January – A Great Month for Soup and Snuggles!

On a cold snowy day in January, when the wind is howling, nothing warms the body like a warm bowl of homemade soup;  while an afternoon of snuggles warms the soul!

Jacob has been busy taking care of babies this winter!  (Actually, Kate is busy taking care of Kennedy while Jacob takes care of the calves!)  After spending a cold morning outside, I got to enjoy an afternoon of snuggles!  As a grandma, I am taking advantage of as much snuggle time as I can.  The dishes, the house, the emails, and other things that I thought I HAD to get done when my own children slept CAN WAIT!  AND I DO NOT FEEL A BIT GUILTY!!

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One of our favorite soups is CHILI.  I love CHILI, because it is so easy to throw together.  In addition, we raise all the ingredients on our farm with the exception of the chili beans and the chili powder.

 

CHILI

2 lbs. hamburger  (browned and seasoned with Chili powder, garlic salt, and onion)

1 quart canned tomatoes

1 quart canned tomato soup (See recipe for Tomato Soup link below.)

1 large can Mrs Grimes Chili Beans

1 small can Mrs. Grimes Tex Mex Chili Beans

Combine all and simmer in large pan or crock pot.

Three more of my standby soups include the following: Tomato Soup,  Wild Rice Soup,  Chicken Noodle Soup . In addition, I have also included the recipe for Savory Potato Cheese Soup.  

SAVORY POTATO CHEESE SOUP

7-8 potatoes, cubed

4-5 celery stalks, chopped

4-5 carrots, sliced

¼ onion, chopped

1 tsp. salt

5-6 slices of bacon

5-6 slices of ham

10 Tbsp. melted butter

5 Tbsp. cornstarch

5 cups milk

1 lb. Velveeta cheese

Place potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, and salt in large pan.  Cover with water and boil until done.

While vegetables are cooking, cut bacon into small pieces and fry.

Make a white sauce combining butter and cornstarch and adding milk. Cook until thickened.

Add white sauce, bacon, and ham to cooked vegetables (do not drain vegetables).  Just before serving, add one pound of Velveeta cheese (½ box or 2 packages of shredded).

This does take a little time to prep, but it is well worth it!

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Speaking of soup, I am including a great classroom resource that I like to share with teachers when working with Ag in the Classroom.

Who Grew My Soup? by Tom Darbyshire tells the story of young Phineas Quinn and his questions about the vegetable soup his mom serves for lunch.

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 Click here for lesson plans from National Agriculture in the Classroom to go with Who Grew My Soup? help students learn where vegetables are grown.

Enjoy a bowl of soup this week!

Julie

 

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