Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Heather Long's #Holiday #Giveaway: Virginia Nelson's Souper Soup #Foodie #ComfortFood

Hiya, I'm Virginia Nelson, the rainbow haired author, but you can call me Virg. This was a wonderful
year for me (YAY for hitting USA Today's bestseller list!!!) and I was so glad when Heather said she was doing this. I really wanted the chance to give a little something back. But first... my recipe!

Everyone is going to be making their holiday meals soon. I don't know about your family, but I know we'll be making more cookies than the Keebler Elves at Ma's house and otherwise being too busy to make a good, home cooked meal in the meantime.

Which is why I love souper soup. A mish-mash combo of a couple of other recipes (with a dash of special virg laziness for pizzazz) Souper Soup is something my kids are probably sick of, yet I know it will fill their bellies and they'll go back for seconds (even if we had it twice this week already)

SOUPER SOUP

Ingredients:
2 bags frozen diced potatoes
2 large cans chicken stock
1 large carrot (diced into tiny pieces)
1 large onion (diced into tiny pieces)
3 cups of ham (diced into tiny pieces)
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp pepper
1 16oz container sour cream (you can substitute half block cream cheese and 8oz heavy whipping cream, if you'd prefer)

Directions: Mix all ingredients other than the sour cream (or other cream product) into slow cooker. Either cook on high for 2hrs or low for 4hrs until the potatoes are soft. Strain out about 2c of material and mash and then reincorporate with rest of soup in slow cooker. Add sour cream. Stir. Let cook on low for about 20minutes longer...

And it is done! I know, this isn't a holiday treat and everyone else is likely posting those...
What this meal is, though, is hearty. Prep time is literally something like ten minutes total (including adding the sour cream) and you just let it cook all day. It is filling, warm, soothing, and you don't have to work your brain to fill bellies. This is why I consider it Souper, lol

For Heather's Holiday Giveaway!!

As we go into the holiday season, I have been asking myself what I can do or how I can give to others. It has been a tough year for my family and a tough year for many families whether it is our soldiers fighting overseas, their families waiting at home, death in the families, divorces, economic hard times, cutthroat politicians trading on fear and hate and last, but most certainly not least tragedies such as those faced in Paris, Beirut, and many other places.

We are very familiar with the choke of the times. Here, I wanted to give something back this holiday season. Years ago, one of my local radio stations used to have write ins for people to nominate families for Christmas or holiday gift certificates. Nominated families or individuals included those who really were not going to have much to celebrate because they couldn't afford gifts or decorations or a big Christmas meal.

Beginning today and lasting until December 18, I am hosting a holiday give away post featuring an item and the author who is giving it away. To enter, all someone has to do is nominate the person they want to send the gift to and post a short reason why. If that person wins, then the gift will be sent to the recipient with a note wishing them a happy holiday season signed from the author giving it away, me and of course the person who entered them.

So far, I have several authors and items pledged to this effort. Be sure to visit daily throughout the holiday season and nominate those you love and care about and send them a gift – and yes, I will send them around the world!

Holiday Giveaway Rules



For a chance to win:
  1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why. (All entries in comments are counted toward final giveaways whether you use rafflecopter or not)
  2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments. 
  3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
  4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
  5. You may only win one gift to send.
  6. Giveaways begin November today and run through December 18.
As a special edition to the giveaway, several of the authors have donated towards gift cards that will go to three lucky commentators for giving the gift of caring to someone else in their lives. Every time you nominate someone for a prize is an opportunity to be listed in this giveaway. The final winners will be announced on December 19, so be sure to watch for it!

Thank you to the readers for hanging out with me each day, even when I have nothing to say (which is far more often than I'd like!).

Today's Giveaway

1 Print Copy of THE PENTHOUSE PRINCE 
1 ebook (winner's choice) from my backlist
1 $10 Amazon Giftcard

OR

1 $30 Amazon Giftcard
(winner's choice... If you think the friend you nominated could better use a little shopping money toward the holiday instead of books, I'm happy to give this option instead!)

Note: Winner may select ONE option or the other (books & $10 gc OR $30 gc), but not both.

Nominate someone you care about today!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

9 comments:

  1. Mmmm sounds good with all this cold weather. I nominate my friend Jen Orenstein she is a busy new mother who I happen to think would love The Penthouse Prince (and your soup). Shared on Facebook, TSU and Google+

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  2. I will definitely be trying your soup. We've been in a soup kinda mood lately. I nominate my best friend, Cheryl Heitfield. She has had a really rough couple of years both health wise (her husband has been in and out of the hospital) and financially (her husband can no longer work). She is upset that she won't be able to give her grandson Christmas gifts. While she would love the book, the $30 amazon gift card would thrill her. She could use it for presents for Wyatt.

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  3. mom so she can buy her own books

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. My mom. She's always giving and forgetting about herself. -V

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  5. I would like to see my Mom buy something for herself... I nominate her! greenshamrock at cox dot net :)

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  6. I'm nominating my sister. She is in need of some new books.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    Happy Holidays

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  7. My mom, sharon schook. she needs some new reading material. thanks for the chance and the soup recipe. :)

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  8. I nominate my kindhearted, overworked buddy Jeanette!

    Trix, vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com

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  9. ***CLOSED*** Congratulations Joyce Boyd! Your nomination won the gift from Virginia. Please fill out this form so I can get your gifts on their way: http://goo.gl/forms/APxSqCQaBm

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