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Are You A Soup Person?

I really had no idea that not everyone eats or likes soup.  I have eaten them all my life and I really like soup all year long.  Recently I purchased a cook book that had over 100 versions of soup in it as well as some breads you might make to go with your soup. So I connected with my inner Julia Child and decided to try to make a few versions.  Actually, I wanted to try them all, but my life got very busy and I have finished 4 so far.

Based on a total vote from 3 people in my family this soup got 5 thumbs up.  It is called a spaghetti soup and is a whole new variety for me.  I have made it at least four times so far.


This is a very simple soup that you might switch a little to match your tastes or dietary restrictions, but it does come highly recommended.

Since I have not posted in a couple of months, just wanted to share what I have been doing lately.

So which camp do you fall into, soup or no soup?  It’s been around for thousands  of years and generally is a very healthy thing to eat.  When my children were small it was a way to get vegetables into their diet without them knowing it.

Have a great day.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Three

The Nancy Merrill challenge for this  week.

3 cats3 siblings

3 flags quilt

First, the 3 cats who live here enjoying a treat. Next a picture of 3 siblings in my family, all dressed up for a special occasion maybe.  Life very different from today where we take 50 photos and select the best, this may have been a once a year situation.  Last my quilt contribution to “three”.  A Quilt Of Valor display had this quilt with 3 flags on it.



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Finding a Groove in Troubling Times — elisa ruland

There was much more to May than spring flowers this year. My husband and I have two sister-nieces who celebrated landmark school graduations, and our daughter graduated from college and happily joined the work force. Our local high school girl’s lacrosse team won its 11th state championship, and our friends from Maryland have a son […]

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Day 56 — A Day to Adventure

The group we camped with made plans to hike into Damascus and straight to a place called Mojo’s for breakfast. The extra motivation pushed me through those 2.5 miles real quick. By 8:45 we placed orders for plates of pancakes and eggs. The food came out with unexpected sides of mixed veggies and we ordered […]

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Ponce City Market, Atlanta, Georgia

I have been to visit the Atlanta area a number of times, the first time about 45 years ago.  When I  visited then, I came with a friend and neither one of us knew anyone here so we went to typical tourist places. Dinner at a recommended restaurant and shopping downtown. Now I have family and friends living in the area which allows me to come here more often.  So I have their input about unique or the current fun place to see. This was my first visit back in about a year and we had free time to explore so I set out for a new adventure.

This visit, I discovered a great new place.  The is a shopping area, not a shopping mall,  called Ponce City Market.  It is located in a converted  Sears, Roebuck building. The building originally opened in 1926 and re-opened in its new form in 2014. The day we visited it was jam-packed with people everywhere.

There are great shops and restaurants, tons of parking, a wonderful industrial vibe throughout and entertainment at various times. Throughout a nod to the original use of the building by Sears.


The general experience in this place is much like Underground Atlanta was many years ago.  The day was wonderful in every aspect and I look forward to making this a regular stop on my visits here in the future. Once again a chance for good food and great shopping in a new atmosphere.

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Why Chefs Wear White (and Sometimes Color Too)

We Are Chefs

1 Historic ChefBy Ana Kinkaid

Today’s diners accept a chef’s gleaming white jacket as the standard attire of a culinary professional, prompted in part by the early television appearances of Paul Prudhomme and Wolfgang Puck. Yet the real story of why chefs wear white began much earlier than today’s endless cooking shows.

Prior to the French Revolution in 1789, cooking was a largely undefined profession in which kitchen staff wore street clothes, or in the better households, an assortment of grey clothing often covered with stains.

Marie-Antonin Careme Marie-Antonin Carême

That is until Marie-Antonin Carême entered culinary history. At this time, Paris was famed for its elaborate pastries and the most innovative creator of these popular towering sugar edifices, known as pièce montées, was Carême.

Such creations were expensive and available only in wealthy households or in the windows of exclusive pastry shops. When the blood bath released by the French Revolution broke…

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I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

Thanks for the complete truth.

The Pilot Wife Life

If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.

Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.

If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.

Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m

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