There’s absolutely nothing better than a bowl of extra hot tomato soup.
I meannnnnnn? Right?
Like I’m so in to the whole grilled cheese on spelt bread with a delicious bowl of tomato soup.
Problem is it’s difficult to find time to make homemade soup.
So when I found a non-GMO, no added MSG ( EWWW MSG ), no artificial flavor boxed soup with NO chemicals or preservatives, I was over the moon.
Because I can trick Michael, duh.
So here’s what I did: I heated up Imagine’s organic creamy tomato soup, stove-top style. Chopped up some raw garlic ( << YUM ), grabbed some fresh rosemary, a bunch of Meyer lemon, Parmesan cheese, and my secret ingredient: TRUFFLE SALT…and made “homemade soup.”
Yes. I lied to my fiancé ( let’s hope he’s not reading this little posty-post ).
He came home from work, hungry & hypo-glycemic ( << what’s new? Typical male ).
And there I was: standing barefoot in the kitchen, wearing a hot pink apron, carefully stirring my soup. I had grilled cheese sandwiches on spelt bread sliced in ‘soldiers‘ & my homemade rosemary tomato soup that “I spent allllllll day cooking.”
Of course he was obsessed with my hard work & the amazing soup.
Healthy, delicious, AND EASY!!!
So thanks to Imagine’s organic creamy tomato soup, I may or may not be ‘making my homemade tomato soup’ on a weekly basis.
Sorry I’m not sorry.
What’s your favorite fake ‘homemade trick?’ I need some more ideas. LOL.
- Lauryn, xx
P.S. check out Kroger’s site to download a $1 off coupon on Imagine soups!! Not a Kroger shopper? No prob! Visit imaginefoods.com to check out all 20 creamy delicious flavors, as well as a $1 off coupon.
Anywayyyysss, this weekend was spent in LA. We moved the last of our stuff into our new place & brought the dogs up for a little visit. They were charming as ever & barked the entire time ( our neighbors already love us! ).
Highlights of the weekend: my parents came up to see our place, Michael & I set up our bar ( & enjoyed Campari sodas!, & we may or may not have ‘Postmated’ In & Out…at 11 pm.
If you haven’t checked out Postmates you’re missing out on life ( this isn’t sponsored, I am just obsessed ). It’s basically an Uber but for food. ANYTHING, ANY TIME, you want to EAT? Someone will deliver it straight to your door.
So ya, an In & Out burger ( protein style with onions & animal sauce ) was necessary.
Also, the picture in the wedding dress was my lousy attempt to try on dresses for like ten seconds. Will keep you updated on the whole wedding thing but I still haven’t really started!!
Any tips for wedding dress shopping?
I’m kind of Clueless Connie on the subject if we’re being completely honest.
If you haven’t, you have to try it next time you’re there because it’s life-changing.
I mean, it’s basically the main reason I ever go to Disneyland.
Anyway this recipe is a version of Disney’s Dole Whip but without the sick-o added ingredients that really make no difference in the taste.
Firstly, here’s a video of how I whip up this whip in about 4.4 seconds:
I don’t know about you but this is heaven on earth for me.
Lately I’ve been on a late night ice cream kick so I’ve been enjoying this healthy recipe 5 days out of 7…the other two days? I may or may not have a few bites of bambleberry ice cream ( this exists & it’s yes, it’s better than sex ).
So. Point: this three ingredient “Dole-ish Whip” is a pretty damn great replacement for ice cream:
This recipe comes from The Detoxinista; here’s exactly how she says to whip up this tangy pineapple whip:
1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, & chopped
1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon honey ( optional, for authentic sweetness )
First off, you’ll want to freeze the pineapple chunks. I chopped mine a day ahead of time, and froze the chunks overnight. You could also purchase frozen pineapple, if you prefer.
This recipe works best in a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix, because you’ll need to be able to pulverize the pineapple into an ice-cream-like consistency. A normal blender will most likely not work, but a food processor might.
In TSC version I added a mint garnish & squeezed lime in to the mix because whelppppp, mint x lime just sounded like the absolute perfect addition. Like, RIGHT THOUGH?!
Do you guys have any three ingredient recipes that you love?
I’M ALLLLLLL ABOUT RECIPES UNDER 5 INGREDIENTS SO PLEASSSE SHARE IF YOU HAVE ONE! Oh & this one is obviously my favorites of favorite.
Happy Friday! – Lauryn, xx
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As you guys know I’m engaged to my best friend ( cliche? Sorry it’s true! ), Michael. I am VERY, VERY private about my relationship in many ways, but in other ways I’m happy to share. SOOOOO since V-Day was last week I decided I’d interview Mr. MB.
Oh, & I included my own commentary ( that he hasn’t read ) in italics under his answers too ; ).
Ok, here you go…& just saying, he’s pretty cute- he mighta made me blush a little:
1.) What’s your favorite thing I do for you in our relationship?
Michael: You constantly support me in any decision I make with business and in my personal life. It is nice to know someone has your back no matter what. There is no material thing that could compare.
( My take on Michael: A little thing Michael does is make me a hemp milk cappuccino every morning. A big thing is, he’s constantly challenging me. If you know me, you know I need constant stimulation so to have someone who stimulates my mind on a daily basis is really special/important to me ).
2.) My worst quality ( be nice ):
M: Your worst quality is your punctuality. It is absurd! If you tell me you will be somewhere in one hour I plan for three!
( Me on M: His worst quality is when I’m late, he’s rude/mean. LOL. Joking. Kind of. Michael’s worst quality is he can be impatient!! COUGH, COUGH #potentialresolutionfor2016 ).
3.) What’s my best quality ( be nicer ):
M: The best quality I see in you is your constant drive for success. It has been really impressive and inspiring for me to watch you grow your brand over the years. I have had a front row seat for the entire time and it’s been really amazing to watch. You’re also not too shabby to look at ;).
( Me on M: Michael loves to read. I find it super sexy. He’s always reading & knows facts about so many random, different things. I have never met someone who’s so informed with what’s going on in the world. He is also a wiz with history! Another thing is, I’ve never seen a man who’s so young & so business savvy. He’s a financial wiz! Numbers are SOOOO not me so thank God ).
4.) THANKS HUNNY! So what’s the most important thing to focus on in a relationship?
M: Integrity. If the relationship has integrity everything else will fall into place. You can’t have any kind of relationship, whether it’s a friendship, a business partnership, a romantic relationship, etc. if there is no integrity.
( Me on M: I absolutely agree with the above. And let’s face it: no one likes a loser cheat. Also, focus on positives not negatives ).
5.) Why is our relationship strong?
M: I believe our relationship is so strong because we both completely trust each other. Not in the way where we trust each other not to cheat ( even though we have that trust as well ). I’m talking about the way that we both know we have each other’s backs, we have each other’s best interests. We both put the relationship before the individual. It comes from a place of deep love and respect for one another which makes the relationship so strong.
( Me on M: our relationship is strong because we both have our own thing. I have my business & he has his. When the night is winding down we both have a lot to discuss. We also have many common interests like chihuahuas, traveling, reading, cooking, & home decor ).
6.) What do we not see eye to eye on?
M: I think we see eye to eye on a lot which is probably why we have lasted this long. If I had to pick something we don’t see eye to eye on it would probably be our closet space. I don’t get women & their closets.
( Me on M: We don’t see eye to eye on what a psycho I can be when my space is messed up. LOOOOOOK OUT IF MY SPACE IS A MESS. I am a grump x a million!! Also, we’ve had a few AKA a thousand tiffs over the computer in the bed ).
7.) Favorite thing to do with me?
M: Hmmmm….there is one thing…not sure if it’s blog friendly… other than that…I love to travel with you and explore places and things that neither of us have seen/done before.
( Me on M: SICKO!! HAHA. Definitely favorite thing to do with him: lay in bed, watch “Shark Tank”, read a little, hang with Pixy & Boone, & spend quality time together. Usually we will order Postmates too. Our life is very go-go-go so any second to ourself counts! ).
8.) Sweetest thing I’ve done for you?
M: Introduced me to my life with my appendages…also known as the chihuahuas. I never in a million years thought I would be so close to such weird creatures. I love them more than anything.
( Me on M: He told me to stop talking about blogging & DO IT three years ago. Michael is the person that basically said SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT! Lol. Also I think it’s sweet how he proposed. The Flaming Hot Cheetos & rosé were very appropriate & thoughtful ).
9.) Describe the best date night ever?
M: Best date night for me…hmmm…I am very simple. We both get so busy that when we get a chance to sit at home with our dogs and watch a show or read next to each other in bed, to me that is the best date night. I don’t need much more.
( Me on M: Best date night would be anything in Cabo. It’s one of our favorite spots on earth & is so romantic. We have this place we go to eat popcorn souffle ( IT’S AS AMAZING AS IT SOUNDS ) that’s on the ocean & ohhhh soooo peaceful in Cabo. I LOVE IT! ).
10.) Advice on relationships in general?
M: I already told you I think you need to build any relationship on integrity but I think it goes further. If you decide you are going to be in a relationship with someone, I think you need to really decide that’s what you’re going to do.
For example, there are a lot of things that I may have done while I was not in a relationship that I now need to be ok not doing. I think you should still be able to have fun and keep your individuality while in a relationship but maybe it’s not ok to go on a Vegas bender for five days without checking in.
A lot of guys ( and girls ) think they should still be able to get away with stuff like that. If you want to do stuff like that, it’s completely fine but you are probably not ready for a serious relationship ( which is also fine ).
I think couples get in trouble when one or both of the people in a relationship think it’s ok to put the other person in the relationship in a position they themselves would not be comfortable with. I am not saying you can’t go out with your friends or can’t go to Vegas for a couple nights, just don’t take advantage of the other person.
Later this week I’ll be sharing a girlfriend V-day par-tay, BUT TONIGHT I’M TALKING ROMANTIC, MUSHY GUSHY STUFF…
So ta-da: how I set up a quick ( AKA I DON’T HAVE TIME ), sexy ( shit, I need to buy more lingerie ) Valentine’s for my sweet lover, Michael.
We’re going to be out of town for V-day so we had a little date night last week & I had to think FAST.
Real talk: the actual date night began when the cameras left & I put away my camera ( SHOCKING! ). But this is what I ACTUALLY set up for him ( I know, isn’t he lucky?! I kid, I kid ).
Here’s a quick visual:
Quick, easy Valentine’s date night tips:
♡ Have cookies on hand. I found cute ones at Whole Foods. Next time I’ll go to my nearest bakery because I have a hunch they’re cheaper ( can Whole Foods get anymore expensive? GEESH. ). Or, if you’re a babe on a budget, check out my 2 Minute Flower Cake!
♡ Set the mood with music. As you guys know I LOVVVVVEEEE Brazilian music. I always have it playing around our house so it makes perfect sense for a little Sergio Mendes to be playing on V-Day.
♡ Champagne. Duh. If you don’t drink, then add Kombucha to a wine glass with a little ice & lemon. YUM.
♡ Look HOT! Put some effort into it. This one is hard for me because I’m either in workout clothes or I’m working or…you get it. BUT if you’re hosting a date night, add a little red lip, throw on a dress ( mine usually has wrinkles ), & add a couple curls to your hair.
♡ A little gift never hurt a flea. Nudge, nudge, winky-winky, babe! But really, something cute ( last year I made Michael a scrapbook ) is always fun. Each year he also gets one ( yes, one only ) Conversation Heart that describes him. This year he got ‘WICKED COOL.’ LOL. Last year he got ‘SWEET CHEEKS.’ HA. For some reason this tradition makes me happy.
♡ Candles, lighting, diffusers…the usual suspects around my home. Keep it festive.
♡ Lastly, don’t forget the spicy lingerie. Forever 21 has some INSANE pieces now for under $10 bucks. MEOW!