Snow, Snow, and More Snow and Soup too!

A couple of days ago these deer were outside my front window on the right and in my backyard on the left. It hadn’t even gotten dark yet. They always wait after dusk to roam around out in the open like this. But because of the extreme cold snap we have been in for a couple of weeks they are starving. I threw out some cereal for them but they ran away. The birds and turkeys had a field day with it instead.

The deer on the right was looking in my front office window at me. I jumped when I noticed her head and big doe eyes! She was just beautiful! I called my husband to come and see her. She stayed there looking at me screaming and reaching frantically for my cell phone to catch her but by the time John came she had started to turn away. It is always thrilling to me when I see a deer like that up close.

I don’t get excited over the turkeys any more because they are too plentiful and frequent visitors. At the moment there are four turkeys huddled under our deck trying to keep dry and warm. I snapped a photo from my stairway and enlarged it. You can only see three lying down. I didn’t want to get too close and disturb them.

At the moment we are in the middle of a severe snowstorm with winds, cold temperatures of under 20 degrees and a snowfall that is expected to reach 15 inches or more. It will continue to snow throughout the night. Brrr! Staying in where it is warm and dry. Feel sorry for all the critters out there!

Here are some photos of different views from my windows. Sorry, but I am not about to go out in that and freeze to obtain a better photo!

This last photo shows how the snow is piling up against our slider. Luckily I bought John an electric shovel to take care of the deck. He used it once and loved it. If there is any wind at all he will be covered by the snow that gets blown out. It is quite a sight to see a moving snowman!

John picked up all the making for my delicious escarole soup, my mother’s recipe. I can’t wait to eat some. If you have never had escarole you are missing out.

Here are the makings for my soup:

Quartered onion, Chicken Breast (whole) chopped, sliced hard boiled eggs, pastina, acini de pepe or brown rice, escarole, sprinkle or two of garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, chicken bouillon 8 oz or more, chopped celery and carrots. The more bouillon you use the lest salt you will need. I fill my pot with more water than bouillon.

Chopped chicken breast

Sliced hard boiled eggs (4)

Brown rice or pastina or acini de pepe

Escarole washed and chopped (2 bunches)

Chopped carrots, celery and quartered onion

Finished product – yum!

Put onion in a large sauce pan with water and chicken bouillon, add salt, pepper and garlic. Set to medium heat until boiling then simmer until chicken is almost done.

Add carrots and celery cook until almost done.

Remove chicken and chop and put back into pan.

Add washed and chopped escarole, cook until darker green.

Then add sliced hard boiled eggs and cook for five more minutes.

Cook brown rice, acini de pepe or pastina separately, for less time than package says. Should be firm to taste. It will cook more once it is in the soup. Add a scoop to your bowl then ladle soup over it. Enjoy!

It is one of the healthiest soups you can eat, my mother always stressed that so I would eat it. She didn’t have to say that. I love it and so does my husband. It heals all and makes you feel wonderful! It’s a hearty meal with or without crusty bread if you are watching your carbs. Using brown rice will be lest carbs too. I made acini de pepe because my husband loves his pasta!

Now I need to enjoy a bowl of my soup and then get to work on my sequel again. I have much left to do. I will use the storm as a means to stir my creativity. It’s nice to look outside and watch the snow knowing that I don’t have to go out in it.

Wherever you live I pray that you are safe, warm and comfortable in your homes. Let me know if you try my soup. I would love to hear what you have to say.


Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!

Blessings & Hugs & Love,


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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22 Responses to Snow, Snow, and More Snow and Soup too!

  1. Definitely the season for soup and yours sounds awesome, Janice. Stay safe and warm and enjoy the wonder of it all! ❤ Hugs. xo

  2. Tina Frisco says:

    I remember below-freezing winters in Pennsylvania. Your glasses would steam up upon coming inside. I recall a winter with winds so high that snow drifts blocked our door and we couldn’t get out of the house! Hope you’re staying warm and cozy, Janice. Happy New Year, my friend ❤

    • jjspina says:

      I remember some like that too! We will have to bundle up this weekend when we go to my uncle’s funeral. It is supposed to be well below 0 with wind chill! Stay well. 🤗 💕

  3. Your post was interesting to read from the perspective of an Australian who has never experienced a cold, white winter. We are experiencing a very hot summer here, but even in winter we never have snow or freezing temperatures. Stay warm and Happy New Year

  4. Annika Perry says:

    Heated shovel! 😀 I can see why that would be handy now…that is a lot of snow and terrifying cold levels…keep warm and safe and the soup looks perfect for the season. Xxx

  5. Jennie says:

    Brrr… soup is just the right thing.

  6. I heard all about the snow and cold temperatures you’re getting, Janice. It’s been on our news. You definitely do the right thing by staying in. An electric shovel sounds great. I’ve never heard of them before, but we don’t get enough snow to ever use one. We only need one flake of snow to fall on the UK, and the whole country goes on shut down. 😂
    Keep warm and safe.

  7. dgkaye says:

    Janice, I had to laugh at you at your desk and startled by the deer in your window, I could just picture you LOL. Looks like a beautiful scenery, despite the cold. It sure was bitter here too. 🙂 xx Oh, and yum on the soup recipe. Thank you! ❤

  8. macjam47 says:

    Your snow is beautiful. I too, love watching the deer, that is, until they start snacking in my garden. I am a soup lover. I will definitely be trying your soup. Love and hugs. Keep warm.

  9. I must try that soup in my slow cooker, I would never have thought of putting eggs in. I hope your snow is well cleared on all the roads I don’t like driving in icy snow.

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