Well it’s officially Christmas in the Baker house. Decorations are UP, tree is assembled (though ornament-less), and I have approximately 1 dozen peppermint flavored snacks and beverages on hand- candy cane coffee, peppermint mini meringues (from TJ’s- SO GOOD), peppermint mocha Nutpods, candy cane Joe-Joe’s, peppermint mini marshmallows for the kids’ (peppermint) hot chocolate…
Between Thanksgiving, Jack’s birthday, Nutcracker, etc., life is going to be crazy over the next few weeks. I wanted to get the house decorated so I could actually enjoy it for a minute and not be stressing next week. Isla was a big help with the decorating this year, so that was fun too.
I decided to make grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner, because honestly soup is all I crave this time of year. Well that and peppermint, apparently. I took the kids to Central Market today and let them pick out the bread (sourdough) and cheese (sharp cheddar and white American).
For the soup I made this Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup from Skinnytaste. Brian walked in from work while the soup was cooking and yanked the lid off the Instant Pot. I almost had a heart attack, but thank god it hadn’t come to pressure yet (and hopefully if it HAD he wouldn’t have been able to remove the lid). I tweaked the recipe a little by adding a couple cloves of minced garlic to the veggie mixture. Also, after pureeing the soup I ended up adding about a tablespoon of sugar and a *little* half and half.
Side note- I’m obsessed with those Rubbermaid Brilliance containers. I bought 2 packs from Costco when they were on sale a while back and tossed all of our crappy Snapware containers. These are AMAZING. They don’t stain at all, keep veggies fresh forever (you can hear the air being pushed out when you close the lid), and they look really pretty in the fridge. Love love love.
With my little grilled cheese dippers:
Ok, so Brian loved the soup but I wished it were a little more tomato-y. It was good, though! Next time I may add a can of tomato sauce.
Hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving week!