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Friday, December 07, 2018

And now, for a change of pace....

T'is the season for soup, so I thought over the next couple of posts I might share a few of the recipes that we enjoy here at Chez Magpie.  So....from our kitchen, to yours.....


3 lb. beef stew meat, cut into ½” cubes

1 large can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 large can pasta sauce
2 medium onions, chopped
2 T. parsley
2 ½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. thyme
4 beef bouillon cubes
½ tsp. pepper
10 c. water
1 medium zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
2 c. chopped cabbage
1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 c. uncooked macaroni

 In slow cooker (or on stove top), combine beef, tomatoes, pasta sauce, onions, parsley, salt, thyme, bouillon, pepper and water.  Cover and cook on low 7 – 9 hours or until meat is tender.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cover and cook on high 30 -45 mins. 

- The very talented embroiderer extraordinaire Karen Ruane has announced her latest online class "Ledgers, A Record of Stitch' and you can find more information on that HERE. I can tell you from personal experience that Karen's ledger class is very worthwhile!

- There's a fun tutorial HERE for woven Christmas ornaments.  I wonder if you could put a small photo in the middle of these?

- THIS is a really sweet cross stitch snowman pattern (opens as a PDF).

- HERE is a fun way to make a cute package for an awkward-sized gift.

- I am showing THIS because I think it's a fabulous idea - and something that kids could easily create.  I don't normally give you links unless I can find the originator - so if you happen to know who made these, please let me know and I will happily give proper credit.

- There are some really attractive Christmas decorating ideas HERE.  I especially like the idea for the bathroom shower curtain - it's always hard to know how to add decorative touches to your bathroom and this might be just what you need!

Today's quote is from Catherine M. Wallace..."Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.  If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them ALL of it has always been big stuff"


  1. Thank you for the recipe!
    It is always good to have soup recipes. Soup is my main meal in the winter time.

    1. Ours too! We have several different kinds in the freezer at all times.

  2. I like that idea of fail better. I think that would describe my quilting piecing efforts these days. I keep trying and think I am slowing improving. Meanwhile, it is definitely soup season in my little corner of Ontario. Love all you links and thanks so much for sourcing this for us.

    1. Failing better is what I seem to do! And you're welcome for the links - I have fun searching them out.

  3. Oooh! Soup recipes sounds like a great idea. I've been wanting to make more soup! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Soup sounds delicious. Thanks for the links - I might have to give those ornaments a try.

  5. I thought of soup. I made chili instead.

    1. Chili is just as good!! That was on our menu last week.

  6. Hmmm....soups looks yummy! Love todays quote.

  7. Thank you for sharing your delicious soup recipe. I actually made Split Pea Ham soup yesterday. Chilly weather deserves warm soup. Fun links with fun ideas. I especially like today’s quote. December Bliss and Blessings Dear...xo

    1. Chilly weather and warm soup go together as far as I'm concerned. Comfort food at its best.

  8. Thanks for the soup recipe. Neat links too.

  9. You are definitely making me hungry for soup. I love, love the Christmas tree card. That IS a great idea for kids.


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