Tomatoe Soup & FOLK magazine

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remember 'my' stove from the last post..

well..of course i didnt buy it..
remember..i dont cook...

but..............i may just start after

this week's guest posting by our loveable
Ben from FOLK magazine

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Tomato Soup

By: FOLK Magazine
 {Ben Ashby + Amy Thayer} 

Good morning! 
As you enjoy your morning coffee let me introduce myself. 
I’m Ben, the Editor-in-Chief of FOLK Magazine. 
It is a true pleasure for me to be the guest blogger today. 

I want to share one of my favorite recipes from our current issue with you. 
The fabulous recipe is for tomato soup.

I know you will fall in love with it. 
The recipe was created by one of my writers—Amy Thayer.

As the chill of winter creeps into my bones, I find myself longing for a thick hearty meal to warm me from the inside out. There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of flavorful soup as you snuggle up in front of the fireplace, under your favorite throw. With this recipe I wanted to create a no-fuss type of meal that is jam packed full of sophisticated flavors. When someone says 'comfort' does the childhood combination tomato soup and grilled cheese come to mind? I know it does for me. That doesn't mean run to the kitchen and open up a can. This recipe has rich bold grown-up flavors, but still touches that place where memories reside and brings a sense of comfort to your mind, body, and soul.

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 12 ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1 12 ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 small red bell pepper
1 cup sour cream
In a large sauce pan begin to heat 1 tablespoon of butter
and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
 Add one medium onion, sliced. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. When onion becomes translucent add two crushed cloves of garlic. Reduce heat just slightly and continue stirring until onions and garlic get nice, soft, and caramelized. Add 1 12 ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes and 1 12 ounce can of regular stewed tomatoes, 2 cups vegetable stock, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Increase the heat and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover and continue to cook for 1 hour.
Meanwhile line a sheet pan with foil, place 1 small red bell pepper on the foil and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Place under the broiler until the skin blisters and burns. Repeat this process on all sides (approx. 5-6 min. on each side) Immediately remove from the oven and wrap the foil around the pepper lightly, yet completely covering the entire pepper until cooled. This will steam the pepper for easier removal of the outer skin. When cooled remove foil and scrape away all of the skin While the blackened skin should come off with ease, you can also use the dull side of a paring knife to help.  (Do not rinse the pepper with water. This will wash away the oils and flavors that you will want to keep in the recipe.) Cut the pepper into a few large pieces to cut away the stem and remove seeds; discard. dice the flavorful flesh of the roasted red pepper; add to soup.
Simmer for an hour to allow the flavors to blend together; remove from heat. Using an immersion hand blender, blend until the soup is creamy and contains no chunks. Stir in one cup of sour cream; serve.


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i might just have to go back and get that stove after all !!!
thanks for stopping by Ben 
and we look forward to
your next issue !! 

construction junction

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as i've told you before,
we are very lucky here in pittsburgh

we have many many sources for recycling materials

i made a trip to a local one the other day..

you just never know what you're going to find there...

check out this MASSIVE sink....wouldnt this be awesome in a workshop or garden ??

huge antique sink

needs some love and care..but i could see it !!!

how about a water fountain ??

vintage antique water fountain

wouldnt the kids just think you were cool ??

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of how about a pink toilet ?? 
awesome...they have one ...or two ...or three !

old colored toilet

or a unique sink
i loved this one !! 
not sure of it's original intent ??

old antique sink

everything is donated... 
so they sell just about anything you could ever want..
you just have to check back every week to see what was brought in !

need a hand ???
or an entire arm ?

maniquin arms

how about some tile...
they have plenty

check this out...
i could see this in my office holding files

but on this day ..the piece de resistance...
was this stove

antique stove

it was love at first site

(and i dont even really cook !)

it was dusty, but in great..almost new condition

antique stove

i never saw one with a steamer built right in..

antique stove

how cool is that ?

if it hadnt been electric (i prefer gas) 
i may just have bought it !
$120 ....that's a steal

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construction junction 
is a fabulous place to find inspiration

use your imagination

whether for decorating
or crafting
or just to get the juices flowing !!

just one of the many resource places in our 'burg...

i'll be back with more...

lucky us ?? right ??

Monday2 Make the Scene Monday #62

snow post

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it's snowing here in the 'burg
(pittsburgh that is)

and how lucky am i 
that i live outside the city...

we have a little time before all that 'pretty' gets destroyed
by activity !!

here at the farmette..

everything looks so different covered in white !!

so clean

so fresh

just thought i'd share a little before the weather changes
and it's all green again
(although it couldnt come fast enough for me !)

deer have been all over my property..
everywhere i go i see deer tracks !

even my old shed looks cool in the snow

just so very peaceful isn't it?
and why does that snow just make it so very quiet ...ahhhh

i personally hibernate when it's like this..
i am not a fan..
but it sure does look pretty when it first falls !!!

but oh !! bring on the spring !!!

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and dont forget us bloggers really like to know that someone is actually reading our posts !!
so please let me know you are here...comment below...just say hi !!! we'd love to hear from you !!!

and please click the follow button on the side bar !!! 
thanks so much !!

jeanne d'arc issue 3 pre-sale

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jeanne d'arc living magazine

available on our website
pre order

issue 3-2013

homes with 
Springtime Atmosphere

jeanne d'arc living magazine 

jeanne d'arc living magazine
if you are not familiar
jeanne d'arc living 
is much more than a magazine

it is more like a book !

beautiful danish decorating
the photography is amazing !

here at 
we still have the lowest price on the web !!


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and dont forget our typewriter key bracelets 
are still on sale through 

the end of the month !!

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antique typewriter

awww...  you know you are.....

antique typewriter

and I know a little bit about 

my type

happy valentine's day

the girl's been sprung

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i had to use my

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 if you dont follow me on the
book of face
(aka facebook)

you wouldnt know,
but i have been in facebook jail

facebook jail

didnt know there even 
a jail in facebook ??

neither did i ..
heavy sigh

i found out the hard way
 facebook suspended

so...'spam and irrelevant content'
nice..huh ???  what ???


i went back through all my postings ???

got everyone on the research...

and have come to the conclusion

that i just 
  too much !!

go figure

nah..what we really think happened was that when
i was 'liking' pages, 
i would comment with the same line 

(hello...newest like here, liking you personal so it counts.... @juNxtaposition)

letting them know that it was me .
but that i was liking them as me - jeanne...
(you it counts)....



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it's over...

15 days...
(it was fun - not - counting them down though) 

vintage numbers

tickled pink

to be able to say

this girl has been sprung !!

 yeehaw !!

new york country living fair !

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are you aware ???

did you know ???

major announcement . . .

has added 
{{pause for drum roll please}}

country living fair

whoo hoo !!!

yippee !!

get out !!!

shut the front door !!

well . . . yes . . . it's true . . .
it's in new york this time...
country living fair new york

rhinebeck ny

at the duchess country fairgrounds

country living fair new york

calm down...take a breath

then run and tell the girls

girl friends girlfriends

get your boots on...

pack up the truck

and come  out and see us !!

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 tickets can be had 

country living fair new york

if you've never been (gasp)
you really need to come...

here's a preview

and if that's not enough 
check my tab up top ^ for links to all my posts
from previous

country living fairs !! 

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well...what are you waiting for... ? ? ?


go NOW !!

go get your tickets.....

and we'll see you at the fair !    

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