friends don’t keep secrets

So, a little bit about me: My name is Jules (technically Julie…Juliet), and I have been married for a little over three years now. Me and the hubby live in semi-rural Oklahoma, and our town is just big enough to have several fast food options….but not big enough to have a decent job or housing market.

I work as an administrative assistant (my husband insists I’m a sexy secretary) and photographer/janitor/writer/a little bit of everything. As mentioned in my last blog post, I was homeschooled, and since we had a lot of other homeschool families around when I was growing up (hi guys!), I got to join the workforce relatively early. In case that sentence was as convoluted as it felt, I worked for the parents of one of my friends. So at 25, I’ve got over a decade of experience, much of it administrative. My point is I like my field.

*slurps coffee*

**puts on glasses**

I am semi-functional now. You know, breathing, blinking, etc.

ANYWHOO, Yesterday a friend of mine (who has a cold), request a recipe for vegetable soup, as she is a vegetarian. Veggie soup is even easier than chicken soup, it took like an hour to write, even with all the slang thrown in.

Look how cute she is. Next I have promised her a cornbread recipe, because she’s obsessed with corn and it goes great with vegetable soup.

I actually got to drive to my hometown library’s annual book sale (bought my Friends of the Library lifetime membership, hollaaaaa), and got notifications frequently during my hour drive, as well as the sale itself.

Ariana is the second of my friends to actually make one of the recipes I’ve sent, and it makes me giddy with joy to see my work come to fruition. According to them, the instructions are “hella easy to follow”, which is always good to know.

Technically I believe the veggie soup recipe I wrote is actually vegan, because there are no animal products whatsoever. And if there are in the store-bought veggie broth, it’s so, sooooo easy to make homemade vegetable stock, which I will be making soon because it’s getting cooler, and that means time to torture my husband with the Season of Soup.

The reason my recipes are so vague is because any recipe is easy to customize. You like barley? Throw in some barley. Add a packet of onion soup mix, or make your own for a stronger flavor. It’s all easy peasy.

Mutha. Friggin. Veggie. Soup
Cold-Buster Supreme


  • A healthy drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped yellow or vidalia onion (don’t skip this step, you shit)
  • Like, 3-ish cloves of garlic, minced.
  • Probs about 2 of those big cartons of veggie broth. Swanson that shit.
  • One o’ them bags of frozen veggies. Peas, corn, carrots, green beans. Fuck it, add in some broccoli and cauliflower, I ain’t your mama.
  • 1-2 cans of petite diced to-maters. However much you want.
  • 4 medium taters, diced
  • 2 bay leaves (don’t eat these after your soup is done)
  • About a teaspoon-ish of dried thyme
  • Salt. I like a lot, you may like a little.
  • Peppa. However much you want.
  • Parsley, oregano, basil, whatever. It’s your soup.
  1. Aight kiddos you gon learn today, this soup is good as shit, and easy as fuck. First things first, drizzle that olive oil all up in ya pan, and put that bitch on medium-low heat. Now toss in that onion and garlic.
  2. That shit’s gonna get all kinds of fragrant, but keep it low so it don’t burn. It might take a bit, but it will go all translucent and soft, and then ur ready for your next step.
  3. Toss in them diced taters. They can be big dices or little dices. In this case, size really doesn’t matter.
  4. Now you gon pour ur veggie broth aaaaalllllll over them taters. Yeah. Get it. Make sure they’re all the way covered and even have a little over the top.
  5. Toss in a healthy bit of salt. Salting ur taters is like, the most important step. Maybe. Probably.
  6. Turn that shit up to 11 (high. I mean turn it up to high) and bring it up to a boil. Ur probs gonna boil them for….Idk like 10 minutes or so? At 10 minutes, check them with a fork and see if they tender.
  7. Literally dump in the rest of the shit, after ur taters is tender. Your tomatoes, frozen veggies, spices, and as much of the veggie broth as you want. Dump it in, and give it a big swirl so it’s all mixed up in there like the crowd at a Darius Rucker concert.
  8. Bring it back up to a boil. Drink some orange juice. Reduce it to a simmer and cover that bitch up. The longer you simmer, the more them good flavors will incorporate, so go at least watch an episode of Archer or something.
  9. When it looks about however you want it, ladle that good shit into ur favorite bowl. Grab ya some crackers, or some toast, or whatever the fuck you want with your veggie soup. Cornbread and louisiana hot sauce for me. Dig in.


*side note: her mom had to ask “what’s taters?” and I laughed really hard because then it was just the Gollum voice in my head over and over again.


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