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Super Soups-Creamy Thanksgiving Soup by Betty Lynch

Another Great recipe from guest blogger, Betty Lynch from My Country Kitchen.

This recipe will be on the menu with leftover turkey next week.  This will be a great way to use left over turkey.  This hearty recipe will also do well in a crock pot.  Cook on low 5 to 6 hours until the vegetables are tender.  Then last 30 minutes stir in the cream.  Serve this soup with a salad and french bread.  Yummy!!

Creamy Thanksgiving Soup

1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups diced unpeeled red potatoes
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 cups heavy whipping cream

1. In a large saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender. Add potatoes and broth.

2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the turkey, vegetables, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.

3. Cook 10-12 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Stir in cream; heat through (do not boil).

Serves 8 (2 quarts)


Assisted Living is Expensive, Why Not Retire on a Cruise Ship?

When I first heard about someone retiring on a cruise ship I thought the idea was far fetched. Yet, now as I think about it, it’s not a bad idea. As I look at the host of seniors that don’t have attentive family checking on them this can be an option. Not only that but many assisted living facilities will easily set you back almost 100,00o or more.

Well, I think it is worth exploring.  In 2005, there was a story told about a woman who was observed living on a cruise line.

Active Living Newsletter makes a very convincing argument for retireing on a cruise line.

Now, there is actually a small cruise line who has established a plan for retirees. I am sure this is not the only company considering this viable option. But did I say viable? Many of us are hard pressed to afford assisted living for our senior parents. Yet, as baby boomers we are considering long term care and now cruise ship lodging?

I don’t know, I am now convinced I must keep working, keep finding ways to increase revenue  without doing the lottery, or taking the gold out of my husbands mouth.

But we both like the notion of living on a cruise ship. We pray for good health to enjoy it if we do. What about you?

Super Soups-Chicken and Dumplings by Betty Lynch

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Super Soups

Our Guest blogger is Betty Lynch of My Country Kitchen.  Check out this soup and go make it so you can feel good. This dish is easy, combines vegs, and fits on one large spoon. Some of you might say that Chicken and Dumplings is not a soup but I vote for it to fit in that category.

Below is a wonderful, easy recipe for that down home comfort food.  Chicken and Dumplings using your crock pot.  I tried this recipe on my office.  Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.  Several people told me that I could bring that dish anytime.  What I loved is that it only took about 15 minutes to put it together.  Then the crock pot did the work.  You’ve got to try this recipe!

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

6 boneless chicken thighs or breasts, whole

48 oz sodium free chicken broth (or enough broth to cover all ingredients well)

1 to 2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 small onion, chopped

2 large baking potatoes cubed

4 to 6 carrots chopped

1 tsp celery seeds or salt (or can use a stalk of celery finely diced)

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

1/2 teaspoon thyme

Season Salt to taste

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 tube refrigerator biscuits (recommended Pillsbury Buttermilk biscuits)

Put all ingredients into the crock pot, stir and cover.  Cook on low all day or on high for 5 hours.

Last 30 to 45 minutes.  With chopper, break up chicken.  Turn crock pot to high.  Cut biscuits into 4ths and drop into broth.  Cover.  Cook for 30 to 45 minutes.  Biscuits should be soft but not doughy.

Leftovers can be frozen (if you have left overs).

Super Soups -Tin Can Soup by Betty Lynch

Guest Blogger Betty Lynch shares her famous Tin Can Soup. Read her comments and recipe below. Then try it out!

Here is my “Tin Can Soup” recipe

2 cans minestrone soup, undiluted
2 cans Ranch style beans
2 cans cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2 cans Veg-All mixed vegetables
1 can Rotel tomatoes including juice
1 can tomato sauce

In a large saucepan or crockpot, mix together all of the above ingredients.  Simmer over low heat until hot and bubbly.  Serve with cornbread or crackers.

This recipe is also known as the scrapbooking soup.  Whenever family and friends get together to scrapbook, I put this soup in a crockpot.  When we’re ready to eat, so is the soup.  Top the soup with cheddar cheese and diced red onions.  Yummy!! 

I also serve this soup when a family member has a sore throat.  The Rotel tomatoes feel great to the throat, and sometimes is the only thing you can taste.

This is a great soup to throw together.  You can keep the cans in your pantry and you will have a hot hearty meal on those busy days in as little as 20 minutes. Nothing beats soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.  As the soup sits overnight, it just gets better.  It also does well if you freeze some soup for later.

I hope you enjoy my favorite soup!!

Be sure to visit her site My County Kitchen for more great receipes.

Super Soups For Baby Boomer Family and Friends

Soups Warm You Up!
Soups Warm You Up!

I love soups. They feel good in the winter, satisfying and easy complete meals. So, I have decided to learn how to make more soups this winter.

The other great thing about soups is they are great for taking to someone who is sick and shut in. What a great gift for the family.

I am excited about pulling my old crockpot out and letting it go on auto while I am working away on the computer.

There are other great things that can be done with soups and please share them as a comment.

This will, I hope, be a series where you can share your favorate soup recipes. Be a guest blogger and I will post it. Not only will I get to be a boomer blogger that makes great soups but it will provide blog soup food for many days.

So, if you want to be a guest blogger just email me with your soup recipe.Email me, rosiehorner(at)gmail.com.

This is going to be fun