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Spring Spinach and Tomato Soup

Cupcakes for Breakfast: spring spinach and tomato soup

It’s will be almost 90 degrees in DC today, so my timing for posting this soup recipe might be a little off. But I’ve been sick for the past couple of days so I think it’s still works and well, my schedule is just a little off recently. So deal with it? No doubt we’ll have a few cooler days this spring, and you’ll want to make this light spinach and tomato soup for a simple weeknight dinner soon.

This is one of those things you can throw together so easily, with whatever you have in the fridge and pantry. Making this really made me excited for the CSA I joined – it would be great to throw in even more fresh veggies in there. I can’t wait until I start getting my CSA produce…hopefully with my new schedule it will force me to get in the kitchen when I can and be a little more creative too. Looking forward to sharing those meals with you – I have a fun series planned!

Cupcakes for Breakfast: spring spinach and tomato soupOk let’s get to this recipe, which really is an anti-recipe, because 1. I don’t totally remember it and 2. this is my chance to teach you to be a little more free in the kitchen…realize that you can just throw together a bunch of ingredients and with some repetition and confidence, you too will think something like this is so so easy to make. Without planning, I whipped this up in about 30 minutes and had leftovers for days. Go ahead, try it…

Spring Spinach and Tomato Soup

In a large pot, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil and butter. Sautée chopped garlic, onion, and carrot until they start to soften over medium heat (I had shredded carrot from a salad a made a few weeks ago). Add in a few cans of crushed or whole peeled (then chopped) tomatoes plus some chicken stock (I used 2 15-oz cans of each and always keep these things stocked in my kitchen). Got some good white wine you’re going to drink later? Pour a little of that in too. (1/2 cup or so?) Bring to a boil. Ok, I’m lazy and don’t want to wash another dish, so I cook my pasta right here in my soup. It totally works but when you do this you might need some more liquid because when the pasta cooks, it soaks it up. So if you’re doing this, have some extra chicken stock (and wine!) on hand that you can add in after if needed. You can also leave out the pasta, but really why would you do that? Once boiling, add in angel hair pasta. Once cooked through (only about 3 minutes, longer with other pastas) add in a can of cannellini beans and a whole bag of fresh spinach leaves. Stir well. You can season with salt, pepper, bay leaf (don’t forget to take it out when you’re done), and some Italian seasoning mix as you go or at the end. After all the spinach as wilted a bit, you’re all set. Grate some good Parmesan on top. Serve with crusty bread and more of that wine if you aren’t sick.

Haha ok, hate me? You can do it. Bon appétit!

Cupcakes for Breakfast: spring spinach and tomato soup

Something Natural

something natural

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You know I love color. I mean, you’ve seen my apartment. I don’t really do the natural thing. But something has me drawn to simpler things recently. Clean lines, spring blooms, earthy flavors, creams and greens. Could be my crazy schedule, could be that spring is on its way. I’m sure it won’t last long (I mean I had to include that bottom left photo just so there was a little pink in this post!), but it’s really lovely right now.

What colors are you drawn to recently? Are you into naturals like me or have you already moved on to spring brights? Have a happy Wednesday!

Head Above Water

crisp salted chocolate chip cookies for the first day of springHappy first day of Spring! I know, it’s spring already? Wait, what? Starting a new job has been a major adjustment for me. Days seem to fly by with not enough time to get it all done. I love what I’m doing, but I’m also trying to keep my head above water. I know I’ll get the hang of it eventually.

So here’s a little recipe to help you get through to the end of the week. (Because I sure need it.) Between running around and working this weekend, I whipped up these cookies in record time. They’re perfect for that. Easy, fool-proof, quick, classic, taste great. I sprinkled a little sea salt on top just to make them a little more special. (Gosh, you could even make box cookies and add sea salt before baking and you’d look really good!)

Sometimes you need to just stop for a moment (surround yourself in happy pinks and teals) and smell the chocolate chip cookies. Ok, taste them too. They’re really good.

crisp salted chocolate chip cookies

Crisp Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 3 dozen. Adapted from Martha Stewart
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • flaky sea salt for sprinkling on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk flour and baking soda together in a small bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and add salt, vanilla, eggs, and water. Mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix until combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or baking mats. Sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt on top of each cookie dough ball. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway though, until golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Shine On

Shine On: gray, gold, lime, yellow for spring

Woah it’s Monday again already? It’s getting cold again this week…so instead I’ll be thinking of eating lemon sorbet and walking barefoot in fresh green grass. Come on spring! Subtle fun prints, metallics, and bright accessories – these are definitely a few of my favorite spring things! Also I’m digging this lighter combo of citrus and gray. Especially when it’s shiny or involves leopard print. Pretty pretty.

leopard dress | lemon collar necklace | motorcycle tank | crystal and stud pumps | neon shoulder bag | splatter jewels studs | lemon pulp sweater | silver loafers

Spring It On

One of the little tasks I want to complete while on my mini vacation is organizing my online life a bit…grouping blogs together in my reader, starting some twitter lists, making sense of some pinterest boards that are now over three years old, etc. As I’m separating out my style board into seasons (OCD much? yeah, you’ve done it too) I’m becoming more and more excited for spring. Brighter colors, no more coats, fresh air, lighter layers. I’m so ready. Spring it on.

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Cupcakes for Breakfast: Spring it On! navy and white striped dress, trench

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