Adjusting to life's changes with hope… through poetry, haiku, and commentary

Odds and Ends No. 20

After I started the electric kettle, I realized
that I was undecided about having tea or
coffee with lunch. So, I left the kettle on,

took out sandwich stuff, then decided to
brew the whole liter of water coming to a
boil. I put three scoops of coffee grounds

into my old Bodum coffee press. Added
water. A quick stir, and I let it sit while
I made my lunch with only minor variation.

About the same...

About the same…

You’d think I’d make something different
because it is Sunday. Not so. Photo is proof.
Added olives with the radishes. And you

already know, coffee instead of tea. And
my thick lunchtime reading goes on with
the book that never ends. Michener never

ends. Seems like it. WordPress Help got
back with me. He moved over my purchased
theme; I just finished setting it up hence

this post. I want to make sure it works okay.
Not using it on the other blog, might as well
use it here. (What will I do with the other

blog if it isn’t deactivated? Help emails still
going back and forth.) And I still have to
learn how to use the options on this theme.

I doubt that I’ll do anything fancy. After a
haiku, poem, or chapter, I’m fried. Until
the next time. She is making one of our old

soups. We call it the Mrs. Dash Simple
Cabbage Soup. It smells so good. One of
the healthier things I eat. Can’t remember

where I got the recipe. (I think I modified
one from a neighbor who moved away.)
Unconventional in a poem, but here it is:


mrsdashsoupMrs. Dash Simple Cabbage Soup


Onions, 2 medium
Celery, 5-7 stalks
Carrots, 5 med. to large
Mushrooms, 1-8 oz. box
Water, 12-cups (omit if using Veg Broth)
Vegetable bouillon cubes (omit if using Veg Broth)
Or, Vegetable Broth, 4-32 oz. boxes
Bay leaf, 3 ea.
Mrs. Dash (1 heaping Tbsp.)
Diced tomatoes, no salt, 3-15 oz. cans, add with liquid
Tomato paste, 1 small can
Garbanzo beans, 1-15 oz. can, rinsed (or other bean of choice)
Potato, 4-5 small to med. Idaho or Russet
Cabbage, 1/2 head, sliced thin

This makes a big batch, so use a very large soup pot.

Start to bring vegetable broth to a boil. (If using water instead, bring to a boil. Add bouillon cubes any time after it comes to a boil.)

Add Mrs. Dash, and bay leaves. Stir to dissolve and blend. Chop vegetables into large chunks (except mushrooms and cabbage). Add onions, celery, and carrots first. Then mushrooms.

Incorporate tomato paste and diced tomatoes with boiling liquid. Add beans. Stir. Then cut up potatoes with skin; halve them, halve again and cut in large chunks and add. Stir. Cut cabbage in thin strips or bite size pieces, add last. Stir soup and return to boil.

Cover and turn down to simmer 20-40 minutes or until carrots, potatoes, etc. are done. Remove bay leaves and serve. A little spicy, but one of our favorites.


Nothing like poetic license. Now it is
time for me to get a bowl. The smell in
the house is heavenly. Bon Appétit.

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