Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Cold: February Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. The bloggers who are joining me this time all picked a number between 12 and 74 and sent it to me. I gave the numbers out as assignments to other bloggers who are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

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I got the number 14. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme Cold. I bet you can figure out why.

~ You feel the need to say a prayer EVERY time you start the car.

~ Don't be gloveless, the steering wheel will claim the skin right off your fingers.

~ Whipping winds take your breath away, require zipping my coat up over your mouth.

~ You lose feeling in your feet, inside your boots, just walking to the mailbox.

~ Your groceries begin freezing in your trunk on the ride home from the store.

Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Soup is a fun and filling way to have your soup and pizza too, pizza night in a quick and easy slow cooker soup form. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Soup
Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Soup is a fun and filling way to have your soup and pizza too, pizza night in a quick and easy slow cooker soup form. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

~ You walk to your neighbor's house and end up with icicles on your eyelashes.

~ Stick your nose out of the covers, if it turns red, stay in bed.

~ How many pairs of socks can you wear at once? Asking for . . . me.

~ Damn whoever thought up daylight savings, the early dark plummeting temps in the afternoon.

~ But . . . a hot drink (with a shot) is medicinal on freezing days. Cheers.

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:
Spatulas on Parade 
Messymimi’s Meanderings 
On the Border 

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Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Soup

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 3/4 cups vegetable broth 
1 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp Italian seasoning
3/4 cup pepperoni slices
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 small red onion, sliced then cut in quarters
1/2 green pepper, sliced then cut in quarters
1 clove minced garlic
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

OPT: naan or small premade pizza crusts
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
OR: Italian seasoned croutons

shredded mozarella cheese for serving

*Place the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, sugar, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and pepperoni in a slow cooker and turn to high.
*In a saute pan, heat the 2 TBSP olive oil over medium heat until hot. Stir in the onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion is just soft. Add to the slow cooker.
*Cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce to low and cook for 3 hours. Add the mushrooms, ricotta and parmesan and cook another hour.
OPT: just before the soup is done cooking, brush the remaining 1 TBSP olive oil onto the naan, then sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley flakes. Toast until the bread is hot, crisp and browned. Cut into about 1 inch slices.
*To serve, top each bowl of soup with the shredded mozarella cheese, then serve with the toasted bread or top with the Italian seasoned croutons.


  1. Luckily we've pretty much had a warm winter. Only a few cold days and nothing to bad. That soup looks delicious. I'm sure it is SO MUCH better than my beef stroganoff last night. It was awful!

    1. Oh no, we'll have to PM and figure out what happened to your dinner.

  2. Great idea. I never would have thought of combining two favorite foods like pizza and soup!

    1. The idea was easy, making it happen took a bit of trial and error.

    2. Getting to the mailbox requires hip boots,and raincoat to get to the boat.

    3. That sounds miserable. Hope it stops soon.

    4. I’ll take the rain over your cold, no coat, barefoot, short sleeve, no shorts.
      Rain in the forecasts for tomorrow and again talking Flash flood and Areal floods
      We are not to Spring yet, I shutter to think what April will bring.

  3. I see your logic. Make us feel cold so we will immediately run into the kitchen and make your soup. Well, it sure is tempting but I don’t know what my employer will think of me making soup instead of working. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  4. I can't do cold. It causes me to hurt so extremely bad but even with our mild winter it has been rough. I'm glad I don't have your temperatures. We have had nothing but rain. Rain and more rain.
    love the soup!
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. The older I get the less I can deal with the cold. Although I have to admit that rain makes me just a miserable.

  5. I hate cold weather, but it is nice to be able to do big grocery shopping (at multiple stores) without worrying about the food spoiling in a hot car.


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