Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

I am sure there are probably several thousand recipes online for tomato soup and or creamy tomato soup, but that doesn’t stop me from making up new versions every once in a while. I had a craving for it last week and I figured my kids would love it since they both eat cherry tomatoes like they are candy.

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Tomato soup reminds me of cold rainy days as a kid, and of course you can’t have it without a grilled cheese sandwich. Or at least some good crusty bread like a sourdough bread.

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Bride of Frankenstein Cocktail – Vanilla Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

Out of all the Halloween moves there are, the Frankenstein ones are my favorite. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the oh so cheesy but awesome Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. One of my favorites is The Bride of Frankenstein. Her hair alone is just so fantastic. So for my last Halloween cocktail for Cost Plus World Market this week for their Book of Life sweepstakes promotion I knew I wanted to create a cocktail in honor of her, plus World Market had some awesome Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Halloween products in the store that I needed to own. I just love the color of this vanilla blackberry champagne cocktail. So very Halloween.

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I LOVE that World Market has these trays with photos of the original Frankenstein’s Monster and Bride of Frankenstein from the 1930s. Those were the best films. I highly suggest watching them if you haven’t. They really don’t make movies like they used to. I love old black and white films from the 30s and 40s. So fun, so cheesy but so great because they didn’t have all the computers that they have today for special effects. It was all props and editing reels of film by hand which is such tedious and time consuming work, and yet, the movies are just so awesome.

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Creepy Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)

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Yet another awesomely creepy halloween cocktail, this time its a creepy eyeball martini. Or “eyeball tini” as my kids like to call it since Shrek in one of the gazillion Shrek movie drinks eyeball tinis. You could also just call it a lychee, matcha and blood orange martini if the eyeball part grosses you out. [...]


World Market Halloween Wine Party #BookOfLife

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I love wine. The Halloween wine selection at World Market is something I look forward to all year and the selection this year did not disappoint. In fact, I purchased just about one of each for my post today. It was fun to come home with a case of wine and other Halloween goodies since this [...]


Liquid Ghost Halloween Cocktail #HolidayFoodParty

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I love Halloween and all things about it from the scary to the gory to the cute. Of course with having two young kiddos I can’t have my decorations around the house be too gory or overly scary, so we tend to be on the more cute halloween side of decor. Ghosts fall into this [...]


Zucchini Linguine with Langostinos and Lobster Sauce

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This is just like linguine with clam sauce. Except zucchini instead of linguine. And langostinos instead of clams. And lobster sauce instead of clam sauce. Ok so it isn’t the exact same but this is my non-pasta twist on the dish and its so so so tasty! Bonus – my kids gobbled it up. I [...]


Amazing Coffee Giveaway for National Coffee Day @Ekoffee @lecreuset

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Yay for National Coffee Day!!  It is no secret that I love coffee. I talk about it, I post about it online especially on instagram and I make recipes with it. Coffee is a secret ingredient in cakes, its amazing in ice cream, coffee rubbed steaks or pork tenderloin are amazing, and I have always [...]


I am going to Seattle! #IFBC

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I know I don’t do any travel posts on my blog, I would if I actually traveled a lot more ( Still hoping for that all expense paid month long trip to Bora Bora) but this is primarily a food blog and I am travelling for a food conference in Seattle in a few days, [...]


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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I know. Its a fall recipe and I am standing firm with it still being summer but you will love this slow cooker chicken tortilla soup. I promise.
Its September and school has already been in session for over a week now so I can post a soup recipe without going too much against my self-imposed [...]


Aunt Lilly’s Peach Floats – a perfect late summer dessert

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They say when you age, your memory is one of the first things to go. I don’t know if that is necessarily true, as my great Aunt Lilly at age 95 has a memory better than anyone I know. She says her memory is going, I beg to differ.

When I was chatting with her a [...]


Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream and an 8 Billion Sprinkle Covered Cake

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This is a first for me. An actual dslr photo of one of my kid’s birthday cakes. Normally its a few iphone snaps and a share on instagram. The only cakes I have ever blogged for my kids were their 1st birthday cakes years ago on my old blog. I realized I needed to share [...]


Coconut Ice Cream with Pineapple Curd Swirl

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Summer is not over yet. Not in the least in my book and yet, so many friends are saying “hurry up fall”. No!! I also refuse to look at Pinterest right now. There are TONS of pumpkin recipes being pinned already and Christmas stuff!  Stop it, people, just stop. Let me have the rest of [...]