My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

Dried Mixed Soup Veggies

For those of you who followed me from my blog at, you know I'm a big user of dried soup vegetables. When I don't grow them, I buy all I can find at Vitamin Cottage, in their bulk herb aisle.

Contents in the purchased baggies of Soup Vegetables: carrots, onions, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, celery flakes, bell peppers, green beans, parsley. I often buy separate bulk baggies of: bell peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, spinach flakes and parsley flakes.

When I'm lucky enough to have a good tomato harvest and other veggies, I dry them all separately, place in baggies and then in canning jars, and label well. Some soups get more carrots and some get more tomatoes. I even added some to the meatloaf the other night! Wow... I love how the teeny tiny 1/2-inch dried green beans reconstitute to almost 2-inches long!

Here's a little tip I gave over at the other blog: when I'm trying to get a few more veggies into my Kid, I take some dried veggies, and crush them into a powder. Then I can add it to his pizza sauce to help him get more nutrients, and since he loves pizza sauce on his gluten-free bread with turkey pepperoni and grated cheese, he never knows.


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