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Comments have been closed because we’re going to have us a Soup-Tacular this Friday. Read the post above this one if you’d like more info.

Internets, I need your help.

Well, not so much your help as your feedback, but “I NEED YOUR HELP” sounds so much more pressing and dramatic, don’t you think?

Is anyone having that problem where my posts go down to the middle of the page? A couple of people have mentioned that they’re having trouble, but I don’t know if I’m dealing with an isolated font-size-is-set-too-large issue or with an oh-my-word-the-ads-have-swallowed-up-the-sidebar-and-taken-over-the-blog issue because, as usual, everything looks just dandy on my end of things.

Also – and this is completely unrelated – if you have a good, hearty soup recipe will you leave a link in my comments? The “hearty” part is extremely important because, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a husband who does not believe that soup constitutes a meal unless said soup falls under the aforementioned “hearty” category.

I even thought about doing a big ole soup carnival – having a designated day where everyone leaves his or her favorite soup recipes – but somehow that seemed a little weird even though now I think I totally should have done just that.

Have I mentioned that I love soup?

No? Well, I adore it.

Thank you and have a lovely afternoon.

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  1. Charlotte says:

    On my antique monitor – 17″ Dell, circa 2000 – I did have the problem you mentioned until recently…not sure if you changed something or maybe I did and don’t remember! Now I have a new laptop and it’s fine here.

    Not a soup girl, sorry…


  2. yes, i am having the same issue where your current post does not show up until farther down the page. Still love reading though! ; )

  3. FIne on my end, however, the font seems a bit smaller. Otherwise, it’s just perfect. I’ll get back to you on the soup!

    Sarah, TN

  4. No formatting issues that I see.

    Here’s a wonderful stew. Very hearty. And it’s cooked in the crock pot. Leave it and forget it! Here it is, hope you enjoy it!

    Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Southern Living, Oct 2005

    2 pounds round steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
    1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces*
    1 pound small red potatoes, quartered*
    1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
    1 red bell pepper, diced**
    1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes**
    1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
    3/4 cup beef broth
    1/3 cup red wine
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

    Combine all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker, and cook, covered, on LOW 7 hours and 30 minutes.
    *2 (1-pound) packages frozen stew vegetables may be substituted for carrots and potatoes.

    **1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions may be substituted for red bell pepper and diced tomatoes.

  5. Rebecca Panyon says:

    First one??? Yay me!!! I am having that issue with bringing up your page. I have to scroll way down to see your post. Not sure exactly when you started the ads, but it seems I have been having the issue since right after “the day of the turkey.” Big Mama’s page also looks funny on my computer with the words being REAL BIG so I thought the issue was simply on my end.
    No hearty soup recipe to give you right now. I am a novice cook and have not done a soup yet. But I am excited to try one soon as the days have turned dreadfully cold and snowy up here where I’m at. Your asparagus casserole recipe makes me laugh because my first “dish” ever was an asparagus casserole (nothing like your aunts) that turned out awful….my husband was merely my boyfriend at the time and it’s like when Pioneer Woman cooked her first meal for Marlboro Man!!! He ate it, but it was not easy for him. And he complimented it even. Till I started eating it, and bout spit it halfway across the table!
    I’m being way too long winded here. You didn’t ask for this. I’m sorry. I’ll go now.

  6. Rebecca Panyon says:

    I took so giving you way too much info than you needed that four other people submitted before I got the chance to hit the button…when I started there were no comments yet. I promise, I’m going now.
    Right after I copy down that beef stew recipe.

  7. DisneyMomTwins says:

    I am not seeing anything different on my end. Looks the same!
    I have been “googling” soup recipes lately, but nothing grabs me yet….So I am looking forward to all the yummy soup ideas I am going to get!

  8. Ok this soup recipe is so easy its like not even cooking. I triple this recipe cuz I have like 78 kids…….but here it is for your sweet family of 3!

    Taco Soup

    2 lbs ground meat
    1 can rotel
    1 can corn drained
    1 can red kidney beans drained
    1 can black beans drained
    1 pkg. taco seasoning

    brown the meat…..add the rest. Fill each can with water and pour over all the stuff. Boil for like 10 mins….Whammo…..dinner…..LOL

    to serve:
    fill bottom of your soup bowl with tortilla chips, scoop in soup, top with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. YUM!

  9. The page is fine here. I will post my butternut soup recipe this week. It is everyone’s favourite here, including the male species, so maybe your man will like it too! I will let you know when it is up.

  10. Soup is not a meal.

  11. I’m having that issue. I use Omea Reader to update me on all my blog subscriptions. So when I click on ‘source’ to read your full posting (instead of a little teaser) it goes to
    so if i delete the ?p=1905 it takes care of the issue. i have no clue what the means or why it works.

    I do have a few great recipes, we are soup people. Email me if you’d like them:
    pork white bean chile
    chicken chile
    taco soup
    zuppa toscana (from olive garden)
    brunswick stew

  12. cattailmama says:

    No problem with seeing your posts. I use firefox, if that matters.

    I was going to post a recipe for veggie/beef soup and realized that I don’t really follow a recipe! Brown some ground beef (1-2 lbs) and drain. Add it back to pot and dump in a can or two of veg-all or the like. Add a can or two of diced tomatoes. Add a can of tomato juice. Add a splash of worcestershire sauce. Let it simmer or put in crock pot. My husband loves this. Sometimes I’ll add some cooked rice. Very easy and cheap. Don’t know if it’s hearty enough for your husband but it is really good!

    Looking forward to some other good recipes!

  13. I am having no problems on this end reading your stuff, and I am posting a soup recipe tonight for WFMW tomorrow. I am entirely too lazy to re-copy it here, but it passes the man test in my house. For what that’s worth.

  14. Everything looks fine on my end…

  15. No problems this week but last week I would click on the page and no posts showed up however all the side bar info did. It was on the post where you told the winners of the book …

  16. I think my husband and your husband would be great friends IRL.

    Not only is soup not a meal around here, but (according to not only my husband, but my two teen sons as well) if it does not have meat in it, it’s just a glorified snack.

    I have a chili recipe I can send you if you’re interested, they’ll eat it because it’s heavy on the MEAT.

    Blog looks fine to me, BTW.

  17. The only problem with this recipe is that, once you make it, your family will want it every night. Seriously. It’s THAT GOOD. Follow the recipe, don’t just throw everything together and let it cook. The cheese will stick to the bottom and it will be yucky. Not that I ever did that.

    Geman Potato Cheese Soup

    5 C. Chopped potatoes
    1 C. each, carrots, celery, onion
    1 lb. Velveeta
    4 chicken bouillion cubes
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    5 C. water
    Dissolve bouillion cubes in water. Add carrots, celery and onion and simmer for 20 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer another 20 minutes, or until potatoes are done. Add soup and mix well. Add cheese, cut up in pieces, and cook until cheese is melted. Serve with crumbled bacon on top.

  18. Everything looks fine to me! I view with firefox.

    We love tortilla soup:

    Also, Italian Meatball Soup

  19. ASheffield says:

    I haven’t had the posting problem either. Hope it’s working better now though…

    Your husband says the same as mine about soup not being a “real meal”. I had been looking for some new recipes to mix it up and I didn’t know where to start. I found this new website that is a “how to” for recipes. Check it out your husband may be impressed with what you find. Mine was.

    Here is the page:

  20. Looks fine here, too.

    BTW, BooDaddy, we’re having SOUP for dinner tonight. Chili, to be precise. The kids and I will have crackers and possibly a grilled cheese sandwich with ours. Dh is the weird one – he likes to dip peanut butter sandwiches in his chili. Weird.


  21. I didn’t read all the comments, but I’m having no trouble reading you on firefox on my laptop.

    One thing your readers may try to do to increase or decrease your font size to their satisfaction is hold down the Ctrl key and scroll up or down with their mouse scrolly wheel.

    Soup for you:

    Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup

    3 cans Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup
    2 cans milk (measured from above soup cans, not evaporated milk)
    2 cups grilled chicken tenders (I season mine with steak seasoning while grilling the chicken tenders)
    1 can Red Gold chili-ready tomatoes and onions
    1 can black beans, drained
    1 small can corn, drained
    1 chili seasoning packet

    Heat and stir the soup and milk to smoothness, then add all ingredients. Heat to a low boil for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, then turn down heat to low until ready to serve, stirring occasionally. Garnish with sour cream if desired. Enjoy!

  22. I have an “addition” to cattailmama’s veggi soup recipe. You can use frozen mixed veggis, add noodles to make it even more filling, and I use tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes. And then I use some beef broth. And probably some Italian seasoning. And there’s this beef base called “better than boullion.” Throw that in and you’re golden. Add some crackers once it’s in the bowl and it’s so thick it’s like casserole. Matter of fact, tell him it IS casserole. After all, what southern casserole recipe doesn’t have veg-all and ritz crackers in it?

  23. Here’s a few favorites others have enjoyed:

    Chicken Corn Chowder

    Tomato Basil
    (my husband is a hearty soup man and loves this AND it’s a hit at women’s bible study brunches…)

  24. OH DO I HAVE THE SOUP FOR YOU, SISTER. My husband wants to have it once a week every week. Italian Sausage Soup. Here’s the link.

    Hints: I replaced the plain can of diced tomatoes with a can of the new fire-roasted diced tomatoes by Hungs AND of course, you don’t HAVE to use turkey sausage. Also, saute a little onion in with the sausage.

    Serve this soup with Cheesy Ranch bread.

    Slice a French baguette into rounds and spread with a mixture of 1 small pkg dry ranch dressing mix, about 1/2 cup of mayo and about 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese. Place bread rounds with spread under broiler until cheese gets all melty, puffy and golden brown.

    This combination? Oh! It is like you’ve died and gone to heaven. And the man will LOVE it, I promise you.

  25. ER. That’s HUNTS. Not Hungs. OHMYGRANNY.

  26. Your site works great for me. I have a business website that on occasion someone will tell me the words go off their screen, like it is super enlarged. I asked my “people” about that and they said it has to do with the person’s browser and settings who is looking at your page.

  27. Do I have soup? Of course. I could eat it every day and be soooo happy. (Hubby, not so much). :)

    Potato Soup here:

    Chili Blanco here (not mine, but Katherine @ Raising Five’s recipe so the link is to her site:

    Slow Cooker Corn Chowder:

    Taco Soup (I’ve made this twice in the last two weeks … so good):

    If you need more, feel free to email me. I have a cheeseburger soup that makes my mouth water to think about it, but I haven’t ever blogged it.

  28. Clemntine says:

    Here’s my favorite soup, I just don’t know if it’ll be hearty enough for your He-Man. I like it because all the ingredients are canned, so I can keep them on hand.

    3 cans (15.8oz) Great Northern Beans
    1 can (15.5oz) White Hominy
    1 can (14.5oz) No Salt Added Stewed Tomatoes
    1 can (11.5 oz) Bean With Bacon Soup (undiluted)
    1 can (10 oz) RoTel (I use Milder RoTel because I’m a spice-weenie. If I was in a girl band, I’d be Weenie Spice. Or maybe Chunky Monkey, but that’s a subject for another day)
    1 can (11 oz) whole kernel yellow corn
    2 C. water
    1 T. dried cilantro
    2 bay leaves
    1 t. ground cumin

    Open all the cans and dump the contents (undrained) into a stock pot. Add the water and spices. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer at least 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves prior to serving.

    I make a batch of rice (because I’m from Alabama and it’s what we do) and some Johnnycake (sweet corn bread) to go with it. I will also pan-fry (my two favorite words when used together) some smoked sausage to serve alongside.

    OH! And your posts appear as charming as ever on my MacBook.

    Let me know if you try the soup. But only if you like it.

  29. I’m all for a soup carnival. Are y’all bean people? My husband has the same issue, but beans automatically make it hearty. White Bean Soup with Bacon

  30. I, too am having trouble with your page. I thought I was the only one!

    Here is a link to a fantastic soup recipe that seriously everyone loves. It’s got cheese and bacon so pretty much you know it’s going to be good. And butter. Don’t underestimate the butter! Hope you like it! Oh and it’s easy which is almost as important as the tastiness!

  31. Sorry. I’m with BooDaddy.

    Now stew?

    Whole different story.

  32. Your site is just fine for me using Firefox.

    Anyway… we actually just had this soup for lunch at our house and my family (especially my husband) LOVES it. I love it because it’s easy peasy! :)

    So, start with a large packet of the Bear Creek Cheesy Potato soup mix. I think it says to boil 8 cups of water and then whisk in the mix and boil for 15 minutes or so. During these 15 minutes you scrounge through your refrigerator/cupboards and dump whatever your little heart desires into that there pot. :)

    My favorite additives are a potato or two cut up in little cubes, a can of whole corn(drained), a can of creamed corn, half a box or so of Jiffy corn bread mix and a handful of shredded cheddar cheese. This, I call Cheesy Cornbread Potato Soup and it’s YUMMY!

    The hubbies favorite is what I did this noon. It was a can of whole corn(drained), a can of creamed corn, about of cup of cooked ground italian sausage (leftover from making pizza last night), a handful of chopped red pepper, a handful of chopped green pepper, a handful of shredded cheddar.

    I’ve also thrown in leftover bacon crumbled up, shredded pork roast from supper the previous day, chopped onion, mushrooms, frozen veggies. Really anything you can think of. My six year old calls it “garbage soup.” That’s not his opinion on the taste of it, it’s just that that’s how his Mama cleans the frig. :)

  33. Yes’m, I do have some soup recipes and they is indeed “hearty”. Here’s the link:

    You’ll have to scroll down for a few of them because in my ignorance when I posted these I didn’t separate my recipes into different posts. Lesson learned.

  34. No problem on my end with reading….everything has looked the same no changes here….

    And, thanks girls for all these soup recipies! YUMMY!

  35. Anyway, my suggestion is to just add sausage to whatever soup your making (we like polsa kielbasa). No man can resist sausage!

  36. No problem on my end.

  37. This is the BEST tortilla soup and those fearful of chunky veggies (myself included) will eat it too!

    Tortilla Soup

    2 1/2 lbs of chicken (1 rotisserie chicken is enough)
    4 Cups Water
    2 tsp salt
    3 Cans stewed tomatoes (15 oz can) – Del Monte Mexican Recipe
    1 Large onion
    2 cloves garlic
    1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix
    1 pkg Ranch dressing mix
    1 Bunch Cilantro
    1/4 C Sugar (sounds strange…but trust me – really important!)
    1/2 tsp ground cloves

    1 Can Ranch Style Beans
    1 Can Hominy

    Monterrey Jack Cheese
    Chopped Green Onions
    Sour Cream
    Tortilla Chips

    Tear up chicken into bite size pieces. Mix remaining ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth. Add cooked chicken. Simmer on low uncovered for an hour.

  38. Looks fine to me.

  39. I make an amazing lamb stew. I’ll email it to you after the kids go to bed.

  40. Italian Wedding Soup, baby. No wedding required. I have another one for minestrone with stew meat; maybe I’ll post it soon.

  41. How did I link to you on that? Let’s try again. Italian wedding soup. Shazam!

  42. Do you like gumbo?

    Buy this mix and add all the chicken, sausage and/or shrimp you and Boodaddy like and enjoy. Serve with white rice.

    or this mix.

    Both are great! I do not have time to make roux and labor over my gumbo, but I do have 30 minutes. I also add okra – – for the nutrient factor only. You could NEVER get me to eat that slimy thing all by itself, but with a big piece of shrimp … well …

    No trouble with your site for me!

  43. yes, I’ve noticed that same problem on your blog…but do not fear! I continue to scroll and scroll until I find the latest nuggets of bloggy wisdom from said Boomama!

  44. cattailmama says:

    Edit to my non-recipe! I forgot that I add a box of chicken stock also!

  45. Page looks fine to me, and please-oh-please do the soup carnival. I have a fantastically hearty recipe I’d love to share (but I need to figure out the quantities first–I do it by sight).

    And look at you, raking in the dough with the ads. Good girl!

  46. Six-Can Tortilla Soup

    1 flat can chicken
    2 cans chicken broth
    1 can Rotel (drain it if you want–up to you)
    1 can corn
    1 can black beans (rinse to make things prettier….)

    Throw ’em in a pot and simmer until it looks appropriately soupy.

    Top with shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips.

  47. Check out for Olive Garden’s Pasta fagol. I made it last night. I substituted tomato juice for tomato sauce and next time I’ll even add some water as it was very thick. It does taste exactly like Olive Garden’s though.

  48. Did you try this soup at the bottom of the post?
    It is the only hearty recipe I have. The others are dainty dishes for us ladies :)

    However, the creamy tacos is almost soupy in consistency. It is way good! And bad for you. Portion size–that is the key.

  49. depends on the day…..sometimes I have to scroll, sometimes I don’t (like today)

    I have several hearty soups….I’ll just email you rather than post a ginormous comment….

  50. 1. Blog looks fine here since the additions of the ads.
    2. Soup recipe – my kids ask for this one and I would consider them moderately picky eaters!

    North Woods Bean and Sausage Soup
    1 cup sliced carrots
    1/2 cup diced onion
    1 TBSP olive oil
    1 pound turkey kielbasa sausage, sliced
    1 clove of minced garlic
    4 cups chicken stock/broth
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
    2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 cup fresh spinach leaves (optional)
    Saute carrots and onion in olive oil until they are tender. Add sausage and garlic, continue to saute until heated through. Add chicken broth/stock and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer and add beans. (You can mash one of the cans of beans if you like a thicker soup – or leave them unmashed if you like a more brothy soup). Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer at least 15 minutes (can also be dumped in the crockpot at this point and kept warm on low until ready to serve.) If you like spinach you can put some spinach leaves in the bottom of your bowl and ladle the hot soup over the top which quickly steams and wilts the spinach. I don’t do this step for the children but my husband and I like it with the spinach. Enjoy!

  51. If you make the aforementioned Italian Sausage Soup and you add a package of Tortellini instead of the shells, you have my mom’s Sausage-Tortellini Soup – which my manly man husband devours with a fork so that he can forget that he is eating soup.

    I’m eating a bowl of it right now with a slice of leftover pizza, and it is tasty – oh yes, it is.

  52. No problems with your blog on my end. I use Firefox. Maybe IE is the problem? (Darn that Microsoft!)

    My husband also doesn’t believe a meal counts as a meal unless meat is involved. To that end, I have three wonderfully satisfying soups for you.

    Chicken Salsa Chili
    Easy Cheesy Ham Soup
    Lasagna Soup

    Send me a dispatch if you’re interested in the particulars. And you might want to hire an dog sled, seeing as we got another 4-6 inches of snow today.

  53. Forgot to add — I think a soup carnival would be fabulous.

    But then again, you can’t trust me. We have over a foot of snow on the ground. The soup lust is strong with this one.

  54. I had the problem at work today and maybe a few other times…but it’s fine on my home computer.

  55. Problems here too….page starts halfway down…. Sorry BooMama.

  56. Your page looks great on my side. I think a soup carnival sounds wonderful! I love soup and can’t get enough of it. My family is usually glad when summer is here because I don’t make as often.

  57. Nancy page. says:

    I have to scroll down to the middle of the page. But, I am willing to do it!

  58. I have the problem you mentioned as it is loading but then once it is loaded, it goes up to the top.

    In other, more important matters, do a soup carnival!!! :) That would be so much fun! I’m easily impressed….

  59. I have the problem but… it’s not a problem.

  60. Bailey's Leaf says:

    You’re fine on my computer.

    As far as soup is concerned, I make what my mother in law terms as st-oup. (A Rachael Ray thing? Combo of stew and soup.) I was just telling someone today that it really is hard to goof up making soup. Sure fire thickening agents to make a soup spoon stand up freely? Barley and rice work well for me. I also jam pack with veggies, so that’s a good thing.

    If it’s a soup I can eat with a spoon, then I just consider it a hot beverage. I agree with the hubby!

  61. Quick and Zesty Soup
    1lb ground beef
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    2 14 1/2oz cand Italian style stewed tomatoes
    2 13 3/4oz cans beef broth
    16 oz frozen mixed veg.
    3/4 cup uncooked medium egg noodles
    1/2 tsp oregano

    In large pot,brown meat and onion. Drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until noodles are tender.

  62. Let’s see, no problems viewing the blog.

    My favorite hearty soup is taco soup. Pretty much the same as Jill L’s. Add a pkg of ranch dressing mix and it’s my favorite winter quick dinner. Throw it in the crock pot in the morning and forget about it until you smell it and have to have some.

  63. Oooo, I have a great one. But since I’m a techno-illiterate, I can’t link to my post with the recipe.If you’ll come to my blog, it was the Oct. 21st post. Salmon Chowder – the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

  64. I see you just fine!

    I call this Pizza Soup…I am not sure the correct name for it, but it is yummy (AND hearty!).

    1 can Great Northern White Beans
    1 can Italian Diced Tomato’s
    1 Large can chicken broth
    4 potatoes (diced and peeled)
    1 lb Italian Sausage (I like to use bulk)
    1 onion
    1 package cheese tortellini
    1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed
    Salt n peppa to taste (Yes, I was a teen in the 80’s!)

    Brown sausage and onion in pot. (Use SPICY Italian Sausage if you like hot stuff!) Add cans of everything, including their juices. Bring to a boil. Add cooked tortellini just before serving. Garnish with parmesan cheese, because cheese is one of the five major food groups.

    This soup is one the kids love too!

  65. I love that I can never guess what might be posted on your blog on any given day. And I love that not only your posts make me laugh, but the people who comment on them! :)

    Oh, and no problems reading on my end. I am a Mac/Firefox user.

  66. Is it the browser they are using? I use Firefox and your site looks fine to me! I know I had problems before depending on the theme I used with my blog (usually it looked funny in IE)

  67. Everything looks great to me!!! I don’t think I even know what problem you’re talking about. :-)

  68. Things look fine here. I’m a firefox girl. I can also attest that taco soup is quite delightful.

  69. Hey, at the risk of sounding ignorantly northern, what is Rotel?