A warm cup of kindness comes in many forms. National Soup it Forward Day on March 3 encourages us to deliver love and kindness by the bowlful!

When I make a pot of soup, it’s nearly always enough to feed an army. Those time-worn recipes grow over time, and love seasons it to perfection. I make it to warm my home, to cure a cold and warm a soul.

Just as the recipes grow and provide a nourishing warmth, so can National Soup it Forward Day. When making one of your favorite soups at home, Soup it Forward. Deliver a healing pot of your delicious chicken noodle or split pea to a family or friend you know is in need. Perhaps they have been ill or down on their luck. Whatever the situation, a little of your home cooking and visit will be a nice change.

I know my creamy potato soup will Soup it Forward nicely. What soup will you be making on National  Soup it Forward Day?

Lauryn E.

Activity Director



Recently our Residents participated in a Beef and Vegetable Soup Cook-off! Our residents split off into two groups and combined recipes to make two delicious, similar but different soups. We spent one day cutting and preparing all the ingredients, and let it simmer all day. The next day we served it to staff and residents along with some home made desserts that a few of our residents made. The entire building smelled of delicious soup, and everyone could not wait to try both styles!

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Check out a recipe below if you want to make your own old fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup!










  1. Cut meat into small, bite-size (1/2″) pieces.
  2. In a large pot or dutch oven, saute meat in 1 T oil on medium-high heat until all sides are brown.
  3. Set aside on a plate.
  4. Chop celery, onion, potatoes, and carrots into bite-size pieces.
  5. Saute celery and onion in remaining 1 T oil until onion is golden (about 10 minutes).
  6. Add browned beef, water, broth, tomatoes with juices, carrots, potatoes, corn, bay leaves and garlic.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until beef is almost tender, about an hour.
  9. Add peas and hot sauce to soup.
  10. Cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 30 minutes longer.
  11. Serve and season with freshly ground black pepper, hot sauce, or crumbled saltines, if desired.

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