Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Soup Time and Other Ramblings

Cool, Fall weather sets in and it is "Soup Time".  Made  a big pot of beef and veggie and it was a winner.  I have been making it for years  - no recipe, just wing it and hope for the best.   It does not always turn out like I want, but  this time  it was a winner - Yum !!
A couple of bowls with yeast rolls for dinner, then
after it being in the fridge over night, took off any fat that solidified on the top, then froze a few containers for future cool/cold days when I need a quick, hot meal.

Years ago, a friend stopped by after I made a pot of the soup and after she had a bowl, she wanted the recipe.  I explained there is no recipe, as I just sorta/kinda throw it together.  I wrote the basic  instructions down that included all the ingredients I put in the soup that day, cooking time, etc.    She made some, and said her's was good, but did not taste like mine.  It is one of those use what you have, don't measure, throw in a bit of this and that and hope for the best type of situations.

Eating habits: I tend to do a lot of  "grazing" when it comes to meals these days.  Think I have mentioned before that I am not a breakfast person, even tho I enjoy many breakfast type foods such as breakfast casseroles, omelets,  scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage  (all of which is a treat for me due to cholesterol issues), with a bit of fruit, but want it later in the day.  Will I prepare this type of thing at home? Only if have guests and it becomes a brunch and/or someone else prepares it and does all the cleanup afterwards.  Can you tell - I am NOT a morning person.

Lunch - Could be just about anything.  Depends on where, when, with whom or what I am craving on any given day.  Been known to stand at the kitchen counter scanning thru the latest edition of  a magazine and munching on apple slices or cinnamon/apple rice cakes with peanut better slathered on them, or enjoy a lite lunch  of soup, sandwich or salad, or  full scale meat and 3 type meal.

 Dinner - Usually depends on what I had for lunch - Big lunch, then a lighter plate of whatever is lurking in the fridge, freezer or pantry. Some days - Grazing all day long.  When that happens, I just try to be sure there is at least a good bit of protein,  veggies and/or fruit on the plate.
In other words - My eating habits are sporadic.  How about yours ?

 Don't compromise on potato salad:
I had a craving for potato salad recently and decided to make some. OK - Decided to make a new version with no salt added - Big mistake!
Potatoes + eggs and NO salt, cholesterol free mayo  = Big mistake!! Oh - I added the pickles and such, but the lack of salt and using "unreal mayo" instead the real deal or miracle whip made a big difference, and not in a good way. As much as I hate to waste - most of it hit the garbage.
Trying to eat a bit healthier is not always easy !

  New place to shop - Or not:  I have noticed that many bloggers like to shop at Home Goods.  Have not had one in my area until recently and trying to decide if it is one of those places I need to stay away from.  I have been on a mission for a while now - No new home decor coming in until I finish my major declutter and so far that is taking a while (lazy side kicked in). 

 What did you think?: With all the hype about the new show "Nashville",   just thought I would throw the question out there - Did you see the show and  did you like it?  I watched it (had already seen a showing of it on abc web site), and even after seeing it the 2nd time, my opinion  is still out with the jury.

You know when you live in the country when.......
Daughter called and said she knew she lived in the country when she saw a flatbed truck going past her home with a  large cow laid out on the back !  Headed for the butcher shop - filling up freezers for the Winter.

Just another Dab of This and That ramble.


20 North Ora said...

Glenda - Your soup sounds delicious. That's the way I cook also. Bit of this and dash of that. I make chocolate chip cookies off of the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package and everyone is always asking me how I make them. I tell them and they always say - mine didn't taste as good as yours??????

LOVE Home Goods and HATE lo-cal mayo. I made something with it and did the same thing - threw it in the trash.

Enjoyed your post today.


Donna said...

You've made me hungry ... wanting soup now! Your eating habits sound like mine. I am not a breakfast person. And I never make veggie soup the same way twice.
Love Homegoods! I need to stay away too.

Anonymous said...

You make soup like I make soup and your meals sound like mine.

Watched Nashville and like you, the jury is still out.:-)

I have to make my Home Goods visits few and far between.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your soup looks so good, I could really use some of that right now. Not feeling well makes me crave homemade soup. I broke down and had some ice cream today...made the throat feel better. What an excuse, right?

Domestic Designer said...

Soup looks delicious! Could I come over? Ha! I love Home Goods. I try to stay away because the temptation is just too great! Have a great evening!

Something Special said...

I did not watch Nashville, and it isn't on my list, so I don't have an opinion about it. I can see that you really love fall. The stew looks like one of those fall comfort foods. I love fall too!

The Old Parsonage said...

Mmm...nothing better than homemade soup. I just made a batch myself.

Home Goods - LOVE it!
Nashville - haven't seen it
Potato Salad - love it and I agree wouldn't change the original recipe!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your soup sounds wonderful, Glenda! I have done the same thing - thrown a little of this and that in and then forgot to write it down so couldn't duplicate a great outcome :( I love Home Goods but it's hit or miss most of the time.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Well if you're on a mission not to spend any money then stay out of Home Goods/TJMaxx/Marshalls!!!

It's hard to get out of there without buying something because everything is cute and well priced!

Lynn Stevens said...

Glenda, were in the same soup mood here too. Homemade Fiesta soup, Broccoli and Cheese soup. I can't get enough of that hearty goodness.

Never been to Home goods.

Thanks for your recent congrats on being a Grandma. I can't wait to hold him.
Christmas time can't come soon enough.
Hugs Lynn

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Yum! Your soup looks delicious. Sure made me want some. The kind that is made without a recipe is always the best. I have horrible eating habits, and sadly, I have no plans to change them! Laughing about the truck with the cow. laurie