Looking at the Souper Bowl

This last Sunday was the Super Bowl featuring the Rams vs. Patriots. In years past Sparky’s family has gathered to have a Chili Cook-off. This year we decided to forego the chili in favor of a larger variety of soups (see title). I opted to wow with Minnesota Wild Rice Soup, Son#2 made Spicy Lentil Soup, and Sparky Unabashedly Spicy Chili. Others contributed Split Pea Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup (probably not trying to win), Black Bean Soup, and Chicken Corn Chowder. The only soup that was not permitted was New England Clam Chowder – there are no Patriot fans in the family.
Among the soups the Minnesota Wild Rice Soup is the only one that is guaranteed not to be spicy. This of course is because it is in keeping with the tenets of 1. Spice is bad. 2. Spice leads to rebellion. and 3. Spice will ruin your digestion. The original recipe called for several ingredients that are impossible to locate and would turn off most to considering trying it. For that reason I opted to forego the 2 T. Spider legs and 1 t. fly wings.
The recipe is as follows:
1 lb. Wild rice mix – cooked
1 lb bacon – fried crispy and crumbled
1/2 sweet onion – saute until soft and translucent
4 c. milk
2 c. water
2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
2 cans Cream of Potato soup
1 lb Velveeta cheese (OK I know it isn’t technically really cheese but bear with me)
1/2 to 1 t. ground black pepper
In a large pot add rice, bacon, onion, and soups. Stir to mix. Add milk and water stirring. Bring the pot to a boil stirring to avoid sticking. Slice Velveeta thinly and add to hot soup stirring to melt and mix cheese into the soup. Add pepper to taste.
Sure it doesn’t have the heat of habanero peppers, it won’t cause you to breathe fire, but it is a hearty soup that has the comforting flavor of bacon and cheese. This is one that even the youngest Super Bowl fan can eat without problems. I’m counting on the votes from the picky eaters, the folks with delicate digestive systems, and the older crowd who can’t take the heat of the spicy stuff… I think I have a really good chance at winning!

Looking at Troubles Three Times Three

As we exit January I’m feeling grateful that I have survived. They say that bad things happen in threes. I’m not completely convinced but it seems to be holding true.
1. The boys’ house was rammed by a car. Seems the driver had a heart attack (at the age of 30). He will live. We are still waiting on the prognosis for the house. A structural engineer looked at it for the insurance company and we are still waiting on the report. Do they total houses?
2. Son#2’s car battery died stranding him on campus. His brother however was available to give him a jump and follow him to the auto parts store for the purchase and installation of a new battery.
3. My birthday was a bust due to the polar vortex. I didn’t get to visit with saintvi, I didn’t get my Chick-fil-a birthday freebie, I didn’t get my Panera free bagel – because everything was closed including all the restaurants. So I had a frozen pizza at home. It was a deluxe self rising crust with 4 meats. I had to pick off the pepperoni but it was still good.

So I thought I had reached the requisite set of three and there wouldn’t be any additional trauma. I was mistaken.
1. Our little space heater croaked. It had been a real workhorse for many years (10?). It was one of the first ceramic heaters and really did a fine job – until it didn’t. Then it’s twin started sputtering. We are down to a single space heater. We have been moving it around. As soon as a new shipment arrives at Lowe’s I’m snatching a couple to hold in reserve!
2. When it shorted out it caused my computer to have a seizure. I lost some files and had to reinstall a driver. I think it is O.K. now. Maybe. We were looking at new computers and Sparky is considering making the leap to an Apple product.
3. I caught a massive head cold from Sparky. The usual progression is: he has a mild cold, mutates it into a killer virus and then passes it to me where I suffer mightily. I am suffering still but not as much as when I discovered we didn’t have any cold medicine left. Sparky used ALL the NyQuil, all the cough medicine, and made a huge dent in the stock of antihistamines and decongestants. It took 2 days but we now have all of the above in sufficient quantities to provide some relief.

What more could go wrong? I shouldn’t have even thought it!
1. My sister’s father in law passed away suddenly. She and her husband are going to travel to Ohio for the funeral. From Atlanta to the polar vortex. A shock to the system in more ways than one.
2. We had water in the basement! I went into a panic (well as much of a panic as a heavily medicated zombie is capable of). I thought the worst but it wasn’t a burst pipe – it was a small pin hole leak. The plumber was able to come out and replace a length of pipe and it was under $200.
3. I had a fraud alert on my credit card. It turned out that the notification was a phishing scam. I was wary and instead of responding to the message, I had Sparky call the credit card company directly. With some hoop jumping we got everything sorted out. Our cards are safe and our information is secure. At least for now.

I’m hoping February shows me a little more love than January.