Blizzard Soup & Other Good Things

Chop, chop, chop! The Christmas of 1998 I gave both of my boys a cookbook. Not just any old cookbook but one I made of all their favorite recipes. By then they had flown the nest and kept calling me for how to's on their favorite foods. Chop, chop, chop! So I decided it was a good idea to write a cook book for them. I"ll tell you the forward I wrote in that book will bring you to tears. The boys loved their books and use them all the time. Chop, chop, chop!

What's that chop, chop, chop she keeps typing in I can hear you saying? Well as I write this post I am cooking one of the recipes from this cookbook. It's a soup that I created years ago on the day of the great blizzard here. It's been a family favorite since then. Chop, chop, chop. It's very hearty and healthy and wonderful on a cold, cold and snowy day. I hope you'll try it.

Blizzard Bean Soup

In a large pot brown 1 pound of lean ground beef in small pieces. Add:

1 can beef broth
4 cups of water
shredded carrots
chopped onion
chopped celery

Season well with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

After veggies are cooked add:

chopped cabbage
2 handfuls of broken up spaghetti (2 inch pieces)
1 can of kidney beans

Simmer 10 more minutes and serve. Do not over cook as spaghetti will get mushy. Make sure to season well. Great with cheese toast or corn muffins.

Today I got a package in the mail from Terri over at homeatlastfarm. I was the lucky recipient of her recent give-away. Terri is so sweet and I hope you will hop over to her blog real soon and say Hi. I could hardly wait to open it because I had no idea what it was. Oh my gosh! Terri you outdid yourself. I loved every single thing and it was all so me. She sent a gorgeous vintage hankie with pink flowers and bow, the sweetest little calendar, Do-Jiggies, Mary Engelbreit stickers, wonderful flavored teas, a thank you very much badge, and ta-dahhhh......a beautiful book entiled "Antiquing Weekends". 52 excursions across America. It's the ultimate guide to shops, shows, museums and places to stay. Be still my heart! She also included a beautiful card. The card was a teapot full of spring flowers and she had written the sweetest note. She said " she always has these brilliant ideas about what to send and then panics, thinking the recipient won't like what was sent. Please know that it was sent with all good thoughts and packed with the best wishes." Isn't that the sweetest sentiment? Terri I adored everything you sent. Thank you, thank you. I cannot wait to sit down and go thru that book.

The amaryllis opened yesterday. I had been wondering with great anticipation what color it was going to be. Look at this! Isn't that the most gorgeous red you have ever seen? Today was a good day and I hope yours was too.
xo Lynn


Alison Gibbs said...

Lynn what a great idea with the cook book.
That soup looks pretty tasty and full of goodness.
How pretty the amaryllis is - worth the wait.

bj said...

Wonderful treats! Lucky girl.
The flower is breathtaking.....

Anonymous said...

That book will be so special. I have always wanted to make one with our family recipes.
You got a really nice package and the flower I love!

Linda said...

Hi Lynn, Mmmmmm, your recipe for Blizzard Bean Soup sounds delicious and looks yummy too. What a great idea to make a cookbook for your boys, with all their favorite recipes...your a neat mom.
Love all the treats you won...the getaway book look interesting.
Enjoy your beautiful amaryllis..Linda

BittersweetPunkin said...

Lynn..3 Christmases ago my Mom gave me a notebook filled with all our favorite recipes from when I was growing up...I was so thrilled...a lot of them were from Grandmothers and Aunts...I cherish it as sure as your sons do!
Love your goodies too...

Janet said...

What a fun present to get in the mail; don't you just love surprises?


PAT said...

Lynn, the cookbook is an absolutely wonderful idea! The soup looks delicious.

Beautiful Amaryllis!


Unknown said...

Hi Lynn!
That cookbook is such a wonderful gift! I love that idea :) I will probably have to do that for my boys too, lol! The soup sounds delicious! I will have to try it. I love soups!

What sweet gifts from the giveaway! The book couldnt be more perfect for you!

The flowers are gorgeous. It makes me happy to see them :)


Naturegirl said...

Great soup recipe!! Soups on here!!
Love the giftie you recived! Red amaryllis perfect for Valentines day!

Sandi McBride said...

I love the name of that soup...sounds like a perfectly wonderful winter dish! Gonna have to try it! The Amyaryllis is to beautiful for words

Dee Light said...

A cookbook for your boys!! What a wonderful idea, a true treasure.

BellaColle said...

oh my goodness!! Your soup sounds soo yummy!! I'll have to try it.
What a nice sentiment for your boys..
And yes! The red is amazing! The perfect color red..

Back Through Time said...

That is a wonderful idea to make a cookbook for your sons!! I am sure they love it.
Pretty color and how cheery for winter!
I was just visiting you as you stopped by mine, we must be thinking of each other:-)

Kissing of the Frogs said...

Hi Lynn,
Congrats on your winning the give away..you lucky girl you. I LOVE the red on the amaryllis, just beautiful! And your soup sounds delicious. Oh, and boy would I like to get my little hands on that cookbook :)

Dee said...

The amaryllis is GORGEOUS! I've been waiting to see what was going to happen with it...totally worth the wait ;-)
I love the cookbook idea - you are so very creative. Please pass some of that on to me...we've got to keep it in the family!
I can't wait to get back home - hope it won't be too terribly long.
Love you!
Dee Dee

Michelle said...

Lynn, My mother made me a cookbook of all the family favorites and I treasure it.. and use it all the time!

You got some wonderful goodies too!

The amaryllis is SO beautiful..


Mary said...

Yum, that soup sounds delicious! I'd love to make a cookbook like that for my son, but only when he's realized that a full pantry does not consist solely of Cheerios and peanut butter.

Love the amaryllis -- of course I haven't planted mine yet! :(

Bristol said...

Love the cook book idea.

Ruth Welter said...

Lynn, that is a great idea to give your sons cook books with their favorite recipes. Love your Amaryllis too.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I felt like I could taste that soup. Yum. Colleen in South Africa

blessings said...

What a great idea! I think I may have to borrow it =) Blessings... Polly

Joy Zaczyk said...

What a great idea that cookbook was! I'm sure they treasure it...

Sandy said...

Mmmm, can I come and eat some of that soup with you? Looks wonderful!

Susie Q said...

Oh Lynn! That cook book is a true treasure! A family heirloom and will mean so much to them. I bet it was fun doing it!

Your Amaryllis is beautiful!

Congratulations on your giveaway win! Terri IS a love...and so are YOU!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn, the soup looks delicious and the Amaryllis too, so it was a red one, nice surprise!! Lovely giveaway too! Jenn and Jacqui

Tina Leavy said...

what a gorgeous amaryllis!

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