Celebration Soup

Do you have a favorite soup? I can’t choose, I like so many kinds, from the thick chili to the clear-brothed chicken vegetable. One of my sons prefers my cream of mushroom with shiitakes and the other likes best my Queen Green Soup. Don’t tell him, but it’s a cream of blended vegetable chock full of kale, spinach and/or chard. My daughter still prefers noodles, but I’m working on her.

Today, I’m making celebration soup. I hope you will join me at the table and break bread with me over some home-cooked soup. (Lots of veggies, sorry!)

First ingredient in any soup, some food, from seeds! Thanks to Belsbror for nominating friendlyfairytales for a Seed of Light Award. The light shines on the seeds in gardens around the world. No seeds, no food. Thanks Belsbror for this award that helps us remember.


Thanks to Donicia, a warm and creative blogger, for her delivery of stock ingredients. Her Grand Award included the Best Moment Award, Semper Fidelis, Shine One, the Awesome Blossom, the Very Inspiring Blogger, WordPress Family Award, the Versatile Blogger Award,  and the Most Creative Blogger Award. I’m going to cook those together, nice and slowly for a clear, deep stock. (Since I have them all already, I’m using my award token to accept.)


Thanks to Maria M, a fabulous writer and dog lover, at decidinglybob for some spice: the Versatile Blogger award.


Now for a taste of the islands: Thanks to Bia Helvetti at childoftheisland for the Reader Appreciation Award. I am new to her blog, and I am delighted to be exploring it. Here are her words: Bia Helvetti is a Story Keeper who writes folktales and ballads based mainly around the mythology of Britain and Ireland. Whether reworking the old stories or spinning new yarns, her tales bear the mischievous claw marks of her dark humour, passionate feminism and romantic Gothic influences.


Here’s the 10 veggies: Thanks to Deo at Deo Volente for 10 more awards, some of which I’ve already received: the Sunshine Award, the Awesome Blossom, the Reader Appreciation, the Because You Are Fantabulous Award, the Versatile Blogger Award, the Liebster Award, and the Most Creative Blogger. If you don’t know Deo, you should visit him, he is a very smart and inspiring person with a lot of wisdom: “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” To accept those, I will repost my award token:


He also gave friendlyfairytales three new awards: the Outstanding Blogger, The Kreativ Blogger Award, and the Your Blog Makes Us Smile Award.


Trying out a new nomination format: to some terrific bloggers, please accept the following awards, no strings attached, simply an outpouring of admiration and a desire to share the love:

KeithGarrett, please accept the Seed of Light, for your delicious ghost story poems;

LavenderMoonGirl, please also accept the Seed of Light, for your magical nature poems;

BooknVolume, please accept the Grand Award from Donicia above (or any subset), for your restful Quiet Moments;

StockResearch52’sBlog, please accept the Versatile Blogger, for your amazing photographs, like fairy tales themselves;

WindAgainstCurrent, please accept the Versatile Blogger for your science, nature and recent fall colors, sigh;

ACuriousGal, please accept the Reader Appreciation Award, love your photos and love your comments;

MungaiandtheGoaConstrictor, please accept Deo’s Big Ten (or any subset), for your devotion to endangered animals;

DiffusetheMuse, please accept the Outstanding Blogger, for your consistent great poetry;

PhotographicRhodes, please accept the Kreativ Blogger for really connecting with subjects through photography; and

KindnessBlog, please accept the Your Blog Makes Us Smile, for your constant inspiration.

I hope you will check out these terrific bloggers, who really make my reader a fun place to be. I hope you enjoyed my celebration soup. A walk in the woods is a great way to celebrate a warm meal. Care to join me?

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Thanks for the awards and thanks for reading!! I deeply appreciate the lovely feedback I’ve gotten these last six months, and it has come to mean more to me than I can say. (Just don’t tell Hubby, he might be jealous!)



Copyright 2013 Brenda Davis Harsham

37 thoughts on “Celebration Soup

  1. I love soups as long as there are mushrooms, potatoes or tomatoes in them…LOL…hmm….I think I am hearing my tummy growling…hehe

    Congratulations, my friend!

    Have a lovely weekend ahead, always~ Cheers!! 😀


  2. A grand way to celebrate and pass on the nominations for some well deserved awards! You are so creative and I love homemade mushroom soup, along with hot and sour soup! Just thought I would mention soups, back at you!


    • Sorry I didn’t get around to the notifications. Keeping up is getting impossible, but appreciating others is still possible. 🙂 Thanks for your great posts. I actually felt my soul soothed by your fall colors post. You have a great eye, and you see NYC in a way few do. Congrats to you! Brenda


  3. Ah – I will be sure to come back and check some of these out when I have a nice chunk of time at the computer. I like browsing award lists! Fun way to find new blogs.


  4. Thank you so much, Brenda. And, to be in such illustrious company, too. I feel truly honoured being mentioned and receiving this fabulous award on your wonderful blog. Thank you again ~ Amelia 🙂
    P.S. I have posted this comment on my blog, too. Just in case it goes to spam here. I have a big problem with that 🙂


    • Amelia, I found your comment, lodged in the spam filter, but I led it by hand back into the sun. 🙂 I hope your commenting issue gets sorted soon. It has happened to others who have commented here. I’m sure my turn will be coming one day. 🙂 And my pleasure, nominating you. I always learn something from you, and I like that very much! Hugs, Brenda


      • Thank you so much, Brenda, for doing that. 🙂 I believe it makes a difference to Akismet who eventually pick it up. I can’t imagine why it is happening – I am hardly the world’s greatest spammer. Glad to know I have some company in this. I am especially pleased you like my posts. That means a lot to me. I love yours, too. Beautiful and inspiring images and words.
        If I have replied to this before, forgive me. My blog tells me I have, then the tick thing disappears later. At the moment it is telling me I haven’t. All very confusing! xoxo
        🙂 🙂


        • Stuck in spam again, I hope they fix that for you soon. You don’t even have a link in it or anything. No worries, I’m not even sure if you did respond before or not, and I’m too sleepy to figure it out, but if I see a duplication later, I’ll delete one or the other. You are very inspiring, and I wish you continued good luck with your devotion to animals. Best, Brenda


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