Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Leek & Sweet Potato Soup With Prosciutto

Fall is just around the corner! My husband and I love soup. We actually eat it at least once a week all year round. But when fall finally hits, I feel like I can talk about my delicious soups. After all, it is a little strange to eat warm soup when it is 100 degrees outside. A lot of our childhood favorite soups are hard to turn Paleo. My husband made a wonderful Leek and Sweet Potato Soup with Prosciutto this week that was completely paleo. Here it is! Enjoy!

Leek & Sweet Potato Soup with Proscuitto

4 leeks, white and pale green parts
1/4 cup olive oil
6 slices of proscuitto, cut into ribbons
1 1/2 tsp minced thyme
8 cups chicken stock
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and then cut each half crosswise into pieces 1/2 inch thick. 

2. In a large, heavy pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the proscuitto and sauté until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

3. Add the leeks to the pot and stir to coat. Rduce the heat to medium-low, cook, and over. Stir occasionally, until the leeks begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the thyme.

4.Raise the heat to medium-high and slowly add the chicken broth while stirring constantly. Add the potatoes and bay leaves, season with pepper, cover, and bring to a boil. 

5. Reduce the heat to medium-low ad simmer until the potatoes just start to become tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until he potatoes are tender all the way through, about 15 minutes.

6. Remove about 1/3 to 1/2 of the soup mixture and puree in blender. Add the thick mixture back into the pot and bring to a simmer.

7. Serve garnished with the fried proscuitto.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer {Fashion} Favorites

Summer is coming to an end. Fall is definitely my favorite season, but this summer I had some outfit combinations I loved. I will wear them as long as the weather is still warm. I wanted to share (and document) my Summer Favorites.

{ necklaces: j.crew}

{striped shirt: j.crew; aqua skirt: chelsea28, Nordstrom; denim blazer: Gibson, Nordstrom}

{polka dot shirt: j.crew, green cardigan: j.crew, statement necklace: Cara, Nordstrom}

{Birkenstocks: Nordstrom}

{white midi skirt: Topshop; polka denim shirt: Hinge, Nordstrom; necklace: BaubleBar, Nordstrom}

{Converse: Nordstrom, boyfriend jeans: Paige, Nordstrom}
{{Don't worry, these will be a staple throughout fall}}

What were your favorite summer pieces? Check soon for my fall wish-list!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Grapes & Whiskey

If you are an avid reader of my blog, you know I like wine. Living in San Antonio has brought the love of vineyards out of me. They are only an hour drive from us, so we visit them frequently. After a July harvest, almost all the wineries offer public Grape Stomps. We were able to attend the annual Grape Stomp at Becker's Vineyard.

I wanted to get there early because I knew it would be busy. I was the first person to stomp on my bucket of grapes. It felt so funny! Can you imagine doing this constantly to make wine like they did back in the day? Crazy! I didn't stomp very long because a line was already forming! The husband was too scared to stomp!

I was worried about my feet being stained purple. Don't worry, you have to stomp the grapes for  solid 8 hours before your feet stain!

People were putting their footprints on back of shirts to remember the day. One lady even did her infant's son feet on the shirt!

Becker's Vineyard opened their Bistro for the first time that day. The menu looked delicious. They said the Bistro would be open on event days. The building in which it was located was beautiful. You can have your wedding or special event in that building. I wish I had something special to host in there!

On our way home Rob wanted to stop at a distillery that is located close to home. Rebecca Creek Distillery is a local spirited distillery that produces whiskey, vodka, and peach vodka. They offer samples of all three and then can make any mixed drink for you. They also give a tour. It was neat to learn about distilling since we do many brewery and wine tours.

Rebecca Creek Distillery had a beautiful cooper pot still custom made for them. They use a lot of local materials to make their spirits unique. It was a nice, relaxing stop on our mini road trip.