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Fireplace Coziness, Scandal & Recent Eats

Morning. It’s cold and gray in Charlotte this morning.


Perfect weather for the first fire of the season last night. Fires and candles make things so cozy. Especially for watching my newest obsession Scandal. This show is highly addictive. I started watching it on Netflix a few weeks ago and I’m already halfway through season two.  Kerry Washington is so beautiful!

Some recent meals for you.


Two eggs scrambled and a green smoothie.


Another green smoothie and coffee. I really just wanted to showcase my cups! 😉


Salad packed with super foods…kale, spinach, mango, avocado, salmon, artichokes, pecans, goat cheese, tomatoes and salmon.


Homemade tomato soup. I sauteed onions and garlic, deglazed the pan with balsamic vinegar, added some spices, tomatoes and vegetable broth and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Pureed the mix in the blender in small batches to get the soup smooth and added a little plain Greek yogurt for creaminess.


You can’t have tomato soup without grilled cheese!


Leftover lemon chicken with roasted mushrooms, asparagus and butternut squash. So simple, so clean and so yummy.


I’ve got this sweet face in my lap while I work. Time to be productive!

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  • Kiki November 21, 2013, 9:33 am

    Hey Jen, did you use fresh or canned tomatoes for the soup? Looks so yummy and we have a run of cold weather coming…

    • Jen November 21, 2013, 9:39 am

      whole canned plum tomatoes and pureed them!

      28 oz can tomatoes (juice and all)
      1 onion
      3 cups veggie broth (or chicken)
      dash balsamic vinegar
      couple tablespoons sugar
      salt & seasonings to taste
      plain greek yogurt (about 1/2 cup) blended in at the end

      not a recipe but a guide!

  • Kelly November 21, 2013, 10:35 am

    I am recently totally hooked on Scandal too – to the point that I need to get caught up on the episodes so I can get something else done in my life! Love the Gladiators!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 21, 2013, 10:49 am

    I love scandal! I am finishing season 2 so I can join in on this season! I am hooked! I could watch it all day!

  • Karla @ Finding My Fit November 21, 2013, 11:29 am

    The food you posts always looks so delicious! I would kill to have a fireplace in my apartment…makes me feel at home.

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves November 21, 2013, 11:46 am

    I totally need to try making that tomato soup! I love the addition of balsamic as the de-glazer!

  • Tori November 21, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Jen – I too make a green smoothie for breakfast almost every morning. I was wondering what kind of blender you use – I’m in the market for a new one!

  • Jennifer November 21, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Keep. Watching. Scandal. It just gets better and better!

  • She Rocks Fitness November 21, 2013, 3:56 pm

    I wonder who has more golden retriever “stuff” in their house? HAHA! With 3 golden retrievers split between my family the dog gifts are never ending. I mean how can you not spoil them? HAHA! It’s 80 degrees and humid here, so no fires today. DOH!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen November 22, 2013, 7:48 am

    Such a great idea to add Greek yogurt to the soup for creaminess!! I will definitely try that 🙂

  • ali November 24, 2013, 6:57 pm

    can i recommend coconut milk in your tomato soup next time…… takes it to another level 🙂

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