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Soup’s on!


I can feel it.

It’s in my bones. It’s officially the dawn of winter here in the Deep South, and all I can say is that it’s about time!

This time of year I always crave one thing- soup.

Soups. Chilis. Stews. I love them all. But, I do play a few favorites.

So, make a big, big batch in your dutch oven or crock pot and then freeze your leftovers for another night when you are running low on time and still want all the comfort and flavor slow-simmered soups have to offer.

Here are a few I return to over and over… and I think you will too!

Crock Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

This is a shortcut miracle soup that begins with Hambeen’s 15 Bean Soup from your grocer’s shelves and ends with a totally amazing supper! If you aren’t crazy about ham, I have also had great success with ground Italian sausage or even slices of smoked kielbasa as well. It’s all good!

Pasta a Fagioli

I first fell in love with this soup as a young girl at the local Olive Garden, and the truth is, I still love it as an adult, but I love my version of this recipe even more than the kind that comes with unlimited salad and breadsticks.

amazing-slow-cooker-soupThis recipe has been adapted for your crockpot and it’s full of hearty Italian flavors, lots of veggies, beans, pasta, and herbs.

You will love it!

Zesty Chicken & Rice with Lime and Cilantro 

Is there anything in this world more comforting than chicken and rice?

Not for me at least!

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl

And this recipe is a zesty, Tex-mex version of the classic with big, bold flavors of both lime and cilantro. And, it’s absolutely delicious!

Serve with some tortilla chips and sliced avocados for a great meal, anytime!

Blissful Butternut Squash Soup 

Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup – an EASY crock pot recipe with very little prep and only 6 ingredients!

For a great Vegan soup that eats in a very non-Vegan way, try this Butternut Squash Soup from SkinnyTaste. It’s super simple, only 5-6 ingredients, and is both Gluten-free and Paleo!

I am very partial to Butternut Squash soups this time of year. Love the color and love the flavor!

With a big piece of crusty bread for dipping and maybe a simply-dressed tossed salad on the side, I don’t know anyone who would turn this down!

And speaking of another 5 ingredient soup…

5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup 

Another tremendous recipe that is both easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, but is also incredibly economical as well.

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!

I love a big ladle of black bean soup served over some hot, brown or white rice for soaking up all that rich bean broth. So comforting!

And a tip for this recipe? If you prefer a smoother finish, like I do, just simply pulse your salsa in a food processor before adding to the soup and it will become a part of the broth and not be quite as chunky as pictured above, but still, every bit as delicious!

Crockpot Magic White Chicken Chili 

White Chicken Chili by is delicious magic in your slow cooker!

“Magic” because you dump all the ingredients in a crockpot, walk away, and come back to something totally amazing, comforting, and delicious!

I’d choose a white chicken chili over red beef chili any day of the week.

Potato & Corn Chowder 

Because no list of soups would be complete without a good, creamy potato soup!

Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder - The easiest chowder you will ever make. Throw everything in the crockpot and you're set! Easy peasy!

This soup is unbelievably easy, makes a ton, and freezes beautifully. Makes a great gift also to someone needing a little extra help over this busy holiday season. Make a big pot and share it with the ones you love!

Hoping these soups give you some ideas and some inspiration to pull out the crock pot, Dutch oven, or Instapot and get cooking!





A Baby’s Brewing | A Baby Shower Tea Party

A baby girl is brewing…

And we couldn’t be more thrilled for her late December arrival!

Sweet friend Sarah is pregnant, and it’s a sweet baby girl. My other 2 best friends Sloan and Kacina, have 1 boy and 1 girl, so Sarah broke the tie, at least so far. Reagan is really excited about there being another little girl in our close-knit group.

So, to shower the Mommy-to-be, our girlfriend that loves all things British, we had- what else?– a Baby Shower Tea Party.

Just like any true royal would.

She was Queen for the day, and I think all the royal subjects had as much fun at the shower as we all did planning and hosting it.

We took a traditional approach to shower food and went with classic, British tea party staples, but with a few additions. We are in the Deep South after all and Pimento Cheese tea sandwiches are pretty much a must-have.

Mini quiches, delicious stacked yogurt parfaits with berries and granola, colorful fruit platter, and even some cranberry scones covered the table.

And those parfaits were so fun and very inventive! I loved that they were individual and you could just grab one and walk around and visit with he rest of the party guests.

But, perhaps my favorite part of our buffet was the Biscuit Bar.

Frozen Mary B’s Tea Biscuits were baked to golden perfection, and then cooled, and served alongside some really delicious spreads and fillers like Country Ham, Bacon, Raspberry preserves, and even homemade Cinnamon Butter- my personal fave!

It was such a hit and incredibly easy to assemble. And even easier to eat!

And, we had a lovely tea bar complete with all the fixins you need for a proper spot of tea.

And these sweet blue and white tea cups? They were my Nana’s. And that is what is so special about entertaining. You get to break out all the fancy stuff, much of which is little family heirlooms.

I had such fun setting it all up.

And for the Guest Book? A thoughtful hardback copy of a favorite children’s book, and Sarah can keep it always as a keepsake.

And, of course, no shower would be complete without lots of gifts. And there is nothing that can entertain a room full of women quite like sweet little onesies, bows, and footed pajamas.

But, of course, with any gathering like this, the sweetest moments and the memories you take with you, are the people.

And goodness… do I ever love my people! 

And Sarah is certainly towards the top of that list!

Precious prayers for our sweet baby girl that is soon to arrive! You are so loved already precious one, and your parents are absolute gems!

You’ll love them, just as we do.

May you grow in the admonition and nurture of our Savior and love others selflessly and bring much glory to His kingdom!