This soup is light & delicious, perfect for spring. Serve it hot or cold.
CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP w/ fresh croutons
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled & diced
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed & cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 box (32 oz) vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, or 1 tablespoon fresh
- 1 baguette (use 1/2 for croutons & 1/2 for serving with the soup)
- 1/4 cup half & half
- salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, heat the butter & 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. When the butter starts to bubble, add the garlic & stir for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the potatoes & asparagus, cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often.
Add the broth & dried tarragon (if using fresh, add it at the end) and bring to a low boil. Cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, to make the croutons, cut half of the baguette into thin slices and lay them on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with the remaining olive oil & bake for 10 minutes, until they are crisp & the edges start to brown. Remove from the oven & set aside.
Puree the soup. (I use a hand-held immersion blender which leaves the soup a little chunky. I also have a bullet style blender that I’ve used. You’ll have to blend in batches but it makes the soup creamier & less chunky. If you have a regular stand up blender, use it.)
Stir in the half & half, and serve the soup with the croutons. Add salt and/or pepper as needed.
we’re a good bit into April & I meant to put this up right on the 1st, oh well. Here’s the stocking schedule for the rest of this month…
April 9 – Squish – The Rainbow Reaction
April 10 – Drawing for 10 custom slots in the Growing Oranges group. Haven’t entered yet? Do it here.
April 12 – Kicking Back Fleece Covers pre-ordering closes. Shop now. (shipping begins April 26)
April 16 – Terry Pre-orders open. Loops in gorgeous new sun drenched colors, Terry Squares in all colors + Rainbow Bundles, Wipes, & Sweet Sleep Snap Ins. (shipping begins May 15)
April 23 – New One-Size prints open for pre-orders. (Squish orders begin shipping)
April 30 – Newborn Stocking. Loops pre-orders close.
All stockings are at 9pm eastern time & happen on our website: www.orangediaperco.com. As always, we’re a small family run business making things happen from our home studio so things can change. We always update on our Facebook group page.
April Showers for The Bliss Collection ~ three special diapers, with hand cut & sewn umbrellas, to brighten any spring shower.
10 total diapers, these will open for pre-orders at 9pm eastern time on Tuesday April 4th & ship April 18th.
Summer is just around the corner, stock up now on diaper covers in summer brights!
Our pull on fleece diaper covers are perfect for hot, humid, summer weather. Breathable, yet moisture repellant, our fleece covers stay dry to the touch and keep delicate skin cool. Made of high quality Malden Mills fleece, these covers are soft & stretchy, don’t pill, stay plush, and keep their shape.
Kicking Back Covers in Kelp, Blushing, and Blue Jay will open for pre-orders Tuesday, April 2nd at 9pm eastern time. Pre-orders will close on the 12th, or when sold out, and begin shipping on April 26th.
This quiche is a family favorite, one of those meals that makes the whole family cheer. I love it because it’s super easy to make, easy to double so there’s leftovers for lunches or dinner for another night, and pretty much anything can go in it & still taste yum.
I serve it with crusty bread & fruit or a salad.
- 1 frozen pie crust in tin (these usually come 2 to a pack)
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 white whole wheat flour
- 10oz frozen chopped spinach (I usually buy the 20oz bag & then eyeball it, dumping spinach in until it looks ‘right’, generally about 1/2 of a bag). Use more or less to your family’s taste.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, yogurt, cheese, and flour. Stir in the spinach (no need to defrost it, just dump in the frozen leaves)
Pour the mixture into the pie plate and smooth out the top. Bake for 45 minutes until lightly brown.
A new weekly post ~ meatless mondays. Every Monday morning I’ll post a recipe with pictures and any tips or tricks I’ve found useful. And, since I’m not at all creative in the kitchen, each of these recipes will very likely come from a cookbook so I’ll point you in the direction of that as well. I don’t do complicated or time-intensive recipes & I have 2 kiddos to feed, so these will all be easy & kid friendly. Enjoy!
CURRIED CHICKPEA STEW OVER WHOLE WHEAT COUSCOUS
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 shallots, chopped (or sub 1/2 onion & 2 garlic cloves, chopped)
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, drained
- 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce or 1 cup red pasta sauce
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- sour cream for serving
- handful of fresh mint for garnish (optional)
In a medium to large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots & sauté for 5 minutes. Add the curry powder & cumin and cook the shallots, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato or pasta sauce, & veg broth and simmer the stew for 10-15 minutes.
Serve over whole wheat couscous, topped with a spoonful of sour cream and garnished with a sprinkle of mint leaves, and with pita or naan bread on the side.
Serves 4 with leftovers for lunch.
*recipe very slightly adapted from one available in The Six O’Clock Scramble by Aviva Goldfarb.
- I added the 1/2 cup vegetable broth because I wanted it a little bit soupier, if you want it thicker omit the vegetable broth.
- The mint is a must for me, not so much for the kids though.
- Add chopped cauliflower if you want it a bit heartier & more veggie-licous
- Mix the couscous & the stew together for a delicious filler for pita bread, makes an excellent lunch on the day after.
Weeks of colds, flu, fevers, runny noses, upset tummies, and achey bodies have left us all worn flat out. The weather has been a pretty good match to our miserable state. Cold, rainy, gray. This past weekend everything cleared. We all, if not feeling 100%, woke feeling much much better. The sun broke through, bright & shiny & warm.
I wrote previously about breaking ground on a garden & we took full advantage of the gorgeous weather to plant our first little veggies. I took the boys with me to the garden center & we picked up a few of just about everything they had…broccoli, brussels sprouts, two different lettuces, onions, spinach, cabbage, & asparagus. I’m particularly excited about the asparagus. Maybe because it can’t be harvested for 2 years, so it has an extra special something about it.
We put it all in the ground, watered it (always the kid favorite, right?), & have had to chase the dog off the plants a bunch of times. Every time he comes in the house & his paws are muddy I know where he’s been. Stinking dog. I’m hoping that as the plants get bigger he’ll realize that area’s not for tromping through.
Has the weather cleared enough for you to get started? What are you planting? Especially if you’re in the mid-Atlantic region of the US, what’s your favorite spring crop?
It’s been a rough month here at the ODC homestead. Cole got sick, we think it was some variation of the flu, & it took each of us down one by one. Then Luke got pink eye, then I got pink eye. Then daddy-o got strep. It was crazy-o. I’ve cleaned the whozitwhatzit out of my house, bought new toothbrushes, sanitized all the sheets and towels, and I think we’re all on the upswing. Fingers crossed.
With all that going on, I had a little time to browse etsy for fabric and I’ve got some good stuff coming. I also couldn’t resist this adorable fabric from Moda. It’s perfect for Easter, but it’s also just really sweet &, I think, can work all year long. Here’s the whole Bunny Hill Designs collection if you’re interested in seeing it.
So, Chocolate Bunny…the newest addition to the Bliss Collection! These diapers are made & ready to ship, not a pre-order, and there’s only 5 of them. They stock tonight (Tuesday the 12th) at 9pm eastern time on our website: www.orangediaperco.com. See you there!
^ Bloom & Fuse ^
It’s TERRY TUESDAY! Tonight, pre-orders open for One-Size & Newborn Loops plus Terry Squares, all in this month’s colors:
Bloom – Sea Green on one side, Petal Pink on the other, with a jade accent thread & Berry Snaps. Gorg.
Fuse – Black on one size, Gray on the other, with a jade accent thread & Lime Green Snaps. Blam.
Both were inspired by my new most favorite website, Design Seeds. The inspiration:
In addition to the new colors, Terry Squares will open for pre-ordering in the usual colors + Rainbow Bundles. Pre-orders will open at 9pm eastern time, will close on the 28th at 9pm (or when sold out) and will begin shipping on March 15th. www.orangediaperco.com is where it all happens ♥
it’s been a busy couple of weeks & I haven’t been reaching for my camera as much as usual, but I have been snapping plenty of pictures with my phone. Here’s a peek at what life’s been like over here, at least according to my phone…
^^^ really windy day. the kind that makes little boys think they might just blow away if they time it right.
^^^a little bit of bliss
^^^ more bliss! I am so lucky to have the absolute best customers in the whole world. like ever. thank you!
^^^ daddy came home from a trip to Asia
^^^ we went to an antique mall & didn’t buy anything but did take a minute to get the sillies out before going inside
^^^ I sewed a whole lot of sweet sleep snap in boosters. whole lot of ‘em.
^^^ we celebrated the Chinese new year
^^^ trip to the children’s museum
^^^ I sewed lots & lots of squish to go with all those snap-in boosters!