Smoked Gouda & Roasted Red Pepper Tomato-Basil Bisque {Crock-Pot Recipe}

Smoked Gouda & Roasted Red Pepper Tomato-Basil Bisque

Umm, can we just talk for a minute about how gorgeous the weather was this weekend?! Sun shining, warm weather with a cool fall breeze, and all the fall colors to match. All. Weekend. Long. I wanted to be out enjoying it as much as I could. Unfortunately, I spent the day on Saturday at work, helping around 300 kids in costume make trail mix. Hmph. Oh well, at least I saw a lot of variations of Elsa from Frozen. :)

And, since Sunday was just as beautiful, Philip and I could enjoy the day outside for a bit instead. I’ve totally embraced that summer is over and am loving all the fall colors. I just can’t get enough! Madison is by far the prettiest place in the fall that I’ve lived (granted, this is only the fourth city I’ve lived in, but still, it’s the prettiest!).


Well, no matter what the weather, to me, fall means soup. Even if it is almost 70 degrees out. That’s because I know that no matter how warm it is, it will most likely be soup weather again in two to three short days (at least that’s how things roll in the Midwest). I figure I might as well be prepared for when it’s “soup weather” by everybody else’s standards. So today, I bring you Smoked Gouda and Roasted Red Pepper Tomato-Basil Bisque. Whew, that’s a long one!  Don’t worry, the title itself lists about all the main ingredients in the soup; you don’t have too many more ingredients to add.


I actually made this soup way back in May by my friend Alex’s request (she said it was the best ever — she was right). But you know, May and “soup weather” aren’t usually said in the same sentence…even for me. It was cool(er) temps when I made it (although, it’s highly likely I only convinced myself of this when I made it) and the temperatures rose so quickly, I knew it was too late for me to post it on here. Basically, long story short, I’m tired of waiting and I’m just going to share this super tasty and comforting soup with you today, gosh darn-it!

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Balsamic Roasted Pearl Onions

Balsamic Roasted Pearl Onions

Hello everybody! I hope you all took advantage of the first half of the weekend that was nice and sunny and were able to stay warm and cuddled up for the second half of the weekend that was cold and dreary (if you live in these parts of the woods, that is!). Gotta love springtime weather. Even though it’s supposed to be rainy all week, there’s just something about the coziness of being inside on a rainy and windy day that I like. Yesterday was a sweatpants kind of day (well, who am I kidding, any day at home is a sweatpants kind of day) and it was so nice to have an entire afternoon with no real plans. I wish I could say that about the rest of my weekend, but it was productive nonetheless!

Since I had the day off from work on Friday, I got out for another long run. Unlike last weekend, though, it was on a trail I ran every. single. day last summer. Like I mentioned last week, I hibernate for the winter, so I hadn’t been on the trail since last fall. It’s amazing how memories come flooding back when you’re back in a place you visited frequently during a certain time in your life (specifically a major transition). I instantly felt like I was back to my days of wedding planning and being new to the Madison area. I reminisced for awhile (a lot of thinking happens during a 15 mile run), and if I’m being honest, I realized I miss last summer just a little bit, but it was nice knowing I’m much more established in the area now and not a newbie (not to mention, I’m married!).

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