Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Italian Tomato Parmesan Soup & Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Some days are hard to have kids. As I write this, my two year old is playing in his room after I put him to bed. In fact, I started bedtime at 8, its nearly 10 and he is still fighting. I am blaming this on the missed nap for the third day in a row. All I can say is, my children exhausted me today.

Today I cooked dinner at my parents house. I had to bring my supplies from home, which ended up with me forgetting things! Dinner was totally different from what it should have been. The soup was loosely based off this recipe for slow cooker Tomato Basil Soup. It ended up Italian Tomato Soup with no crock pot required. Let me explain. I forgot the basil, chicken broth, and crock pot! I did however remember the vegetables!
I quickened the recipe by bring the whole pot to a boil. Instead of using chicken broth I substituted for beef bullion and water. I also used whole milk rather than half and half. Otherwise, I followed the process pretty close. What can I say, I am a true Italian cook, I never measure and I work with what I have. On everyday occasions, I rarely use recipes! Remember, no basil... so thats why the name changed!
Even the none tomato eating crew seemed to enjoy the soup. It was very flavorful and I think it would be a really great base for adding all kinds of delicious things.

I followed the recipe for the Rosemary Olive Oil Bread a little more closely. I rarely bake, so I have less experience with substitution. I just didn't use basil. I also used fast acting yeast and normal flour (not whole wheat or anything). The bread is smaller than the above recipe because I am not patient and didn't let it rise long enough. Still, it was delicious! I would most definitely attempt bread again.
I would have loved to have made mozzarella grilled cheese with that bread to go with dinner. Another time, when I am more prepared!

My Outfit

I got a huge amount of compliments today, so I decided to share it with you. I am constantly amazed how many people are liking my hair! I never expected for it to be a fashion statement.

The sweater shirt is from Maurices. I love this shirt so much! I have had it since college, its been a favorite since then. The skirt is a Target design. The shoes also come from Target, many seasons ago. The biggest focus of my compliments was my earring, which I've noted before. They look like something between a feather and a leaf in pinks.

A Day In The Sun

We had lovely, almost summer weather here today. We hit 80, I know. My parents deicided to try to suffer through and not use the air conditioning and the kids were suffering. We decided to have a little fun outside!

My sweet little boy picked me a flower!

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1 comment:

  1. That recipe looks amazing! I love everything else in this post - it is always fun to have a nice day outside when you can. :-) If my allergies weren't killing me I would be getting outside more, lol.

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