Monday, February 17, 2014

A Soup And Book Kind Of Day!

At our house, I frequently make soup. I make soup all year round, although this winter I have probably made a little extra soup to see us through all the cold days. My daughter's favorite soup is cheesy potato soup with ham, and I can hardly blame her. After all who can resist the delightful combination of cheese, ham, and potatoes simmering together in a milky broth?

So of course when I made a recent trip to the library for some new books to review, The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup by Terry Farish immediately caught my eye. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this story as much as I enjoy soup. It's not that it was a bad story mind you, it's just that it didn't touch me like many other books have. To begin with, it is written with some very Southern vernacular and it seemed a semi-depressing story to me. The lonely old man and his cat seem happy enough together until a misunderstanding causes them to be separated temporarily. In the end, they do reunite and have some soup, but I still felt uninspired.

But the beautiful thing about books and soup, is the fact that there are so many to choose from and no two persons tastes are the same. So although this book did not turn out to be one of my favorites, I encourage you to check it out for yourselves. Perhaps it will be just right for you! And perhaps you will make some soup to eat after you are done reading!

Potato Soup
8 cups milk

8 large potatoes peeled and cubed

1 jar cheese dip

1 TBS onion powder

1 tsp black pepper

2 cups cooked, cubed ham

box of instant potaoes

Boil potatoes and set aside.  In large soup pot pour milk and cook on medium heat. Add seasonings and cheese. Stir continually until cheese is completely melted. Once cheese is melted add 1/2 box of instant potatoes and stir thoroughly. Finish by adding ham and potato cubes. Simmer until broth begins to thicken slightly. If broth becomes too thick just add extra milk.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal website, Fun With Aileen, any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, my very own early grade chapter book, Fern Valley, and my soon to be released sequel, Return To Fern Valley, coming summer of 2014! I'm also on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.


  1. I loved potato soup so thank you for the recipe. It is too bad the book was so disappointing, it sounded like it should have been fun.

    1. It wasn't my favorite book, but it still merits a three.Perhaps someone else may enjoy it more then I did. And who doesn't love soup! Thanks for stopping by Alex.

  2. I love soup! Hubby not so much, so I don't eat it as much as I would like. Well, like you, the title piqued my interest, that is a shame it wasn't your favorite but I appreciate your honest review . I love that you included the recipe. Hopping along the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    Cool Mom
    for the Stanley & Katrina Gang

    1. Thanks for stopping by Cool Mom. It would be unrealistic for anyone to like every book they read, but that doesn't make them bad books. Thanks for stopping by and give Stanley and Katrina each a pat for me!

  3. Sometimes we do have an idea in mind about a book just from the title and cover, and it can be so disappointing when that's not what it turns out to be! Nice review, anyway! And it does intrigue me enough that I might look to see if our library has it, just to see how I react to it :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca. Unless a book is horribly written with many mistakes, I still like to recommend it. Everyone has different tastes, and what I don't care for someone else may like. It was a well written book, It just didn't spark my interest :0)

  4. I am a BIG fan of soup too. The recipe you shared sounds wonderful. I also like the book cover and the premise of cats liking soup as I know mine would never give any soup the time of day! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for stopping by Miss Stacie. And I agree that this book does have a wonderful cover. My cats just might be crazy enough o try soup though :0)