Tomato Soup (sundried tomatoes & turkey bacon)

 

Recently, I planted some tomato seeds. I promised myself I would take care of it, but I haven’t checked on them in 2 days… whoops. It’s actually been pretty humid this week, so hope they’re okay! Warmer weathers are ahead of us, so I’d better get my game on if I want my tomato plants to survive. Even if they don’t, I can still get nice, red tomatoes from Whole Foods without the hassle of planting seeds and watering them every day! Anyways, I was so inspired by planting these tomatoes that I wanted to make my own tomato soup recipe. Except, it’s got a fun twist that includes two secret ingredients… turkey bacon and sundried tomatoes.

Let me explain.

I baked about a cup of sundried tomatoes, cut in half, in the oven for 4 hours at about 200 degrees fahrenheit. I drizzled them with some olive oil and salt and pepper, and they were amazing! If y’all haven’t tried making your own, I’ve linked a more detailed tutorial here. Also, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of regular bacon. I know, I know, I’m judged all the time for it. However, I was at Whole Food’s the other day and I saw a package of turkey bacon in the meat section, and decided that I had to try it. And I loved it! If any of y’all haven’t had it before, it basically tastes like chicken, but in the shape/texture of bacon. So now I can say I (kind of?) like bacon, I guess!

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How To Brunch (Easter 2017)

Happy Easter Sunday, y’all! Aside from the fact that it started drizzling right after I got all of the food set up, I really hope y’all are having a wonderful day. I hope you’re spending this Sunday with your family and remembering what Easter is truly about, and not just decorating Easter eggs and posting about it on social media. Planning events is pretty challenging, especially Easter festivities. That’s why today I’m sharing the steps I took in the tedious preparations of putting together a successful Sunday brunch! Enjoy!

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Nutty Carrot Cake Bread

Easter is in four days, and I’ve been going through Pinterest like crazy, and experimenting recipes high and low for Easter themed recipes. Every year, we make a hearty and semi-fancy Easter Sunday brunch, and this year I’ve been slacking a little bit on the whole meal-planning aspect of things. Now, I’m sitting in history class, and instead of doing my classwork, I’m putting together a mini-menu for this weekend. I know, I set my priorities pretty straight ;)

Also, I have a video tutorial at the bottom of this post! It’s not the best quality (I shot it with one of my dad’s very old video cameras) and I’m not going to include on in every post, but I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit. I want to do more food videos, but they take so long!

Anyways, since the spring season is in full swing, I’ve noticed that so many people are using carrot in their recipes! As I’m scrolling through Instagram in the morning, I see carrot muffins, cake, even carrot cake themed oatmeal. It was impossible not to make something carrot-themed. So, my carrot cake bread was born! I hope y’all enjoy.

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Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guys… I don’t even know where to begin with these. Stuffed with luxurious Nutella and chocolate chips, these cookies are a fun and delicious twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie. Mmm! I don’t know about y’all, but growing up, I’d always have a quick shortbread or Girl-Scout cookie phase, but I’d always end up coming back to the good ol’ chocolate chip. I’ve always loved the warm, chocolatey, chewy-on-the-inside and crunchy-on-the-outside taste/texture of the cookie, and it’s been my favorite for pretty much my whole life. Can you blame me?

And now look how far they’ve come… even more chocolatey, with a hint of nuttiness. NUTELLA.

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DIY Healthy Nutella

First of all, let me just say that I’m not the biggest fan of nutella. Yes, I’m serious. To me, the spread is overly sweet and processed, and makes me sick to my stomach. In fact, my friends look at me like I’m mental when I say I don’t like it!

However, I was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw a recipe for homemade Nutella. Like most foods (cookies, cake, etc.), I wondered if Nutella would taste better if I made it myself. It’s pretty easy – a small matter of blending up some hazelnuts and flavoring it with some cocoa, of course, and some other ingredients, such as honey and vanilla.

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