Thursday, January 31, 2008

LOST is back!

We are going on day three of being stuck inside because of the snow and cold weather. We're getting a little cabin fever. But we have something exciting to look forward to tonight...the LOST season premier is on tonight! Will our questions be answered? Who is in the casket? Who is Naomi? Will they leave the island? What will happen to the love quadrangle? Finally, some good TV. Kaia is ready.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What's for dinner tonight?

We had the most delicious good I have to share it...I've been searching for a Tomato Basil Soup recipe that comes anywhere close to Good Harvest, a very yummy deli here in town. I found this recipe on and tweaked it a little.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded
4c. tomato juice
14 leaves of fresh basil
1c. heavy cream
1/2 c. butter
salt and pepper to taste

Place tomatoes and juice in stock pot over medium heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Puree mixture and basil leaves. Return to pot. Place pot over medium heat and stir in heavy cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Heat until butter is melted. Do not boil.

After reading several reviews of the recipe, I made these changes:

1. Saute two cloves minced garlic and 1/2 large onion, chopped in the pot before adding tomatoes.
2. Subsitute the tomatoes and tomato juice with 2 - 28oz cans of diced tomatoes. It's easier and tomatoes are not very good in Minnesota in the middle of winter.
3. Only puree about half of the mixture. I like it chunky.
4. To cut the tartness of canned tomatoes, I added about 1/4 c. sugar.
5. I thought it was a little runny, so I added some flour to thicken it up.

It was SOOOO good. Nothing can beat Good Harvest, but this soup sure came close! To top it off, I served it with Mini Three Cheese Panini Sandwiches. This was my very own creation - the first time I've come up with something edible on my own. Here it is...

Sliced sourdough bread
American cheese
Swiss cheese
Sharp cheddar cheese
Garlic flavored olive oil

Layer sandwiches, brush oil on the outside of each bread slice. Grill on a panini maker. I used a George Foreman instead, you just have to flip them halfway through because the side near the opening doesn't cook as fast as the side near the hinge.

What perfect dinner for a cold, snowy day like today! I'll give myself a pat on the back, Great job! The only bad part is that I burned my mouth I tried to eat it so fast.
I should have taken a picture of our meal before we ate it to put on the blog, but instead, I took a picture of what was left...

And here's a picture of Kaia, just because you can never have too many.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Today it was 47 degrees, so Kaia, Kylie, and I played outside in the snow. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, so I have no pics to share. So here are some other pictures that were on my camera from Christmas.

Kaia and Kylie, best of friends.

Kaia cuddling Riley. She wishes they were the best of friends. He tolerates her.

Merry Christmas!

One of the best gifts Mike got this year...fitting, huh?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Getting Ready for Church

Today was our first day back at church in over a month. We've been out of town that much since Christmas. Kaia decided to wear her Tommy Hilfiger jumper (a great garage sale find) for the occasion.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ok, so, here it is. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and started a blog. We're going to keep it a secret for a while, until I know I can keep up with it. I am determined not to get my family's hopes up and then drop the ball...kind of like our website that hasn't been updated since 2004... So, here goes nothing...