Soup’s On With These 12 Summer Varieties
One thing that I love about winter is the huge range of seasonal soups fill you up and warm you up. Warm summer days aren’t exactly conducive to enjoying a hearty stew. But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you should rule soup out. These refreshing varieties provide light and fresh meals full of fruits and veggies perfect for slurping up all summer long.
1. White Gazpacho: The presentation of this soup is simply beautiful and really sets it apart. But the flavors (garlic, grapes, almonds, lavender) make this a must for your summer table. (Recipe and photo: Lost Past Remembered)
2. Green God Gazpacho: Throw a bunch of fresh ingredients in a blender and you’ve got this yummy green soup. This is so ridiculously easy and ridiculously refreshing — perfect to whip up on a lazy summer afternoon! (Recipe and photo: Dorm Room Dinner)
5. Sugar Snap Pea Soup: If you don’t count garnish or salt and pepper, this recipe is basically two ingredients. We like how simple this soup is because it really lets the flavor of the sugar snaps speak for itself. (Recipe and photo: Daily Waffle)
7. Bloody Mary Gazpacho: This cocktail-inspired recipe packs a nice spicy punch and is a fun take on the classic tomato gazpacho. Vodka not included, so you might want to pair it with a real cocktail. ;) (Recipe and photo: Note to Self)
9. Strawberry Gazpacho: This is a surprising twist on gazpacho. The berry base combined with the lime juice and lemon balsamic give this a nice zing. Leaving it in the fridge for a day makes it taste even better, so it’s a perfect one to make the night before for lunch on-the-go. (Recipe and photo: With Style and Grace)
11. Chilled Peach Soup: This peachy keen concoction is the perfect excuse to spend an afternoon at the local farmer’s market to buy the best summer peaches. (Recipe and photo: Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain)
12. Mint Yogurt Soup: This is the perfect recipe to cool off with on a really hot day. The yogurt and mint combo is utterly invigorating. (Recipe and photo: A Brown Table)
What refreshing soup recipe do you cool down with during the summer months? Talk to us in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.