We're snowed in today, so no hikes out in the wilderness today to look for bald eagles.
What to do on a "trapped in the house" snow day? Make lots of soups for the freezer. We're hosting kids/grandkids over Christmas and I like to have the freezer full before they get here. Who wants to spend the entire visit in the kitchen?
There's a nearby hill for great sledding, and hot soup for lunch or dinner sounds perfect after that. Here's a pic from a couple of years back. It's a popular park for sledding, and also has cross country skis and snowshoes for rent.
Do I like spending time in the kitchen on these family visits? NO! I like holding the baby, playing with the boys, talking to the daughters, playing games with the entire family. I hate to admit it, but McDonald's happy meals is the fall-back plan if I don't have stuff in the freezer ready to heat up.
Just saw a SP lady post her veggie soup using V8 juice as a base. Mmm...sounds great. She adds cannellini beans and a small amount of lean ham for flavor. Gotta try that one.
On the stove right now is a packaged 15 bean cajun soup mix. It comes with 15 beans in a bag, plus a cajun seasoning packet. You cook the beans, then add onion, celery, garlic, a can of tomatoes, and 1 lb. of diced turkey kielbasa. It freezes well, smells great, is healthy, and not expensive.
Chili is always popular. Making that tonight for supper, and freezing the rest for our company later.
My DH likes a chicken and corn tortilla soup that I make. It's a healthy soup, but I go very light on the add-ons (crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese.)
I've just found my favorite curry powder ever at Penzey's. So I'm looking for a healthy soup that calls for curry powder.
That's it. When the snow storm is finished, I hope to have my freezer stocked, ready for company. My DH and one of my son-in laws are both great cooks and can take care of several evening meals between them. My daughters and the boys usually take care of all the dishes. Okay, time to go stir the soups on the stove.