Thursday, December 3, 2009

Soup for the Soul

Our church had its Ladies Christmas Party Tuesday evening.  "Soup for the Soul" was the theme.  The whole evening revolved around this theme.  Our Women's Activity Team is awesome!  As always, they put together a wonderful evening!  We had a delicious smorgasbord of soups, salads, breads, and desserts!

Needing something to label my soup, I came across a very cute little soup label in one of my Gooseberry Patch cookbooks.  So I sat down one night and went through all of the 28 GBP cookbooks that I own and found tons of cute labels for us to use!  I copied them onto cream colored cardstock.  Then the real fun began!  I used my scrapbooking chalk and watercolor pen to color in the pictures.  It took longer than I anticipated, but I enjoyed doing it.  Robbie wanted to color and chalk with me, so I got his coloring books and he joined me.  I asked him if we should get his workbook and work on some pages.  He LOVES his workbook!  He said "No Mommy, I'm having fun coloring with you."  Ah, too cute!  =]

As the ladies came in the door, the labels were sitting on a table for them to write what they brought and tape to it.  There were so many mouth-watering dishes-- I'm glad we had the labels!  I was so excited about getting a night of sweet fellowship with my sister friends that I forgot to take a picture of the food tables before.

My favorite soup is "Granny's Potato Soup".  Funny... We don't have a Granny in our family.  I'm not even sure where the recipe came from.  But she sure made some delicious potato soup!

It's so delicious... I think I'll share with you:
  • 6-8 medium potatoes
  • 6-8 slices bacon
  • 2 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 pt. sour cream
Dice potatoes and boil until tender.  Fry bacon until crisp.  Crumble bacon and put into crock pot.  Add 2 cans cream of chicken soup, milk, butter and sour cream.  Put drained potatoes on top and turn crock pot on high.  Cook until bubbles and well mixed.

Yum!  Only I cheat a little and use real bacon bits instead of taking the time to fry up some bacon.  I also leave out the sour cream.  And it is still very yummy and creamy!

Our leader of the Women's Ministry had a devotional for us about the different kinds of soups of our life and everything that we put into our soup.  I enjoyed the lesson and it touched my heart.  Amanda had a powerful way of presenting her message and she gently reminded us of the many, many blessings that we have!

We were blessed to hear the testimony of one of our youth girls.  The microphone was open to any others that wanted to partake.  It was a wonderful time of sharing.  Following this was a very compelling prayer time. 

To end the evening, we had a craft.  How fun!  There were tables set up with enamel paint and markers.  We painted on soup bowls!  It was hard to decide what to do, but I ended up painting a lime green and pink one for Amariah to use in her bedroom.

I am grateful for:
  • my husband for encouraging me to attend this event
  • my oldest son for watching his younger brother so I was able to attend
  • my sister friends who are so fun to be with even when I'm dog tired
  • my daughter who loved her bowl painted just for her
  • my God who loves me, bestows His great mercy on me especially when my soup is scorched/burnt


Willow said...

Ohhhh Angie my fellow snowman lover (lol) sounds like you had a blast!Great job on those soup labels and how cute that your son got involved and was havin' fun helpin'. I have a few of those gooseberry cookbooks I'd like to pick up some more.Good luck on findin' greenery. Our temp dropped to 23 here over night. The coldest it's been so far.Oh and on those plastic candy canes...I hope you can find some. It's really easy to do a lil hot glue and some homespun strips or whatever fabric you wanna use. I found some of mine at The Dollar Store and The Dollar Tree. If you have those stores there try 'em out. They may have them.
Prim Huggs n Blessins

Cora said...

Wow....what a wonderful time of fellowship and learning!

Holly loves potatoe soup so I'll share this with her!

Love GB....*swoon* and I copy and use their stuff too. I even copy by drawing from them too.....
Love it!! :):):):):)

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Sounds like so much fun!

fouros said...

Oh wow, I'm just getting caught up on your blog. Thanks for such a nice post about this evening. Your labels really were perfect and I will have to try your soup recipe!

Jean 1 said...

I just found this one it! I am just now (thanks to you) discovery the joy of Gooseberry. I love the labels! What a neat way to also maybe make gift tags using the same labels.