Oct 11, 2016

{What happens when you clean out the frig and pantry?}



YOU MAKE SOUP!
Have you ever had just a little of this and a little of that when cleaning out your frig and pantry and you just can't stand the thoughts of throwing it away? I was raised by a grandmother that always "thanked" the Lord for the food we had because she would say, "There are people all over the world that would love to have just a little bit of what we are eating".  Then she would throw in..."It's a sin to waste food". Boy, that has stuck with me through the years.  If my granny had of had the means I can assure you she would have taken in every child that she thought might would be hungry and she would have cared for them. The biggest thing on my granny was her heart!




So I had a handful of mushrooms left over that I had sliced up after fixing several batches of stuffed mushrooms and enough spinach for maybe one small salad so decided to saute the mushrooms in butter and then added the spinach. I sat it aside. 




I had two small chicken breasts left over that my intentions was actually to make chicken salad but decided I wanted some chicken soup. Diced the chicken up and remembered that I had about two carrots left. So chopped them up and added it to my chicken with some chicken broth and seasoning and cooked til chicken was done and carrots tender.



I had two different shaped noodles and only a small amount of both so cooked them together until almost tender and added the noodles, mushrooms and spinach to my carrot and chicken stock. 


I happened to look at the milk I had left in frig which was about a cup and tossed it in for just a little extra sweet and creamy flavor. I let it simmer for a little while and by lunch time I was ready for a bowl of hearty "throw together what you have" chicken soup. 


I sprinkled a tad of Romano cheese on top and enjoyed my throw together soup! 
Granny would have been proud! No waste and good to the last bite. 
And....a cleaned out frig for sure. NOTHING left to eat so off to the grocery store I go!

What is something that you can remember your grandparents saying that has stood out in your mind over the years? Oh I have a list of things for sure tucked back in that old memory bank of mine. I actually need to sit down and write down some of the things that my grandparents have said. BUT....then I find myself saying the same things at time.

I hope that you have fond memories of your grandparents as I do. 

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy

































48 comments:

  1. Cindy, this looks delicious! We sometimes throw together leftovers like you did or we have a do your own thing night and everybody grabs what's left that they want. It makes me feel strangely great to know that we aren't wasting groceries when we do that plus I'm proud that we skipped eating out once. ;)

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    1. Stacey, we don't eat out often but then sometimes it might be cheaper if we did. (LOL!) I tend to cook everything in the house as my man would say when I am home all day and that always makes leftovers and lots of them. I will never be able to just cook for two I do not thing. The soup was very good and it does make you feel good knowing you are being wasteful. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I would have been eating your spinach and mushrooms right out of the pan. The soup sounds delicious too!

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    1. LOL Heather. I must admit...I did sneek a few mushrooms out of that pan to eat! I could have eaten the whole pan of mushrooms and spinach too.

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  3. Temps was a little cooler this morning so that soup would be yummy for tonight. Cindy, my grandmother passed away when I was 20 years old but I can remember as a young girl some of the things that she would say. One being, "a nice fire will keep you warm but the warmth of your heart will always glow the brightest".
    Connie Royals

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    1. Temps cooler here today too and I am SO GLAD!!! Connie, I love that little phrase of your grandmother's. I may just have to write that one down and use it myself.

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  4. oh how yummy all that looks..smiles..

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  5. You know how I always tell you that you are creative? You are clever too! Love this post with all the leftovers. Bet it tasted great. As a kid, we took leftovers from a casserole, leftover meatloaf, veggies and anything we could find that added moisture, topped it with cheese, heated it and called it leftover casserole. Everybody was fighting for it! And my clever mamma served it in classy tableware too! No one knew. Blessings to you Cindy.

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    1. I was raised on leftovers Mary! And my man loves leftovers. Good thing cause we usually have plenty!

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  6. Now I'm hungry...gotta go find me something to eat!! My mother was the same way...left overs 'til they were gone!

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    1. Amazing what you can do with leftovers isn't Miss Mary?

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  7. ah, yes...I was taught to never throw away food by my mother. I freeze even the smallest amt of left overs and when I get enuf to make a casserole or soup, out it all comes, a pan of cornbread and we have a great meal. My mama used to call the soup, Ice Box Soup, as it was all made from leftovers....xoxo

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    1. I totally understand. Granny would take all veggies that might be left over even in the smallest amounts and pop them in the freezer. Then as you said, it all came out and went into a pot of soup. She would take left over mashed potatoes and make tater tots. Though she called them potato patties. Thanks for stopping by BJ.

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  8. Sweet Cindy, what a joy to visit you this evening. I hope you had a lovely Tuesday.

    Your soup looks amazing! I have found that sometimes leftovers make the best soup {{smiles}}

    I enjoyed scrolling through your previous posts {there were a few I missed} and I LOVED seeing the photos of you on your wedding day. You are such a beautiful lady. Hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. You are always so sweet. I love soup and love it all year round. That is one of those food items I never tire of.

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  9. That soup looks so yummy! One of myour grandmothers....Mammie....said, "And that's that about that." I find myself saying it, too! 😄 So glad life's back to normal after Matthew ripped through. God is good!

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    1. Love the little saying Deb. Yes, I am praising the Lord that once again the He had mercy and grace upon us with this storm. Have been praying for others that has been affected.

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  10. Delicious looking soup Cindy! We are the same around here with leftovers. Usually one night a week we do a fridge clean out and it's every man for himself. Plus it's nice to get a break from the kitchen :)

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    1. Thanks Karen for stopping by. I've been missing you blogging.

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  11. Cindy, your soup looks so delicious. Your granny sounds like mine! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  12. Yummy soups! Good for you not wasting food. I let things go too long in the fridge sometimes and end up playing that game - "Name that food" and then throwing it out.

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  13. Aaaaah, your soup looks delicious; a cross between chicken noodle and Italian wedding soup!

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    1. You are right Denise...it does like chicken noodle and Italian and it was very tasty.

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  14. Mmmm your soup from leftovers looks soooo tasty, Cindy! I'm also loving that darling bowl that you've served your yummy soup in. I'll be right over to get a bowl, and I'll bring some of my mini apple pies!!

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    1. Oh wouldn't it be wonderful if we could share some soup and pie together? Got a feeling we would do more talking than eating. LOL!

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  15. Hello Cindy, love your concept. Clean out the fridge and make soup. Looks like a lovely soup too. I always say, we are having must go's. This must go and that must go....LOL

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  16. Cindy, your food looks pretty and scrumptious! It is not good to waste food, I totally agree with you. Hope you are having a great week. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda. So glad you came by to visit.

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  17. Oh my friend, we are such kindred spirits! My grannies had all passed by the time I was born, but my mom said the same thing. Just yesterday I pulled out left overs and made a shepherds pie. I intentionally boiled extra potatoes for Sundays dinner so I would have left over mashed potatoes. I threw in some mushrooms that I had in the veggie bin and even a little bit of stove top from a previous meal. Your soup looks so yummy and very pretty too!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann for stopping by to visit. Speaking of shepherd's pie, I haven't made one of those in a while! Might be on my list. LOL!

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  18. Hi Cindy, My grandmother and mother said the same thing. I can still hear them saying this. Your soup looks so delicious and I agree, if all this was thrown out, you would miss this delicious meal. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring sweet friend. Have a great rest of the week and weekend ahead. xo

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    1. Celesinta, We don't toss much at my house. I think my granny would haunt me if I did! LOL!

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  19. Your soup looks great and it does feel good to use those leftovers in a productive way. Thanks for the reminder to do that. So often I am grabbing so quickly I don't survey what I have and think about using those little bits.We are blessed to have good food and it is good not to waste it.
    I've been on a trip and am catching up from being away. Hope to share it on my blog soon.
    I loved your anniversary post I just read. I love an evening at home also and cooking our favorites right at home. Your table was creative and supportive of your team. Love your wit and positive attitude. Loved hearing about your Granny.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. So glad you are back and can't wait to hear about your trip.

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  20. Your soups look so good! This is the perfect season for a filling the house with the scents of homemade hot soup. Yum! XO - Wendi@H2OBungalow

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  21. You know, I cook like this quite often! Seems like with just the two of us, I have such an odd selection of odds and ends in the food department.
    Your soups look perfect and this is the best time of the year to be enjoying them! Yummy!
    Blessings for a lovely week ahead my pretty friend!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks sweet friend. I hope you have a great week too. I am ready for more of that soup too. But right now we are having leftover chili! YUM!

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  22. That looks good! I am afraid that I am not too good at creating delights with fridge leftovers. Oh let's see...my grandmother always said, "If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well." Don't always live up to that one either...as evidenced by my streaky windows. LOL!

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    1. I am with ya Vee on that saying. I try to do it well but sometimes it doesn't always pan out!

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  23. This looked delicious, Cindy! Your granny would have been proud of you. I love 'throw together soup' too. I always have some cooked chicken in the freezer but never have extra mushrooms. I bet they were really good. Your pictures are making my mouth water! (ps: The wedding was gorgeous! I'm a bit behind right now but will try to put together a post later in the week. Thank you for praying for me!!)

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    1. We normally don't have extra mushrooms either (LOL) but I did this time and was so glad. Yes, my granny would be proud. I can't wait to see pictures of wedding and hear all about it. I know it was simply beautiful.

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  24. Cindy, your soup looks like you planned it out. It also looks absolutely delicious!

    xo Dianne

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy