Sunday, November 18, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving To All

This year I found some adorable "I am thankful for" tableware accents that feature artwork from one of my favorite artists Molly Hatch.  I am going to ask each guest to write down what they are thankful for. Then Joe will read each card out loud and we'll have everyone guess who wrote each one. I am pretty sure they will be able to guess mine. 

I've been craving soup for lunch ever since the weather got cold. I work next door to a cafe, and order breakfast once a week, and occasionally a special for lunch. But their soups are sooooo salty, and that's what I crave most for my lunches. Ree Drummond to the rescue. I used Pioneer Woman's "best tomato soup ever recipe" which took only 25 minutes. I have made the slightly labor-intensive Ina Garten recipe several times, and this is just as tasty. 

Pioneer Woman's best tomato soup ever

1 medium white or yellow onion
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
One 46-ounce bottle or can tomato juice
3 to 6 tablespoons sugar
1 or 2 tablespoons chicken base
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sherry, optional
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


To begin, dice the onion. Melt the
butter in a large pot or Dutch oven.
Throw in the onion and cook until
Now dump in the diced tomatoes and
stir to combine. Add the tomato juice.

Next - and this is important - in order to combat the acidity of the tomatoes add
3 to 6 tablespoons of sugar. Now, you'll want to start on the low side, then
taste and add more as needed. Some tomatoes and juice have more of an acidic bite
than others.

Next, add 1 or 2 tablespoons chicken base to the pot. I added 3, and it wound
up being a little too much.
Now you can add lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine, then
heat almost to a boil. Then turn off the heat.
Add in the sherry if desired. Stir in the cream. Add the basil and parsley and

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, and count those blessings! 
I am thankful for my you! 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. The soup sounds great! Had to chuckle at your being thankful for Joe's canolli:@) Happy Thanksgiving Week Debbie-enjoy!

  2. You have such a bounty, Debbie, especially this year! Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. So cute the signs!!Happy Happy TG to you and everyone you love::)

  4. I love your "thankful" list, Debbie, and the idea of having each guest write down their list. Your soup looks and sounds so tasty. I'll have to make it soon, because we are into cozy comfort weather here. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe!

  5. Debbie, your list is filled with love and gratitude. I love the look of your place setting. You know I'm a Molly Hatch fan, but have not seen these cards. I will need to track them down. They are so pretty.
    Have a wonderful feast with your family. I know they will each be thankful for your hospitality. Hugs to you and Joe! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I love your plans for Thanksgiving and sharing your Blessings. Deb, you would guess right if your read my list :) I love soup anytime but best with cold dreary weather. Your tomato soup sounds delicious, wish I had a cup for lunch today. Happy Thanksgiving, say hello to Joe from us.......

  7. Great idea - we have done this in the past and it is always fun to hear everyone's gratitude list. Good health is often near the top of the list!! I had a craving for tomato soup the other day and picked up some from Trader Joe's - YUM! Perfect with TJ's tomato soup crackers that I love, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. What cute signs and such a great idea. We had the whole family and I'm always looking for cute ideas to make it more fun for our grandsons :) I love the sound of this soup, Debbie, and less labor intensive is always a good thing!

  9. Such a cute idea, your Thanksgiving place cards. Your list is a lovely and yes, anyone can guess who wrote it. Tomato soup is perfect this time of year. It’s been raining here. Happy holidays to you and Joe. XO


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