soul warming

Sometimes when bad things happen and your heart hurts and your soul aches, you need to feel warm and comforted.

And while many things in my life are a comfort to me, few things can make me feel as safe and warm as food from my childhood.

One of the things my mom used to make was a crock pot full of homemade veggie beef soup.  I can remember her getting all the ingredients in as I was leaving for school in the morning, and then coming home to a house that smelled like…security and love.

She also used to make homemade cinnamon rolls to go with it, but I usually choose dinner rolls or cornbread when I make it now.

Coming home on Tuesday to the smell somehow reassured my soul that even when things change, I was still home.

Having some for lunch on Wednesday warmed my broken heart and gave me the energy I needed to get through the rest of the day.

Mmm…still hot.

Veggie Beef Soup

about 3/4 lb of stew beef, browned in oil and then put in crock pot

Then add to the crock pot…

1 can of corn
frozen peas
sliced carrots
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 large potatoes (washed, peeled, and cut up)

to make it soup and not just a pot o stuff add…

a box of beef broth
about 3 cans of tomato juice
around 3 tablespoons or so of Worcester sauce
shake in some salt (or I use seasoned salt)
shake in some chili powder
throw in a couple beef boullon cubes

mix it up and throw on the lid.

Set your crock pot on low for about 6-8 hours.

Serve with whatever you love with soup and feed your soul.

What are your most comforting foods?


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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. That sounds like the perfect comfort food. I always wanted beef vegetable soup whenever I was sick. Chicken noodle soup never did it.

  2. Soup was, and still is, my comfort food. My dad used to make homemade chicken noodle that was to die for! Someday I’ll make it for my own family, but right now Steak and Potato soup hits the spot.

  3. mac and cheese is my comfort food

    • mmmm…homemade? do you have a good recipe for it?

      • this is the one i use a lot.. i am going to try a new one on thursday and from what i hear it may instantly become my new fave.. 😉

        • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
        • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
        • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
        • 3 cups milk
        • 1/4 cup butter
        • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
        • 2 tablespoons butter
        • Crushed ritz crackers
        • paprika
        • Onion powder
        • Garlic powder
        1. Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
        2. In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Add in spices. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
        4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve.

        I also mix up the cheeses depending on whatever I have at home. yumm. the one i am trying on thursday is going around the internet and is called best one pot mac and cheese.. i first saw it on iowagirleats blog and she got it from somewhere else. i love pasta and cheese.

  4. It’s not stealing a recipe if you put it on your blog, right? Cause that’s what I’m doing. 🙂

  5. hope it warms you right down to your toes and deep inside your heart my friend. xo

  6. Oh, that is awesome. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a big comfort food of mine. But this recipe looks awesome. I may have to try it. 🙂

  7. What a lovely post. I’ve been reading but not always having time to comment. This reminds me of a similar dish my mum would make and sadly I am not half the cook she is. Guess I’ll have to wait for my comfort dish.
    I hope you’re well and bump is growing nicely

  8. OH that looks fantastic. I could totally go for a bowl right now as it is a cloudy and cold day!

  9. Yum! And we just ordered a new crock pot. I’ll be adding this to my list of must try recipes for this fall! Thanks.

    Hope your soul is smiling again soon.


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