful of how we’re spending our times. I usually love to sit near the Christmas tree and just reflect on the season, while enjoying Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® soup for a delicious, restaurant-style taste without ever leaving the comfort of my own home. #LoveLunchIn #CollectiveBias
Since we already include Walmart in our weekly shopping trips, adding those bits of chef crafted and robust flavors from Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® soup is pretty simple. Look in the soup aisle and choose a variety that matches your mood our taste buds. I like my lunchtime to be a little spicy, so the Fiesta Lime Chicken Tortilla Soup with White Meat always makes my list. I also recommend the Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Bisque.
Creating the perfect recipe for a lunchtime getaway requires just a little bit of effort, but the results are worth it. Preparation is key to maximizing the time during your lunchtime retreat so your mind isn’t racing with a thousand other things off of your to-do list.
1. Keep Little Hands & Minds Busy
The first step is to get the little ones distracted – whether they are napping, playing with a new toy or a quick television program (might I recommend A Charlie Brown Christmas given the season?) Don’t forget a snack so little voices don’t come searching for mommy again too soon! The more pillows and cuddly blankets the better! Jack prefers building, so I set him up with everything he needed to build a wonderful LEGO village!
2. Prep Your Sitting Station
Choose a comfy part of the house. For me, I love reclining in our living room and watching the Christmas tree during this time of year. It allows me to reflect on the season, the beauty of the simple and the joy in each day. Pick your favorite spot and create the haven. Grab everything you may need to get away. Think fuzzy socks, comfy pants, a big blanket or even that magazine you’ve been dying to read. Feeling ambitious? Whip together a quick hair mask and envision yourself at the spa.
3. Prep your Soup!
While Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® soup has always been microwave in separate bowls from the container, for best results we recommend heating on the stove. On the stovetop, heat gently over medium heat in saucepan, stirring occasionally. If using the microwave at work, on-the-go or a quicker solution at home, microwave ovens vary. Time is approximate. Uneven microwave heating may cause popping, movement of the container and/or splattering. Discard plastic cap; carefully remove and discard metal lid. Cover with microwavable plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Let stand in microwave 1 minute. Carefully remove from microwave, grasping container on both sides with potholders. Stir before serving.
Once you have your soup heated, top with appropriate ingredients. For the Fiesta Lime Chicken Tortilla soup, I added Mexican cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips as a garnish and to oomph it up a bit. Consider serving with fresh bread, a quesadilla or half-sandwich for an even more-filling lunch.
4. Enjoy by the light of your Christmas tree! (Or any other convenient space)
I enjoyed my soup cozied up in my favorite blanket and relaxing on a recliner. Once I was finished, made a cup of peppermint hot cocoa and added extra marshmallows and a candy cane because little hands weren’t around, begging me to share!
How do you find little retreats throughout the day? What would your Campbell’s break time include?