Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quilter's Christmas Party

 SewCalGal is hosting a virtual Christmas Party. Fun!!  She has many prizes to giveaway from some very generous donors. Most importantly she is raising funds for Operation Homefront for military families in need of assistance. 



SewCalGal has requested that quilters share some of their holiday traditions. One tradition for my husband, sons and me has been the making of our bean soup mix. The first year that we were married, we discovered a recipe for a mixed dry bean soup mix in a monthly magazine. We purchased beans at our local grocery store,  packaged them in ziplock bags, reproduced the recipe and gave them to family and friends for Christmas gifts. Each year, dear hubby worked on the recipe to improve it. 
This year, we purchased 60 pounds of dried beans at one of our local international markets. We've discovered dried beans that we didn't know existed.  A soup pot is no longer large enough to hold all the beans. We now use an ice chest. This will make approximately 60 packages of our soup mix. Some years
we had to form an "assembly line" to package the beans and recipes. Lots of great memories for our family and lots of good hot bean soup for our family and friends.

Visit SewCalGal's blog to find the list of other quilters sharing their holiday traditions, buy raffle tickets or golden tickets to benefit Operation Homefront and Celebrate the Holiday Season!!!

14 comments:

sherry said...

love that gift of soup

Quilting Babcia said...

Sounds yummy!

Laura said...

That sounds wonderful!

Brenda said...

Your soup is wonderful

ytsmom said...

That is a lot of beans! I love all of the different kinds of beans, who knew?

Thearica said...

Thanks for sharing!

Missy Shay said...

What a great idea to give as gifts!

The Quilted Dog said...

The soup beans and recipe is a great gift idea! Merry Christmas!

Barb said...

I just had to click through to your blog so I could see what was in the ice chest! What a neat tradition you have started. Happy Holidays!

SewCalGal said...

I'm so happy to have you come to the Quilter's Christmas Party. Love hearing how you make bean soup gift packages. Really does look like a big assembly project, but what a great gift. I'm actually curious if the originally recipe told you the quantities or if you simply figured it out....and then, how do you buy so many beans? I'm impressed! And, I think I'll have to give this a try sometime.



SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Do you give the recipe for the soup???

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Karen said...

What a great gift idea. Do you share the soup recipe?