I’ve missed you my dear friends. How goes it? It’s been both exhausting and great around here as I learn to manage life with two littles. You see, I’ve been feeling pulled in so many different directions. My two year old has officially learned the phrase “I want my mommy” and it seems as though her new little brother has caused her to use this phrase until she is blue in the face these days, bless her heart. And her little brother? That precious little punkin that has officially been named “moose” in our household (we mean it as endearing, I swear)? Well, he finds it necessary to eat like its nobodies business. This kid could drink any of you fools under the table. His cheeks will prove it (and those cheeks taste as delicious as any dish I have EVER prepared). It’s amazing how these two things alone can take up the majority of the day. And while I have continued to cook on a regular basis..and take photos here and there…I have not had too much of an opportunity to write. Until now.
Guess what is happening this very moment? My house is quiet. The laundry is folded. The toys are picked up. The play dough is scraped off the kitchen floor. The dishwasher is emptied. Jude’s tummy is full. Georgia had 45 minutes of “Georgia and mommy time” with not a single interruption. Dinner is made and sitting on the stove. And both kids are sleeping. And to top it all off..I didn’t even drink an extra-shot latte today. As Matthew Wilder would say, can’t nobody break my stride….feeling good, folks, feeling pretty darn good.
And now I need to make the rest of this post the absolute fastest written content of all times…because Im pretty sure this quiet, still moment will only last for approximately 37 more seconds. I can assure you this will most likely be the best tomato soup you’ve ever eaten….no joke. You simply must try it. And I kid you not…I now hear a crying baby…
Winter Tomato Soup
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Large Carrots, chopped
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
6 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1/4 Cup Dry Red Wine
2 15 Ounce Cans Diced Tomatoes
2 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup Half and Half
2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
Heat olive oil in soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add carrots, onion, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper and sauté for 5 minutes or until veggies begin to soften. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add red wine and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once at a boil cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat, place the soup into a blender or food processor and puree until the mixture is a very smooth consistency (make sure blender or processor is covered…mixture will be very hot). Transfer soup back into the pot and turn heat to medium low. Stir in honey, balsamic and half and half and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in basil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 2-4
3 thoughts on “Winter Tomato Soup”
YUM I WANT THIS. Okay, and those rare moments of solitude when everything is just right (I am having one right now, save for the picked up house part…may never get there) are simply amazing. Priceless. Freaking awesome. No words for those moments, actually. And the “I want my Mommy…” Oh, sweet Georgia. And OH, sweet Mommy! Nursing one + caring for another not-a-baby-but-kind-of-and-def-not-a-full-on-kid-yet (I’m not a girl, not yet a woman?) is so sooooo very challenging. Many, many tears were cried by all here when that was going on. I always tried (and still try) to remember that it was (and is!) very healthy for Stella to learn to share her time and love with others. I mean, isn’t that what life is all about?? But it still breaks my heart to see, in my case, jealousy and sadness surrounding the splitting of our attention and affection. I know you are doing a ridiculously incredible job. I always tell Nicole that you seem to have such a graceful way in handling parenting and loving those children despite it being an insanely difficult gig. Okay, these comment boxes may have a limit created for people like me haaaaa. And I better get back to my chores before I hear cries (they’re BOTH napping at the SAME TIME in the SAME ROOM wha!??). xoxo
This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear..you could not have written my thoughts more clearly! Thank you for the confidence boost sweet girl…now if only we lived closer so we could go thru this chaos together;) and the “not a girl not yet a woman” made me pee a little (bladder control..please come back!) thanks for making my day xo
Exactly the recipe I was looking for! Well, that’s not true, I wasn’t looking for a recipe, I was just so excited to see a new post by you…and this looks like my kind of soup. Finnie Bug turns 2 tomorrow and he LOVES to cook with me, so to celebrate his brrrrrrr cold big day, we will make soup. Yum! Glad to hear life as a family of 4 is even better than it was as 3; enjoy every single minute! See you soon–yes!!