Best Tomato Soup-SRC Post

Guys, I am certainly not one who likes to pick “favorites”, but I think this may be my favorite recipe I have ever tried through the Secret Recipe Club.

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This month I was assigned to explore Kirsten’s blog, Loving Life.

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Kirsten is a busy mom who was born in England (that is so cool to me!) but now lives in the grand ‘ol USA, she loves to garden, read, cook, and browse the internet for more time than she considers appropriate (like any awesome blogger), and she has two daughters, who are home-schooled. The older daughter (Kristianna) is super impressive! She is taking Running Start classes at the local community college to try to get her diploma and AA degree by the time she graduates. Her family sounds busy, busy, busy!

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Let me start out by saying that I am NOT one who is a fan of tomatos. But I am that weird type of person who will choose a tomato-based recipe.. I didn’t really have high hopes for this tomato soup, it looked super simple which appealed to me but then made me think it might lack flavor or pizazz.

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Plus, I really have never even been a fan of tomato soup, only when it is paired with about a 3-1 ratio of grilled cheese to tomato soup. BUT the day I made this, it was super rainy and we actually had a “rain day” and no school because of flooding, so I figured soup was what was going to happen that day.

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Make sure you hop on over to Kirsten’s blog and explore all of her other delectable recipes! Don’t forget about the other SRC members at the bottom of this post, too!! They all work so hard and do a beautiful job, visits and blog love are always appreciated.

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My three favorite things about this recipe were…This soup took me 10 minutes, tops! All the ingredients were things I commonly have on hand. And this soup tasted ah-mazing. So good that I didn’t even have to make grilled cheese to go with it.

Tomato Soup

(From Loving Life)

(Serves 2-4 people)

2-3 Tablespoons butter

2-3 Tablespoons flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk (I used skim)

15 oz. tomato sauce (I used pasta sauce, basically the same thing but with some seasoning already in there)

  1. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter, add flour and stir for about 1 minute.
  2. Add milk and salt. Stir until sauce is a medium thickness. Add tomato sauce and if desired diced tomatoes (I left them out). You may also add some water, about 1/2 a can to thin it out a bit (I like mine thicker, so I did not do this). Add your seasonings to taste and serve.

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Random Fact of the Day: Castor oil is used as a lubricant in jet planes.

Chips Ahoy Truffles

On-line driving school has got to be one of the most humiliating things ever. I’m currently in the process of taking a course and let me tell you, it just blows.

I got a ticket about a month ago for speeding…I’ll admit, I’m really quite an impatient driver. There are some moments I have where I just want to get the heck from point A to point B without birds flying faster than me. But hey…I’m all for being safe.

Anyways, I can assure you I drive the speed limit now. Getting a real ticket was quite the wake-up call for me. I have never been one to like blast my music or text and drive. Texting and driving totally freaks me out, like it’s hard enough for me to have a real conversation with someone in the car let along look at a screen and press buttons. I’m pretty sure if I did try to text and drive people would think I’m drunk or that I’m butt texting them, or worse…both! Therefore I tend to stay away from driving and texting at the same time.

Back to on-line driving school, it’s quite interesting. They all say that you save time by driving the speed limit…but do you really? I mean now that just doesn’t make much sense. Sure it’s safe and all but come on, but just say that. Don’t say that you’ll save time because, hello? who’s gonna really drive 5 miles per hour slower because it will supposedly save them time?!

I assure you I’m an excellent driver though, despite the speeding ticket (which I think it’s best if I leave out how much over I was) and other, um, “learning experiences”.

Speaking of learning experiences, I learned you can make truffles out of like any cookie in the entire universe. Like you know those Oreo Truffle things? Yeah, well I tried that recipe with Chips Ahoy cookies…and they’re awesome. It’s almost like little bites of cookie dough. I thought that this little idea of mine was totally original and that I’m like the smartest human being ever to live, then I found out that one of my favorite blogs, Cookies and Cups, has actually already made something like these. Oh well, I still prefer to think of myself as a truffle mastermind.

Chips Ahoy Truffles

(makes about 9 truffles)

**This recipe can be very easily doubled or tripled..or quadrupled, but this amount was probably the safest route to go in my house

9 Chips Ahoy cookies

1 oz. cream cheese, softened (I used this neufchatel cream cheese that has 1/3 of that fat and you would NEVER be able to tell!)

1/4 cup chocolate chips or about 4 ounces of chocolate, melted (I used dark chocolate)

  1. Grind up cookies in your food processor until fine crumbs. If you do not have a food processor, just smash them to itty bitty pieces in a plastic baggie. Mix in softened cream cheese until the mixture all sticks together and you can easily form balls. Make small about 1-2 teaspoonful balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt your chocolate. Once cookie balls are hardened, dip or roll in melted chocolate to coat and set on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until all truffles are covered. Pop in fridge to let chocolate harden. Chocolate should be hardened in about 10 or 15 minutes. Enjoy and store extras in tupperware container in fridge.

Random Fact of the Day: Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.