Sunday, January 6, 2013

Soup Fail

That's not quite accurate.  It's more a Mama Pea fail than a soup fail.

I had plans all week to try out a new soup from the cooking with quinoa cook book I've checked out from our local library.  Although I managed to get three meals a day on the table all week, other things took up my time and I never did get the new soup made.  Therefore, no Sunday Soup post for me today.  (Hanging head in shame.)

Many thanks to all the rest of you creative gals who took the time to put up your Sunday Soup post today.  Some mighty flavorful looking soups there for all of us to try!

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Last Friday was an exceptionally warm day for us in January.  The temp rose to 33 degrees on the north side of the house where "the sun don't shine."  But Old Sol was warming up the south side of our house to an even higher degree.

Because it was getting hard to see out of our windows (ahem), I jumped on the opportunity and got all of the south facing windows washed inside AND out before a stiff wind came up and rapidly drove the temperature down, down, down.  It quickly became so cold that I knew it would be silly to try to do a good job on the remaining living room windows.

So all I have left to do is the outside of these two big picture windows.  If the forecast holds true, I should be able to get them done tomorrow.  (A couple of people have asked why there is a step ladder leaning up against the house, so it's time to finish the job.)

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Thanks again, Gals, for jumping on the Sunday Soup bandwagon.  I'm gonna try my best to do the same next Sunday.  Anybody else wanna share?


DFW said...

Hey Mama Pea,

I'm making a Cream of Broccoli soup adapted from Granny Miller. And, I just took 4 French Baguettes out of the oven! I'll post later.

p.s. Windows look good. Justin got our kitchen picture window done over the holidays. What a difference!

Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

Now I hang my head in shame too. I dont even get around to cleaning the windows in Summer, let alone wash them in winter. I think that feat alone clears you from making soup. Now lets talk trade, I would gladly make you a weeks worth of soup if you would clean my windows ;)

Carolyn said...

I admit that I didn't get a Soup Sunday done today either....and I didn't even have the excuse that I washed my windows.

Sparkless said...

You clean windows in the dead of winter?! You are one hard core homemaker Mama Pea.
I'm not even sure what we are having for supper yet and it's 3pm already.

Mama Pea said...

DFW - 4 French Baguettes? Homemade? I'll be right over!

Our kitchen table sits right under two sets of double hung windows and at dinner tonight we both noticed that even though it was totally dark outside, the windows were clean and sparkly looking! Guess that just goes to show how dirty they really were. Sigh.

Mama Pea said...

Oh, Jane! For a week's worth of your soups, I would do just about anything! (You do remember my husband will eat soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner, don't you?)

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - Well, you slovenly little wench! Get thee out into the kitchen and whip up a pot of scrumptious soup for us!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Despite the fact that hubby and I talked all summer of working together and doing all the windows inside and out, we never did it. After I took the holiday decorations down, the film covering all of the windows really jumped out at me. So on Friday when it was so unseasonably warm with the sun just baking the south side of the house, I took it as a sign, and got scared that if I didn't take advantage of the rare opportunity in January, a pox would fall on my head. Hence, clean windows. (Most of 'em, anyway.)

Erin said...

I wasn't able to do it either, we are neck deep in home repairs... the big event is a week away, but I have been enjoying reading others' soup posts today!

Ruth Dixon said...

I plan on making Sunday a regular soup day for us. That way I can throw something together quickly (my quick and easy potatoe soup) or go more complicated. And I give you the credit for the idea!

Sharon said...

I like that idea.... Soup Sunday. You've inspired me!

Susan said...

I never remember the windows until the sun shines through them - which ain't often, lately! Then it's a fast inside job. Which is quickly undone by the slobbering dogs. Who would have known that dog nose goop is so hard to get off!?

Karen said...

Here is mine for the week along with the bread I served with it.


2-3 pounds of potatoes, diced into bite size pieces
8 slices bacon
1 small onion, diced fairly fine
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk or half and half
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of grated cheddar
Chopped chives or green onion tops

Place potatoes in pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook till almost done, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain and set aside. While potatoes are cooking, in a Dutch oven fry bacon till crisp. Pour off drippings till approximately 4 tablespoons are left in pan. Crumble bacon and set aside. Add onion to hot bacon grease and saute till transparent. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Pour in chicken stock, whisking until smooth. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Add potatoes and cook over low until potatoes are finished cooking. Mix in milk and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and heat through. Add grated cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in reserved crumbled bacon and chopped green onion tops or chives. Garnish with paprika. Serve hot.

1-1/2 pound loaf (2 pound loaf)

1 cup + 1 tablespoon water (1-1/4 cups)
3 tablespoons honey*
2 tablespoons butter, softened*
3 cups bread flour (4 cups)
1/3 cup cornmeal (1/2 cup)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt*
2 teaspoons bread machine yeast*
1/2 cup dried cranberries (2/3 cup)

Place all ingredients except cranberries in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Add cranberries at the raisin/nut signal or 5-10 minutes before last kneading cycle ends. Select Basic/White cycle. Use Light or Medium crust color Do not use delay cycles. Remove baked bread from pan and cool on wire rack.

* The amount of honey, butter, salt and yeast is the same for both size loaves.

Mama Pea said...

Erin - That would be "the big event" that no one is looking forward to? Wish it weren't so. :o(

Thanks for checking in. Maybe you can think about a recipe in the weeks to come. Hugs.

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - My brain is a little feeble (!) but I think Tami over at 500 Dollar Tomato was the one who put the (soup) bee in my bonnet!

Mama Pea said...

Sharon - Great! Hope you can share with the rest of us.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Other than weekends, are you ever home between dawn and dusk so the sun can shine in your windows? I have a full length mirror on the inside of our bathroom door and I had to clean dog nose goop off of it this weekend. And we don't even have a dog. (Darn granddog!)

Mama Pea said...

Karen - It's perfectly fine for you to post your soup recipe here in the comment section. Keep doing it!

I've never thought of putting cheese in my potato soup . . . but I'll have to try that! Thanks for including the bread recipe, too. What goes with soup better than bread?

Lisa said...

What's funny, is this is when I usually clean our windows too! There's too much pollen in Spring.... too hot and too many stingy bugs in Summer... ditto for Fall.... so the default season is Winter!! Though I do have to admit, our outdoors temps are usually much milder than what you are dealing with. Dont'cha love the instant gratification a clean window brings on?! PS Can you share a little of your energy down this way?!!! :)

judy said...

Again,you gained more than I ,I couldn't see out my kitchen window ,probable do to back splash from kids helping doing dishes ( about once a year --jk )
got that cleaned up,but I'm at a losing battle around here,now where are those moving boxes,BOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,another saga in my miserable existence

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - I did manage to get those two big picture windows in the living room cleaned day before yesterday . . . but I had to put on my down jacket and gloves when I was out on the ladder doing it!

I don't think I had as much energy to expend on the windows as disgust every time I looked at them! Sometimes that's a motivator, too!

Mama Pea said...

judy - Yep, the window over my kitchen sink takes a beating, too.

You haven't said that you're in the midst of moving! Details, please. What's goin' on?