fall

working girl cuisine: tomato bisque

Hello November!  New month = new blog segment!

In this new feature, once a month I will spotlight a recipe that even the girl on the go can prepare and serve with ease. Often times after a long hard day making bank, I don’t feel like cooking.  But instead of spending all my money I just made on fast food or going out to eat, I’ve found some good go-to, cost-effective recipes that are not time-consuming and make for some amazing leftovers.

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Best Tomato Soup Recipe ever!

Truth be told I don’t even like tomato soup.  But when I came across this recipe my whole world changed.  (Actually, when I first had Beach Bar‘s famous tomato soup my whole world changed. And this recipe is very similar to that, so all you Beach Bar lovers back in Michigan & beyond: take note!)

Yes, this amazing soup may be a little on the rich and hearty side, but it’s super easy to make, and absolutely PERFECT for the crisp fall weather.  There will be plenty of leftovers to share, but I’m not lying when I say that this soup actually is better the 2nd day or 3rd day.

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TOMATO BISQUE    (6-8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp basil (dried)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 5 cans Campbell’s tomato soup
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 8oz stick of cream cheese, softened at room temp
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded or freshly crumbled (optional)
  • Garlic croutons (optional)
  1. Sauté butter and minced onion together in a large saucepan for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add seasonings, diced tomatoes and tomato soup and mix together.
  3. Add the half and half and cream cheese ( note: the softer the cream cheese the better it mixes in. You could even put in the microwave for a few seconds before adding)
  4. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Turn up heat to high for a few minutes until soup is very hot, almost bubbly. The reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for at least 10 minutes.   (The longer the ingredients mix together the better the soup will be. I think it tastes best a couple of days after you make it.)
  5. Top with mozzarella cheese and garlic croutons if you desire, and serve!

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Happy weekend!!!  xo

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color story: charcoal + gold

Charcoal & Gold.

Dramatic.  Regal.  Showstopping.

charcoal & gold living area

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The colors matched together give this bedroom a look that is classic yet undeniably luxurious.

Charcoal & Gold Bedroom.

charcoal and gold eye makeup

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charcoal and gold event decor

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One day I pray I will have the patience to do something like this to my nails!!

charcoal nails with gold tips

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These 2 high contrasting colors give this living space a powerful punch.

charcoal and gold room

I’m crushing on these 3 wallcoverings.

(left: York Candice Olson Velocity,  center:  Barneby Gates Honey Bees, right:  Hygee & West Carved Ogee)

charcoal and gold wallcoverings!

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Creating a palette of charcoal and gold doesn’t have to be over the top or crazy expensive:

charcoal and gold inspiration board

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(all photos link back to their original source, if known)

thursday thoughts: hello november

November is here again… one of my favorite months!  Despite the 85 degree temperature, here’s just a taste of all the things I’ve been daydreaming about all day….

Yes I’m aware (but still in denial) that the leaves do not change color in Texas.  (This picture was taken by my husband a couple weeks ago when he was up in Michigan)

I’m usually not big on coffee but a nice warm latte sounds fabulous in the fall!

Soon it will be time to dress like this.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner….. 🙂

(Image Credit:  The fall photo belongs to us.  All photos link back to their original source, if known.)