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Yes, there’s peanut butter in this soup.

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Supper’s on the table. 

Once this was a feature in my newsletter, and while I’ll still drop some special recipes to subscribers only, as part of the blog resurrection, I’m letting you into my kitchen.

Seriously, if I could have everyone over for soup and bread I would.

January tried to be winter, and really, it was pretty successful. So I made some homemade bread, wrote an ode to my Crockpot, and stirred lots of hearty soup for those chilly days.

Now it’s like springtime. But it’s really only February so pretty sure I still need to keep all the soup recipes out.

My award for “Favorite Soup with a Say What? Ingredient” is definitely Peanut-Butter Vegetable. Don’t scoff. It’s delicious. I promise.

I used my Instant Pot to make this (note I haven’t written an ode to it yet, we’re still not great friends). But it’s easy for soups. Use the sautee function, then add the rest, and set it for a short pressure cook. That timing thing I still haven’t figured out, but this soup turned out well!

Peanut-Butter Vegetable Soup (adapted from Thy Hand Hath Provided)

2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
3 cups chicken stock
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups zucchini and/or yellow squash, chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter

Sautee carrots, onion, garlic in butter. Stir in broth, sweet potatoes, zucchini, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes and peanut butter and heat through.

Now send me your favorite soup recipe? You can hit reply or find me on Insta or Facebook. Pictures will definitely get shared!

In the meantime, read much and eat well. (If you want to know what’s currently saving my wintry life, I’ve got a list right here.)

P.S. Another reason to make soup. You can read a book while it’s simmering away. Or fold the laundry. You know, whatever makes you happy.

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Friday Night Pizza

We make pizza on Friday nights.

And by “we”, I usually mean me. Last week I made the mistake of letting Gus make his own without the extra hands of a daddy (who was late coming home from work) and I nearly lost my mind.

Three year olds do not understand the moderation of mozzarella.

Letting them help–eight little hands with four different ideas–doesn’t always come easily to me. I do much better when I’m in charge and they’re occupied with something else. You know, like Netflix.

But Friday Night Pizza has become our family tradition, our tiny constant in a world of great upheaval, and letting them rock my sanity (and drop olives on my kitchen floor) is part of this sacred sharing of life.

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I knead my dough and spread homemade sauce and arrange pepperoni with methodical measures that bring order to the chaos constantly surrounding my days and invading my mind. For half an hour on Friday nights, I block out everything but the ratio of cheese to meat to vegetables and my only concern is sliding the pizza from the board to the stone in one smooth move.

And I realize how perfectly executed is our world, the falling of the leaves and the changing of the tides and the pricking of the stars in the darkest nights. And I remember, even as I long to make my tiny creation perfect without the imprints of impatient little hands, that my great God lets me create with Him. 

Children. Words. And even pizza.

Tell me what are your favorite family traditions? and favorite pizza toppings?

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Hmmm…I should take some new pictures since I have fancier equipment now. But it still tastes the same!

Our Favorite Pizza Recipe

One recipe Pioneer Woman’s Pizza Dough 
1/2 cup Best Tomato Sauce Ever
1/2 cup (each) chopped black olives, diced peppers, chopped mushrooms
12-15 slices turkey pepperoni
1/2 cup browned Italian Sausage
1-1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (tip: shred your own 8 oz block)

Make dough according to directions. Divide in half and roll out on a pizza board sprinkled liberally with cornmeal. Spread sauce on dough. Top with vegetables and sausage. Sprinkle cheese to desired preference. Top with pepperoni. Transfer to pizza stone in preheated oven. (Make sure there is plenty of cornmeal under the dough and it should slide right off your board or cookie sheet and onto the stone.) Bake at 500 degrees for 7 minutes until crust is lightly browned and cheese melted.