Monday, August 13, 2012

Simple, Rustic Tomato Soup and Summer Update

Summer is coming to an end around here. Well, at least the lazy, no-school part of summer. The kid is starting kindergarten this week. It seems unbelievable to me that my “baby” is going to be five in two months!

We have spent the last few weeks traveling with him, soaking in every minute, as we know that he won’t want to spend every minute of the day with us forever… We were also fortunate to get to spend lots of quality time with family. 

My summer exercise routine has been sporadic at best. I was rear ended in June and had to refrain from exercising for a while. When I was better, I went on a hike with a friend and managed to fall and twist my left ankle, injure my right knee, and bruise my left thumb. The injuries took weeks to heal. In the meantime, we went on vacation and walked a lot, but that was pretty much it for exercise. I’m really looking forward to getting back into an exercise routine. 

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Once we got back from vacation, we were greeted by lots and lots of tomatoes. Thanks brother-in-law for taking such great care of our flowers & veggies!!! I have been enjoying tomatoes every day. I love eating them like an apple, in a caprese salad, in tomato soup… 

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Simple, Rustic Tomato Soup

  • 8-10 large tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups of basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Heat oil in a pot and add the onions. Sauté for a few minutes, and then add the tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and basil leaves, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Puree the soup (I used a handheld food processor).
  5. Add the Greek yogurt and puree until mixed in evenly.
  6. Enjoy!
Questions: What has been the highlight of your summer so far? What’s your favorite summer food? Have you been getting enough exercise? What’s your favorite form of exercise at the moment? 

Be well,


  1. Love all the pictures Andrea - so glad you had such a great time in Germany. It's 10 in the morning but now I want a giant beer! :D

    Even though it was for my Uncle's memorial, my trip to Virginia was nice because I wasn't expecting to see that side of the family this year.

    And spending a weekend in Michigan with my Mom and daughter was great too.

    Thankfully my husband surprised me with a gym membership to a gym that is literally 1 minute from my office, so the crazy heat we had didn't deter me - I've been every day since I've gotten it!

    1. Hubby certainly got his beer fix in Germany! :)

      The gym membership sounds like the perfect surprise! Great job using it daily!

  2. Great to see the pictures of your trip to Germany! Sorry about the injuries. I guess I think only old geezers like me suffer injuries! I am exercising for the first time in my life for my physical therapy following my back surgery! Bad news is that the therapy has led to some sort of injury to the right knee (which is slowly improving) but the good news is that I don't pay as much attention to the pain in my left leg and back! Onward!
    Thanks for the recipe! I am staring at a counter covered with ripe tomatoes and wondering what I can do with all of them. Harold and I eat them raw and sliced for nearly every meal...including breakfast where I serve scrambled egg over a bed of them! I look forward to trying the soup later today. I have buttermilk in the fridge and no yogurt so I will probably substitute that and let you know how it turns out.
    Blessings to the little man and his first day of "school"!

    1. I hope the PT will give your back and leg some relief and that your knee will get back to normal. I'm starting to realize how common knee injuries are...

      Let me know how the soup turns out with buttermilk. I love playing with the recipe...

  3. Anonymous8/13/2012

    Such a nice summer you're having! And I love when you say you want to spend as much time as possible because he's going to be a grown up before you realize it. I never thought abuot it before until I'm pregnant and I'm afraid not being able to enjoy the early years with my baby. :)
    this summer is quite unique for me because it's the first summer in 6 years that I don't go anywhere. It's also special because I have company inside my belly and feeling her growing each day and imagining her once she's outside. It's really really sweet.
    I've been loving peaches and watermelon this summer. I wish I had gone to farmer's market to enjoy fresh produce as well. Just too lazy to go out on Sat morning.
    I'm glad that I kept exercising during the whole pregnancy. It's getting harder each day, I've been slowing down my pace but want to continue as long as I can. And since last week we started walking after dinner, which I love.

    1. Enjoy this very special time in your life!

  4. What awesome photos, it looks like you had a great time! Kindergarten is a big milestone and you'll gain some time too. I had a similar exercise hiatus when I broke my foot back in March. I am glad you are better now but sorry for all of the injuries! My summer flew by but the highlight was our visit to CA. Next year, we hope to take the boys to Europe for the first time.

    1. Thanks, Stacie!

      Your CA visit looked & sounded like lots of fun! And I'm sure you'll have a great time in Europe!

  5. Glad to hear you have enjoyed your summer, Andrea. And you made it out to see your parents, that's wonderful.
    Your tomatoes look fantastic! I pinned your tomato soup recipe, I'll definitely be making it when it starts to cool down a bit. Sadly our tomatoes all died this year, and our squash are heading that same direction. We aren't sure what happened.
    As for workouts, I've been injured (my cartilage on the right knee is inflamed from too much work, too fast). I am sticking to light weights and non weight-bearing exercises.
    Enjoy your week, Andrea!

    1. Thanks for the pin! Sorry about your tomatoes and squash. One of my tomato plants isn't doing well, and I have no idea why. It gets exactly the same care as the ones that are thriving...

      I'm sorry you are injured! I have injured my knees before. Make sure to give it enough time to heal completely...

      Have a great week!

  6. Awww...your little man is growing up. School will be a fun time for you and the family...lots of activities to look forward to.

    1. Yes, we are looking forward to this new chapter in his life. But it's also kind of sad that he is growing up so fast...

  7. What a fun trip to see your parents - great photos. The soup looks wonderful.

  8. I'm happy that you and your family were able to visit your family in Europe. We were closer at that time than we are now :)

    My highlight was our Italian vacation. My favorite Summer food are all the Summer fruits that are available now. My exercise is so so and running is still number one.

    1. Yes, we were a lot closer. Too bad I didn't have time to travel around a bit...

      Your Italian vacation looked beautiful!

  9. Anonymous8/16/2012


    Your tomatosoap looks very good.My tomatoes are not so good,in the night it is too cold.Now i have many green beans in my garden.

  10. It looks like you're having a great summer!

  11. Mmm, thanks for the recipes! We have 4 huge basil plants and are going to have a bumper tomato crop in about a week and a half. So excited!

    1. Basil & tomatoes are my favorite foods at the moment. Enjoy!

  12. Anonymous8/17/2012

    Greta said:
    Your tomatoes soap looks very good.
    The pictures from your journey are in a good position.

    1. I'll try to upload more pictures to Facebook soon!

  13. Sorry to hear about your earlier injury, but glad you're doing better and had such a nice vacation. My exercise routine has been sporadic to say the least, but not entirely non-existent, so I guess that's good :-). Love this easy soup recipe, especially the addition of Greek yogurt. Pinning to make soon! Bittersweet congrats on your little knight entering K. :-)

  14. Oh Andrea, sorry to hear about your injury...but the vacations pictures look awesome...and glad that you got to enjoy time with your family.
    The tomato soup looks delicious...creamy and so colorful.

  15. Enjoy the summer while it lasts.