Winter Vegetable Soup…and opening up about the world today

This Winter Vegetable Soup is loaded with healthy vegetables.  This recipe makes a big batch, so it’s big enough to share.

Hello friends! Today I’m going to go outside of my regular posting.  It’s hard not to when the world is in such a strange place, but I can’t keep posting recipes and home projects without acknowledging how I feel.  It doesn’t feel right to keep quiet any longer.  This doesn’t mean that I’m going to be political over here all the time, or maybe ever again, but to not place myself and speak to my feelings at this time in history, just doesn’t sit well with me.

I have been struggling with the appropriateness of posting recipes and such, when there is so much turmoil and fear on a global scale.  But I don’t want my seeming silence to be misconstrued as not caring, or worse yet seen as acceptance or complacency, when this is the furthest thing from my truth.  I have definite opinions and feelings about the state of the world, and express them in my personal life, but have always kept them away from my blog, because I haven’t really felt like this is the proper forum for this type of expression.  And truthfully, I’m not going to use my blog as this forum, except for times such as this, when I feel like I should bring these two aspects of my life together.  This blog is an extension of myself, but it’s also a place where I know people come to get away from things.  My readers don’t come here to listen to my politics, you are here because you are feeding your family, you are here because you are creating a home.

But I just can’t keep quiet today.  It doesn’t feel right to have it appear as though I’m blogging on as if nothing is happening and like the world isn’t on the brink of something very scary right now.  I can’t.  Because the complete opposite is true…some people like myself, just prefer to help and contribute quietly without having to announce it.  Just because something wasn’t shouted out on social media or blogs, does not mean it didn’t happen.

But friends, I’m scared.  And maybe you are too.  What do we do?  Only we know what works for ourselves.  For me, it starts at home.  In these times of global turmoil I have to take care of my family and loved ones.  I have to create security at home, and make my kids feel safe.   I have to set an example, to care for our family, to care for our neighbour.  To lend a helping hand to those in need.  Build a bigger table, not a higher fence.

I will carry on with my posting here, because one of the main ways I show love and create security for my family is through the gift of food.  Food we share at the family table, one place where we connect and talk about our lives.  Over food with friends, over food we share with our neighbours, over food we share with those in need. Food is a universal language.

So I’m sharing a hearty and healthy meal today that you can serve up to your loved ones as you gather around your family table in uncertain times.  Comfort food.  Maybe make a big batch and take it to a friend, a neighbour or someone in need.

Winter Vegetable Soup

Winter Vegetable Soup

Serve with an easy 1-Hour Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread.



Winter Vegetable Soup


This Winter Vegetable Soup is loaded with healthy vegetables.  This recipe makes a big batch, so it’s big enough to share.



  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 leaves bay
  • salt & pepper
  • 128 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1680 mL can tomato sauce (plain)
  • 1540 mL can chickpeas
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 12 cups cooked noodles (I used egg noodles)


  1. In a soup/stock pot melt the butter, and saute the cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, onions and garlic in butter, until soft.
  2. Add the oregano, bay leaves, salt, pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chickpeas and broth.
  3. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. In the mean time, cook your noodles in a separate pot. This is so they don’t soak up all of your liquid in the soup.  Or if you have leftover noodles from a pasta night, use those!
  5. Just before you are ready to eat, add the cooked noodles.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


Winter Vegetable Soup

Winter Vegetable Soup


Winter Vegetable Soup
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  • Reply Lori January 12, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Haha! I just made a veggie soup today. Your’s looks great!

  • Reply Barb January 13, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Looks delicious! and once again – love your photography!

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  • Reply Barb January 31, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Well said Jo … I think many people are feeling scared and it helps to know you aren’t alone. The world is watching.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 31, 2017 at 8:35 PM

      Thank you Mom…it’s hard to know what to do with everything the way it is right now. x0x0

  • Reply Kendra @ January 31, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    So well written! And so true that not all of us shout how we feel from the rooftops (or on SM!) Thanks for sharing and encouraging to build a bigger table, Jo-Anna! Pinning this recipe cause I need to make it for my soup-loving family! xo

  • Reply Angie Roos February 1, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Hi Jo-Anna! Good post. I’ve had to quit Facebook for awhile because there’s just Too. Much. Noise. Feeding people is the way to go. I too, focus on feeding my family, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. Just so they know someone cares about them. (And because I love to eat.) Keep doing what you’re doing. Especially keep making soup.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 1, 2017 at 5:13 PM

      There really is Too. Much. Noise. It becomes hard to hear anything else, and then we’re left wondering what to do…so I focus on home. xo

  • Reply sabina edwards February 5, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    On friday night we were in a restaurant and the waitress basically told her customer that she was not going to get into politics with him. He is a Trump fan, and she said he was the first one she had met. We actually left the restaurant earlier then we wanted because of this.
    His scare tactics are working. I doubt I will ever want to go back to visit the US.
    I am an immigrant myself to Canada, although I am not an identifiable one (I am white, from Germany and came into this country at 7months, as my dad was in the army and met my mother that way)

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