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!