Creamy Tomato Soup {good for Valentines} and Tasteful Tuesday Party

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First up…My third blog birthday is coming up in February. I’m looking for a few giveaway items. WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR SHOP? 
What you need to do: 1. sign up on the link above this post
2. prepare a shop/or blog spotlight post which I will post and promote the day of your giveaway
3. I can also prepare a shop spotlight if you want
What I will do for YOU…
1. Promote you shop/blog for the week
2. give you FREE advertising for the month of February
creamy tomato soup
I’m noticing that most of the meals I want to share here I make for dinner. Which means dark(er) pictures in artificial lighting.  How do you get good photos of meals you make for dinner?
Last week I made this YUMMY tomato soup. It was easy and so delicious. I adapted the recipe from 
More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes
I made it a lighter version
You will need:
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
5 tablespoons all-purpose flou
4 cups whole milk
1/2 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
one 15 oz can peeled whole tomatoes, crushed with juice (I might even use more next time!)
1. in a stockpot, heat the oil and saute the onion, stirring so the onions don’t brown. Whisk in the flour and stir constantly until the paste is smooth. 1 or 2 minutes. 
2. Gradually add the milk , then all the seasonings. (except the baking soda) Simmer until it thickens
3. Stir the baking soda into the tomatoes and add to the soup. Simmer for a couple of minutes to let the flavors blend. Remove the bay leaf, and puree the soup in a blender ( I had to to only half at a time). Reheat and serve warm.
Even my boys loved it!!!
Now… for the fabulous features… 210 links last week!!!! WAHOOOO So excited! Can we do it again?
Italian Spinach and Crepe Manicotti {half baked harvest}
Oreo Cream Cake {winnish}
Three Vegetable Soup {tessa domestic diva}
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps {i thee cook}
Olive Garden Dressing {jen’s journey}
Cheese Pimento Cheese {call me PMc}
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Profiteroles {jazzy gourmet}
DIY Valentine Art {sew fantastic}
Over the Rainbow Card {silver boxes}
Love Wreath {rain on a tin roof}
Cloth Diapers {one organic mama}
Flameless Rose Tea Lights {smart school house}
And now… another fabulous party!

Looking forward to seeing you around the blog…. don’t be a stranger!
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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting! It is difficult to take photos in the evening, isn’t it? I bought a Canon Speedlite flash that can rotate and bounce off walls to help. We have a lot of gray days here in the Pacific Northwest, so the flash has been really helpful. Have a good night!

  2. Thank you for highlighting my root vegetable soup!

  3. I wish I knew how to get good shots! My cooking is done after work and it’s dark out. The light box my husband built helps a little, but nothing beats natural light.
    Thank you for the party and happy (almost) 3 years!

  4. Thank you so much for the fun party! I have the same problem with dinner food that I want to photograph. I usually save leftovers and take pictures the next day.

  5. Thanks so much for featuring my Italian Spinach and Crepe Manicotti! So glad you like it. Thanks for the party!

  6. Thanks for hosting, Emily ! And congrats on the 3 years :-)

  7. Thanks for hosting. I’m hosting my very first link party and you’re welcome to join in and link up at

  8. Good Morning Emily
    THANK YOU for featuring my Oreo Cream Cake – I’me very honored!! :):)

    Winter or summer – I LOVE soup, especially tomato-soup

    Have a great day and thank you for another great party

  9. Thanks for hosting your fun party,Emily!!!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  10. Monsterscircus says:

    Hi Emily thank you so much for hosting and your creamy soup recipe! Hope you’ll find the anserw according to the evening photos, I’ m sorry I can’t elp. Have a great week!

  11. Thanks so much for the feature Emily! Thanks for hosting as well!


  12. I’ve had the same problem with taking pictures at night, especially with it getting dark so early during the winter. I started using my husband’s painting lights. They were about $30, and they provide a lot of bright, indirect light. Then, I use Picassa (it’s free) to adjust the warmth of the light. I’ve also seen suggestions about using a light box. I think you can buy a popup version, but I’ve also seen tutorials on making your own. Good luck!! =)

  13. Thanks for the feature and for hosting! Hope cloth diapering interests people – it is a blast!

  14. Ana@carpe_diem says:

    Hi Emily!
    Thank you for hosting!
    I am happy to be here again. I am linking my favorite Valentine Day crafts.
    Have a nice day!

  15. Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week, and I simply cannot wait to try your soup – it looks fabulous!

  16. I have the same [photo] problem, Emily. A photo light box, good tutorials can be found all over blogland, is a good option. Unfortunately, in my little cottage space is at a premium! I purchased a white foam core board from the craft store and use that a lot. It helps reflect the light back on my “subject”. Thanks for hosting – love your blog!

  17. Thanks so much for hosting and featuring my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Profiteroles. I am so thrilled!

    Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet

  18. Thanks for hosting!

  19. Thanks for hosting! Your recipe looks super delicious and reminds me of my tomato bisque, so good! It uses more tomatoes, less milk and essentially the same spices.


  20. Thank you so much for hosting! It’s my first time sharing :) Oh and I totally have the same problem taking pictures of my dinners. At least when summer comes around I have dinner time light :)

  21. Hi Emily, thanks for hosting :)

  22. thanks for hosting! there are some crazy yummy recipes up! have a great week

  23. Thanks so much for hosting! And that tomato soup looks delicious!

  24. Thanks for the Party! Congrats on your 3 years!

  25. April Tuell says:

    Thank you for hosting. :) This week I shared White Chocolate Cherry Cookies. I’d love if you’d share one of your yummy recipes on my Saturday Spotlight Linky Party too. Have a great week!

  26. CJ @ Morsels of Life says:

    Thanks for hosting! (And congrats on 3 years. :) )


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