This morning, on the very first day of Spring Break, I peered through my kitchen window in search of sunshine, only to find delicate frosty little flurries pirouetting from above… Yes, I said FLURRIES, and yes, I said SPRING BREAK!

Oh well, when life gives you lemons… make soup! It really is chilly out there, and with my eternal optimistic thoughts of BBQ’s and salads in the near future, I decided to embrace the last chills of winter in the form of soup. I’ve never made French Onion Soup before, and I found a delicious recipe for the slow cooker. The savory aroma is permeating my entire house right now, and I’m dying to see how it turns out.

If you’re up for it, here’s the link: http://heatovento350.blogspot.com/2011/03/french-onion-soup.html

And here’s how I’m hoping it will turn out:

Just in case this is a disaster, and because I am in the soup frame of mind, I’ll even throw in an extra recipe! Now this one I can vouch for- I’ve modified it from an original I found on http://www.allrecipes.com (awesome resource by the way). It’s quick, incredibly easy, and I call it:

“WINTER IN A BOWL”

1 15oz can of pure pumpkin

1 10oz can cream of potato soup

1¼ cups water

1 cup whipping cream

tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

2 tsp curry powder (less if you’re not a spicy fan)

½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

*Heat pumpkin, potato soup, water and cream in a saucepan over medium heat.Add seasonings and heat through. Simmer 15 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.

If you are reading this while sitting in the sun, I apologize. For those of us with a tad more winter to endure, and maybe a touch of the winter blues, there’s nothing like a little comfort food to keep us going. Not that I condone seeking solace in food! (Except maybe chocolate. I think there’s a special rule about that one!)

There is a far greater source of all comfort: 2 Corinthians 1 verses 3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Bask in these verses, enjoy your soup, and be on the lookout for anyone else seeking comfort. Spring really is just around the corner. And for those of us who can’t wait, we’re cheekily hopping on a plane in 2 days time to see what the soup is like in Jamaica…

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