Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Soup makes me smile


I made my mom’s hamburger cabbage soup this week.

I happened on the directions in my recipe box while I was looking for something else.

It’s quick and easy…

….and it reminds me of mom.

Which makes me smile.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

25 thoughts on “Soup makes me smile

  1. I love that about recipes – how they can fill us with memories. Lovely, Dawn.


  2. It looks good, Dawn. I have a macaroni recipe my mother made that I love – it’s pure comfort food.

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  3. It looks delicious. I make rasam powder, the recipe was passed on to my mother from my favourite relative, my father’s elder brother’s wife. I always remember her when I see the bottle with the powder.

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  4. Foods that are simple, delicious and remind us of someone we love = win-win-win!


  5. I’ll be right over. 🙂


  6. Lots of reasons to smile. Soup is a staple in our house, and our slow cooker gets a workout every week.


  7. This looks a bit like the soup my mom used to make — minus the cabbage! Delicious! I love hot soup in the wintertime.


  8. Would you mind sharing your Mom’s recipe? Is it similar to cabbage rolls? The soup sounds delicious and very satisfying on a cold day. i have a few of my Gram’s special recipes that she wrote out on plain index cards. Most have little stains on them, a bit of kitchen patina.

    My wish for snow was granted this week! Had a very pretty snow that amounted to just under an inch. It made my day – and the birds enjoyed it, too!

    💕 the header photo of Katie. 🥰

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    • Of course I will. Tomorrow I’ll put it here in comments.


      • Thank you Dawn! 😊


        • Mom’s Cabbage Soup


          1 lb ground beef
          1 large onion
          5-7 C liquid (broth or water)
          1 large can tomatoes not drained (but I used 14.5 oz can, it was fine)
          1 can tomato soup, not diluted
          1 can tomato sauce (optional, 8 oz, I used)
          3 carrots peeled and cliced or chopped
          1/4 head of cabbage chopped
          1/4 C frozen corn
          1/4 C frozen peas

          Brown hamburger and onion, drain off grease

          Add in 5-7 C water or broth (I used one box (4 C) beef broth and 1 C water. Have also made it with 50/50 split chicken broth and water)

          Throw in the carrots, tomatoes, tomato soup and tomato sauce. Simmer until carrots are almost tender.

          Add the chopped cabbage, simmer for 15-20 minutes more or until cabbage is tender.

          At last moment throw in the peas and corn. I just turned it off at that point and let them all sit for a bit. But you could simmer for some more too.

          It’s pretty forgiving, the carrots and cabbage could probably go in at the same time…but I don’t like soggy cabbage…you could probably throw in the carrots when you’re browning the hamburger and onions. You can use water or whatever broth you have. I use lower sodium broth, there’s enough sodium in the tomatoes and tomato soup.



    • Thank you again, Dawn! 😋


  9. Yum! One of my favorite parts about winter is soup. Your mom’s soup looks delicious!


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