Snuggling and Tomato Soup

Regardless of the fact that Jack wakes up at the ridiculous hour of o’dark thirty most mornings, chipper and talkative and downright demanding about oatmeal and juice and sesame street; he wakes up in the complete opposite fashion from his afternoon nap.

He’s quiet, very snuggly and usually needs 15 to 20 minutes of couch time (preferably with a snack and a Veggie Tales episode) to fully de-thaw from sleeping. What is adorable is that he’s decided he needs Mommy or Luke to ‘snuggle Jackson.’ He’s very particular about the snuggling; he wants you to sit next to him but not actually touch him and we all have to be covered up in the same blanket. Sometimes he wants me to hold his water cup. It’s all very serious.

These two crack me up. Luke went to the church nursery for the first time yesterday, and when he apparently got a little fussy, Jack was able to guide the church lady to the diaper bag and get the all-important green blanket. Disaster averted and Aaron and I about fell all over ourselves praising our sweet helper-boy.

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Yesterday it rained and rained. No work  could be done on the chicken coop and the couch was just screaming my name to cuddle up, read a book and take a little nap. It was just what Sunday ordered.

Aaron requested tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.  It was the perfect way to end our slow cozy day.

Even better…Jack gobbled it up. Success!

(Isn’t his haircut cute? His hair finally grew long enough we could get it evened out. It makes him look like such a big boy.)

Homemade Tomato Soup:

  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1- 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 16 ounces of chicken stock (I eyeballed this…maybe 2 cups?)
  • 1/4 cup cream or half & half (again with the eyeballing…maybe a little less OR more depending how you like it)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning

Saute onion, carrot and celery in a tablespoon of olive oil until onions are translucent and carrots and celery are softening (probably about 5-7 minutes depending how finely you chop everything). Add tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken stock, sugar, salt and pepper. Let simmer at a slow boil, uncovered for 30 minutes. Ladle soup into a blender or food processor and blend to desired texture. My husband likes it very smooth so I blend it really well. If you like a chunkier soup you could only blend half the soup. Pour everything back into the pot, turn your burner on low and add the cream. Taste and salt and pepper if needed and add the italian seasoning. Some yummy things to add if you have them on hand would be parmesan cheese, some chopped fresh basil or a small sprinkle of blue cheese. We dunked grilled cheese sandwiches in ours and had a little glass of red wine. Delicious.

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2 Responses to “Snuggling and Tomato Soup”


  1. 1 Grandme March 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I enjoyed my 15 minutes of “snuggle time” with Jack on Saturday, and playing “sucky face” with Luke! So good to see all of you, looking forward to the beach house!

  2. 2 Jessi Parkert March 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Yum! I will be making this combo this week because your pic looks amazing!


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