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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What’s for Supper? And Make it Easy, please!



I know…. most of you are going to say ~~~~ “SOUP???”  Has the lady lost her mind?  It’s the middle of summer!

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Well, we had this meal a few days ago and YES, it was soup weather!  I was wearing jeans and a light jacket!  We have had a crazy summer and lots of cool, rainy weather.


Anyway, back to my meal!  Keep this soup in mind for an easy summer meal or perhaps in the fall.  It is DELICIOUS  ~~~ and soup, salad and a muffin are often my favorite things to order for a summer lunch at our local restaurant.

As you can see this soup is from Trader Joe’s.  Mr. Brown Socks and I both really love it.


I mixed up these delicious strawberry muffins.  Don’t worry, I’ll share the recipe.



The recipe stated to mix in the blender, but that means I would have to go downstairs for the blender!  How lazy of me.  My food processor was just sitting nearby and worked just as well.





These really had great flavor and went together fast.







We have had an excellent crop of lettuce in our garden this spring and summer.  With the cool temperatures it has continued to produce.  In a hot season, the lettuce would bolt and would be bitter.


I love going to the olive bar at the grocery stores and adding a variety of olives on our salads. Yum….feta cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes and cukes round it out.



My muffin recipe comes from this cookbook, The Best of Cooking Light.  It’s a good one.  I found it at a thrift store for around $3.00 or so.  There are many recipes I have marked to try already!






Strawberry-Orange Muffins


1 1/4 cups halved strawberries

3 T. butter, melted

2 t. grated orange rind

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

Cooking Spray

2 t. sugar

1/2 c. strawberry jam (optional…I did not use)


Preheat oven to 400*

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a blender and process just until mixture is blended.  Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.  Combine flour, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until mixture is moist.  Spoon the batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray (I used paper liners).  Sprinkle batter evenly with 2 t. sugar.  Bake at 400* for 20 mins. or until muffins spring back.  Remove muffins from pan immediately.  Serve muffins with jam if desired.  Yield 1 dozen.




Easy Pezy and we were full. 

I’m glad you stopped by!!




Miss Char said...

Same weather here too Donna, hopefully today will bring summer at last. Your dinner looks yummy.

Paula@SweetPea said...

I love that soup! We don't have a TJ in town but when I have a friend who is going, I always put in an order for that soup.

Those muffins and your salad look delicious. It's crazy that you've had such cool weather. It's been HOT here! said...

I could eat soup any time of the year! This looks awesome! I don't have a TJ anywhere near me. Maybe next time I hitch up the hosses and go to the big city for some vittles I will have to fetch a box of this! The muffins look divine too. I do have some strawberry pickin' patches by me. I should whip up a batch of those! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Looks very good! I'm a soup lover too. We have a TJ about 30 min away, but I've never been.

Loretta said...

Let me just take a moment to stop drooling over the soup!! I love Trader Joe's and tomato soup is one of my favorites!!

Loretta said...

OOps!! I got distracted by the yummy scooby snacks!! Yes, the apple dumplings call for Mountain Dew. They make the most scrumptious dessert!!

Gypsy Heart said...

I would LOVE to have some cool weather with rain ~ it's so hot here it's totally miserable! Triple digits, humidity, ozone warnings, burn bans...seems we have it all.

Anyway, the muffins sound great! When I turn on my oven again...maybe Sept...I will try them.