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Monday, December 10, 2018

Another soup recipe!

Here's another recipe from the kitchen here at Chez Magpie.  Enjoy!

1 pkg. dry beans (navy beans or mixture) – cover in cold water and let stand overnight.  Drain.
2 lbs. cooked pork or ham pieces

3 large onions, diced

2 stalks celery, chopped

6 T. chicken bouillon

2 bay leaves
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. pepper
3 T. Worcestershire
2 T. parsley
28 oz. can tomatoes
large can of tomato paste
1 ½ tsp. EACH of basil & oregano
½ tsp. dry mustard
Water to fill the pot(s). This recipe makes at least
one large pot and quite likely two (lots for the


                Simmer together three hours (more is better!).  

- Have a look at the sweet ornament tutorial found HERE

- THESE made me smile!  Perhaps they might be fun to wear during the festive season?

- And THIS little guy made me smile too.  Poor fellow, having to make his own scarf to keep him warm!

- There's a great tutorial HERE for a crochet cast on for knitting.  

- THIS is a pretty way to package either a bar of soap or a nice washcloth.....or......?????

- For those of you who do the Elf-On-A-Shelf thing, perhaps there might be a few ideas HERE that might trigger your imagination.  And there are more HERE.  

- THESE would make wonderful gifts! (and great for stash busting too).


PLEASE NOTE:  I'm giving you a head's up now so that you can be ready for a slight change that will be happening here at Chez Magpie at the beginning of January.  More and more of your comments are not arriving in my email inbox for me to respond to, so many others seem to be doing.....I will be changing my method of responding.  Effective Jan. 1 I will change ALL my responses to your comments to  the blog itself, which will mean you will have to remember to check the previous post to see my responses.  If there is anything more in-depth, I will continue to email you as previously.  Hope this doesn't upset anyone too much!!


The quote for today was found in the latest newsletter from 'Inspirations' and is by Louie Giglio...."Whenever you say yes to anything, there is less of you for something else.  Make sure your yes is worth the less"


  1. For a while I've found that as soon as I respond to comments on the blog, the comments arrive in my email! Three times! Something backward at blogger.

  2. Using a bag of 15 Beans Soup, I made some Ham & Beans last week. The recipe on the bag called for tomatoes like the recipe above, but I just couldn't add them. I love Ham and Beans and I wasn't sure I'd love this. Would like to know how it compares if you could tell. Looking forward to more soup recipes, Mary Anne! And, I'm all for you commenting on the blog. Both for the ease it surely will be for you, but I love reading your responses to questions people may ask. :)

    1. I must admit to not being a lover of beans (particularly green & yellow beans), but I love this soup. The tomatoes add to it - at least IMHO. This recipe is one I created when I was doing the cooking and it evolved into this and now it's one of the very few recipes the current Resident Chef hasn't tinkered with. That says a lot!!

    2. It sounds like I may need to try it, then!

  3. Perfect timing! There's leftover ham and celery to use up. Today is soup day here. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. The soup looks interesting. I'm now playing catch-up with my blog reading. Life takes over. Thanks for the links.

  5. Weird when things happen with emails/replies etc I have just got this post and looked back at others to find I hadn't got the last two posts you did in my in box. Hmmm........ You and the resident chef look great - sorry that jigsaw didn't work.

  6. I miss blogging because of the comment issues I never got resolved. Maybe I should try this new way as you are going to do. Love the recipe and links. Thank You and December Bliss...

    1. It seems like a lot of people are having issues Sherry and more and more are turning to responding to comments directly on the blog.

  7. Bean soup! Now you're talking. Just plain Jane here though with either bacon grease or piece of country ham and some salt and pepper. I should try your recipe though. The pink ornament is a different turn. I've never figured out how to get email addresses from folks if they don't have one posted on google?


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