In June of 2022, we had the opportunity to meet our new grandson, John, who was only a few weeks old at the time! What an adorable little baby - with cute pudgy cheeks and the sweetest eyes! We ALSO got to visit with our daughter and son-in-law AND our toddler grandson, Thomas, the best big brother in the world! (Yes, I am definitely biased!)
He loves his little brother so much. But life with a 17 month old and newborn can be overwhelming sometimes. And even the best laid plans of grams and gramps cannot outdo the number of hours in a day! Time got away from us and we needed something QUICK!
We were supposed to have some kind of chicken dinner that evening, but we all just looked at each other and thought: how nice grilled cheese and tomato soup would be instead!
Our daughter instructed us from the couch as to where we could find all the things we needed and I used a recipe from my head to create a quick tomato soup. Jim and I have had something like this before a number of times, and I even have a recipe on this site somewhere as well. But THIS time was different! Our daughter had a can of Muir Glenn Fire Roasted Tomatoes in her cupboard and I had never seen them before.
Off I went to make the recipe and it turned out better than ANY tomato soup I had made in the past! Thomas ate not only his sandwich dipped in his mommy's soup, but he ate pretty much all her soup as well! He LOVED this new recipe! So in honor of Thomas and his appetite, we present HIS SOUP! We hope you enjoy it as much as he did and we do. We have made it twice since, and Jill has made it again as well! He still likes his soup as much as that first time!
Blessings and Shalom!
Thomas' Tomato Soup
1/3 Cup chopped onions
2 Tbsp butter
1.5 Cups Chicken Broth (I used water + Knorr Chicken Liquid Concentrated Stock Base)
Cook onion in butter until clear. Add broth. Stir well. Heat through then add:
14 oz can Muir Glenn Fire Roasted Tomatoes, pureed (Or ½ of a 28 oz can)
½ tsp dried Basil (more if desired for taste)
Cook to blend flavors. I brought to a gentle boil, then reduced to simmer for about 20 minutes. When ready to serve, whisk in:
½ Cup Sour Cream
Heat through but do not allow to boil, sour cream might separate.
Serve hot with grilled cheese sandwiches!!!
This recipe is dedicated to our little grandson, Thomas, who fell in love with it when we made it for him on our visit in 2022! He ate not only his sandwich, BUT soup right from the spoon it was so good!
Cow Pie Cookies (Also called Oatmeal Fudgies)
½ Cup milk
2 Cups sugar
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1 stick of butter
1 tsp pure vanilla
½ Cup peanut butter
2 ½ Cups oats (I use old fashioned; either works)
1/3 Cup raisins
Prepare a cooling rack with a sheet of parchment paper (if making smaller cookies, tear two and set up TWO cooling racks!). Make sure to do this in advance of starting the cooking. In 2 quart saucepan, mix together sugar and cocoa. Add milk while whisking, then add butter and turn heat on to medium. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling. If necessary, reduce heat a little to prevent scorching. (Our stove top can run hot some times). When mixture begins to boil, stop stirring and allow to boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well then add oats and raisins. Mix thoroughly. Quickly drop by large spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Cool to set.
NOTE: Please ensure you set out the parchment covered rack(s) in advance or they might slow you down. You might need to move very quickly when dropping by spoonfuls! These CAN harden in the pan very swiftly, and then you will have no way to get them out!
About 2 dozen Cow Pies!
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