Soup Recipes! 2-25-24

I think this will be our last poor parking picture – nobody can beat this one. No, I don’t know how this could have happened.

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More soup recipes

Thank you for sending your recipes!

Finn and Ivy spent the afternoon – here’s the greatest pile of dirt!

Good Night!

51 thoughts on “Soup Recipes! 2-25-24

  1. Viv in Idaho

    Love the pictures of the furbabies! The quilts are beautiful and the soup recipes look delicious. Wish I could have seen the red car slide into their packing spot😂🤣.


  2. Jo in Wyoming

    Well, the parking pix takes the cake!
    Looks like dogs love dirt piles as much as little boys and girls. I remember when Mary got a pile of dirt delivered to her borrow pit, you were so excited.
    The recipe that serves “many” cracked me up. They all look so yummy.
    Great post tonight.
    We had brutal winds yesterday. Somehow the prairie caught fire and shut down I25 and I80 around Cheyenne. Because of the fences, it’s hard to put them out. Today, we have the brutal winds again.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – oh, those horrible winds! Today was so very nice – almost 60 and very little wind – so fun to be outside! We are under a burn alert, too.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – windy again today? Very windy here and no moisture at all – I hope and pray nobody south of us starts a fire because it will be here in nothing flat. I didn’t quite follow your thought about the dirt pile.

  3. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I loved the pictures of the dogs on the dirt pile—just like little kids!
    The soup recipes are wonderful; I am eager to try them. Our high temp was 64 today.
    Thanks and Take Care, 🥰

  4. patti

    love all the soup recipes. lots of interesting cooking ahead. i had made home made mac and cheese. dh won’t eat cuz it doesn’t taste like the blue box (that the heart doc humiliated me over eating). out it went. the quilts are amazing. love all the sharing here. happy quilting to all, patti in florida

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – remember Rick’s doctor who asked him to substitute his two beers for two ice teas? He told her he was 75 years old and wouldn’t be making that change. Your husband should be able to eat the Mc and cheese he loves – how old is he? I wonder why everybody wants to live so long – only to be in poor health and possibly in the care center. Let me live at home enjoying my beer and mac and cheese! Ha! Tell your husband we understand!

  5. Carolyn Rector of Ohio

    Oh I just love the last picture of Finn(?) looking at the car in the box on the table. We always had a cat and a dog and sometimes I think I need a cat to keep Buster company!! There is love and curiosity in that picture. Your pets are so lucky to have each other.
    Love the pumpkin panel and it’s setting. What a creative group you have posting here. Thank you Pat from Iowa.
    Interesting soup recipes, too! May just get me out of my rut!
    God bless you and your blog!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – I have told this to Sam many times – her dogs are in love with my cats and they should have their own cat. Ha!

  6. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l tried to send you the post of Caitlyn on a billboard in New York but my tablet is playing up(new one arrives this week), glad you saw it anyway. The dogs had fun on the dirt pile, hope no one needed a bath!
    I have sewn all the 3 inch churn dash blocks together, now doing applique border starting with bees in the corners using black and yellow striped fabric l have had waiting for 25 years! Slowly fabric will get used up,! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – 3” churn dash blocks!! I don’t have any use for more big quilts – I should try these little blocks.

  7. Mary Ann

    As always, great photos. Thank you for sharing your recipes, beautiful quilts and your beautiful fir babies.

  8. Janet S

    Can you just imagine the shock of the other two drivers who were just shopping and then come out to this? Sandy, I too have old fabric which I am trying to use up but it’s a slow process.
    On another note, I have a great solution to dust. Take a piece of fabric (I used a small piece of batting) and put some fabric softener on it (not soaking) and wipe over whatever attracts dust. We have a small shelf near a heat register which I swear I need to dust it daily. After the softener, I haven’t dusted it in a week.

  9. Donna Jo

    Mary you didn’t even mention the Iowa game! What an exciting game; enjoyed seeing 100 points scored and the pink jerseys. It was nice to listen to the commentary on my couch! My husband will miss the Ohio State game. He is taking a long arm class. That will be a tough game. The dogs had a ball outside! Cute pics. No you won’t be able to top that car photo! What a mess!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DonnaJo – I thought readers might be sick of me talking about Caitlin – it was quite a game, wasn’t it? I am really quite worried about the Ohio State game – Iowa can’t beat them unless everybody is on fire! I am telling my choir director that I’m leaving early – like it or not.
      What do you think about the tournament March 7-9 with championship on March 10? Who will be in the Final Four?

      1. Donna Jo

        I have no idea how that tournament even works! I didn’t even know about Iowa State or Caitlin until I started reading your blog. I have been reading your blog for years but didn’t really pay attention when you posted about basketball until the last few months. My BIL watches the men’s every year so he’s going to help me! I am worried about Ohio state too! Oh no! If we are in the championship March 10th I will have to change my plans too! It would be my mom’s 97 birthday. We still celebrate it every year with Chinese food ( she was Japanese but Chinese was her favorite). Afterwards we all have a shot of “Toki” Japanese whiskey! Toki was my mom’s name!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Donna Jo – March 10 is Rick’s birthday, too! First of all I need to educate you about school names – the University of Iowa is the school Caitlin attends and plays for – referred to as the Iowa Hawkeyes located in Iowa City. Iowa State University is in Ames, a land grant school from many years ago. The really are bitter rivals – until it comes to Caitlin, I think, I hope so anyway. Rick and I both went to Iowa State. You’d insult any Iowa grads if you credited CAitlin to Iowa State. I know it’s confusing – just say Iowa when referring to Caitlin – not Iowa State – two very different schools. Now you can educate your BIL!

          1. Donna Jo

            Mary I am the one who keeps saying Iowa State! My husband has corrected me several times since he is from Harlan, Iowa! My BIL knows the correct school too! It’s me who can’t keep it straight!☺️ I will go with just Iowa!

  10. NancyTD

    Dogs had fun. Some accident to have a car end up like that.
    Mary— thanks for the bean soup recipe. I made it yesterday in the crock pot. Was a hit with us both. Enjoyed the afternoon sewing together an appliqué quilt I started in 2004. This time it will be in one piece. Needs to be hand quilted. That will be awhile before I finish that.
    Today it will be 65 degrees in SE Mn. Iam going to be outside and enjoy. Forecast for Wednesday is 23. Sure is a crazy winter.
    Quilt finishes were great !

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      NancyTD – same weather here but so windy I don’t want to be outside! Maybe I’ll see if Finn and Ivy want to come out and play again. Not much to do in their yard in town.

  11. Lorraine

    Thank you everyone for sharing the soup recipes. It makes for a nice change in my boring routine of dinners. I can put soup in the crock pot and go sew for a long time. Love it.
    Love the doggie pictures. Looks like one of the dogs is king of the hill!!!

  12. Joyce from NY

    Thanks for all the soup recipes, I will be trying these soon, something different!
    Sunny here this morning, but still only 19degrees. Supposed to warm up to 60’s this week, amazing weather this winter!!

  13. Fran

    Enjoyed the eye candy this morning. The one dog “King of the Hill”. Must be all kinds of new smells out there! Quilts are great. Makes me want to go to my sewing room right now. No can do. Laundry, making bread, and soup are first up on the agenda.]

    High temps today with high winds. Red Flag

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – yes, winds will be very high – and so dry. Why can’t it rain????

  14. Mary

    Every time I see a crazily parked car I think of you! But I’ve never seen one quite like the red one!

  15. Susan K in Texas

    That “parking” takes the cake!
    I love the dogs playing in the dirt pile. The cats have been wanting to spend so much time outside. They then go roll in the dirt.
    It’s allergy season here but so beautiful. I can’t resist going out. I painted our shed door yesterday and today. One more coat and it’s going to be finished. Then on to the front door. It’s supposed to get near 90 today. Too warm for this time of the year.
    The quilts are beautiful once again. I just love to see what others are making. Sherry Whalen you sure have made some beautiful quilts with lots of pieces.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – do Magnus and Klaus stay close to the house and your yard? Can you trust them not to wander off?

      1. Susan K in Texas

        Magnus stays in the backyard unless I open the gate and go out front. Klaus will jump the fence and mostly stays in our yard or the next door neighbors yard. It I forget him he will wander off and explore the other neighbors. They never get to stay out longer than 30 minutes or so. They will respond to my whistle unless Klaus is stalking a bird or lizard.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Susan – you’ve got them trained to a whistle??? I didn’t know you could train a cat!

          1. Susan K in Texas

            I trained them to a whistle when they were kittens. I whistled and then gave them kitty treats when they came. They also will come to a clicking noise I make. They still get kitty treats every time they come in from outside. It’s also how I taught them their names too.

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Susan – that is amazing!!!! I have never heard of training a cat! Tell me more.

          3. Susan K in Texas

            I started training with them in a dog kennel outside. When we first got them we didn’t want to just let them roam free in the yard. We would put them in the kennel while we worked in the yard. I would whistle and give them a treat if they came by me. I also gave them a treat if I called their name and they came. Eventually we left them out of the kennel in the yard which has a 6’ privacy fence. Klaus is a jumper and climber so will go out of the yard. Magnus is more timid and not as athletic as he is and has always been heavier.
            I just continued giving them treats if they came when I whistled whether they were inside or outside. It helped that they really liked their treats.
            There are multiple times during the day that they get treats – now I am the one trained. 😉 But mostly the treats for when they come to the whistle are the most consistent.

          4. Mary Etherington Post author

            Susan – I hope everybody is reading your comment – especially everyone with cats! You could write a childrens book about Magnus and Klaus!!!! I gotta jot this down so I can remember the story

  16. Teresa in Indiana

    Oh my! That car! Too bad for the cars on either side. I love the pet pictures today. They had so much fun! The quilt show was wonderful too! Sherry does fabulous work with such small pieces. I went for my mammogram this morning and hopefully get this heavy boot off tomorrow. It’s supposed to be near 70 today. So pretty! Have a great day everyone. 💕

  17. Kathy in western NY

    Sherry, was that a Bonnie Hunter pattern with your red and blue fabrics? I loved the panel quilts too and all the pictures that just delight us each day to see. The soup recipes are very much welcomed as it’s a staple in my household so we make soup alot.
    I get it with the dogs wanting to be outside……don’t we all with this warm streak. What a gift!

    1. Sherry Whalen

      Kathy – yes, the RWB is Bonnie’s recent mystery – Indigo Way. It is all scraps except the red. I am from SE MN and we made the trip to Gulf Shores mid February and my goal was to bind it on the drive here so I could take the pic of it on the beach! The Crooked Courthouse Steps is also Bonnie’s – a free pattern. It uses random width strips/strings – all scraps – and then the blocks are trimmed to size. The blue/turquoise/purple was a ‘brown bag’ 23mystery from 2023, the pattern is called Timeshare. The 24mystery starts very soon. Sherry

      1. Kathy in NY

        I thought it was her latest mystery. I do like yours using red, white and blue. Beautiful photo too against the Sandy shores.

  18. Elizabeth Rodgers

    Your blog just gets better and better, rather read you and friends then watch tv. Quilts, pets, and now great soups. Thank you so much. Oh yes, cards to new friends to make them smile. Just great.

  19. Kelli

    Love all these soup recipes!! Wondering if others would want to share crockpot recipes? Looking for some tried amd true ones – I’ve been cooking for 50+ years and am sick of all mine 🤣 the quilt pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Kathy in western NY

      I would Kelli like some new crock pot recipes too. Today I put small chicken breasts (I freeze mine like cutlets, cut smaller) in crock pot, sprinkled an envelope of taco seasoning over the chicken, added a can of tomatoes with green Chili’s and let it cook for 4 hrs. Then shredded it, added it back to the crockpot to simmer with some salt and pepper till I got the lettuce shredded, tomatoes cut up, cheese bag opened up, and served chicken burritos on tortilla shells. Also added a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro before rolling up. Next time I’ll add refried beans to our plate. It’s a good recipe.

  20. Kelli

    Forgot to say I thought of you today – passed a person parking perpendicular in a handicap spot! Should have taken a picture – couldn’t believe it!! 🙄

  21. Janet Gluesenkamp

    What a sweet surprise to see Noah’s Ark clam chowder! If that is Noah’s Ark from St. Charles/St. Louis, MO, it was such a terrific chowder, worth trying. Noah’s been gone for decades now. Baked soup, never knew that.

    1. Vicki in Seattle

      Janet, it is the chowder from the Noah’s Ark restaurant! So glad you remembered the restaurant! Supposedly, a disgruntled chef gave the recipe out! The chowder was so delicious and I think I was shocked when I saw the simple recipe. Anyone who can use a can opener can make this!! Think it was before the Crock Pot era!😅
      We make it on Christmas Eve and it reminds us of our time in St. Louis in the 1970’s. We have lived in Seattle ever since.

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