Soup-er Winter Meals

Have I written enough on this blog about our love for taco soup? It is truly our absolute favorite cold weather meal. Last week we had an arctic blast bring some extremely cold weather to central MS, quite unusual for us. What did I do? Make a double recipe of taco soup!

I thought as I began to plan today’s tablescape that I would do a soup-inspired table since we have eaten so much of it lately. However, in case you think that all we eat in cold weather is taco soup, I have also prepared some other great cold-weather meals lately, including crock-pot jambalaya and slow cooker red beans and rice.


In case you are wondering, yes, I have loved my new crock pot and am using it more than once a week right now. I also have a chili bean recipe with pintos that I have not made recently, but I will let you know how it turns out when I prepare it.

Due to the history of diabetes, I sometimes omit the rice from jambalaya and red beans. We also like Mexican cornbread instead of rice to save a few carbs. As a matter of fact, I made it earlier this week with red beans instead of the rice, and it was great! I can’t give you my Mexican cornbread recipe because it is a secret one that I obtained from my private chef. However, I can give you the name of my private chef and tell you that many good Southern cooks have employed her with outstanding results every time…Martha White.


So in honor of winter soups and crock pot meals, here is my tablescape. I started with the green placemats and off white dinner plates. I bought these plates at my flea market for $1 each a while back; they are Mikasa and I love the swirled edge.


The Friendly village dinner plate is next on the stack. I like the way the cream-colored rim of the bottom plate frames the dinner plate.


Of course, the soup bowl is next…or meal is all about soup, remember? This bowl is also great for hearty winter meals from the slow cooker, such as jambalaya.


All we need to eat with is a soup spoon, and the Present Time one is perfect! The napkins are an early purchase from The Napkin Lady with a simple brass napkin ring.


What would a table be without something from the Dollar Tree, such as these wonderful glasses? Love them!

As I thought about a centerpiece, I also realized that (almost) the only soup that I ever mention is taco soup. There are other soups that we like, namely chicken noodle and tomato.


Hey, I think I found the centerpiece! In honor of the wonderful soups that we enjoy…NOT in tribute to Andy Warhol…here are our soups!

A long time ago in one of my saving money posts, I wrote about name brands vs. off brands. As a young bride, I thought that buying off brands was always the thing to do and never understood why my mother didn’t buy off brand items. After a season of putting up with off brand soup, my husband finally educated me that it is worth a few extra cents to buy Campbell’s rather than another brand. I finally saw what he meant when I counted something like 3 miniscule pieces of chicken in the off brand soup! I learned my lesson and it’s been Campbell’s ever since!


However, I only recently learned the same lesson about crackers. When we had Campbell’s soup a couple of weeks ago, none of the saltines tasted right. I tossed them and purchased the name brand the next day.


Yep, it makes a difference! I will definitely be sticking with Keebler or Premium saltines from now on. OK, so I am a slow learner on some things….


I added a pillar candle to bring out the red on the cans, box, and the Friendly Village dishes.


I love my tribute to soup suppers table because that is what we have so much during this time of the year.


As a postscript, you remember that Santa brought me a new crockpot and that I put my 2 old ones in the booth at the flea market.


One of them sold the first weekend that I put it out, well, actually, the first day.


The other one sold the second weekend that I had it out. My hunch that this time of the year is perfect for selling a crock pot was correct, and I am so glad to be rid of the old ones.

Hope everyone stays warm and enjoys your soup and slow cooker suppers!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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4 Responses to Soup-er Winter Meals

  1. Sherry says:

    I need to make taco soup the guys would love it! Thanks for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

  2. Ha! Ode to Andy Warhol!

  3. lulu says:

    With the dreary weather this month, I’ve eaten soup almost every day. I don’t get tired of it though as there’s a comfort about it.

  4. Jeanne says:

    I use my crockpot almost as much during the summer months. I have a bakers rack sitting out on my patio near my kitchen door. During summer months I fill the crockpot and set it out there to cook. That way I’m not heating up my kitchen and I can enjoy playing out in the backyard and not worrying about dinner. Whether the crockpot holds the main dish or simply a side dish to what’s on the grill using it outdoors makes a huge difference in keeping my kitchen cool during the summer months

    I also discovered that there are things worth buying the name brand.

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