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comfort + joy: roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese

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The secret: oven-roasted tomatoes and garlic.

As I (slowly) re-enter the world of the living after my end-of-the-semester grading, I’m reminded of the simple joy of good tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.  I’ll admit it: I eat canned tomato soup every now and then, but since I found this recipe several months ago, I’m not sure I can go back.

We all know to put basil in our tomato soup, but a bit of rosemary is equally essential.

Skip the butter and use coconut oil for the best grilled cheese sandwich ever.



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December 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

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DIY art update: bottle chandelier

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Before we even moved our furniture into this condo, we installed our hanging bottle sculpture (seen here).  Inspired by an art installation at the Jackson, Mississippi, Anthropologie store, our hanging bottles have been a focal point for our space.  We always wanted to add lighting to the bottles (like the Anthropologie piece), but we never got around to it.  There’s nothing like a house tour to inspire completion of projects, and Daniel tackled the lighting one afternoon while I was helping decorate the Walthall patio.

He says the process was fairly simple: he attached a florescent bulb to a wire and attached the wire to the beam and the wall, then painted the wire to match the wall color.  The wire is less intrusive than I’d thought, and the lighting effect is wonderful.

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December 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

decorations, continued: berries and bows

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Our condo was on the house tour during the Victorian Candlelit Christmas/Art Walk downtown this past weekend, and we enjoyed welcoming friends, colleagues, neighbors, and visitors into our home Saturday and Sunday nights.  I started decorating the day after Thanksgiving, and I added berries (courtesy of my parents’ nandinas) and gold and red ribbon (leftover from last year’s decorations) to most of the arrangements for an extra touch of holiday color.

But the real show stopper of the evening was the indoor bottle tree.  Success!  Also, my house is extremely clean.

green veggies + tofu stir-fry

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As delicious as it is nutritious.

The other day, I had all the ingredients to make this veggie chili, but when the beans were finished soaking/cooking, we ate them right then (with garlic and pepper, of course). So the next day I used the vegetables – green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatillos, celery, and green onions – and some tofu in a quick, easy, and delicious stir-fry. (See my mushroom and red bell pepper stir-fry post for details and seasonings.)

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December 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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