Spicy Vegetable Soup

Hey Readers!

Autumn is fully upon us, and frankly, I REALLY miss the long, warm and sunny days this past summer has to offer. In my neck of the woods in Canada’s capital, we are now being greeted with shorter hours of sunlight, and cool, wet days. It is just a sign that winter is not too far away, and that my flip-flops are being put away for the year to make way for lots and lots of socks.¬† ūüė¶

My other half, the real chef in our home, has also noticed my grumblings about the weather changing. Since he is so clever and loves to cook, he conjured up a recipe for a great comfort food that will help to keep the wind and the chills of autumn away from us: Soup!




He loves making soup, and with the day being cold, windy and rainy, I was really excited to taste his newest creation! This time, Readers, he made a spicy vegetable soup that made us feel warm and toasty.


  • 4 Potatoes
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Orange Pepper
  • 2 Broccoli Stalks
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Red Scotch Bonnet Pepper (for the kick)
  • 2 Cups Rigatoni Noodles
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 Pack Cream of Broccoli Soup Mix



  1.  Mix the cream of broccoli soup mix with milk.
  2. Put cream of broccoli soup mixture into pot and turn the temperature on Low.
  3.  Chop veggies/herbs to desired size.
  4.  Place veggies and noodles into pot.
  5.  Simmer for 4 hours.
  6.  Enjoy (Look below)!





When my I tasted this soup for the first time, I was instantly warmed up, both by the warmth and flavours of this soup and by the scotch bonnet peppers he used that blends so well with the veggies he used, and to give this soup that surprising kick that makes you literally say “Wow!” before going for that second spoonful.

And there you have it, Readers! This is how my other half is keeping our family feeling warm and cozy during the blustery days of autumn. He is simply fantastic, and I wish I could be as creative in the kitchen as he is! This recipe is versatile as well.  You can change it up so that there are different veggies in your pot, or you can add some chopped chicken or turkey (Thanksgiving leftovers) to add some meat to the mix! We actually added some leftovers from a roast chicken we had the night before to this soup, reheated it, and ate it for lunch the next day, and it was fabulous!

So, if you are looking for a recipe for a new comfort food to take the cold and blah away this autumn, then try out my other half’s Spicy Vegetable Soup!

Until my next post, Readers!



Sweaters, Cardigans and Hoodies to Keep You Warm in the New Year

Hiya Readers!

Okay, we’ve made through to 2014, but it’s just getting chillier outside!¬† A good sweater helps to beat off the cruel chill of winter.¬† I thought I’d share some of my picks for cute and cozy sweaters, cardigans and hoodies I thought would keep me warm with you!

H&M Knitted Jumper

H&M – Knitted Jumper

Dynamite Long Sleeve Cocoon Cardigan

Dynamite – Long Sleeve Cocoon Cardigan

AE Real Soft Full-Zip Hoodie

American Eagle (AE) – Real Soft Full-Zip Hoodie

RW & Co. Marled Sweater with Lurex

RW & Co. – Marled Sweater with Lurex

Forever 21 Boho Babe Striped Cardigan in Burgundy & Tan

Forever 21- Boho Babe Cardigan in Burgundy & Tan

So if you were looking for some new sweaters to help keep you warm throughout this frosty winter season, I hope that these picks will help keep you warm, too!

Until my next post, Readers!