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Strange But Good~That’s A Weird Breakfast!

It’s been a few weeks since I joined in on Strange But Good hostessed by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table so I thought I’d join the party!  There are always so many crazy good food ideas there.  Be sure to check it out.

Sprint 2 the Table

I started out the week making a crock pot full of one of my favorite things…Lentils.  Everything was going smoothly.  After that I started on a pot of my Weight Watchers Veggie Soup.  In the midst of making the soup, I suddenly realized that I’d made a mistake with the lentils.  Usually, I put in a cup of dried lentils into my small crock pot with onion, garlic and seasoning.  As I was throwing scraps into the trash can I noticed the bag from the lentils…I had put in the Entire Bag!!

I ended up having to move the lentils from one crock pot to another, which in the end was almost too small.  I also ended up with a huge amount of cooked lentils.  I use a cup of them each time I eat the soup which is not usually a problem but I was left with double my usual stash.  I had to think of other ways to use them

Often on BCDC I talk about foods that are not attractive but tasty.  This dish certainly fits into that description.

Lentils in measuring cup


To my usual mixture of egg substitute and egg whites, I added a quarter cup of my cooked lentils.  I also added in some Mrs. Dash and crushed red pepper flakes.   Not pretty in the measuring cup.

Lentils in egg beaters


Not pretty when mixed in with the egg substitute.

Lentil omelette


Not really all that pretty as a finished omelette.  I added some shredded 2% cheese inside and on top.   Not photogenic, true.  But really, really good!  Almost more importantly, it was also extremely filling.  When I have a regular omelette, I start to feel hungry in a couple of hours.  This kept me satisfied almost until lunch time.  I eat pretty early so this was an accomplishment.  It also gave me a nice protein boost of 4.5 extra grams over the regular omelette.  I’m pretty excited that I tried this and I’ve tried it again since I first figured it out.  Sounds weird I know, but give it a try!

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful strangeness over at Sprint 2 The Table today.

Happy Friday!

WIAW~A Tale of Two Birthday Cakes (and Two Crock Pots!)

Good Morning and Welcome to my second What I Ate Wednesday post in a row! I’m quite excited to be back and joining in with all of the fun people who gather at Jenn’s party over at Peas and Crayons. I’m going to dive right in and tell my story as I go.

What I Ate Wednesday: FALL into Good Habits

I’m finally back at my own house. After recuperating at my friend Gail’s house for several months ( I started referring to myself as her “squatter” which she found amusing) I am home and it is a bit of adjustment in some ways.  Different bed, different kitchen, different arrangement…I have to stop and think where my spices are, where my utensils are, where my crock pots are!  No, don’t worry, I never forget where my crock pots are!!

Monday afternoon, I suddenly realized that I needed to make beans.  Normally I soak them over night and put them in to cook in the morning.  But I really wanted them on Tuesday so I tried an experiment.  At about 1 in the afternoon, I put them in to soak. My intention was to put them in the c/p at about 11pm.  I fell asleep so they ended up going in at 1 am.  As I write this, it looks like they’re doing fine, but need some more cooking.  But now I know if I forget to soak overnight, I can do it this way.

Two crock pots


But I think you all know by now, in my house-where there’s one crock pot, there’s probably another.  This one filled with my version of the Weight Watchers veggie soup.

Veggie soup in crock pot


I’ve missed having this while I was away.  There’s actually no reason why I couldn’t have made it at Gail’s house, but as I said…different routine.  Funny thing is that it took me longer than usual to make it.  I think my  chopping skills are a little rusty.  I’ll fix that!

One of the things I always put in my veggie soup…and my stir-fries, and my morning omelette is Mrs. Dash.  I love it because it’s no salt and has so many flavors in one bottle.  The mix is always right.  I’m used to the small containers, but Gail found this huge bottle for me, probably on Amazon.

Mrs Dash


I’m so excited because I use it so much.  This should last me a week or two!

Dunkin Donuts breakfast


Ralph had to have fasting bloodwork on Monday so I fast along with him.  But I tantalized him with Dunkin Donuts after.  And I had coupons which saved us almost $6.00!!  I had iced pumpkin coffee and a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese.  It was a splurge, but delicious!

I promised you two Birthday cakes, so here goes.  My birthday was early in October but because Ralph was away, we didn’t celebrate with my sister, Ele as we usually do.  This Sunday we took care of it.

My bday cake


There’s a story with this cake, isn’t there always a story in our family?!  The candle on top is a gift from our friend, Jim from Washington.  He brought it for I think Ele’s birthday and we use it all the time now.  The cake itself is very specific and Ele always makes it for me.  It is a boxed devil’s food cake with lemon confectioner’s sugar icing.  It’s what Grandmom always used to make for us and it’s tradition.

The next cake is a little fancier!

Maddie's bday cake


October 13 was my wonderful sister-in-law Maddie’s birthday.  Saturday we had a little surprise party for her.  The cake was beautiful and we had a wonderful time.  As I’m typing this, I’m realizing that I never took a photo of my lunch that day…it was pasta…it was Delicious!

That’s my contribution to What I Ate Wednesday today.  I’m glad to be back and I suppose it’s just like riding a bike, just get on and type!  Be sure to check out all of the delicious food that you’ll find at Peas and Crayons. It’s always a party over there!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

WIAW~Getting Back to Normal

I have missed being a part of the link ups that I love to join and especially What I Ate Wednesday.  It’s always so much fun.  I did join back in last week but this week is feeling even better.  Be sure to stop over to Jenn’s party at Peas and Crayons when you’re finished here to join in the fun!  Let’s get started.

Peas and Crayons

Let’s start with a snack…why not!

Greek yogurt


It doesn’t look as good as it tasted.  I found plain Greek yogurt in individual containers at Bottom Dollar.  I add cinnamon (of course!) and honey.  This is so good and it feels like I’m eating something I shouldn’t.  All of that protein is very satisfying.

Smoothie prep


I’m getting into smoothies lately.  But with a non-freezing freezer at the moment, I can’t buy frozen fruit…well, I can but it isn’t frozen for long.  Ralph bought me this mango at the local Wawa.  I thought it was a great idea to turn it into a smoothie.

Smoothie final prodjuct


This was ok.  The mango didn’t really add any flavor to the smoothie.  If it wasn’t for the cinnamon and nutmeg it wouldn’t have tasted much like anything.  I’ll finish off the mango but I’ll cross it off the list.  Guess I’ll just have to deal with defrosted frozen fruit.  At least there’s some flavor.

Yesterday it was snowing…what a novelty! I decided that a nice pot of black bean soup (so easy!) was in order.

Black bean soup


It makes enough for several meals especially since it’s too spicy for Ralph, but in truth it’s not really spicy.  He’s just not a spicy guy…at least when it comes to food!

This is what I did with it.

Black bean soup and quinoa


I put the black bean soup over quinoa.  It is so good and filling.  I love this every time I make it. I’m getting hungry looking at this photo as I type!

I’ve talked lately about feeling not on track and kind of out of sorts.  I do want to say that things are starting to come around.  I’m feeling much more in control of my food and life in general.  If the snow and cold would ever go away, I’d be all set!

That’s it for me for today.  Be sure to head over to Peas and Crayons to see what Jenn and the other kids have to share.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!


WIAW~Soup’s The Thing

Still trying to get my act together here and plugging along. But I can’t miss out on joining in with What I Ate Wednesday in spite of the hubbub.  Be sure to check out all of the fun over at Jenn’s wonderful Peas & Crayons.

What I Ate Wednesday: FALL into Good Habits

As my title would suggest, it’s all soup all the time around here lately.  One of my favorite things to do is to hang out at my stove cooking up lovely pots of soup.  Sometimes one of my crock pots subs in for the stove, but either way.  I love soup.  It makes me happy.

Last Friday I was raving about my new and incredibly easy black bean soup recipe.    It was So good that I whipped up another batch Monday (read that to mean that I already gobbled up the Other batch!!!)

BB soup in containers


Still doesn’t look very pretty, but I don’t care…it’s delicious!

I’ve been finding lots of great veggie recipes courtesy of Facebook.  There are lots of pages on there directed to veggie types such as myself.  I’ve been enjoying reading them and now trying some of them.

One of the ones I like the best is Veg Kitchen with Nava Atlas.  This is chock full of good veggie recipes.  I found one called Tomato, Lentil, and Barley Soup.  This was easy for me because I had most of the ingredients already.  I’ve been hanging on to that last little bit of barley Forever and there was just enough for this recipe.

It looked beautiful in the pot…

TLB Soup in pot


So colorful and it smelled so good.  I do think that it needed a little more seasoning.  I think I will at least doubled the Mrs. Dash the next time I make it and maybe add a few more spices along with that.

TLB soup in dish


I topped it with some shredded 2% cheese and I loved it.  I’ve eaten it two days in a row and I’m probably going for three! That’s one of the things I love about having soup in the fridge…there’s never the question, “What’s for dinner?”  I always know the answer…Soup!!  I’m going to do my best to keep at it with making soups.  They’re very filling and since I’ve been having the soup, I don’t feel so tempted to snack in the evening.  That’s always a plus.

Be sure to check out all of the fun going on over at Peas & Crayons.  We’re getting down to the wire around here with Christmas things so I’ve got to run!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Thank Goodness!

After my morning of cooking up two different batches of soup, I was anxious to see what Ralph thought of his and also to taste my own.

Of course, that was the day Ralph decided to sleep most of the day to get rid of his cold.   😦  So I had to wait and wait.  The good thing is that when he tasted it he pronounced it “delicious!”  Since I don’t taste his, I’m never sure how I’ve done with seasoning.  I put a bit of salt in it and didn’t want to go over board, but he said it was seasoned perfectly.  I was excited!! 🙂

Now when it comes to my soup…

It’s been a Long time since I’ve had chicken soup.  To the best of my memory, this tasted exactly like chicken soup…and a very good version of chicken soup.  I was really happy with it and it was certainly easy.  As it sat a bit, the rice plumped up and was a great addition to the soup.  I will definitely make this again.  Oh, and I’ll make Ralph’s again, too because he was happy!  He’s feeling better today, and I like to think it’s because of the soup! 😉

I spent Thursday morning doing what??

Working on the FREE apples and pears that Gail gave me.  Looks like I’m about to perform surgery!

Look at the size of these pears!!  Good grief, they were Huge!  With all of the fruit, my standard Crock Pot was filled!  Hope no one is tired of hearing about crock pot apples.  They are delicious and they will certainly be a plus in the budget this week since as I said, they were FREE!  I’m always conscious of my food dollars at work, but I never actually figure anything out.  Think I’m going to start doing that so I can figure just how successful I am.  Any free fruit you want to send my way feel…FREE!! 😉

I finally got out to get a few shots of the Fall leaves.

This is across the street from our house.

This is one of my favorites!  It’s always amazing to me that certain trees are always the prettiest.  This is the house next to mine. I love it when I get to drive by.

So that’s it…I’m off to do some more sorting and packing.  I promised myself that I would and I’m serious!!

Happy Friday!!


A Tale of Two Soup Pots

Has a nice literary ring to it, doesn’t it?! 😉  One Chicken, One Chickesque.  I think I’ve just created a new word…I like it!

Poor Ralph has been sick with a cold.  Fortunately, he had an already scheduled visit with the family doctor on Monday which helped him to know what to take.  However, I thought I’d go back to an old basic.  Something I’m not sure I’ve ever made…chicken soup.  I’ve made turkey soup lots of time, but can’t remember making chicken before.  First time for everything.  But of course, I need to eat to, so….Double the Pots, Double the fun.

My soup on the left, Ralph’s on the right.  Both started with a generous spray of olive oil spray.  Onions and garlic for me, onions and a mostly still frozen chicken breast for Ralph.

Things continued with carrots and celery for both pots.  Several times over the last few months, I’ve cooked a chicken breast for Ralph in my small crock pot. Both times, I saved and froze the stock that came from cooking the chicken.  I scraped off the chicken fat and added the juices to his pot.  I also used 4 low sodium chicken bullion cubes put in water and then the microwave.  Added that to Ralph’s pot.

Mine got this addition…

This is a wonderful soup/seasoning mix that I actually found at the Christmas Tree Shoppe!  They have the most unique food items there.  It’s been in the cupboard for quite a while but I hadn’t opened it.  I used it the other night in one of my veggie combos.  It worked great for this soup!  By the way, the measuring cup is dirty because I used it to mix the broth.  Trying to be creative with my photos…

My chickenesque portion of the soup came from Morningstar Farms chick’n strips.  Wish they still made the beef version… 😦

I added brown rice to my soup to cook for a bit before adding in the chickenesque.  I shredded up the chicken in Ralph’s soup. I cooked noodles separately to add to his soup.  Oh yes, I also added corn to his…well because he likes corn!

The finished products…

You can’t really see the rice in mine but you can certainly see Ralph’s noodles!  I tasted mine and I think it’s going to make a great dinner!  Ralph has been sleeping to try to get rid of his cold (he didn’t have a good night’s sleep) so he doesn’t even know what he has to look forward to!!  I hope he likes it.  Even with doing both soups, it really wasn’t all that time-consuming. I was proud of myself for getting them to finish at just about the same time AND getting all of the photos without dropping the camera in one of the pots!! 😉

Oh, yes…while I was making the soups…

I had red beans cooking in the crock pot!  I’ve got a few ideas of some ways to use these.  Can’t wait to try them!

Hopefully, Ralph’s chicken soup does the trick and he’s feeling better soon.  It would make Mom and Grandmom proud!!!

Happy Thursday!!

Soup’s On!

It feels like it took me forever, but I finally got my bean soup made.  I’m happy to say it was worth the wait!

I started with the usual suspects-onion, carrots and celery…

They cooked up for a while and started to look like this…

It cooked for a while longer and looked like this…

I’m not very specific when I’m making soup unless I’m working from a recipe.  This time I pretty much made it up as I went along.  Included in the cast of characters:




Vegetable broth (1 quart plus 1 14 1/2 oz can-plus water)


Cooked Navy Beans -you remember them!! 😉


Chili Powder

Cayenne Pepper


I had the opportunity to experiment with the seasonings because I’ll be eating all of this since Ralph is still working on the turkey soup (you remember the turkey soup!!) I probably started with about a teaspoon each of the Chili powder, cayenne and cumin and then added more to taste.  It all depends on how much you like.  I like a lot so I kept adding. 🙂

The pot looked like this after all the cooking…

Those beans didn’t want to have their photo taken so I had to get some assistance from the spoon…

It smelled SO good and I had a hard time waiting until supper time to actually eat it.  When I finally did I had a REALLY big bowl and smothered it with the ever popular “stinky feet” cheese, Locatelli Parmesan cheese…


It was soooooo  good, I can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow!

Even if we have another snow storm, I’m set.  Getting this soup made has been a project, but fortunately it was worth the wait…that’s not always true with all of my recipes, but today, I won the prize…I AM the Queen of Beans! 😉

Why Does No One Listen…No More Snow!!!

Ok, so I hate to be a complainer…well Ok, I complain a lot!  But I’m pretty much over this whole snow thing!  I have things I need to do today and I don’t feel like doing them in the snow.  Ok, it IS pretty…

It even makes my funky back yard look like a wonderland!

I get it…it’s pretty…enough already!

I realize it seems like I’ve been food shopping a lot lately, but sadly my old brain forgets what I need.  I’ve decided my best bet with the ancient beans is to make soup, however, I need to get carrots, onions and celery to make it.  I went through my supply when I made Ralph’s turkey soup yesterday.  The whole process went well, but I decided I didn’t really need photos of chopped up turkey on a blog focused on vegetarian eating.  I talked enough about it the day I cooked the turkey.  It turns out that chopping up cooked turkey is less disgusting than preparing a raw turkey…ugh…did I just say that? 😦 But it’s true and the fact that I saved all of the cooking juices makes a huge difference in the flavor of the soup. (I think! ) I had a momentary corn emergency yesterday morning when I thought I was out of it, but I found another bag lurking in the back of the freezer.  Ralph declared it…Delicious!  Good thing too because there’s a ton of it to be eaten!  He’s got a bad cold so soup is good for him…I realize it’s not chicken soup, but it’s close enough.  As my dear father in law used to say…”Chicken is nothing but a bird.”  Not sure what that meant but it makes me smile to remember it. 🙂

Ok, enough bird talk here, let’s get to something wonderful that I love!  At the produce place over the weekend, I got a LOT of apples, because they would be good snacks and I thought I might bake them as a good healthy, low point dessert.  Yesterday I tried something I’d never done before: I cut up an apple and put it in my oatmeal.  I didn’t think I’d be so excited about it so I didn’t take any photos yesterday so I had to recreate the scene of the crime this morning. 

It’s my traditional mix up:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp of chia seeds

1 Tbsp of ground flax seeds

1 & 1/4 cups of water (I used to just use 1 cup but I’ve found when using the chia seeds, they like to suck it up, so I now add extra.)

Lots o’ cinnamon

Used my trusty apple corer thingy to cut the apple.  Since this is just the re-creation of the scene, I’m not going to chop it yet because I’m not ready to eat and I don’t want it to get all brown and icky! 😉

Now we’re back live to yesterday’s actual oatmeal…


I added Splenda and 1/2 cup Almond Breeze (which I continue to LOVE!)

I microwave my oatmeal and I give it 1 minute 3 times.  I do that because I’ve found that my particular microwave will sometimes bubble over if you do it for the full time to start.  The neat thing is that in the microwaving, the apples retained a little of their crunchiness but were also creamy.  Sometimes, my experiments actually turn out well! 🙂

It looks like it might have stopped snowing.  I guess I need to get myself up and going if I’m ever going to get what I need for that darned bean soup!  Film at Eleven!

I Have a Receipt for That!

On Sunday when I went grocery shopping, I realized that the Can-Can sale had started.  For those of you not from this area, Shoprite has a sale every year where all canned goods are reduced.  I usually stock up on my beans and canned tomatoes, but I decided when it comes to beans…I’m going to give the old-fashioned way a try.

Beans in the Bag!

I’ve used them before, but usually just for specific recipes…this time I’m going hard-core, I’m going to cook all of my beans! 🙂  I have more time now and it’s cheaper, even when the canned beans are on sale!  I recently made the realization that I can cook them in the crock pot…why did I never think of that on my own?!? Anyway, that’s my way to go now.  I’ve got lots of ideas I’ll be sharing.  My first one is Lima Bean Soup.  This is a recipe that my sister Ele gave me years ago.  It’s was a page ripped out of Family Circle Magazine literally…

It’s dog-eared and spotted and this is another one I’ve copied over and over to share with friends.  It’s dated 1991 (yipes! 20 years ago!) and apparently part of this article was to show you how to cook economically.  Well, this soup is stated to cost 38 cents per serving.  ( does it annoy anyone else that keyboards no longer have the symbol for “cent”??)

Here’s the recipe!


1 carrot sliced

1 large onion, chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 can (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes (you can use regular diced tomatoes-I did)

2 cups bean cooking liquid (I think this is very important for taste)

2 cups chopped cabbage

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups cooked lima beans (2/3 cup dried lima beans)

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1. Saute carrot and onion in oil in medium size saucepan to tender crisp.  Add tomatoes, reserved bean cooking liquid, cabbage, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Cover Simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Add lima beans and parsley. Heat.


As with any recipe, after working with it, you adjust it to your own preference. I got my beans ready to soak the night before…

Added the water…

…and let them do what they do…

In the morning, they were all puffed up and ready for the magic to begin…

They cooked…I usually hear that you cook them for 45 minutes, but I like to cook them longer, because I like them nice and soft in my soup.  I probably cooked them for an hour and 15 minutes.  Test them and you can decide when they’re right for you.

After the beans are cooked, drained and the cooking liquid saved, I started the soup. (that was a BIG onion!)

After the cooking elves do their thing, it looks like this…

I realize that it looks a lot like the pasta e fagioli I made last week, but trust me, it’s a different soup!  I want to make one comment on the recipe.  I believe that the intention of the recipe was for you to use fresh chopped parsley (hence the direction “chopped”)  In my haste to make it the first time, I missed that little detail and instead added a 1/4 cup of “dried” parsley…

Could have been a catastrophe, right?  Well, I like to think of it as a Happy Accident as artist Bob Ross used to say.   I think those happen in cooking and many times we just have to go with them.  I didn’t realize the mistake until after we’d eaten the entire pot of soup and loved it!  Actually, I think it adds a really unique flavor to the soup.  It’s up to you which way you’d like to go. 

The title of my post comes from the fact that when we were growing up, my Grandmother would refer to recipes as “receipts.” Apparently that’s what they were called many years ago and I’ve heard them called that in watching shows on the History Channel.  It’s a fun thing to carry on in Gram’s memory and Ele and I usually refer to them as “receipts” when sharing and discussing them.  The sad thing that I think happens with so many families, the recipes we remember from childhood where never written down and we spend our lives searching for ones that live up to what we remember.  Fortunately, Ele knows the recipe for Grandmom’s devil’s food cake with lemon icing.  A few years ago, she asked me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday and I told her that one.  She was able to make it without a blink of her eye.  I’ll share that secret at another time, but I’m thinking about it right now and I may have to make one soon.  If I could only figure out the “receipt” for Aunt Kate’s coffee…then I’d be all set!

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

I started the morning  (or I guess I should say the day since I didn’t eat until about noon!) with one of my finds from yesterday at Trader Joe’s…

Organic Multigrain Hot Cereal.  It has rye, barley, oats and wheat and it’s yummy!!  In order to see what I thought of the flavor of the cereal itself, I didn’t add much.  I also cheated (I suppose…) and made it in the microwave.  I just added a touch of cinnamon (my new best friend), Splenda and some Almond Breeze almond milk.  It was really good.  I’m going to try it again tomorrow and jazz it up a bit, maybe with honey, but the flavor of the cereal itself is so good, I don’t think it needs much extra.  I’m also enjoying the almond milk which I just started using last week.  I used the unsweetened plain and I really like it.  Thanks to Kristen for suggesting I give it a try.  I’m thinking of trying it in my coffee tomorrow to see how I like it.  I’m really picky about coffee, so we’ll see how that goes.  But as for the cereal…if I need a snack tonight, that may be it!  Now I have one more thing that I need to stock up on from TJ’s before we move…oh the pressure!!

Since there was snow again, about 3 or 4 inches I decided that I needed to make soup!  I really haven’t made any this winter yet and I need to get back to it.  Soup is one of the things that has always helped me to stay on track with my weight during winters past.  It’s filling, I know how to figure it out because I made it and I just love doing it so there are many levels of enjoyment involved.  Since I didn’t feel like going out in the snow to get anything I went with an old tried and true.

The recipe card is old and battered and originally came from Weight Watchers.  You can’t see in the photo, but the fine print says 1999.  That year the program gave you a recipe each week as part of your materials.  This was Week Two and is one of my favorites.  I’ve used it over and over again, which is why the card is so sad-looking!  I’ve also photocopied it to share with many people.  I like it because it’s delicious and it’s so darned easy!   I do make some adjustments for flavor so I’ll give you WW’s recipe and then explain my version.


1 (16 oz) can Italian-style cruised or whole Italian-style tomatoes (finely chopped)

1 (19 oz) can kidney or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

3 cups cooked pasta or 3/4 cup dry pasta

3 cups of water.

1. Place all ingredients in medium saucepan

2. Simmer for 10 minutes, if using cooked pasta, or until dry pasta is fully cooked.  Add enough water to just cover the pasta.


I truly cannot understand how anyone could consider making soup of any kind, especially Italian soup without garlic, onions or some seasonings, so here is my version.

Spray the pot with olive oil cooking spray.  Saute a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic.  This can be at your discretion, make it how you like it.  I also add a pinch of salt and a few good grinds of black pepper.  I’m not much for salt so add to taste and I love pepper so I add a lot.  I also use dried Italian seasonings and I’m pretty liberal with it.  I DO NOT like kidney beans but I do love cannellini beans so that’s what I used.  I’ve also used garbanzo beans and great northern.  I’d say that any bean would work well here, based on your preference. I’ve always added the dry pasta at this point and let it cook. I also add probably at least 1/2 cup more of water, maybe a little more.

I’ve found that it’s better to not add the frozen mixed veggies until the pasta has cooked.  If you do, the veggies get all soggy and lose their color.  If you’ve pre-cooked the pasta, you could add them all at once.  Usually I will add about twice the veggies they suggest because I like a heartier soup.  Your result will look something like this…

As I’ve said, this is one of my favorites.  I’m really excited thinking about several of my other favorites that I’ll be able to share here.  Some of them I’ve never written down so I’m going to have to figure them out in order to share them. I’ll figure them out.  One thing I don’t have to figure out…the soup smells wonderful and I don’t have to share it with anyone else…except Ralph.  Hey, Honey…Soup’s On!!