Baby Bella Soup with Parmesan Croutons


Storm’s a blowin’ in California – we’ve got inches of rain on the way and severe wind warnings here in San Luis Obispo County.  I don’t know much about Harvest, but I feel like the remaining grapes must be blowing off the vines…there are tree branches down everywhere and the power is on and off.  Our driveway is even littered with paint that has literally been blown/power-washed off the fence.  Yikes.

So what does a terribly rainy day remind you of, besides for dangerous driving conditions and possible flooding?  To be honest, I’m considering popping open a bottle of wine – why not?  If you are not so inclined….soup is absolutely the next best thing!  Luckily we have propane out here in the country and my stove still works, because this is a delicious recipe for a miserable day.

mushroom soup

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Fettuccine Alfredo

fettuccine alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is something I never order in restaurants.  It is something I would never cook for myself (although I did make it for an ex-boyfriend once – it was his favorite.  I’m so sweet).  It’s a calorie thing.  Heavy cream + butter + cheese = not so good on the tummy area.  However — the other day my brother was like “I want to make Fettuccine Alfredo” and I was like “OH MY GOSH I know the perfect recipe! Let’s do it!!”

And perfect recipe I had found.

Pioneer Woman, food blogger extrodinaire, recently posted this recipe to her site.  It’s rich, it’s cheesy, it’s absoutely delicious, and best of all it’s totally easy!  And cheap!  Yess.

All I have to say is my brother and I demolished this in about five minutes.  Enjoy, y’all.

*Click through for my brother’s chicken version!

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Strawberries and Dumplings

cup ful o'berries

So apparently, I might have a strawberry allergy.  This is a big maybe, but I recently broke out in an extremely itchy rash (I’ll spare you the details), and my dermatoligist asked me if I had been “overindulging” in strawberries.  I said “…Mayyybe…” instead of fully admitting to my fat-kid strawberry behavior.  I’ve bought/consumed about an entire flat’s worth since May.  I love strawberries, and you can not beat fresh summer ones, so yes…maybe I tend to overindulge.  Just a little.

Although I could eat strawberries right out of the carton for hours, sometimes they are fun to bake with, too.  Like in my Strawberry Rhubarb Scones.  And these dumplings, which were quite delicious. Lots of pictures in this post, so click through!

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