Colorful Autumn Soup 🍂

Here’s a soup the whole family will love. Tested by several of my close friends and family members, this soup has been a hit for all members of the family! Moms, Dads, even picky eaters will love this! And as a bonus, its filled with lots of hearty ingredients and may even help boost milk production for nursing moms!

I first discovered this recipe when I was pregnant with my third baby. I knew I wanted to have some soups on hand when the baby arrived. When my mom came to visit we first made this together. It was such a hit! We made a double batch and froze the ingredients in the freezer to make into a crock pot meal later! (Yes it froze well, and it was so easy to dump everything into the crockpot when I needed a quick meal.) Remember to give yourself grace when you’re in the middle of a huge life change. A home cooked meal out of the crockpot will feed your family too just the same as if you made everything from scratch. Below is my version of this fabulous soup that I hope your family will love too!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tortilla Soup is a vegan version of classic tortilla soup that’s every bit as hearty! {GF, V}

 

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Quick Download of the recipe here.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1.5 lbs. sweet potato (about 2 medium), peeled, and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tsp vegetable broth concentrate
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes with its juice
  • Juice of 1 lime plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion, a pinch of salt and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and lightly sauté (be careful not to burn). 
  2. Add in the chopped red bell pepper, can of diced tomatoes, and spices. Stir everything together and then add in the chopped sweet potatoes and cover with  water and stir in the vegetable concentrate (you could use 5 cups of veggie broth instead).
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Add in the black beans and corn. Turn the heat back up to bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally. Beans should be cooked, but not mushy.
  6. Check flavors and adjust with salt and pepper to taste (we skip the pepper for the little ones.)
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. We serve it with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges. You could add tortilla strips, goldfish, bread, jalapenos for spice, yogurt, sour cream or anything you have on hand for dipping to make it your own. Enjoy!

 

Please feel free to share this with a new mom, or better make it and bring it over for her! What’s your go to recipe for new moms, or a meal to take to a friend. Leave it below, I’d love to share what works well for others too!

(The original recipe has been adapted from flavor the moments blog.)

 

xo,

Christine

 

 

Cozy Autumn Home

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I love when the seasons change, don’t you? The cool, crisp whisper of autumn in the evenings and all the cozy sweaters, football games, and campfires! Fall is a great time to update your home too. With a few easy changes you can create a cozy home that’s the perfect gathering space for your family!

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Creating layers is the perfect way to think about having a cozy home. Think horizontal, vertical and depth. Adding a new piece of art to your wall can create a lot or just a pop of drama. I adore this print by COLLEEN KARIS! It’s the inspiration to the rest of the autumn pieces I’m sharing for updating your home for Fall!

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Home Sweet Home Doormat | Buffalo Check Doormat | Wheat Grass Wreath

 

 

Fall Mug | Boxwood Wreath | Buffalo Check Pillow Cases

 

 

Welcome Sign | Hello Pumpkin Mug | White Pumpkin with Gold Pumpkins

 

 

Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte | Twinkle Lights | Wooden Coasters

The last two layers to consider are item which adds an extra layer of cozy. A fluffy throw blanket and pillow are an easy way to update a space for the season. They pull together all the colors in a space because there are so many options!

 

 

Thankful Pillow | Embroidered Pumpkins Pillow | Linen Wheat Grass Pillow

 

 

Chunky Knit Throw Blanket | Plaid Faux Mohair Throw Blanket Hamilton Trail Check Bed Blanket

 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to update your home for cooler months. A few key pieces of layer can make it the perfect gathering space for your family!

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You can find more home goods at our amazon store front! Please visit Shop the Blog on Amazon

And if we left out anything you’d add, please comment below. And be sure to check out our other autumn themed posts including Our Autumn Book Haul and Fall Bucket List 🍂🍁

xo,

Christine

 

 

Our Autumn Book Haul

We love reading stories at our house. Reading aloud to children is so important.

“Reading builds brains, fostering early learning and creating connections in the brain that promote language, cognitive, and social and emotional development.

By reading with your child, you also help cultivate a lasting love of reading. Reading for pleasure can help prevent conditions such as stress, depression and dementia.” (University of Liverpool)

Our library is a great place to pick up all our favorite autumn themed books! Check out what is in our current reading basket:

 

Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn | Ten Apples Up On Top! | The Apple Pie Tree

Apples and Pumpkins | Blueberries for Sal | Apple Countdown

Leaves |The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit | Curious George Apple Harvest

 

These are some of our very favorite stories to read when the weather starts to cool down. What are your favorites? Do you have a story you love to read every autumn?

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My current outfit is on major repeat!! Raise your hand if you love a good workout outfit! These shorts are my very favorite pair! They’re great for everything from downward dog pose in yoga to running after cute kiddos! The waistband is wide and sit at a very comfortable mid-rise position. They also have full pockets! How awesome is that? The top is one of my new favs as well! It’s long enough to tuck and can easily be worn with shorts or leggings! Linking my favorite sneakers too! For reference, I’m wearing a medium in the top and bottoms. Hurry only a few sizes left and marked way down!!

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Today’s top was a nursing friendly find from my favorite online store! I love how cool it is in the summer with its waffle weave, and button front! It’s a little hard to tell, but I tied the bottom into the cutest knot! These shorts are also a favorite. High rise and you’ll definitely want to size up one since they run a bit small. My slides are super comfy, and super affordable! I love how they give just a little sparkle to my outfit! My ring sling is sold out, but I’ve linked other options for you as well!

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Top | Shorts | Slides | Ring Sling

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My favorites:

 

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Covey (Chambray) 

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Northern Mockingbird (Chambray)

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Honeybird  (Chambray)

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Kolea (Modal)

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Lava Gull (Modal)

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Roseate (Modal)

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If you have any questions about the fabrics, feel free to send me a message! Happy Shopping!

 

xo,

Christine

Dresses for Spring!

The weather has finally warmed up here, and we’re heading to the beach soon to celebrate the end of busy season! So that means its time to start looking for dresses! Many of these would be great for weddings, bridal showers, Easter, Mother’s Day or just to take on vacation!

I’ve tried to select reasonably priced dresses, all of the dresses are under $100, most are under $50! I love all of these dresses and rompers, they remind me of winter melting away with their bold colors and fresh floral patterns.

 

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Floral Dress | Nude Pumps | Bamboo Bag | Statement Earrings

 

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Side Plunge Halter Dress | Pump Sandals | Statement Earrings |Neutral Clutch

 

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Romper | Sandal | Earrings | Clutch | Earrings

 

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Striped Maxi |Neutral Clutch | Earrings| Slip on Sandals | Earrings

 

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Romper | Caramel Sandals | Hat | Bag | Earrings

More fun spring dresses…

 

Floral | Stripes |Purple

 

White Floral | Blue Stripes | Green

White mules and sandals are perfect for this time of year, here are a few fun styles.

Greece Sandal|Bay Cutout Slide Sandal | Mule | Clara Mule

 

I love these neutral handbags to pair with the bold stripes and lots of pops of color of the dresses and rompers this spring. I’d recommend a liner with the bamboo clutch.

 

Leather Clutch | Small Round Bag | Larger Round Bag | Bamboo Clutch

There are so many affordable statement earrings to choose from, its so hard to pick only one! Which is your favorite?

 

I hope you’ll enjoy being outdoors this spring! If you try any of these outfits, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #delightfulsouthernmoments

 

xo,

Christine

 

My Favorite Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day!


We are so ready for Valentine’s Day!

One of my very favorite gifts I received when my husband and I first met was a box of chocolate covered strawberries from one of those fancy retailers! How could he already know me so well to pick such a wonderful gift? I felt like such a lucky girl.

Fast forward years later, chocolate covered strawberries might still be one of my favorite treats. I’m sharing my super easy recipe so you can make them at home too!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • 12 Large Strawberries
  • ½ Package of White Chocolate Chips, Carob Chips, or Dark Chocolate Chips; plus 1 tbsp of contrast shade for decorating
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Sprinkles, Edible Pearls or other Edible Decorations

 

  1. Wash strawberries, patting dry or allow to air dry
  2. Reserve 1 tbsp of chocolate chips (for drizzling)
  3. Combine chocolate chips and 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl
  4. Heat in microwave on melt or 50% power for 1 minute, and mix; add additional 30 seconds until melted (can also add more vegetable oil for carob chips)
  5. Dip Strawberries, one at a time into the melted chocolate and place on cookie sheet or parchment lined tray

Repeat until all strawberries have been covered in chocolate

  1. Melt the reserved contrasting color, and drizzle onto the covered strawberries, or sprinkle on edible decorations
  2. Place strawberries into refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving

 

Consume within 3-5 days for best taste!

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These would go really well with our favorite Valentine’s Day date ideas, espeically a cozy night in with your significant other!

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We love to hear from you! Share with us your favorite treats for Valentine’s Day, is it something you buy, or something you make?

 

xo,

Christine