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White Pizza and Tomato Soup: Comfort Food for 2016

The first dinner I cooked in the new year was also a landmark one, for this, I decided, is how we're doing classic comfort food in 2016.  This soup works brilliantly with garden fresh tomatoes and basil OR with canned pantry staples. The meal meshes together two kid-friendly favorites and utilizes a time-saving dough if you prefer.  People who are mildly offended by pizza without tomato sauce (*cough* husband *cough*) can get their dose of red with a dunk before each bite, but a splash of sherry in the soup and the monochrome pie bring a little elegance to the whole thing. If it's colder than a polar bear's Frigidaire (see 1:12, oh how we love Slugs & Bugs!) where you are too, don't you think this would be a nice way to warm up tonight?

For years we've made and enjoyed the Cream of Tomato Soup recipe from the More With Less cookbook (How have I not blogged this?!  Thankfully, someone else has. ) but have come to prefer the flavor of this one.

Tomato Soup  (ins…

Crafty Christmas

Happy New Year! Popping in briefly to share a bit of my holiday crafting. :) Our older kids got new thinline Bibles this year, and as they don't fit well in Bible covers, I made them some totes to protect them and carry them to church.  I made plenty of mistakes during the process but think I have a system down now.  They are fairly quick to sew, taking me under 2 hours from first cut to final stitch.  Someone more experienced could probably whip them out faster.  I most closely followed this tutorial, though I added a lined, divided pocket with a place for a pen or pencil, and used soft jute trim from Hobby Lobby for the straps.






Remember those Knifty Knitter round looms that were so popular a few years ago?  We picked a set up at a thrift store, and I tried one out during this past week's vacation. Having never knitted or crocheted anything before, I was pleased that one afternoon's work yielded a hat for my son--fun!  My oldest daughter is excited to try making one for he…