Let’s talk fashion!

I am obsessed with finding a good deal. I love thrifting and digging through sale racks, it’s one of my favorite hobbies! 

So I wanted to start posting some affordable outfit inspiration on here! As much as I love seeing those perfect outfits on Instagram  and Pinterest, I just can’t relate to someone who wears an outfit that costs $3,000. Not to mention the fact that as a mom I rarely get dressed up but when I do, you can bet that shirt is going to have something spilled on it within the first 10 minutes πŸ˜‚ (and it’s not even from my kids usually… 😩)

I’m all about a capsule wardrobe since I could easily wear the same outfit multiple times without anyone noticing because I really dress up that infrequently. It’s also so much easier to pick out an outfit when everything already matches! I stick to neutrals and basics with a few statement pieces to add variety. I also like to buy brand name, quality items that last forever (for a good deal of course!) because a good pair of leather boots and jeans that fit perfectly are wardrobe essentials and always make bargain pieces look more expensive πŸ˜‰

I am so looking forward to sharing more affordable outfit inspiration with you, so be sure to check back soon! As for this look, you can find the details below ❀️ 

Outfit Details:

  • Booties: Steve Madden from Nordstrom Rack (Retail $120 Paid $25)
  • Distressed denim: Seven for All Manning from Fashion Shack (Retail $140 Paid $30)
  • Shirt: oldie but goodie from downeast basics- totally looks like a bodysuit but it’s not
  • Sweater: BP from Nordstrom Rack (Retail $48 Paid $8)
  • Handbag: Marc Jacobs from Nordstrom Rack (Retail $198 Paid $60)

The hardest decision

When Matt and I met, I was a single mom working full time and living in my grandparents basement in Utah. I had been legally separated from Elle Kade’s dad for a year and was just beginning the court process to finalize my divorce and determine a custody arrangement. 
After months of court hearings and failed mediation, we finally reached a compromise. Elle Kade would live with me full time and visitation would be every 3rd week until she began kindergarten and it would change to every other weekend and all summer. We included revisions to provide for the fact that we would be moving to Utah after Matt graduated from law school. 

Everything went as planned and Matt accepted a job in Utah. We were prepared to pay for plane tickets every month and fly her out based on the visitation agreement of one weekend of their choosing per month (which would include all holidays) and then all summer. It seemed so simple on paper. 

I had no idea how difficult it would really be. There was enough ambiguity in the paperwork to cause contention with every single visitation. We assumed that she would be allowed to fly alone based on universal flight policy, but her dad refused to let her. So I was forced to fly back and forth with her every single month, usually over a holiday weekend, leaving my 2 babes and husband home alone. Not to mention the added expense in which the plane tickets alone cost over $1000 monthly. 

On top of the inconvenience and expense, Elle Kade would miss school because of the fact that they strictly enforced the fact that she needed to be at their house by 6 pm on Friday- it was physically impossible to fly across the country after school to arrive in South Carolina by the time their visitation started so she was missing school in order for her to be there on time. Not to mention the fact that she had to fly back on Sunday night and adjust to a time difference before school the next day. 

The entire situation was unsustainable. I was overwhelmed and completely stressed out. We scheduled a phone conference with our attorney to go back to court and address the issues we were having. I knew it was necessary but I dreaded beginning the whole court process over again. 

I remember getting off the phone with our attorney and just crying. Matt and I had been praying for an answer and it just didn’t feel right. I told Matt that I felt really strongly that maybe the best thing would be to allow her to live with them for a while. That’s exactly what they wanted and she had been asking to live there as well. I couldn’t imagine actually making that decision, but it seemed like the only possible solution. 

Making the phone call to her stepmom to say that we had been considering the possibility of her living with them was the hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make. It was the one thing I said I would never ever do. 

Even though I had an incredibly strong prompting and deep feeling within my heart that I was making the right decision, it was so hard. My faith has always sustained me during times of doubt, but it was so incredibly difficult to ignore what the logical solution would be and follow the answer to my prayer.  But just because that answer wasn’t what I expected or wanted to hear doesn’t give me the right to deny it. And just because my prayer was answered doesn’t meant that all of my problems were solved.

One thing that I’ve intentionally changed is my perspective and how I communicate with Elle Kade. Instead of referring to who she “lives with” we talk about who she spends the school year with and who she spends the summer and breaks with. Just making that small change has reinforced the fact that she is so loved and our custody arrangement is as close to even as it will ever be. Our situation isn’t perfect but as long as Elle Kade is healthy, happy, and well adjusted then that’s enough for me ❀️

Journal 12.31.16

I had to give Elle Kade back today and I can’t even describe how much my heart aches. Saying goodbye this time was so hard. 

When I tucked her in last night, I looked at her sweet face and realized that I wouldn’t be able to kiss her goodnight again for weeks. I spent every second with her today trying to soak up the little details like way she brushes her hair, her huge smile when I let her order a large chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cone, the feeling of her little hand in mine as we walk in all of her favorite stores, the sound of her voice when she says “I’m so glad I chose you to be my mom”… I am so grateful for all of these moments, but they will never be enough. I always want just one more minute, one more hour, one more day. She leaves and my life is never the same without her. 

When we say goodbye, I fight back tears and quickly turn away so I don’t have to watch her get in the car and drive off. My heart couldn’t handle it today. I kept busy for the rest of the afternoon and evening, but when she called me tonight it took all of my strength not to cry when she said “I miss you already Mom”. I hung up the phone, went to bed and couldn’t bear it any longer. 

It’s been hours and I can’t fall asleep because she isn’t here. Her absence is so palpable and I feel like I can’t even breathe. There are no words to describe nights like tonight. 

I’m feeling so much guilt. I would do anything to live closer to her. I don’t want to have limited time with her. I want to see her everyday! I never want to say goodbye. 

But I have to be honest, I really do feel so incredibly grateful for every moment that I spend with Elle Kade. I truly appreciate the little things and I don’t take anything for granted when we are together. Sharing her with her other family has taught me such a valuable lesson- every moment matters. 

Right before she gets dropped off, I always take the time to tell her every single thing I admire and love about her. I want her last memory of our visit to be that I absolutely adore her! I tell her how proud I am to be her mom and how lucky I am that she chose me. I look into her deep brown eyes and hope that she understands how much I love her. 

I know that our situation is unconventional, but I also realize that so many families have special circumstances and there is no such thing as perfect. I chose to share this journal entry style post to give you a glimpse into my life and my perspective on being a blended family. I look forward to sharing more journal entries in the future and I’m so grateful for your love and support throughout the ups and downs that come with being a stepfamily! 


Planning Visitation

Last night we were shopping and Elle Kade picked out this cute planner! She had a really hard time saying goodbye as we left for the airport this morning and I suggested that we start to plan our next visit to make the transition a little easier. Now she has a calendar full of visits to look forward to!

Before Elle Kade started school, I made an interactive calendar so she could move the picture of her back and forth from the pictures of me and her dad. It worked really well when she was younger because it helped her to see exactly when she would be staying with each parent!

Now that she’s older, she’s able to really understand when her school breaks are and why we don’t get to see her for a while sometimes. It’s such a hard concept for young kids to understand, but it really helps for them to visualize a visitation schedule. 

Even if you don’t have set visitation, try to find a way for your little one to look forward to the next time you get to see them rather than focusing on saying goodbye. Shifting their perspective from sadness and uncertainty to anticipation and excitement will help them adjust to the transition much more effectively!

When “good” doesn’t feel like enough

Feelings of failure… 

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately because I feel like I am failing at everything. But I’m here to tell you that those feelings of failure serve a purpose and that failure is not final.

If we aren’t failing, then we aren’t trying.

Recently, I’ve accepted many challenging and new opportunities that pushed me so far out of my comfort zone. It would have been easy to say no but we are guaranteed to fail if we never even try. 

I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I’m not trying to defy what is meant to be.

But what happens when something that you work hard for, put passion and energy into, that aligns with your goals doesn’t work out? It isn’t always easy to say “well it just wasn’t meant to be”. 

It’s ok to say “This FREAKING sucks”.  It is ok to be frustrated and disappointed. 

Maybe you searched for hours on Pinterest for your daughter’s birthday party, spent late nights and a lot of money making it happen, and everything turned out to be a complete disaster. Are you supposed to just brush it off? Or is it ok to acknowledge the fact that you failed and now you feel the repercussions of that. 

Maybe you apply for a job that seems perfect, you nail the interview, get a call back, but something falls through and you don’t actually get the job. Are you just supposed to brush that off and pretend to be good with it?

I’m pretty sure that we aren’t actually human unless we fail at something. There are small failures and there are BIG failures and life is full of both.

This is so hard for me to say, but I’m here to tell you that I am a complete failure. There are things that I am not very good at. Admitting that, out loud, to the world is not easy. It’s vulnerable and scary, but I want you to know that perfection is not realistic. And the people who make things look perfect are probably the ones who are failing the most. I know that because I used to be that girl. The one that was good at everything.

When I was a little girl, I really wanted to play softball. When I mentioned it to my mom, she had her doubts because I was a girly girl, but she signed me up anyway. The first day on the field, I was a natural. I loved the game and I was really good at it. It was easy and I didn’t have to try hard to make any All Star teams or win state championships. I continued to play softball throughout middle school and I made the high school softball team in 9th grade. I was taking pitching lessons, going to practice, doing well in all of the games… but I wasn’t even trying. Eventually I just quit. I had the potential to be offered a college scholarship for softball but I never even gave myself the chance because I decided that I didn’t want to put the time or effort into showing up at practice or games anymore. I didn’t value the opportunity because I took my talent for granted. 

Our experiences shape our perspective, and maybe the fact that I never let myself fail is the reason why I am struggling so much right now. 

 And maybe that’s the point. We cannot grow within our comfort zone. We cannot succeed unless we try. We can’t truly appreciate our success if we don’t earn it. 

So for those of you reading this, thinking about something in your life that you really want to try… I say GO FOR IT! Maybe you will put your heart and soul into it, only to be completely crushed. Or maybe you will exceed your expectations and soar!  How will you ever know what the outcome will be if you don’t ever begin?

As you take time to reflect on your choices this year and set resolutions for 2017, give yourself the opportunity to fail! Set goals so high that you know you will not achieve all of them. Give yourself grace for making the effort and don’t let any of your failures become final.

 God has a plan for you that is so much bigger than you can imagine, but He cannot bless our lives if we aren’t prepared to multiply our talents. 

The parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30 indicates that we will be blessed if we invest the gifts we are given, but it never reveals how many times those servants failed. I have to assume that it happened, because great rewards aren’t received without great risk. The only servant who was reprimanded was the one who didn’t even try. 

As I study that parable and seek to understand God’s will, I realize that our Savior’s infinite Atonement is the guarantee that we will never truly fail at anything. The difference between success and failure will always be accounted for. I am so grateful for the opportunity to fail and for a loving Father in Heaven who has given us a Savior to atone (compensate) for our shortcomings. With that knowledge, why do we still fear failure? Instead, let’s embrace it and try to fail again πŸ’—

Clean Eating on a Budget

Let’s talk grocery budget for a sec… a lot of people assume that healthy food is expensive but that just isn’t true! It might seem like junk food is cheaper based on the $ label, but the nutritional value is absolutely zero. So you’re eating empty calories that will leave you hungry in just a few hours. On the other hand, nutrient dense foods that are packed with vitamins will leave you feeling fuller longer, and they don’t always have a high price tag!! 

But really, even healthy food goes on sale, plus here are a few money saving tips to use while buying healthy food!:

The most expensive item on my grocery list is always meat, so we try to eat it sparingly. When we do buy meat, it’s always on sale and I try to buy enough to stock my freezer for the month which saves a lot of money in the long run!

Check stores like Costco for great deals on produce! A pack of spinach is the same price at Costco as it is at Walmart, but you get twice as much!

Save money by cooking at home! If you know you’re going to be busy, throw chicken into a crockpot with salsa and black beans for a quick and easy dinner. Or pack a picnic for a fun “kids meal” without having to compromise on fast food. Try not to eat out- that will blow a budget in no time and you don’t know what sneaky ingredients are hidden in seemingly healthy options. 

Another great way to stretch your grocery budget is to make a few low cost meals every week (like this spaghetti dinner or tacos) and you can always add beans or veggies to the meat to make it go a little farther.

Replace all beverages with water! There are so many benefits to drinking just plain water, but especially if you’re on a budget because it’s FREE!

One more way to save some money on healthy groceries is to portion and prepare your veggies at the beginning of the week so nothing gets wasted. I don’t know about you, but my kids will eat all of our fruit in one day if I don’t have it in separate bags for them, so that’s another way to stretch it!

Utilize bulk bins to save on expensive packaging and shop local! If you have a farmer’s market, that’s always a great place to score awesome produce and support a local family. See if your area has a local co-op or check out Zaycon foods for bulk meat delivery to your area. There are other regional grocery stores that have better sales than others, so always ask the meat and produce department when they mark items down and check back frequently for manager’s specials!

As far as paying more for organic… that’s a little bit trickier. I try to buy organic/non-GMO as much as possible but I realize that’s not affordable on every budget. So the best way to decide is to always buy the “dirty dozen” organic and as much as possible after that. 

And let’s be honest, even if you do end up spending a little bit more on your groceries each week, you’ll definitely save money on healthcare costs by avoiding preventable illness and disease! Which is ALWAYS worth it in my opinion ✌️️

Here is the weekly menu with recipes and grocery list that feeds our family of 5 for under $125 per week! 

To keep things simple, I meal prep all of our lunches for the entire week and we eat the same thing each day. If you want to switch things up, you can add different seasoning or sauce to give some variety! Some weeks I make salads, other weeks I make turkey bowls, but this meal plan is based on eating grilled chicken, brown rice, and broccoli or cauliflower for lunch every day. And for my kids lunches, I pack them paper bags with peanut butter sandwiches, string cheese, apples, bananas, turkey rolled up, etc. I’ve included all of these items in the grocery list, but it’s up to you to decide what to put in each of their bags! 
The reason I cut our grocery budget down to $125 per week (from $150) was to be able to afford Shakeology every month ($99) which replaced my breakfast. I still make breakfast for my husband and kids, but they just eat eggs (hard boiled, omelet, scrambled, etc) and a side of toast or oatmeal or banana pancakes (meal prepped of course!). If you aren’t interested in drinking Shakeology for breakfast, just plan on having one of the other options!
I also included the following snack options in the shopping list, but you can decide what to have each day when you’re feeling hungry- fruit, nuts, hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt with honey, string cheese, raisins, small salad.
I try to focus on simplicity, which is why I don’t make gourmet meals every single day, and hopefully each of these recipes will show you that anyone can eat healthy on any budget! And maybe you are already an expert on clean eating, which is awesome!! But I wanted this meal plan to be easy to follow and to show you what we actually eat every week- nothing fancy! 
So here it is…

     Breakfast- Shakeology or eggs with toast

     Lunch- Meal prepped container

     Dinner- Chicken sandwiches on CloudBread

(Recipe: used leftover grilled chicken from meal prepping and just make CloudBread- recipe and instructions are on www.oursplendidlife.com Serve with a side salad or top your sandwiches with romaine and tomato)

    Breakfast- Shakeology or oatmeal seasoned with cinnamon and honey

    Lunch- meal prepped container

    Dinner- Tacos

(Recipe: Brown ground turkey and add taco seasoning. Serve on tortillas or in a lettuce wrap with salsa and tomato)

    Breakfast- Shakeology or banana pancakes

    Lunch- meal prepped container

    Dinner- Spaghetti with salad

(Recipe: Cook noodles, brown turkey and add spaghetti sauce. Serve with side salad)

    Breakfast- Shakeology or eggs with toast

    Lunch- meal prepped container

    Dinner- pulled pork with coleslaw

(Recipe: Place pork in crockpot on high for 6-8 hours- season with liquid smoke, garlic and cinnamon. Make coleslaw- whisk ΒΌ c red wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper then add to coleslaw mix and refrigerate. Once the pork is cooked, shred and eat on a bun, cloud bread, or on top of coleslaw.)

    Breakfast- Shakeology or oatmeal

    Lunch- meal prepped container

    Dinner- Burgers with sweet potato fries 

(Recipe: Use ground turkey to form patties and grill until juices run clear. Preheat oven to 375 and slice sweet potatoes into fries. Toss them in garlic and olive oil and bake for 30-40 minutes turning often. Serve burgers on buns, cloud bread, or wrapped in lettuce topped with tomatoes)

    Breakfast- Shakeology or banana pancakes 

    Lunch- Leftovers or meal prepped container 

    Dinner- Carnitas with black beans and rice 

Recipe: Place carnitas in crockpot and cook on high 6-8 hours. Serve with brown rice, black beans, and salsa)

    Breakfast- Shakeology or eggs with toast

    Lunch- leftovers or meal prepped container

    Dinner- Roast and brown rice with salad

(Recipe: place roast in crockpot with jar of pepperocinis, cook on high for 6-8 hours. Serve with brown rice and salad)
Salad dressing recipe- whisk ΒΎ cup olive oil, ΒΌ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp garlic, salt and pepper
Banana Pancakes Recipe- place 2 bananas, 2 eggs, Β½ cup oats, Β½ tsp baking powder, pinch of salt in a blender until mixed. Pour batter into a skillet and cook until brown.
Meal Prepped Containers- marinate chicken in olive oil and seasoning for 30 minutes and grill until tender. Marinate broccoli and cauliflower in garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper for 30 minutes then roast at 425 until crispy (20-30 minutes) Place brown rice in rice cooker. Measure portions and place in containers!

Romaine lettuce (pack of 3) $2.78

Whole wheat tortillas $.88

Bananas $1.32

Strawberries $.99

Apples $2.56

Plain Greek yogurt $1.78

Whole wheat pasta $.99

String cheese $1.88

Broccoli $4.38

Cauliflower $3.11

Almonds $2.87

Cashews $2.66

Raisins $1.28

Black beans $.88

Shredded cheese $1.98

Spinach $1.88

5 dozen eggs $2.98

Peanut butter $3.38

Coleslaw mix $.98

Sweet potatoes $2.53

Brown rice $.88

Salsa $3.28

Oats $2.67 

Spaghetti Sauce $1.98

Tomatoes $1.88

Jar of pepperocinis $1.48

Almond milk $2.98

Deli ham $2.51

Ground turkey (3lbs) $3.78

Boneless Skinless chicken breasts (12 lbs) $24

Carnitas from butcher $5.74

Pork loins $3.48

Roast $5.86

Bread $3
Items from pantry:

Taco seasoning

Cream of tartar

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Red wine vinegar


Seasoning for chicken 

Baking soda

Maple syrup



Liquid smoke

Training at The Body Shop

I walked into a gym for the first time in 3 years and had absolutely no clue where to start! I love working out from home, but since I’ve started teaching HIGH fitness classes I get access to the full gym and wanted to take advantage of it!

The first time I went in, I turned on BeachBody On Demand so I could do Body Beast (my soulmate program) because I was so intimidated and overwhelmed by all of the machines! It was basically like I was working out at home, only less convenient haha! But I was determined to figure out a way to make it work. My kids are old enough to stay in the play area and I really wanted to get out of the house more often!

So I decided to ask Hailey to show me the ropes and she totally went above and beyond by creating a personalized fitness plan for me! 

I really just expected her to take me around and just show me how to not kill myself on the machines πŸ˜‚ but she performed a customized fitness test to determine my skill level, assessed my indivual movements, and created a comprehensive plan tailored to meet my needs. She walked me through an entire workout, corrected my form when needed, and pushed me to do just a few more reps! She noticed that I was having some lower back fatigue and showed me different ways to strengthen other muscles to correct it.

After evaluating my current fitness level, we set some personalized goals to step up my game and I’m so excited to implement this new training into my exercise routine once a week! I’ll keep you posted on my results! 

A Weekend in Oregon

We decided to take a quick weekend getaway and head to Oregon! The drive to Portland is about 6 hours so we spent most of the day Friday driving. 

We arrived around 4 and checked into our hotel which was just south of downtown. 

Dinner on Friday night was at the Laurelwood Public House. We chose to go there because they have a special kids area where Carter and Clare could play while we enjoyed a “date night”.  And it was amazing! The kids had a blast and the food was great. 

As we were walking out, a mom with a baby stopped us and said that she was watching us talk and eat and she was thinking how we must be newly married but then our kids ran over! She was so nice and it was so genuine for her to take the time to share that with us! 

After dinner I ran into the grocery store to buy some snacks and the man in line in front of me started small talk and told me that he was going foraging for mushrooms tomorrow! Isn’t that great? And the cashier was so friendly, it seems like everyone in Portland is genuinely caring and authentic!

Saturday morning we had to get up bright and early so that I could attend a HIGH fitness certification (which took up most of the day). 

While I was busy, Matt took the kids to the Portland Science Center. They had so much fun! We have a membership with the Discovery Center in Idaho and the pass allowed them to get in for free (huge perk!). For lunch, they went to the Tin Shed Garden and Blue Star donuts and raved about both. 

Saturday night we went to VooDoo Donuts and Pine State Biscuits. I haven’t been able to find good fried chicken since I left the south but this place did not disappoint! I ordered “The Chatfield” which was topped with apple butter and Matt had their most popular “The Reggie”. Anywhere that serves Cheerwine is just fine by me! And I actually don’t like donuts so I didn’t have any, but the kids loved their VooDoo dolls and Matt had the maple bacon which he really enjoyed. Not sure it was worth the wait, but how can you go to Portland and not go, right?

While we were at VooDoo, the couple in line in front of us started telling us about all the different flavors and which ones were the best. We let the kids play pin ball and ride an elephant ride which made everyone in line laugh! Honestly, the best part of our trip was meeting all of these fun, friendly people! 

Sunday morning we woke up and headed to the coast. We knew it would have to be quick but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity while we were so close! First stop was a little town called Astoria. We had lunch from a little boat called The Bowpicker and they only serve fish and chips. Luckily we got there right when they opened so we missed the line, but it was amazing and definitely would have been worth the wait! Carter (our picky eater) even loved it!! 

We didn’t really know what to expect in Astoria and didnt realize there wasn’t a real beach there, so we walked around for a bit then drove to Sunset Beach. Beach access was so convenient and it wasn’t crowded at all. The kids played and the weather was a little misty and chilly but we hardly noticed. 

Clare was playing in the ocean, letting the waves chase her when one knocked her over and she got soaking wet! Even after that she enjoyed playing in the sand on the shore. Eventually Carter fell in too and everyone was really wet and sandy by the time we headed back to the car. 

On our way home we stopped by Multnomah Falls since it was on our way and right off the freeway. The kids had fallen asleep for a nap but we could see it from the car and it was breathtaking! Hopefully we’ll have time to take a hike up next trip. 

We had such an amazing weekend and we loved exploring Oregon! It was such a short drive so I’m sure we’ll go again soon!

Road Trippin’ Tradition

So basically I’ve driven across the country every summer since 2005. It started my freshman year of high school when my parents decided to move from Utah back to South Carolina and has continued every year since then for different reasons. It wasn’t a “tradition” back then… But I’d like to think that it is now! 

I’ve grown to love the open road and watching the landscape change, cruising down the highway and taking detours to stop in little towns along the way. Being able to share those experiences with my family and teaching them to observe their surroundings, appreciate our nation’s geographical and historical sites,   and just spending quality time together (unplugged) has been an amazing opportunity. 

(Did you read that right? Did I say unplugged? Yup! One rule on our road trips is that no one is allowed to be on any electronic device, but I’ll save that for another blog post!)

(Photo is from one of our cross-country moves)

Some trips I’ve driven the fastest route from point A to point B, other times I’ve gone so far out of my way that it added days to the trip. We’ve stayed with family and we’ve stayed in hotels. We’ve had flat tires, transmission trouble, and perfectly smooth sailing. 

Taking a road trip is always an adventure, and I’m so excited to start sharing our experiences with you! 

{Fall Recipe} Sweet Potato Bisque

Nothing says fall like golden leaves, crisp air, and sweet potato soup! I made this healthy recipe today and it was absolutely delicious!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium sweet potato (peeled, cubed)
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger root
  • 1.5 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tsp miso paste (mixed with 2 Tbsp hot water)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Bragg liquid Aminos, coconut Aminos, or Himalayan salt (to taste)
  • Herbal seasoning blend (to taste)

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, add sweet potato, cook for 5-7 minutes, then drain. Roast bell pepper (char skin evenly, cover with kitchen town for 10 minutes, then peel skin under running water). 

Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If consistency is too thick, add water. Heat soup in a saucepan over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until hot. Enjoy! πŸ’›πŸ‚