Monday, October 5, 2009

Soup to Warm Your Soul, Sammies...and a Card

Good evening, everyone! Just a few things today...been a busy for the week & a birthday lunch with my friend, Loretta. A good day!

First off, I have some soup to make you swoon! I tried this at a restaurant in Monterey that my husband & I love. It was so good that I took some notes in my little notebook, went home & tried to make my own version the next day. I have to say, upon a repeat taste at the restaurant, that I like mine better! It's easy peasy to make--seriously, maybe 5 minutes to put together, then just let it simmer till dinner!

Here's my recipe for TOMATO BASIL BISQUE:

3 large cans tomato soup
handful fresh basil
about 5 cloves fresh garlic (you can vary this depending upon your love of garlic!)
Fat-Free Half & Half
2 Tbsp. butter

Empty 2 cans soup in pot. Fill one can with water & add to pot. In blender, put 3rd can of soup and fill empty can with the half & half. Add hand ful of fresh basil and the garlic. Blend till smooth. Add to pot with the rest of the soup. After well heated, add 2 Tbsp. butter, and let it simmer away!


Next, we love this with it--my sister Becky's decadent ham & cheese sandwiches that she calls "SAMMIES"--here they are:

These are super easy to prepare, as well--the hardest part is spreading on the mayo!
Here's the recipe:

In bowl, melt 1 stick butter
add 4 cloves diced garlic
Heat in microwave until butter is melted. Add to this:
1/2 tsp. (approx.) Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. yellow mustard
Set aside.

Sweet Hawaiian rolls are best for this, but any lovely, soft rolls would do!
1 lb. ham
1 lb. Swiss (my family likes Havarti)

Spread a bit of mayo (I use reduced fat) on each 1/2 roll. Top with ham & cheese, and replace top of roll. Put all "sammies" on baking sheet, and top each with the butter/mustard mixture--I use a pastry brush to do this.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Oh, man! Your family will thank you for this one!

Last of all...a card, of course!

This is my first card using Crafty Secrets' Thanksgiving stamp set--love them! I love to do paper piecing for the dimension and did that here. I wont' give too many details right now (my family wants to eat!) Let me know if you want any details. This is also for the Crafty Secrets' challenge over on Paper Craft Planet, hosted by the fabulous Darlene, the challenge is to use orange in our card.

Well, that's it for tonight, and thank-you all for visiting me!


  1. Hi Julie, I started one message and it dissapeared, so you just might get two.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I makes lots of soup and tomato and bazil is one of our favouries, but this one as you say is so easy.

    B x

  2. Mmmm! Your post today looks good enough to eat. And I love your thanksgiving card! I don't think I've seen that set yet. It must be new.