Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Homemade Tomato Soup and Improv Grilled Cheese



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I spent this past weekend at the farm helping my parents get things ready for warmer weather. I had a craving for a grilled cheese sandwich and decided to make some tomato soup from scratch as well. I really didn't plan this out well considering after I made the soup I realized I had no bread and no American cheese, but my improv ingredients actually made for a really delicious meal. Here is the original recipe for the best ever tomato soup though I didn't have any fresh herbs and ended up only making half a batch (which was enough for me and my parents, plus left overs).

Here's the recipe I used (already halved)

1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
3 tablespoons butter
14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 11.5 cans tomato juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons chicken base
3/4 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons dried thyme


1. In a pot over medium heat, add butter and onion, cook until translucent (3-5 minutes). Add diced tomatoes and tomato juice, stir until combined. Add sugar and chicken base, mix well. Heat the soup to just under a boil, stirring every couple of minutes.

2. Remove the pot from the heat and take a small amount of hot soup and add to the heavy cream (couple of tablespoons). Add cream mixture back into the pot of soup, add the herbs and mix well. 

I would have loved to serve this with some homemade bread, but that would have taken much longer than my empty stomach would have allowed.

For the grilled cheese, I used left over biscuits from breakfast and toasted them with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese. It was actually pretty delicious if I do say so myself, but you'll just have to take my word for it. 

Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Great Weekend for a Horseback Riding Lesson and Some Much Needed Barn Time

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This weekend the weather was gorgeous and on top of that I even had some time to go horseback riding and take a lesson at one of my favorite barns, Legacy Farm in Telford, PA.

I started riding at Legacy Farm during my second year of optometry school, taking lessons on the weekends and eventually half leasing a horse once I had more time after taking boards. Their riding program is awesome and they have such nice and suitable horses for every level.

I was so happy to be able to stop by and spend time with everyone and was able to take some cute pictures of their four legged friends.

Enjoy!

Be sure to follow me on instagram @rocky092 for more equestrian and horse related posts

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter and Some Bunny Themed Sugar Cookies

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Spring is finally here and my Easter wouldn't be complete without some sugar cookies.

I love all of the designs from Cookies with Character but when I saw the Peek-a-Boo Bunnies, my heart flip flopped. An animator by trade, her designs are adorable and original and I could spend hours looking through her blog.

I also drew my inspiration for my Easter bunny cookies from the Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. If you haven't been to her site before she has a ton of information on cookies and cookie decorating.

The recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing are both from Sugar Belle's and can be found here and here.

Enjoy!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Some Animal Portraits and Our Trip to California Academy of Sciences

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One of my favorite things about my new camera is learning as I go and figuring out what shooting on manual is all about. I find myself practicing on pets and animals since that's what almost always readily available and they don't mind if I'm taking my time to figure something out. Here are just some of the pictures from trips, visits, and rotations from the beginning when I was first learning to shoot on manual.

The first couple of pictures are from California Academy of Sciences from our trip to San Francisco. It was a great museum/zoo and they had a bunch of really cool exhibits. If you're going to the area it was a great way to spend the day.

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Some of the butterfly pictures really remind me of  desktop screen savers for some reason. California Academy of Sciences had a great walk through butterfly dome/rainforest exhibit where we took all of the amphibian and butterfly pictures.

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The rest of the pictures are pets of family members and friends, usually taken spur of the moment or when I'm in between something/ running errands.

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