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.

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Dried Mixed Soup Veggies

For those of you who followed me from my blog at http://www.survival-cooking.com/, 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.

Ssshhh!!

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