Soup’s On & Company’s Coming (Giveaway & Online Study Announcement!)

Does the phrase “Company’s coming!” send you running for cover?

I can sooooo relate!

I married into a family full of interior decorators, caterers and Bed and Breakfast owners, while I myself could hardly boil water!

So, I set out to become skilled at “entertaining” to impress my new relatives. However, God quickly taught me the difference between entertaining and offering hospitality, a lesson I learned the hard way.

Entertaining places the emphasis on you and impressing others.

Hospitality places the emphasis on others and refreshing, not impressing, them.

In the month of March, I will be leading an online study of the book I wrote on this topic A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others

This book and study will help you to:

  • Recognize the reason for offering hospitality
  • Identify the top five excuses for not opening your home and apply simple solutions to combat them
  • Arm yourself with cooking-for-a-crowd menu ideas, make-ahead freezer meals and kid-friendly favorites
  • Acquire weekly speed cleaning strategies, a proven system for de-junking your house and simple, doable decorating tips
  • Obtain creative concepts for living a life of welcome wherever you are

Watch for more details to come. And, if you want to join us and don’t have the book yet, go get a copy. (The last online study I did, all of the major retailers were back-ordered for weeks when it got close to the start date so you might want to be ahead of the game.)

The sign-up is simple. Just subscribe to my blog before March 19th when the study kicks off by clicking on the envelope icon in the top of the sidebar. Any new posts I write will be delivered automatically to your email’s inbox!

Now, for a little preview (and a little giveaway) here is a sneak peek at one of the recipes in the book perfect for a winter welcome for guests:

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 cup chopped, peeled carrots

1/2 cup chopped celery

3/4  cup flour

6 cups chicken stock (or 6 cups water with bouillon cubes to taste)

6-ounce package long grain and wild rice

2 cups chopped, cooked chicken breast

3 tablespoons cooking sherry (optional)

In a large soup kettle, melt butter and sauté onions, carrots, and celery until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually add stock until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium low. Prepare rice as directed on box, omitting oil and salt. Add rice and chicken to stock and simmer 10 minutes. Add sherry. Serves 10.


I’ll give two copies of A Life That Says Welcome (one for you & one for a friend) so you can join us for the on-line study in March. I’ll also throw in a $5 Starbucks gift card so you and your friend can discuss the book over coffee.

Just leave us a comment telling us your very favorite soup to eat. And, if you leave the recipe, your name will be entered twice. Winner announced Monday (when I’ll also have another very fun announcement too!)


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  3. My favorite soup is a nice hearty homemade chicken noodle. It’s a little different every time we make it depending on what veggies are handy, but always with chicken stock, egg noodles and several chicken breasts (or the equivalent) with plenty of flavor time in the crockpot.

  4. Chicken Noodle soup! and tortilla soup
    Chicken Noodle

    2 1/2 cups grandma frozen noodles** like homemade noodles
    1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    12 cups chicken broth
    1 1/2 tablespoons salt
    1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 cup chopped onion
    1/3 cup cornstarch
    1/4 cup water
    3 cups diced, cooked chicken meat

    I boil a whole chicken then dice, add all other ingredient, cook till carrots and celery tender.

  5. my sister cooks a wonderful chicken rice soup all is homemade…she is really my sister in law but my hubby and i live with her and we have become sisters…

  6. This is a favorite of my family…my kids love it!!
    Cheesburger Soup…yum!
    1/2 pound ground beef
    3/4 cup chopped onion
    3/4 cup shredded carrots
    3/4 cup chopped celery
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    4 tablespoons butter
    3 cups chicken broth
    4 cups cubed potatoes
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese
    1 1/2 cups milk
    1/4 cup sour cream

    1. In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over medium heat: cook and stir vegetables and beef , until beef is brown.
    2. Stir in basil and parsley. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
    3. Melt the remainder of butter and stir in flour. Add the milk, stirring until smooth.
    4. Gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Stir in cheese. When cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through. Do not boil.

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