Sausage, White Bean, & Winter Vegetable Soup

Sausage, White Bean, & Winter Vegetable Soup

How are we feeling about the holidays friends?  Thanksgiving is over and it is full steam ahead towards Christmas.  Like it or not, that train is moving and it’s moving fast, so I guess it’s time for us all to jump on!

I’ve talked to people that have all of their shopping done already.  Some of them even have their gifts wrapped!  

I am not one of those people.  

We got our first holiday card in the mail yesterday.  

I was tickled that I even got my cards ordered.  Getting them addressed and in the mail is a whole other story.  If I were you, I wouldn’t wait by your mailbox in anticipation of receiving it.   

I’m seeing pictures on Facebook of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, holiday mantles, and outdoor lights.  

We are getting ready to replace the flooring in most of our first floor, so I am using the anticipated dirt and dust as an excuse to keep all of our decorations in the crawl space.  

Elves on the Shelf have already made appearances in many homes and are getting up to their usual holiday hijinx.  

Our elf, Rosie, has shown up after the incessant questioning by my kids of when she would come and has unceremoniously plopped herself in the usual boring and uncreative spots.  

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Chilled Cucumber Bruschetta Soup

Chilled Cucumber Bruschetta Soup

Recently, we celebrated Bert’s birthday and my uncle in-law gifted me with a whole bag of cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes from his garden. Given that I have a notorious black thumb, any time that someone wants to pawn off their garden surplus on me, I am so very happy to oblige. I’ve been thinking about a chilled cucumber soup lately, and then Uncle Joe showed up with a whole bag of cucumbers!  Clearly the universe decided that chilled cucumber soup needed to make an appearance here at Always Daydreaming, so here we are.

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Tomato Bacon Jam with Caramelized Onions & Thyme

Tomato Bacon Jam

Tomato.  Bacon.  Jam.  Tomato Bacon Jam.  TomatoBaconJam!  I have a hard time not getting pretty excited about any food that involves bacon.  That being said, I get that tomato bacon jam sounds a little weird.  Tomato jam alone sounds strange, but bacon jam?  With onions?  Weird, perhaps.  Delicious, absolutely.  If you are up to your eyeballs in tomatoes, then consider taking a break from canning them, and mix up some of this jam.  Don’t be put off by the amount of bacon called for.  The recipe makes approximately two cups, which comes out to 16 2 tablespoon servings.  When you break it down, each serving has less than the equivalent of one piece of bacon.  While I try to eat healthy on a daily basis, I most definitely believe that even a healthy diet has room for a smidge of bacon!  

Tomato Bacon Jam

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