Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kitchen Vignettes & A Big Pot Of Soup

I am still trying to lose a few pounds and get back in shape, so yesterday morning first thing I went to the gym. 

 I joined Curves and I like their workout, 

plus since there are a lot of women my own age, I don't feel intimidated.

When I got home I felt extra energized.

 I decided it was time to clean the kitchen counters really good, 

which usually means creating some  new vignettes.

Playing house is so fun.

Since the kitchen joins the familyroom, my favorite horse seemed like the perfect thing for the island.

 I love all the different colors and textures on him,

                                            he's just full of character.

I moved a few things around in the corner too.
Love my antique malt mixer.  This is from the drug store soda fountain that my parents owned when I was about 10.  Tons of memories for me and for my children.

Faux sweets are super fun too and they don't add any calories. haha

Now that everything is clean, time to cook up something good.

                                      Fabulous 10 Bean & Ham Soup.

                                                 Ten Bean & Ham Soup

3 cups dry 10 bean soup mix - ( I get mine from Sprouts in their bulk dept.)
2 carrots diced
1 1/2 onions diced
3  stalks celery diced
1 tbl. minced garlic
1tbl. ground pepper
1 ham hock
salt to taste

Cover with about 1 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer 3 to 5 hours until beans are tender.  (Check often to make sure you still have plenty of water.  As the beans cook and absorb the water, you will need to add more. Should be soupy, not dry)  When beans are done, remove ham from the hock, dice and mix in soup.

Serve with hot bread for a fabulous 1 dish meal.

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  1. Morning, Marty! Oh, I love your kitchen vignette with your horse. When I see that horse it reminds me of the big horse that was in the Brady Bunch's house! :) I know it's not the same kind but in the Brady Bunch movie the horse was worth lots of money and someone tried to steal it! You probably didn't want to hear all this! :) Anyway, it's lovely and your soup looks wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. The beans soup looks delicious, it's that time of year. You made tonight's supper plan for me. thanks.

  3. I love how you have the horse theme continuing on in your kitchen. I've got to to try your soup recipe! I was just commenting to my husband that this is soup weather time now in Michigan.

  4. I love your vignettes, you always do such a nice grouping. I also like the faux sweets, where did you get them?

  5. Marty your malt mixer vignette is darling! Good for you for being so proactive about your health.

  6. Marty I love that vignette you created with the horse and that soup sounds yum!!

  7. Marty,
    The vignette is so sweet in your kitchen and that soup looks really yummy and healthy.
    Happy Saturday.

  8. Sounds good! I have a pot of white bean chicken chili on cooking!

  9. The soup sounds delicious. Love the horse in your vignette! What a treasure the malt mixer is. You're so lucky to still have it.

  10. If I were closer, I'd come sit in your kitchen and look at your pretties, while waiting for the bean soup to be ready to eat.

  11. If I were closer, I'd come sit in your kitchen and look at your pretties, while waiting for the bean soup to be ready to eat.

  12. I agree with Brenda! I would love to come visit and have some SOUP! Yummy!!! LOVE that horse! Where did you get him?

    1. I found him at Home Goods. They always have something wonderful.

  13. Your vignettes always inspire me...these are fantastic. So is the soup...I've made some of these and they leave you wide open to add what you'd like. Yum!

    Jane x

  14. I'm right there with Brenda and Pinky. I am going to try this soup. It is getting cool here in Ky so that means veggie soup, chili, etc time. I am like you...when I clean I remix or remake my vignettes whether it is in the kitchen or a table top. I call it "playing house" too. Like minds. ha!

  15. Marty,
    You're just a few steps ahead of me, dear friend!!!
    After Tai Chi Class today, "Mr. Ed" and I went to our grocer's
    and purchased the items to make a pot of Ham and Beans, too!!!
    Cleaning the Kitchen and spicing it up for Autumn
    is on my "To Do" List for first thing tomorrow morning!!!
    Your horse looks fabulous on your Kitchen island!!!
    Thank you for always inspiring!!!