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Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup #TEArifficPairs

As summer comes to a close, it is time to celebrate all the fun that was had with #TEArifficPairs. One way I am celebrating is having my favorite meal combo of soup and sandwich out on the patio. Nothing makes me happier than spending time on my patio with friends. And being able to do that with a combo of soup and sandwich with some sweet tea equals a #TEArifficPair for me.

Recently I went to someone’s house for lunch for a work meeting and the host served us tomato soup and egg salad sandwiches. It was the perfect pairing and one I hadn’t had before together. I love egg salad but I don’t have it that often. When I have tomato soup, it is usually at a french-inspired restaurant. After eating all of the soup and sandwich at the house, I couldn’t wait to get home and recreate this perfect meal.

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Lipton Peach Iced Tea #TEArifficPairs

For the past six months I have been splitting my time between Austin and Lubbock for work. And for some reason, I have been drinking tea like crazy up here. Back in Austin I usually drink soft drinks all day. But here in Lubbock, my first go to drink is tea. I find that it is the perfect pair for any meal and one that I now crave.

A friend introduced me to Lipton Peach Tea and I am hooked. I have completely given up soft drinks (well, except for going to the movies) and am strictly a water and tea drinker now. This Lipton Peach Tea is simple to make and tastes absolutely wonderful. There’s a reason it’s my go to drink.

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Patio Herb Garden Basil

I paired this Peach Tea with a Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Soup along with Egg Salad Sandwiches. The basil comes straight from my little patio herb garden. Aside from the basil, I was able to get all the ingredients at my local Walmart. In addition to having great prices, you can find pretty much everything you need there in one stop. If you haven’t tried Lipton Iced Teas yet, I strongly encourage you to give the Peach Tea a try. They have several different flavors but I am partial to Peach. You can grab yours at Walmart. And while you are there, be sure and pick up some Hellman’s mayonnaise as it makes this egg salad so smooth and one I want to have over and over. Visit the Lipton #TEArifficPairs Pinterest Board to get some great ideas on what other pairs go well with Lipton Teas.

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Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup and Egg Salad Sandwiches #TEArifficPairs

Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Soup

1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 – 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 – 14.5 oz can low sodium chicken broth
1/4 c Basil leaves, minced
1/2 tsp Oregano, dried
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
1 tsp sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 c Parmesan cheese, grated


Using a large soup pot, add both cans of tomatoes and chicken broth. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a low boil.

Add in basil, oregano, garlic and sugar. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and add in whipping cream and butter. Stir until butter is melted. Season with salt and pepper.

Add in Parmesan cheese and let cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serves 6-8

Egg Salad Sandwiches


4 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Romaine Lettuce
Hawaiian rolls


Place eggs in a medium sauce pan. Fill with enough water to cover eggs. Add baking soda to pan.

Place saucepan on high heat and bring to a rapid boil.

Turn off heat and cover pan. Let eggs sit for 20 minutes.

Drain water. Add cold water to the pan and keep cold water running until the eggs cool down.

Peel eggs. The baking soda should help make the shells come off.

Roughly chop eggs. Add to a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise and mustard. Stir together.

Season with salt and pepper. Stir together.

Split rolls in half. Add romaine lettuce and egg salad to roll.

Makes 6 sandwiches (in case you have friends, like I do, who don’t care for eggs)

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Sausage Balls

It’s football season y’all which also means tailgating! For me that means good food, fun with friends and watching men play around on the field.

Last Sunday I had a couple of friends over to watch my favorite team get annihilated. Thank goodness we had good food to munch on or else it would have been like a funeral up in my place. In between bouts of screaming we ate Creamy Queso Dip, Cream Cheese covered in Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce, my favorite chicken wings using the same sauce and these Sausage Balls.

Now I’m trying to stay off carbs and processed foods, but for the first football game for my team I had to cheat a little bit.  Right?! I did try to go a little healthier with no cholesterol chips and no Bisquick in these sausage balls.  These little bites of deliciousness are good for an appetizer, breakfast, snack or any meal. They are super easy to make and taste great. I’ll definitely be adding them to my party menu.

Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls


1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Jimmy Dean pork sausage, reduced fat
1 Tbsp Dried Minced onions
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 C sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 egg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Prepare baking pan by placing foil on two cookie sheets and spraying with Pam spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, add ground beef, pork and egg. Mix together until ingredients are combined.

Add in minced onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix together.

Add in cheese and mix to combine.

Use a cookie scoop and form uniform balls. Place on the cookie sheets about an inch apart. Bake for 25-27 minutes.

Take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Place on a cooling rack and serve warm or room temperature.

Makes around 24 large balls

Sausage Balls Prep


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