Saturday, September 30, 2006

A Day Like This

There are some fall days that are just amazingly beautiful - clear blue sky, cool refreshing breeze, colorful leaves adorning the trees everywhere - days like this:

Unfortunately, today isn't one of those days. Today is a day like this:

Cold, damp, dreary, rainy...and our furnace is on the blink. SO -I made myself a big pot of my favorite soup* and tucked in to a hearty bowlful.

Now, I'm all set to curl up in my favorite chair, wrap up in a warm, cuddly blanket, and indulge myself in some of my favorite things to do on a day like this ~

Of course, it probably won't be long before I join these two ~
And, actually, that's a pretty good way to spend a day like this!

*Paradise Steak Soup (courtesy of the Paradise Grill in Branson, MO)
Brown 1 pound lean ground beef (or turkey) in a Dutch oven over medium high heat.
Add 2 cups diced onions, 1 cup each diced carrots and celery, and 1 tablespoon minced garlic; cook 10 to 12 minutes until vegetables are softened;
Add 3 cans (13-14 oz. each) chicken broth, 1 can (16 oz) crushed tomatoes, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon red pepper sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes;
Meanwhile, melt 1/4 cup of butter or margarine in a small saucepan; stir in 1/2 cup flour. Cook over medium high heat, stirring until deep brown. Whisk into soup. Cover and simmer 15 minutes more.
Makes 11 cups.
Serve with hot crusty bread and a crisp salad for a tasty meal that warms both tummy and heart!



Blogger Tammy said...

Sounds great if it were not for the 90 degree temperatures here. The leaves have not even turned...sigh. I copied the recipe and will use soon, I hope!


Blogger Star said...

Sounds like a great day to cocoon. Rest, relax and enjoy some time just for you.

Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Days like this are my favorite, to be safe inside having time to indulge in the things I enjoy! What darling little doggies!!

Blogger jzr said...

Those pups of yours are sooooo adorable. And your soup recipe sounds great. Will try it. I love making soup and in the winter and fall I prepare some at least once a week!

Blogger susan said...

First, I love the expose with photos to's like reading your diary only better!

Second, THANK YOU for the recipe! I will make it for dinner tomorrow night...NO SCHOOL tomorrow...wooppee!
Hope you have the day off as well :-)


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