July 19, 2020

Today is the day!  I have finally crafted the perfect Chilled Peach Soup!

 Super cute top from Old Navy, now 20% off!  Super cute earrings from Noonday, also on a tremendous sale!  Lipstick!  I'm wearing lipstick that I bought before I realized the plague that is upon us - Popsicle Lips by Sephora - Popsicle Lips - could you die?

Per our non-legally binding agreement (Parties: BustleandVim.com and The Gentle Rea...

July 9, 2020

I've taken the week off from Covid Projects.  My family has not.  Husband continues to bake bread, Younger is making marshmallows, Older has been crafting his own fresh mozzarella.  But none of them want to blog about the experience, and I, as already mentioned, am on hiatus.

So, when you're not up to the work, but still need a treat (and I always need a treat), here's what's let do:

Popsicles and Champagne...

June 15, 2020

I'm aware that Blueberry Soup doesn't just roll off the tongue and into the palate part of one's brain naturally.  I know this because when I made Blueberry Soup for my friend Shelby's birthday brunch a few years ago and presented the soup course, I got a lot of weird and worried looks.  Like, the ladies present didn't share covert glances, but BIG, WIDE eyes and exclamations of "What?"

Here's my motto: Op...

June 8, 2020

Well, Gentle Readers, I think I can say with confidence that Spring is over, and Summer now reigns, smacking us with her humidity scepter at every turn.

And I know that every Summer our thoughts turn to Soup.  Mmmm, soup, so warming...

But wait!  There's a better way!  I have prepared the most refreshing, yummiest chilled soup you've ever had!  Presenting: 

Honeydew Cucumber Soup

Ingredients:  2 cups hon...

May 25, 2020

I have my friend Andrea to thank for dragging me out of my quarantine doldrums, and giving me a task with meaning and purpose.  Introducing: Baking For Good!

She had the genius idea to take all that stress-baking and sourdough-humble-bragging that's filling our social feeds, and put it to good use: to host an online auction/virtual bake sale to raise money for the Central Texas Food Bank.  But she needed a tech-savv...

May 17, 2020

Y'all Gentle Readers, I have found this summer's ultimate dessert!


This dessert has everything*: 

Summer berry brightness - Check!

Sunshiny citrus - Check!

Cream Cheese coolness - Check!

Buttery Shortbread perfectness - Check!

Streusel Topping - Check, thank you, Lord, Check!

If you have never visited the wonder that is Delish.com, oh, but you must!  Here's the Lemon Blueberry Cheesec...

April 23, 2020

Greetings, Gentle Readers,

I know many of you have been baking up a storm this spring/plague season.  I, myself, made some Speculoos Brownies earlier this week, and, yes, they are fabulous!  But at some point we need to take a break and enjoy a treat that is lower in calories.

Voila!  Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream + Variations!


2 bananas

optional ingredients: peanut butter, almond butter, chocolate chips...

April 8, 2020

I'm so looking forward to my sons' next check-up and answering that question, "How often do you eat together as a family?" with "ALL THE TIME!"

As we were suppering earlier this week, my husband started making a list of what we were going to eat  in the coming days.  Husband is very conscientious of what leftovers are still in the fridge, what's been cooked and frozen for later, what's not cooked in the freezer, etc...

November 23, 2019

It only takes one day of Sweater Weather for me to yearn in earnest for soup.  And this year,  just as I was midst yearn, my friend, and intrepid B&V reader, Erin, tells me about a new soup she's making for her Noonday party.

So, per our new rules, I'll write out recipe details, including a printable version, and then I'll get to photos, plus a long discussion of my feelings whilst I made this soup.


June 7, 2019

Okay, as coached by Co-Worker Tanya, I will begin with the recipe.  But please remember what we always/now say here at Bustle and Vim: "Come for the recipe; stay for the story


1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 jar Apricot preserves (I like Bon Maman)

1/4 cup dried apric...

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