I have grappled with writing this post longer than I care to admit.  In case you were wondering - no, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth.  I've just started teaching fourth and fifth grade and the beginning of the school year has been one big  overwhelming and exhilarating blur.  There have been some nights when I have found moments of rest and normalcy in chopping vegetables, whisking batter, or kneading pasta, but most evenings just slip through my fingers and we end up eating whatever is leftover in the fridge.  There have been many Taco Tuesdays and Pizza Fridays... and Mondays, and Thursdays, too. 

But this weekend, I finally found myself with a nearly unscheduled Saturday.  I spent the morning outside watching some of my students playing one of their final soccer games, and when I got home I was chilly and craving something warm and cheesy.  Better yet, Ethan got home from work early, which meant we could actually have lunch together.  So, instead of reaching for the leftover chicken fingers and butternut squash from Thursday, I decided to whip up a batch of one of my all-time favorite soups - Creamy Tomato Parmesan Bisque.  It's like a grown-up version of the Campbell's classic.