Remember how I mentioned that I was doing a bunch of baby laundry last night? Wellllll… I threw some of Jack’s stuff in there, and apparently he had a crayon in his pocket. So this morning I opened the dryer to find an entire load of blue splatter-painted clothes. Many of them tiny, adorable BABY GIRL CLOTHES. Not cool. I freaked out, and Jack kept giving me patronizing smiles and saying, “Isss okay, mommy! Isss okay.”
Um, not okay. But after two cycles of multi-hour soaking/washing in a super exact (no) mixture of Oxyclean, borax, Clorox 2, baking soda, detergent and basically anything else I could find in the laundry room, I think we have MOST of the stains out.
The point is, if you need easy comfort food, I have a good recipe for you: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup.
(For the record, that white swirl you see on top is goat cheese… that’s right, I went there.)
I made a big batch of it this weekend and ate, I kid you not, THREE bowls of it last night. Jack gobbled it up, too. We had grilled cheese alongside and little man was elbow-deep in the soup bowl dipping his sandwich. That’s my boy.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 3 Tbs unsalted butter, divided
- 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 2 x 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 18 fresh basil leaves (just a big bunch, you don’t have to be exact), minced
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1 cup half and half
- Salt & pepper
1. In a dutch oven, heat olive oil and 1 Tbs of butter over medium high. When butter has melted, add onion and garlic and saute until onion is soft- about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
2. Add tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes- until the tomatoes lose that “canned” taste. Add more chicken broth if it seems too thick.
3. Add sugar and basil. Stir. Whisk in half and half and remaining 2 Tbs of butter and heat through. Add salt, pepper and/or more sugar to taste.
SO perfect with a good grilled cheese! Almost good enough to make you forget that your newborn daughter will be wearing a blue-splattered gown.
Oh, and before I forget… here’s a video I took of Jack on Friday. We were getting ready to read his favorite book, Leonardo the Terrible Monster, when he just jumped in and “read” the entire book to me. So of course I grabbed my camera and had him do it all over again:
Sweet Adeline Update: The surgery went great!! She is settled in her room and her heart is beating on its own. She’s hooked up to all kinds of equipment and the next 24-48 hours will be critical, so keep praying… but this little lady is a fighter.
(For more updates, check out Camille & Scott’s blog here)