Easy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe


Easy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

We are excited to post soup recipes all season long to supply a long-lasting supply of soul-warming easy meals. Our first post for our soup series is an easy tomato basil soup recipe.


4 peeled tomatoes (seeded and diced)

4 Cups of tomato juice

14 fresh basil leaves

1 Cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 Cup butter

Salt & Pepper to taste


Place tomatoes and juice in a medium pot over medium heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Puree the tomatoes, tomato juice, and basil leaves and return the puree to your pot and place over medium heat. Stir in the cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir until butter is completely melted but make sure it doesn’t boil.

Serve warm and add a swirl of sour cream on top of each bowl. Garnish with fresh basil or mint and enjoy!



Caramel Apple Bars


Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel apple bars are all of our favorite fall flavors baked into one satisfying bar.

Ingredients for Filling:

2-3 Cups peeled apples cut into 1 inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of ground cloves

Dash of nutmeg

1 Tablespoon flour

Ingredients For Oatmeal:

1 stick of unsalted butter (set at room temperature 10 minutes prior to using)

1/4 Cup brown sugar (we added a little extra)

1/4 Cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 Cups oats (we prefer to not use quick oats)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 Cup of Peter’s Caramel melted (we were a bit generous with this measurement as well)

Caramel Apple Bars

Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 pan. In a medium bowl combine your cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and flour and mix. Combine your chopped apples into your bowl of spices and mix briefly.

In a separate bowl combine butter, sugars, oats, and vanilla. Stir the mixture until you have a coarse breadcrumb texture. If you have some larger lumps that will be okay.

Pour 2/3 of the oat mixture into your 8×8 pan and press the mixture firmly until level. Pour the spiced apples over the oat mixture then sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the oat mixture on top of the apples.

Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until light golden brown. Allow your caramel apple bars to cool completely before cutting into squares. Drizzle more melted caramel over the top of the cooled bars.

Caramel Apple Bars



Last Minute Party Ideas


We are all guilty of throwing that last minute party every year. Whether it’s a birthday party, celebratory party, or even Halloween party, we find ourselves scrambling to find quick fixes in the eleventh hour. Well, we put together some quick and easy last minute party ideas that can be altered for any theme any time of year and they only take minutes to prepare.

Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Our first last-minute idea is so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. Chocolate dipped marshmallows are simple, delicious, and an easy finger food that doesn’t cause a mess. They are also created in three easy steps: dip, decorate, and cool. Bamboo skewers make great handles for your mallow treat and come in 6″, 8″, and 10″ lengths. Remember to place all your marshmallows onto their skewers first for easy dipping.

We used Guittard Orange Apeels for our Halloween party, however, the best part about using colored chocolate are the options that come with each color. Use red and green for Christmas, pink for Valentines Day, and red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July.

Decorate your covered mallow when the chocolate is still warm with an array of sprinkles to enhance your mallow. Using sprinkles also eludes to the idea that these easy treats took you a lot longer than they actually did.

Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Use simple edible decorations to your advantage, for example, placing candy eyes onto your average party desserts not only entertained the kids but really liven up the treat table.

Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Our last piece of advice to you for a last minute party idea is to really utilize colored chocolate. You can dip almost anything into chocolate and it will only make it taste sweeter, look pleasing, and revive mundane sweets.