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porkpal
Apr 28, 2011 10:12 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I remember as a child finding tomato soup very warming; I don't think any of it was homemade though.
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 28, 2011 10:23 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear porkpal, well I am not buying canned stuff as I do not like it and it is expensive. Two big boxes of very ripe tomatoes cost me in your money $6!
That filled my crock pot with some left over. Once strained and the others done then cream added it will be fine. The cream costs more than the tomatoes.
I am just doing some bread rolls to go with the soup and my wife has made a carrot cake for them, what more do they want!
No doubt they will want Dinner later as well.
Regards.
Neil.
porkpal
Apr 28, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Yum!
Porkpal
ImageMaryE
Apr 29, 2011 6:03 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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It sounds wonderful. The mention of Yorkshire pudding made me think of the times I had that at my English grandmother's. With roast beef of course!
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ImageKathleen
Apr 30, 2011 8:06 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I have discovered how easy homemade tomato soup is. I can't use the canned because they put onion in it and onions are off my list. I'll be growing some plum tomatoes to make into juice for later when the weather comes in. Even Stan thought my first batch worth eating. I hope everyone had a lovely time, Neil. I accidentally watched some of the Wedding when I tried to get the local weather. The networks pre-empted the local news so we wouldn't miss anything. William has himself a lovely bride, and I hope all goes well. The Queen look rather nice in yellow.

Well, it is sunny out and warming after a bit of frost earlier. I have some pansies to put out and my fruit trees, an apple, a peach and a grape vine came a couple of days ago and need to be in the dirt. Now it's all about where to put them. I think my DGD is going to help me plant and then we are going to tackle a climbing rose that thinks it owns the yard. Two, actually, 'Dorothy Perkins' and her white offspring. I did nothing with them last year and they have made it impossible to walk down one of the walks and for Jess to work in her little garden.

off to bake the bread
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 30, 2011 9:25 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Kathleen, thank you for your comments on the Royal couple although obviously I did get a bit of flak from some Americans who could not understand what it meant to our little Nation.
The soup was demolished by the children and the bread rolls, although I cannot state if all of it was eaten by the children at the party. I fear the adults dipped in as well!
For some reason everyone likes Homemade tomato soup and rolls, or cheese sandwiches to go with it.
The elderly lady who lives across the road was especially busy and had made twenty party size pork pies, that were totally eaten in next to no time.
Jelly and ice cream and trifles for the children, plus my wife's carrot cake and chocolate cake, which as you can imagine did not last long either.
Then some of them wanted Dinner as well! The whole of the UK partied into the early hours, and there is many hangovers! Oh dear self inflicted injury I am afraid, no sympathy at all.
A lot of people have said that the brides dress was too plain. I do not know about fashion but we all though it looked lovely! After all it was the brides day and she chose it!
I wished to smack a dress designer who did not get any Royal commissions for the Wedding, as he criticized the flowers by saying they were not the right color or modern enough.
I disagree as the bride picked her bouquet of lily of the valley and sweet William. Good girl stood up to him and told him she picked them as she loves the smell of lilly of the valley and sweet William because of her new Husband.
He also stated he did not like the Queens outfit, well he will get no work. Sour grapes I am afraid.
Regards from a very Happy England.
Neil.


porkpal
Apr 30, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
The British certainly know how to celebrate! The newly weds will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; how are these titles chosen and do the imply any particular duties?
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 30, 2011 9:51 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear porkpal they are chosen by H.M. Queen. They in this case do not require any duties at all, as no land is given with the title.
But the now Duke and Duchess have offered their support for the Universities, as Oxford already has Royal patronage!
It is always a gesture by the serving monarch to make the second heir to the throne a Duke!
They did not have to do that in Prince Charles case as he is heir to the throne.
Just tradition and Royal protocol!
I am going over the pub, as they are having a hog roast and a party!
It is free, so why not. I did enough cooking yesterday.
Regards from a Happy England.
Neil.
porkpal
Apr 30, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Neil, thanks for the explanation; have fun at the party. It is definitely someone else's turn to cook.
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 30, 2011 1:29 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I read about the making of the lace for the dress... wow, what a labor of dedication. The lacemakers washed their hands every 30 minutes so it would stay clean, & the design incorporated the thistle, shamrock and ??? (oh dear, apologies to Wales & Britain) to represent the 4 countries of Great Britain (or something like that, I'm sure Neil is completely up on that sort of stuff).

I myself spent the morning working on the wind shelter & I've made good progress, in spite of the wind coming up towards the end. Got the ends covered w/shade cloth & the corner braces on. Hurray!

We're supposed to get snow flurries here tomorrow... Blinking the weather has been typical for spring... in the 40's for a week, then dropping to 20º one morning, 58º the next, 37º the next. It's worse than betting on race horses. Rolling my eyes. And still no moisture; even tomorrow it's not supposed to amount to anything more than inconvenience ('cause I hate snow blowing down my neck Angry )

Well, tah, it's time for lunch. I tip my hat to you.
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ImageAnnaZ
Apr 30, 2011 1:53 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Just moseying in to secure a place on the thread.
porkpal
Apr 30, 2011 6:27 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Always room for you AnnaZ.
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Apr 30, 2011 9:53 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I agree
Neil.
ImageCajuninKy
May 1, 2011 9:24 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I saw a photo, I think it was on Yahoo News, of Prince William. It was split screen with a pic of his beautiful Mom. They had the same little shy smile and he really looks a lot like her. The story was about how he and Kate did subtle little things to keep him Mom's memory close during the ceremony. I enjoyed it. Kate is beautiful. Will the 2 of them have to make appearances like Charles and Diana did?
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ImageNEILMUIR1
May 2, 2011 12:33 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Cheryl, yes they will have to make appearances but it will be cut down as William is a serving soldier!
Regards.
Neil.
ImageCajuninKy
May 2, 2011 12:54 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I did not realize that. Is he in the RAF?
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ImageNEILMUIR1
May 2, 2011 12:57 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Cheryl, congratulations again for being on SPOTLIGHT, you really deserve it.
Regards.
Neil.
Imagevic
May 2, 2011 1:16 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I just saw this on "latest posts" and thought I would stop in and say hello Smiling

I recognize a lot of folks here.

Still smiling from the royal wedding Neil. I recorded all 6 hours and dear daughter and I watched it. Lovely and Breathtaking Lovey dubby

I LOVE homemade tomato soup! YUM!

vic
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 2, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I think Prince Harry is cuter. Big Grin
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ImageNEILMUIR1
May 2, 2011 1:22 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Vicki, if the tomato soup is properly made I do not know many people who do not like it with a warm Homemade roll!
As Kathleen the boss here says it is very easy to make. Why would anybody want to eat canned soup, yuck.
I do hope you are well, and visit here again.
Regards.
Neil.


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