Hi All – Thank you so much for coming to the ‘Soup’er Soul Gathering the other night. It was truly such a fun and special evening.
Thought others might like some inspiration from the evening so wanted to share a few of the takeways and recipes from the evening:
A 4-year old explains the problem with New Year’s resolutions.
Here are a few highlights and takeaways from this adorable video:
- There is not just one time to change each year.
- It is in the thousand little moments that change happens. What you do everyday matters – acts of consistency.
- Change happens every time you choose to forgive or slow down or be grateful or stay calm and when you choose what’s right instead of what’s easy.
- Even if you fail thirty times, it is okay, you have thousands of more little moments ahead of you and you WILL get better. Happy New Year!
Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/Sn36cBi9v6A
Life Is All About Connection
We placed these notes for everyone around the table as a reminder of what connection means.
What We Learned From The Super Soul Session Talk: Do you Speak Djembe
- Be intentional about connecting with friends. We asked that everyone place their phones in a basket during the gathering (after pics, of course!)
- No one is looking up and at each other these days. One of the very reason, we host these monthly get togethers. A time to set down our devices and connect in real-time instead of from behind a screen.
- Thinking we are connected to each other is not good enough. We have to FEEL connected to one another.
- By listening, not just on the outside but what is happening on the inside. Listening in a deep way, it allows us to connect, create and communicate.
You Can Host a Soup Sunday of Your Own
By hosting this event on a Sunday, we shared the concept of “Soup Sunday” with everyone. We hope it inspired each of you to go share this simple concept with others in your life. Here are tips for hosting a Soup Sunday of Your Own.
Recipes From Our ‘Soup’er Soul Gathering:
Thank you to everyone who graciously brought soup for our gathering and shared their delicious recipes with all of us.
Debbie Long’s Ham, Corn, & Sweet Potato Chowder
I have to tell you all what a gem Debbie Long is and do a little bragging on her. A day or two before the event, Debbie realized that she had another event that she had to attend. Do you know what this wonderful lady did? She came to the house on Sunday and dropped off a huge crockpot of this soup for all of us to enjoy even though she wasn’t going to be able to attend. She came in spirit. Truly amazing example of going above and beyond! Thank you Debbie! We devoured your soup in your honor!
- 4 slices bacon diced into ½ in. pieces
- ¼ c. butter
- 1 onion diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 2 carrots diced, or 1 c. preshredded carrots
- 1 c. celery, sliced
- 1 t. salt
- ½ t pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ c. flour
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 1 t. cumin, ground
- ½ t. coriander
- ½ t. sage
- 4 c. chicken broth
- 4 c. corn (can use fresh or frozen)
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 ½ c whipping cream
- 3 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- ¼ c. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Cook bacon pieces over medium heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven until brown and crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. To remaining bacon fat, add ¼ c. butter. Add onion, pepper, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Sautee for about 10 minutes, until veggies begin to soften. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more. Add bay leaf, cumin, coriander, and sage. Stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat and add flour to form a roux. Cook over low heat for a few minutes. Then add broth and bring to a boil. Meanwhile place sweet potato cubes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until just tender. Add sweet potatoes and corn to pot. Then add whipping cream. Bring to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add cheese and stir until melted. Don’t boil after you add cheese, or the soup may separate. Before serving, stir in chopped parsley.
Enjoy! Debbie Long
Roasted Autumn Squash Soup from Marquesa
Lentil, Sausage & Spinach Soup from Jackie
Jackie brought her soup in the most adorable soup tureen. This pic isn’t the exact one she brought it in but thought it was a great inspiration pic for all of us and I thought I would share her kind words with everyone:
“I appreciate your gatherings so much, its refreshing to come together with such genuine people..” Thank you!”
- 2 pound of sausage, I try to get a low fat version, if not strain off as much as you can
- 1 package of dried lentils (red or brown), rinsed
- 2 cans of cannellini beans
- 1-2 cartons of organic low salt chicken broth
- 2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes with the juice
- 2 cans green chilies
- 6 cups of fresh spinach
- 1t savory & 1T rosemary (honestly I don’t measure do it to taste)
- Add maple syrup (couple of tablespoons), the good kind with all the good B vitamins, not the corn syrup stuff 😉
- Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Cook the sausage, drain off the fat, I do it all in a dutch oven. Add 1 cup of water, the broth and the lentils, bring to a boil; then reduce heat, add in the seasonings and simmer until lentils are tender (about 30 minutes) Add tomatoes & chilies. Last add the spinach and maple syrup. Its great with some goat cheese sprinkled on top, I forgot to bring that last night. It also goes well with an apple & celery salad.
Baked Potato Soup from Sharing Our Life, Love and Food:
Ways to Connect
There are many ways we can connect…through smiles, handshakes, words, hugs, walks, nature, tears, laughter, around the table and even through gifts.
An often forgotten way to connect is through scent so each lady walked away with this take-home Stovetop Potpourri Kit (a DIY printed Brown Paper Bag filled with a whole grapefruit, orange and spice kit) to place on the stove and fill their home with the scent of warmth and comfort.
First Smile Project of 2018
Lastly, we launched the first Smile Project of 2018 with a donation jar set out at the gathering to help out a local food pantry that feeds the homeless. We collected $72 that will be shared with an organization this week. Thanks everyone!
I hope everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did and I hope you take some of these nuggets we all learned and share them with others.
P.S. The February Super Soul will be held the evening of February 3rd at Lynne B.’s House. Our open invitation will be shared on Facebook soon at www.facebook.com/sharingourlifeloveandfood. As always, feel free to share and pass the invitation along to others. We will also include details on the next Super Soul in the monthly newsletter.