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Soup’s On!

17 Nov


Do you like soup?  As we’ve gotten older, I find that we enjoy a meal of soup and either crackers or fresh sourdough bread.  Yum!

A few years after we were married, my mother-in-law gave me a cookbook from military wives.

All kinds of recipes in that book.  I found a “vegetable-beef” soup recipe that I tried, and we both enjoyed.  However, I’ve not tried it in so long a time, that I’m not sure which recipe I followed.  Therefore…no vegetable-beef soup from my kitchen.

When we were in Germany the first time (1967-1970) I purchased a cookbook (in English) of good German recipes.

One of the recipes is of mushroom soup.  Now, I realize that not everyone likes mushrooms, so this one isn’t for you.  But Fred and I really enjoy mushrooms – especially fresh ones – so this soup just hit the spot.  I had to tone down the amount of salt in it, but it is wonderful!

Another soup I found that we enjoy, came from a small little booklet I picked up somewhere, with recipes that made good use of cider vinegar, olive oil, and beans.

The soup from that recipe book makes up a good, tasty, hearty soup.  It includes cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, chili peppers, potatoes, onions and garlic.  Wow is that good!!  And on a cold winter day it is especially good.  And yes, we DO have cold winter days here in Florida.  A bowl of that with crackers – just yummm!

If my readers remember, I mentioned that my Dad was an avid hunter, and we ate a lot of venison in my growing-up years.  One of the things that Mother made from some of that ground-up venison, was chili.  I know that doesn’t really qualify as “soup,” but then again, on a cold winter day, chili is really hard to beat.  I’ve tried many times to make Mother’s chili, even going by her recipe, and I just can’t duplicate the taste or texture.  I guess it just took Mother’s touch to make it just right.

However, I think our favorite soup came from a recipe from my wonderful sister-in-law, DiVoran.  Actually, my Mother gave me the recipe, stating it was from DiVoran.  After I had made it up one time, and told DiVoran about it, she said she didn’t remember making it, and would I share the recipe with her…which I did.  It is a potato and leek soup.  Chicken stock, celery, potatoes, onions, and leeks.  It doesn’t take too long to cook up, but with fresh sourdough bread….umm-mmm, is that GOOD!!

The only time I’ve ever had soup that I didn’t like was once when we were eating out at a restaurant.  This place is known for its breakfast, but the other two meals of the day aren’t their best efforts.  In any case, I ordered their vegetable soup – and it came with about ½ inch of oil on the top!!  Yuk!!  I’ve never had soup like that before – or since!

Any good soup recipes from your kitchen out there?

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Speak Up Saturday- Psychological Soup Pot

26 May

The first time I heard about Charlene’s soup pot, I knew I wanted to share her wisdom with my friends. Many of us have been placed in a care-giver position and been overwhelmed with well meaning advice

My Blog Soup

 Charlene Spangler

Writing a blog has been simmering in my psychological soup pot for a few weeks now. My mom asked me to write about my coping soup. I developed this mental strategy when my father-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer. There was so much good advice and so many ideas coming at us with lightening speed, I quickly became overwhelmed.

When I tell people I will put their ideas or advice into my soup, what I mean is, “Thank you for your wonderful idea. I can’t respond right now because I’m on overload, so I will think on it for a while and see how I can incorporate your thoughtful tidbit”.

I have many pots of soup:.my home, family, job, tasks, and future. Each soup has its own base, stock, or broth. Ingredients and seasonings are added as they come along. My current home soup might be that the lawn needs to be replaced. That’s a big pot of soup. The ingredients are cost, time, design choices and such. Some ingredients, like choosing the type of grass, cook quickly like noodles and can come out of the pot in no time…That’s easy. There is only one type  of grass that will work for our yard. Other ingredients are, like carrots, tougher and take longer to cook. Do we save up (takes time) or borrow (costs more), which is best for us?

Just like mom’s chicken noodle soup, giving my coping soups some time and letting the ingredients blend and mature usually makes for a better outcome than trying to please everybody and respond immediately to all. It also makes people feel better for their ideas to be accepted even if they have to wait for results. Now my blog soup is done. I hope it tastes good.

Psalm 19:14

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