Soup’s On!

I promised you a healthier recipe this week, and here it is. (I didn’t mean a healthier version of the Grilled Cheese, which some of you thought. There IS no healthy version of a grilled cheese sandwich. At least not one that tastes as good as last week’s recipe.) This soup recipe is delicious and easy to make, so a win/win all around. Sue in MT mentioned it in a Facebook comment and I asked her for the recipe. I love crockpot recipes and I love soup. This really hits the spot. (Thanks again for sharing it, Sue!)

sue's-potato-soupSue’s Potato Soup

3 cans of Swanson chicken broth
(I used the big 48 oz. box instead)
8 cups cubed potatoes, not peeled
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup carrots, sliced thin
(I used a bag of frozen carrots)
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Combine these ingredients and let cook in a crockpot on high for 6 hours. Then add:

1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
1 package (about 3 cups) of diced ham
Bacon bits to taste (if desired)

Cover and cook 1 more hour. Thicken slightly with flour. Β Enjoy with crusty bread and a big salad.

Thanks for all of your comments on last week’s contest blog. You must like to talk about the Olympics, because a lot of you participated in the comments this month! We usually draw one winner per every 250 or so contest entries, so this month we used the random number generator to draw FIVE winners. On Monday, we’ll be sending a skein of Wollmeise to: Megan N. in CA, Nancy W. in OH, Marilyn P. in NC, Seanna Lea L. in MA, and Brenda M. in CA. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks for participating in the contest. Β We’ll have another one next month. In the meantime, make sure you’re a part of our Facebook Group, as we do 24 Quick Quizzes over there each month, too.

What is it about Curling? I missed watching that on TV and so many of you mentioned how much you like it. It sounds like THE mystery sport of the Olympics. It looks like it was invented in Scotland in the 1500’s, according to this article. The Biathlon is another thing that puzzles me. Who thought up that combination? (OK – I just Googled that, too. It was thought up as an exercise for Norwegian soldiers in the 1800’s. I think they need to do a program about the origins of all of these sports. Or have they mentioned bits and pieces and I was just too involved in my knitting to pay attention?)

Sheri IhavetoputmyknittingdownforLOST,too.Anyoneelse?


  1. Don’t even say anything to me about Lost! I have it Tivo’d but haven’t watched. The last one I watched was the one about James. Aye, my husband and I both looked at each other and thought “Isn’t the last season supposed to answer questions, not raise more?”. That show is driving me crazy!

  2. Lost is the best. I, too, am looking for answers not more questions. There is a Lost group on Ravely. Join us.
    And the really hard thing about the biathalon is that in order to shoot accurately, they must be able to slow their heart rate down from skiing. It requires being incredibly fit. I guess this is not my sport.

  3. Thanks for the recipe! Something about a crockpot of soup on a day (where here in New Jersey are covered under 2 feet of snow) that brings back good feeling of family, security, and hominess! I think its a good day to do some online shopping too!! πŸ™‚

  4. OHMYGOSH!! No one talk to me during Lost!! Even the dog knows that if I put up my hand he can’t whine until the commercial. 😎

  5. If I knit during Lost, I can tell when something stressful happened, because my gauge gets really tight! Claire was freaking me out this week.

  6. To be perfectly honest, I don’t put my knitting down for Lost. It’s all the same stuff, different year. Of course, you shouldn’t; listen to me, I was thrown out of the Lost fan club for my blasphemy. πŸ˜‰

    The soup looks great! I will have to make that one. We love homemade soups and breads at our house.

  7. I haven’t gotten hooked on LOST yet – but when I visit my sister, I end up watching it, and I can’t knit, even though I have NO idea what’s going on. I need to rent the series and start from the beginning, I think.

    Frank has learned to ask, “Is that TV knitting or not TV knitting?” before turning on the TV – which may be why I knit so many socks! But there are some shows – Battlestar Galactica was one – that I simply cannot knit anything – or breathe during, even.

  8. Some of the newer Olympic sports (like aerial ski jumping or skiboarding in a tube?)–OMG, where did they ever learn to do those things without breaking their necks? It’s amazing, although I tend to think these are not really sports that most of us would EVER participate in! (At least not me–heck, I can’t even ice skate!!)

  9. I definitely put down the needles for Lost. Also for Fringe, and Midsomer Murders. Can’t make a bit of sense of those shows if I’m trying to knit at the same time. Plus, I often find out after the show that I made a mistake 12 rounds back and must rip it! I find the best knitting gets done during Survivor and reruns of Mythbusters.

  10. mindless knitting is great for college hoops as well as serial dramas.

    Comment for Dawn Draper, who puts aside her knitting for Midsomer Murders: did you know that Midsomer is a favorite show of both Queen Elizabeth and … Johnny Depp? A friend who does publicity for Acorn Media, which distributes Midsomer, told me this last year, and has been trying to crank up some attention for newly released DVDs by spreading that word. I told him he needs to get JDepp to say he knits while watching Midsomer, as virtually everyone I know who’s a fan of this series knits–or tries to–while watching.

  11. Mmm, potato soup! Looks delicious and easy. . .although I am lazy enough that I am wondering if it would work to just dump veggies and some broth and butter into the crock pot for a day.

    We just starting watching Lost . . about 4 weeks ago through Netflix and we are completely caught up already. This probably explains why I haven’t knit much of anything in the past month!

  12. The soup sounds so yummy. Think I will be trying this one.
    I am a Lost fan also. I haven’t watched the one this week but will probably catch up on Saturday. I agree, I don’t think it is answering any of our questions yet, just gets more mysterious.

  13. Someone explained the “sport” of Biathlon to me the other day and I thought it made sense. It takes real skill to take all that adrenaline you generate skiing your butt off to still itself and manage to make a clean, narrow shot. It’s questionable- but it makes sense that it would be hard to hit a target. Not sure if that helps or not.

    As for curling- it’s chess on ice. It’s actually pretty fun if you’ve played.

  14. I’m with Jen. Curling is chess combined with bowling on ice. It’s strategic, a game of precision rather than strength. We’ve been watching a lot of curling, because my husband is interested in the sport. After the last winter Olympics, the one (and possibly only) curling rink in Massachusetts had an open day where people could try their hand at curling. Apparently it was so packed, people got to try each position a single time.

  15. The announcer for the Olympic Curling events is from our local TV station here in the Capital District of Upstate NY. There is a Curling Club in Albany and another in Schenectdy. The Schenectady Club had over 500 people attend their open house last weekend. It is a fascinating sport!

  16. So great. I have been making that potato soup recipe for years. One of our favorites.

    I was joking when I wrote my favorite Olympic event was curling. It is kind of boring. This week I really liked the aerial ski jumps. Those guys have a lot of courage to do all that twisting before they land.

  17. I agree with the comments about curling. Plus, it’s a sport that involves brooms and ice skates. How can you not love that?

  18. When Lost is on TV I NEVER EVER bring my knitting. Because if I do I drop stitches, lose count, and just make a mess of things. Plus it is not fun to watch Lost with the lights on. I like the added suspense and all that.. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the yummy looking crock-pot soup recipe..I look forward to using it.

  19. Thanks for your soup recipe. I hate to admit it but I don’t have a clue what the show Lost is. My husband and son are addicted to watching curling. What will they do when it’s over.

  20. I would say “Thanks for the recipe” excect we got another plop of snow last night and of the listed ingredients, I only have potatoes in the house.

    As far as curling, biathalon, etc. go, I remember way back when I was a kid, there used to be so many more unusual sports shown in the Olympics coverage. I’m glad to see some of the less common sports get recognition. I also wish we would get to see some of the paralympics competitions when they are held. Oh well, back to knitting (instead of Olympic-level shoveling!)

  21. Thanks for the info on biathlon – I told my son it was based on the fact that those of us in northern climes used to have to ski out and shoot our dinner or we’d starve to death!

  22. Sheri, you’ve met a curler! Me! πŸ˜‰

    It’s a fascinating game where strategy and skill are key, and the commentators that NBC had during the games (Canadian ones) were knowledgeable and very good. I’m glad we play it indoors now, though, instead of on frozen ponds like those original hardy Scots. I guess *everything* was outdoors at the first Winter Olympics in 1924 (curling was around then, too, but dropped out of the line-up thereafter until 1998). Brrrrr!

    I don’t curl these days, as our local club has folded now, but I did ever since I was about 11, through college and even as a young mother: my older daughter pushed a rock down the ice when she was a toddler, she thought it was fun. There still are curling clubs in my area, but not terribly close to me.

    I think biathlon is interesting too, actually, and not only was it training for the soldiers, but practical for hunting before that from what I read. Those skills also helped Scandinavians form and spread the Resistance in WWII, since single cross-country skiers could go where bands of soldiers who needed a road, couldn’t.

    It’s interesting to me that the two sports you mentioned are about the only two I could imagine myself doing, in a sense: since I curl, cross-country ski, and shoot (a .22, for target practice only). Now, I can’t imagine myself going headfirst on a tiny sled down an ice tunnel at 90 miles per hour, or flipping in the air, or downhill skiing. Those are totally foreign to me!

  23. The only thing I can knit is stockinette during Lost. Sometimes I do it with my sock pattern that requires 8 inch legs for the socks of sts before you start the heel. Mostly though I keep the needles out of my hands. I agree with Belinda about the more questions being raised. Whenever we get to a part that just makes us more confused either my DH or I will say,”Oh, yeah, that’s right. This is the season that ANSWERS all the questions!” Maybe by May we’ll understand although I’m starting to think I shouldn’t count on it.

  24. I was at one of the curling events during the Olympics in Vancouver (where I’m from and its the one that the Canadian Men beat China Whoot Hoot!) and like I told people, “I went to a curling event, and a hockey game broke out!!” I can’t even begin to describe other than it was awesome to hear grown men yell out “Kevin Martin I want to have your baby!!” Kevin M. is the skip for the Canadian team. Awesome. And during the Gold match between Norway Crazy Pants and Canada, the camera panned the audience and there was a lady knitting a sock!!

  25. Love Lost! And definitely need to put the knitting down at times or I miss something and get even more confused.

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