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Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup


Sauteing Onions

Adding in the tomatoes

I’m sharing a wonderful recipe for creamy tomato soup that I found on Pinterest.  I started making homemade tomato soup years ago, but was never completely happy with my recipe.  This recipe had the missing ingredient that I was looking for–cream.  Yes, tomato soup should be creamy!

One word of warning–if you introduce your family to homemade tomato soup, they may never eat the stuff from the can again!  I learned this the hard way, but it was too late, there was no going back.

I made some adaptations to the recipe that I found here.  I doubled it to make it feed our family, but also tweaked a few things that I felt helped the flavor and made it simpler, in my opinion.  The recipe and directions are below.  It makes approximately a gallon of soup.



Pie Making Workshop

So you may have noticed that I renamed Wednesday “Wonderful Wednesday” or maybe you didn’t.  I was having a hard time collecting enough photos to make Wordless Wednesday a smashing success so I decided to rename the day something vague to allow more room for creativity.  The truth is, I just haven’t been doing very much these days other than just trying to keep the house clean and our bellies full amidst the chaos! (more…)


Grating Butter

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Nov 1, 2011 | Food, Tip Tuesday | Tags: , , ,

I use butter often, but I don’t like trying to cut the butter into small bits in order to get every square inch covered.  Then I had an “ah-ha” moment – why not grate the butter?  It worked perfectly.  The bits were just enough to add a butter flavor and I was able to get the butter to go further that way.

Another great use of the grater for butter – making pie crusts.  With great pie crust recipes (like this one on allrecipes.com), you have to have a food processor to process the butter very finely while it’s cold.  Instead, you can freeze the butter and then grate it and add it to the flour for pie crust.  Works perfectly without the need for a costly appliance that takes up self space!


German Rye Bread – No knead

After mixing

Rising in the sun

After the initial rise

While living in German, we used to hear the refrain quite often (from Germans) “how can you eat that bread in America?” (referring to Wonder bread).  Every Saturday morning, we’d walk down to the local farmer’s market and pick up some fantastic German Rye bread and that’s when I realized what I had been missing out on my whole life!  Now that we’re back in the states, I can’t find a good substitute anywhere so I stumbled upon this recipe in “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” which I adapted and it’s almost a perfect match.  In fact, I think it’s better. (more…)


Easy (and delicious) Cinnamon Sugar Donut Recipe

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Sep 21, 2011 | Food, Pinteresting Finds | Tags: , ,

I’m still having fun trying all my new Pinterest inspirations. Here’s our latest…and greatest so far!

I have never associated the word simple with the word donuts before, but now I can.  I will just quickly summarize how easy this was for the boys and I to make: no dough, no kneading, no yeast, no preparation, no wait.  Just refrigerated biscuits, a bottle top, a skillet with hot oil, and we had hot, fresh donuts in our kitchen in less than a half hour. (more…)


DIY Recipe Books and Day Planners

Mini Binder Recipe Books and Planners

I have a new product this fall: the Mini Binder. If you’ve never seen this size binder before (8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in) and don’t know what’s it’s good for, do not despair! I am here to show you a couple ways to make productive use of this cute little binder and maybe even come up with a few gift ideas for you in the process.  (Don’t freak out, but Christmas is closer than you may think…).



Freezing Food in Bulk

Ten pounds of raw chicken, ready for the oven

Cooked and cooling

Packaged and ready to freeze

You won’t find me blogging about food often as it’s one of my least favorite topics in the world. But, the reality is that I do have five (always) hungry boys to feed, and they require said food a minimum of three times a day. So, it’s something I have to think about whether I want to or not. I get the dinner time blues a lot when trying to come up with something to make quickly that can feed a small army, but here’s one thing I started doing that has helped a lot with the stress of dinner time.



Coconut Milk

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Jun 7, 2011 | Food, Tip Tuesday | Tags: ,

I’ve always loved coconut.  My husband, not so much.  A few years ago, I decided to see what would happen if I used coconut milk in Blueberry muffins instead of milk and let me tell you, yumminess happened.  My husband even agreed.  From that point on, if a recipe called for milk and I wanted to make it extra special, I used coconut milk.  Go ahead, try it. (more…)


Homemade Granola

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May 13, 2011 | Food, Free-for-all Friday | Tags: , ,

Use non-stick cooking spray on the measuring cup for honey and maple syrup

Bowl before microwave

Bowl after microwave

I think there is nothing better than homemade granola.  Store bought doesn’t even come close!  So here’s my fall back recipe that I’ve used time and again.  It’s really fantastic.

A special thank you to Sandy Brooks who shared it with me.



Best Coffee Cake Ever!

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Apr 29, 2011 | Food, Free-for-all Friday | Tags: , ,

Sand-like consistency

Blueberries thickened

Batter ready for pan

SO maybe I should rename “Free-for-all Friday” to “Foodie Friday”.  I guess you can tell I really like to bake!

One day, I was sitting in the Dr’s office and I came across this wonderful recipe in a Sunset magazine.  Ever since, it has been my go-to recipe for coffee cake.  It’s so versatile!  In the spring and summer, I use fresh blueberries and in the fall and winter, I use apples or pears with a little cinnamon.  It always gets rave reviews.  I’m not going to lie, it is time intensive, but it’s totally worth it! (more…)

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