Snow Soup

The Christmas snow made for pretty pictures…


and lots of fun for miss Olive.


She loved the snow this year and was running all around the back yard. Typically she zooms around once she’s in the house to get the cold, wetness off of her but this time she was having the zoomies outside.

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Every time I see this picture all I can think of is Jingle Bells and “dashing through the snow…”

Today is my Dad’s birthday and he was feeling much better so he decided to come down for a visit.


He turned 57 today but doesn’t look a day over 40!

I wanted an easy birthday lunch that would keep us warm so I put together a pot of 13 Bean Soup last night. When we woke up this morning to a wonderful soup smell filling the house. I couldn’t resist and ended up having a taste of it before breakfast. πŸ™‚

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Here’s what I used:

EBF 13 Bean Soup

  • 2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup mix (that had already been soaked overnight)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • sea salt and pepper

Put all of the ingredients into the crock pot and let it cook on low overnight. You could easily put it on low and cook for 4-5 hours or until the beans are soft I just decided to do it overnight.

The soup was really tasty and perfect for cold, winter day. My dad doesn’t like spicy foods so I left the spice out, but I think it could use a little spice – maybe some crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper. I’ll probably add some to the left overs. πŸ™‚

We all enjoyed the soup and then for dessert Isaac brought out Zabar’s Babka, which he got from his mom for Hanukkah.


Babka is associated with the Eastern European Jewish tradition and is made from a doubled and twisted length of yeast dough and is typically baked in a high loaf pan. The dough contains cinnamon or chocolate- this version was chocolate and it was topped with streusel.

Holy yum – it’s amazing and highly addictive. I really hope Isaac finishes off the loaf soon because otherwise I’ll be snacking on it every chance I get. And, that wouldn’t be good because like a lot of other people I know, I’m trying hard to cut back on sugar after the holiday season. I hate to admit it but all my jeans are tight. Definitely time for me to hop back on the healthy wagon. πŸ™‚

Have a lovely evening friends…

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  1. Awwh Olive! What a brave little bun! Such a cutie. Your dad really does look young. Happy birthday pa! I hope you and Issac have a beautiful 2011 Brittany!

  2. I just got a new 1400 recipe cookbook for crockpot recipes and made a delish Chili over the holidays. I am hoping to use my crockpot even more so thanks for the new recipe! Happy holidays!

  3. We got Zabar’s Babka too! And Rugelach. Ours is safely in the freezer wrapped so we don’t nibble. Last year we saved it for a neighborly brunch and shared it. It is so delicious and sinful.

  4. I love your soup bowl, it’s so pretty! I’ll have to look for that soup mix. And I’m with you – my jeans are tight too πŸ™ After our weekend trip for New Year’s, it’s ON!

  5. Glad your Dad is feeling better and was able to make it for a visit.
    A belated Christmas/birthday lunch.
    That dessert does look quite stunning.

  6. Happy Birthday to your sweet dad. I loved that picture of you two! I am jealous of all that snow. I thought I might get some in Colorado, but we’ve stayed fairly dry. Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope you have a lovely week. I wish you and your family the happiest New Year!

  7. That dessert looks amazing – but like you I need to get back on the healthy bandwagon and feel a little better! I feel silly for saying that because I’m not one for “diets” and yo yo-ing, but sometimes we all need a little re-charge!

  8. Awww, happy birthday to your dad! I made dinner for my dad on his bday this year and I think he appreciated it more than anything! πŸ™‚ The bread looks amazing. I know I’ve seen it before but I never knew what it was called.

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