Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Simple Joy of Warm Soup on a Cold Day

In spite of "global warming," it has been rather Frosty here in southwest Georgia lately. We have endured some unusually frigid nights (lows in the teens and twenties) and some uncharacteristically chilly days (with highs in the thirties and forties). It actually reached fifty today, which was pretty pleasant, but still quite a bit below the high for this same day last year, which was 73 F.



We have actually enjoyed having a real taste of winter for a change, with a chance to pull out our cozy sweaters and soft flannel shirts, but we've also been reminded how glad we are that we don't live much farther north! I've also taken advantage of the nippy weather to make big pots of steaming soups. I just love to make a crock of soup and have its savory smell wind its way through the house, warming each room, as much as it does each body that consumes it. For some reason, soup just isn't as appealing when it is hot and humid outside! :)







This afternoon, I made this recipe for Italian Sausage Soup and then I ground some wheat and made five loaves of whole wheat bread. That is something I used to do two or three times a week, but then life got busier . . . It is a habit I hope to resurrect in the new year.


My bread is baking now, and the delicious aroma is wafting through the house, mingling with the smell of the soup, warming our hearts and ready to warm our tummies with its yummy goodness.




Edit: Wow! This soup was indeed "Yumptious!" (Thanks Deanne!) The broth had such a delicious flavor! I wanted to mention that I added one chopped sweet onion to the garlic and Italian sausage and that I sprinkled on a little Italian seasoning. I did not use the spinach, even though I planned to, because I decided to dump the ingredients into my crock pot, and there was simply not enough room. It was filled to the brim! But, I'm sure the spinach would be a delicious addition to the soup.


8 comments:

Noel said...

this is one of my favorite soups and haven't we had the perfect weather for it!

Christie said...

Oh wow! This looks and sounds amazing! We love soups during the winter,... I'll definitely have to give this one a try!

Pam said...

MMMM. That soup and bread look yummy. Love healthy stuff.

I just found your site, glad to meet you. We have much in common. I look forward to reading more of your posts soon.

mommyx12 said...

That soup looks really good. We had potato soup tonight with bread. Darn that global warming, sure wish it would take a break. I'm about melting up here in Wisconsin with the high of 17 today!!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks yummo.....especially the bread! I may have to make soup and bread today....that sounds good for supper. :)
Warming up here to 30 today! :) It is supposed to be 30's for next several days...wow a "heat wave"!!

AntfarmMom said...

Mmmmmmm! Looks and sounds wonderful. I bet the bread smelled delicious. Did your crew eat all five loaves?

I am making beef stew today in the crockpot and of course, ww bread this afternoon!

The Mayo Family said...

Hello,
Yes yummy soup and from the second Wisconsin-ite...we would like to invite you up to have soup & feel our "warming temps" ha! My hubby is a Alabam-ian...so we feel for you as when you are always in the Southern-temps...it is cold to yall! we will pray for you! (smile) Love your blog & nice to visit!
Blessings,
Momma of 8 (Lori)

Angela said...

I'm visiting from September's blog. Your bread is beautiful! I've been trying to perfect the art of homemade whole wheat bread baking myself. I just got a grain mill and used it for the first time this evening. My bread is rising right now! I'm anxious to see how much better it turns out with freshly milled flour. I would love to take a peek at your recipe and compare it to the one I use, if you don't mind sharing!

Blessings,
Angela

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