Cowboy soup!

That’s the name of the recipe I made in my slow cooker today (aka crock pot), and also my blog is a bit about several things…so- soup! 🙂

On Dec 7th from 11 am to 3pm we’re having an official launch party at the Pharmacy/Integrated Medical Clinic (located at 4655 Central Blvd. behind Metrotown Mall) I’m currently working at, of an awesome locally created line of Organic cosmetics. The name is Sappho Organics (https://sapphocosmetics.com/), these cosmetics are free of parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, talc and dimethicone! They go on smoothly and clean off easily. If you’re interested in booking your 30 min appt with Jo-anne (the creator of Sappho and a tv and movie make up artist) please come into the store and book your appt or call 604-568- 8713. There is a $10 deposit required to hold your spot (this goes towards any of the Sappho make up you purchase that day). We can take a credit card number over the phone. I’m there during the day Mon-Fri, but book your appt fast, they are filling up.

Yesterday I attended a fantastic workshop on creating your own workshop, and yes we all laughed at “Hey I’m attending a workshop on creating workshops.” 🙂 The presenter was also one of my teachers at school and she offers some really great courses, more of which I plan to take. In the meantime though I will be creating and presenting my own workshops in the new year on a variety of topics, and I’m pretty excited! Here’s a link to Kiley’s (the presenter) website: http://www.thenewschool.ca/

Today was a/is a gorgeous sunny late fall day in Vancouver so after getting my soup ingredients ready and into the crock pot, I went down to Granville Island (http://granvilleisland.com/) . A wonderful eclectic area of unique shops, buskers entertaining us, and the Public Market. At the Public Market I bought some wonderful fresh rolls, some great local fruit, and 2 to-die-for coconut macaroons as a little treat!

So, Cowboy Soup…the recipe:

COWBOY SOUP (I used all organic ingredients except for the spanish rice)

1lb ground beef, browned and drained

1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes

1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies (if you can’t find the one w/ gr chilies just choose something else spicy)

1 can (15oz) whole kernel corn, drained

1/2c dried minced onion

1 box (6.8 oz) Spanish rice with seasoning packet

6 cups of water

Combine all ingredients in a greased 4.5-6qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hrs. Do not overcook.  Top with grated cheese and sour cream if desired. Serve with tortilla chips. *note- I didn’t add minced onion, I added about 3/4 of a large fresh onion coarsely chopped and some minced garlic). Also I’m not eating mine with cheese or sour cream or tortilla chips. I having one of those fresh buns I bought at the market.

Here’s a pic of the soup in my slow cooker, and of my delicious purchases from the market.

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