So, I’ve been a little absent lately from the blogosphere.
Life’s been crazy! I have about 120 unready blogs in my reader!
I went to Texas… and ate a whole lot of good food! That’s definitely not the reason I went to Texas, but it was a nice benefit. Ten of us from Southbay Church staff went to Texas to go to the C3 conference at Fellowship Church. What an amazing time of growth, refreshment, encouragement, and fellowship!
Most of us on staff here at Southbay are from the south east, so when you go to Texas, that’s pretty darn close to the south for us. Chick-Fil-A, Carraba’s, Cracker Barrel, and sweet tea were all must have’s on our list. My poor friend Aimee had never even heard of any of these restaurants, and didn’t have much say the entire week of where we were going. Just had almost all her food ordered for her and went with the flow. She was a trooper, and ended up of course liking some good Southern food!
What’s your favorite food you can’t get all the time? I would have to add Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee to my list!
Carraba’s for some Chicken Bryan!!!

The whole gang at Cracker Barrel, enjoying the rocking chairs and the big front porch!

“Look, my sausage and eggs make a face!”
Now onto the food! (as if I wasn’t already talking about all those restaurants. Can someone bring me some Chick-Fil-A!?)
I made this Chilled Berry Soup from the all-new Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook (Texas made me crave all the good Southern food). I love this cookbook – my awesome friend Staci got this for me several years ago, and I love it. Such a great cookbook!!! This soup has the most incredible color, and it’s super yummy. It’s pretty sweet, but it would be great for an appetizer, and could even be a great dessert!
Chilled Berry Soup (Adapted from the Southern Living Cookbook)

2 cups fresh blackberries
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 – 2 cups fat free half and half
Garnishes: whipped cream, fresh mint
1. Measure out and wash berries

2. Place first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.

3. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

4. Process berry mixture and lemon juice in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

5. Strain berry mixture through large kitchen strainer back into saucepan in order to separate seeds.
6. Cover and chill until cool and ready to serve. Garnish if desired with whipped cream and fresh mint.

Hello, I'm Rebekah! Wife to a creative guy and mom to one incredibly cute little man. I love to read (novels), run (especially races), drink lots of coffee (sweet and creamy please), and enjoy beautiful community with good conversation around a table (with delicious food). This space is all about meshing real life, good food, and beautiful pictures - of food of course.
    carissa @ lowercase letters

    this looks simply fabulous. next time we visit you guys we are not going out to eat! ; ) ha. i miss: in ‘n out and see’s candies. my waste doesn’t.

    February 27th, 2010 15:43
    Kitchen Belleicious

    Well, that just looks incredible. I am going to have to try that especially once it starts warming up here in Houston. glad you had fun in Texas! Thanks for visiting my blog and I am so glad I found yours!

    February 28th, 2010 13:14

    Carissa, You got it! I’ll cook you a big meal next time you and Kelly come to visit.

    Kitchen Belleicious, Thanks so much for visiting!! I’m glad I found your blog as well! Always glad to find new friends! 🙂

    March 1st, 2010 4:48
    Elisabeth Adele

    That berry soup looks absolutely devine. I have just started cooking recently,and I extremely excited when I found your blog and discovered some great recipes. This is definitely one I want to try! I love your header by the way!

    elisabeth adele

    March 3rd, 2010 5:32

    Hey, Rebekah!

    I made this soup this week and it’s amazing! All three of my boys ate it, too. That’s a miracle!

    I’m not a fan of whipped cream, so I garnished it with my own topping. I used half and half (whipped till frothy), cream cheese and powdered sugar. It really complimented the soup well!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!


    March 4th, 2010 11:59

    Hi Debbie,
    The recipe actually called for yogurt, but I didn’t have any, so that’s why I used the whipped cream, but the cream cheese mixture sounds WONDERFUL! Might have to try that next time! Glad the boys liked it!

    March 4th, 2010 17:23

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