Cream of Tomato Soup


I sure hope I caught you hungry! Hi friends, it's me, Julie from with a yummy, comforting, homemade Creamy Tomato Soup recipe. Unfortunately, with the beautiful Autumn months, comes the dreaded cold & flu season. In fact, I've been fighting a cold for almost 3 weeks now, but I'm thankfully on the mend. With that being said, there is nothing more soothing than a hot bowl of soup when you're not feeling well physically or emotionally. It also feels nice to make someone … [Read more...]

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Does anyone else find themselves feeling so smug as you get everything checked off your grocery list for upcoming holiday meals only to get home and realize that while you may have the ingredients for a grand meal in a few days, somehow you've managed to make it home from the store without putting anything in your cart for the dinners you are expected to prepare leading up to that day! … [Read more...]

A long winter calls for Smoked Salmon Chowder


  Let's face it, as much as we'd like it to take a bow and an exit, most of us are still in the midst of winter.   It seems this has been one of the longest, coldest and just plain miserable winters we've seen in a long time! I don't know about your house, but at ours, winter means comfort food (and some of our favorite soup recipes) and this one isn't just a is THE favorite! Smoked Salmon Chowder … [Read more...]

Seafood Chowder & Pumpkin Party Features!


Seafood chowder and a pumpkin party? That's quite an interesting combination, right?! I'm so thrilled to be guest posting over on Tidy Mom today and sharing the recipe for this AMAZING Smoked Salmon Seafood Chowder. Did I mention it's AMAZING? Because it is. And if you try it you will realize just how right I am. And why that word needs to be in bold and in all caps! But, I guess if you don't like seafood this will look horrible to you. In which case, just look away! ;-) But if … [Read more...]

Creamy Bell Pepper ‘n’ Tomato Soup

Happy Monday friends! That's not an oxymoron is it? Happy Monday?How about if I help you kick off the week with a fantastic (and easy) recipe?I don't know about you all but I think I'm still feeling slightly twitchy as I come down off of the sugar high that is the holiday season. Can I get an Amen? Ugh... I'm also feeling very rebellious about cooking these days as it seems to be the only thing I have done for the last 2 months. If I never see another cookie again...wait...ummm...I think I just … [Read more...]

End of Pumpkin Week … Curried Pumpkin Soup

Well we hope you’ve enjoyed Pumpkin Week, here At The Picket Fence! We wanted to leave you with a warm, fall pumpkin dish! One of our favorites.  Curried Pumpkin Soup.There are so many delicious pumpkin desserts out there, as Vanessa showed us on Tuesday with her Sticky Bun Pumpkin Muffins, but pumpkin is not just for desserts!  You can make fabulous savory dishes with it as well.Curry Pumpkin Soups is easy, hearty fall main dish and is a definite crowd pleaser on a chilly evening! I've even … [Read more...]

Knockin off the OG…Olive Garden that is!

A Post from the Past...Knock off. A popular word in a DIYer's vocabulary. We LOVE to knock stuff off..mainly from stores with  initials like P.B. and R.H and occasionally B.D. and C.B.  I also can't say the words "knock-off" without thinking of shows like the Sopranos or The Godfather..."Hey, Jimmy youz wanna me knock him off for ya.." Cricket. yeah, my brains a scary place.But I promise this is a soup you will want to knock off and I mean in the best sense of the words...Today I … [Read more...]

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

So who's Arlene you ask?  Well she's my wonderful mom-on-law, who happens to be an incredible cook in her own right..she has even published her own cookbook!  How cool is that?!  This is a perfect soup for this time of year and super easy to make!-courtesy of my mom-in-lawMakes 4 quarts Arlene's Chicken Noodle SoupIngredients:4 cups cooked chicken, diced1 cup celery, chopped1 cup onion, diced1/4 cup butter or margarine12 cups water1 cup carrots, diced3 Tbs. instant chicken bouillon1/2 tsp. … [Read more...]

Knockin’ off the OG….Olive Garden that is!

 Knock off.I just love saying "knock off" it makes me feel all Soprano.  Every time I see the word, I pronounce it in my head using my best gangsta' in "You know, we're gonna' knock him off"  Can't you just hear it??  Are you still with me?? I want to share a favorite knock off of mine. It's one of my favorite soups from Olive Garden...Pasta e Fagioli.  I was bound and determined to figure out a way to copycat this recipe at home, in large I … [Read more...]