15 Winter Soup Recipes

a close-up of a spoonful of soup rising from a bowl of soup


Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a nice hot bowl of soup! From hearty soups to seafood, from cheesy deliciousness to soups made with leftovers, there is something for everyone on this fabulous list of winter soup recipes.

15 Winter Soup Recipes

It’s soup season! Who doesn’t love a nice, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? My husband loves soup, and he makes some great ones. My personal favorites are the Buffalo Chicken Wing, the Philly Cheesesteak, and Stuffed Banana Pepper soups; you might have a different favorite.

Served with fresh homemade bread or perhaps some warm homemade yeast rolls or even a terrific cornbread, homemade soup is a delicious meal for lunch (or dinner!) or a great first course at dinnertime.

I have listed everything from a leftovers soup (like the turkey) to something hearty (beef barley… my grandfather’s favorite soup!) to, the BEST Buffalo chicken wing soup ever! I grew up in Buffalo (still live in the area) and there was a local restaurant (Danny’s) that made a name for itself serving their chicken wing soup. It truly is fantastic. And, hubby’s chicken wing soup is even BETTER!! If you love the great taste of Buffalo chicken wings, you are going to want to try this amazing Buffalo chicken win soup recipe. Yum!

Note: these soups are fairly easy to make. Some may have more ingredients than others, but for the most part they are easy to make soups. Most of these soups freeze well too (if you have leftovers or make a double batch). Just make certain you use freezer grade containers. Hubby buys them in giant packs, and we keep the extras down the basement. Our freezer sometimes looks like a frozen soup factory exploded in it. We freeze soup, stews, leftovers, garden vegetables, etc for later use all year long!

And now on to the 15 winter soup recipes…

15 Winter Soup Recipes

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a nice hot bowl of soup! From hearty soups to seafood, from cheesy deliciousness to soups made with leftovers, there is something for everyone on this fabulous list of winter soup recipes.


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Wood Burned Snowflake Craft

Wooden snowflake ornament etched with dashes, branches, and the words Let It Snow. There is a twine hanger at the end. This sits on top of a rustic blue surface.


Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft

Wood burned ornaments, signs, spoons, and artwork is all the rage and very easy to make. You really only need a wood-burning tool and some wood to make beautiful rustic art in minutes!

“Let It Snow” decorations are perfect for the winter months. I now decorate my foyer in “Snow” themed decorations starting the first of December, and leave them up until March. It is nice and easy, fits the season, and I do not have to continually remove decorations. It also helps to look seasonally current as we go away for much of the winter. A Christmas wreath in February looks lazy and can signal “hey, these people are on vacation!” A snowflake wreath says, “‘Tis the season!”

Since I have a large foyer I also have baskets of winter stems, signs, some tea lights and art.

I have snowflakes attached to the storm doors with double-sided tape. I know a lot of people prefer to hang them, but the double-sided tape means they are not moving, and I like that. I have different sizes and different shapes to make it look like a “real” snowfall.

Wooden snowflake ornament etched with dashes, branches, and the words Let It Snow. There is a twine hanger at the end. This sits on top of a rustic blue surface.


Tips for Making Wood Burned Snowflakes

• The materials necessary to make this easy Wood Burned Snowflake can be purchased at at JoAnn, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby

• The tip of the tool gets very hot and even touching it for a second can burn your skin or melt something. Always practice safety when handling your wood burning tool, and read the directions included with your burning tool completely before operating.

• Make certain you are burning in a well-ventilated area. Use a fan pointed toward an open window or door to help with ventilation.

• When you are using the tool, sometimes the slower you use it, the clearer the lines will be.

• The longer you hold the tool to the wood, the darker it will be.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


Wood Burned Snowflake Craft Materials:

• Wooden Snowflake
• Ribbon or Twine (for hanging)
Double Sided Tape (if attaching)

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft Tools:

Wood Burning Tool

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


Wood Burned Snowflake Craft Instructions:

1. Cover your work surface against possible burns.
2. Look at your wooden snowflake and make a decision about the best side of the wooden snowflake. Use the side you like best. If you are burning both sides of the snowflake (for a window), this step is not necessary.
3. Put the longest pointed tip in the wood burning tool and plug it in.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


4. Once heated up, make short dashes all the way around the perimeter of the wooden snowflake.
5. Once you are done making the short dashes you can lightly start to draw the “Let it Snow” wording in the center with this tip. (You can also draw lightly with a pencil before burning.)
6. Next, unplug the tool and allow it to cool completely.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


7. Take out the pointed tip and change to the calligraphy tip.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


8. Turn the wood burning tool back on and once heated, begin to trace the “Let it Snow” wording.
9. The way you hold the wood burning tool will determine the thinness or thickness of the line.
10. Go around the words until you are satisfied with the look. This may be once, twice, or three times. It is up to you the look you want to achieve.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


11. Add some snowflake-type points and embellishments to the edges.
12. Once finished, unplug the tool and allow it to cool completely before storing.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


13. If you are hanging your snowflake, insert a piece of ribbon or twine and hang as desired. If you are decorating windows, attach a piece of double-sided tape to the snowflake, pull off the backing, and attach to a clean window (or mirror) surface.

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.


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Wood Burned Snowflake Craft

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft

Wood Burned Snowflake Craft. Looking for some great winter decor? These easy to make wood burned snowflakes will look great hanging in your window, from a lamp or chandelier, or decorating your cupboards.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 1.00

Materials

  • Wooden Snowflake
  • Ribbon or Twine (for hanging)
  • Double-Sided Tape (if attaching)

Instructions

    1. Cover your work surface against burns.
    2. Look at your wooden snowflake and make a decision about the best side of the wooden snowflake. Use the side you like best. If you are burning both sides of the snowflake (for a window), this step is not necessary.
    3. Put the longest pointed tip in the wood-burning tool and plug it in.
    4. Once heated up, make short dashes all the way around the perimeter of the wooden snowflake.
    5. Once you are done making the short dashes you can lightly start to draw the "Let it Snow" wording in the center with this tip. (You can also draw lightly with a pencil before burning.)
    6. Next, unplug the tool and allow it to cool completely.
    7. Take out the pointed tip and change to the calligraphy tip.
    8. Turn the wood-burning tool back on and once heated, begin to trace the "Let it Snow" wording.
    9. The way you hold the wood-burning tool will determine the thinness or thickness of the line.
    10. Go around the words until you are satisfied with the look. This may be once, twice, or three times. It is up to you the look you want to achieve.
    11. Add some snowflake-type points and embellishments to the edges.
    12. Once finished, unplug the tool and allow it to cool completely before storing it.
    13. If you are hanging your snowflake, insert a piece of ribbon or twine and hang as desired. If you are decorating windows, attach a piece of double-sided tape to the snowflake, pull off the backing, and attach to a clean window (or mirror) surface.


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2019!


Good Morning and welcome to 2020!!!

For the last 10+ years (I’ve been blogging since 2007!) I have written a New Year’s Day post. And every year I have the same New Year’s resolution – remember to write the current year’s date on all correspondence and checks. I aim high!

A new decade is upon us and once again I think… WTH did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was programming for the (non-existent) Y2K meltdown. My how time flies.

I want to start off with a short recap of what happened in 2019 to the Ann’s Entitled Life household, and what we have going on in 2020. After all, no matter how “commercial” blogging appears to be today – and make no mistake about it, it is extremely commercial these days, I still consider this blog to be my personal diary. I write it so that in five years I can remember “Oh yeah, we took THAT trip” or “Hubby made THAT recipe” – notice I wrote, “hubby made”? For those unfamiliar with this blog my husband does most of the cooking. He’s an excellent cook. I bake and make cocktails, he cooks!

Soooo with that in mind:

Last year was a better year than 2018 (which was pretty grim).

I have wanted to travel for a number of years now. Due to Mr. Max’s health issues, traveling wasn’t possible for nearly five years without taking him along. 2019 was the start of fulfilling the travel-bug:

In January we went on a Panama Canal cruise. I took over 600 photos on that cruise, as I was going to do a big write-up about the locks. I was out on the “secret deck” at 6 am with a bird-eye view. Annnnnd then I could not find the photos. I blamed hubby for not uploading them correctly to his computer and resigned myself to not doing the post. Wellllllllll guess what I found mislabeled in my photo albums yesterday? (Honestly, YESTERDAY!)

I had always wanted to see the Panama Canal. My mother told me before we left that it was like the Welland Canal. And darn it, it was. This was also the first cruise we ever took Dramamine on. It was rough sailing. We missed one of our ports due to weather conditions (the captain felt it was unsafe to dock). On an excursion we overhead a lady saying that this was her 28th cruise and the worth sea conditions she ever encountered. I guess it was bound to happen! (It was our eighth cruise.)

We drove down to Ft. Lauderdale for the cruise as we decided to spend some time exploring Florida afterward. We had never done the west coast of Florida, so off we went through Alligator Alley (which was cool although I’d never want to break down there), on to Naples ($$), up to Ft Meyer (er, Sanibel Island is pretty), up to St Petersburg (we LOVED it!), and over to our old stomping grounds in St. Augustine.

On the drive home, we stopped in Savannah. All those years we had a condo in St. Augustine and never once did we stop in Savannah! This was another place I had always wanted to visit. And now, I have.

After that, Hubby and I spent some time around the house with typical household duties, and he planned a 6-week trip to Italy.

We have now been home since mid-October and the holidays whizzed by!

We are soon off to Australia and New Zealand. This is a trip Hubby and I have chatted about for many years. We always knew we would do New Zealand via a cruise… they drive on the wrong side of the road and the stops are fairly close, so, we decided to use the cruise ship as a floating hotel room. Hubby has several days of Hobbits planned, he wanted to do a Zena excursion (insert eye roll) but found out there was nothing commercial to be had. I think he’s pretty disappointed.

Our Australia time is mostly in Sydney, and then a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. This should be interesting with all the smoke and fires.

After we return home from Australia, we turn around in a week and head out to Spain. We have also have a side trip tentatively planned to Morroco when Sonny-boy and his SO join us.

Also planned for this year is a Noric Fjord cruise (and some time somewhere beforehand… not quite nailed it down yet although the cruise is booked), as well as a Canadian Leaf-Pepping tour in the fall.

And after that, hubby and I will have a fight about getting more dogs. I am still not over Max – although I might be as the second year without him comes to a close – and truly do not want a puppy at my age. I also have a few more trips I’d like to take that are not short (including Antarctica and Eygpt), and leaving a dog for a month is not a great idea, in my opinion.

Busy, busy, busy is the name of the 2020 game for us!

As far as the blog goes? I finally broke up with Facebook. It was a long time coming, but when everything is ‘spend this, spend that,’ to get seen on Facebook and since I am mostly sharing crafts and recipes that do not pay for themselves (I recently called this blog my money pit, and it is a pretty apt description), Facebook is not worth the effort.

Oh, occasionally I drop a link to Facebook, however, the content is simply not scheduled out like it used to be (none of the blogs you follow have an organic Facebook page… it is all planned and scheduled).

I gave up on Instagram too. It is owned by Facebook, and I can see where that is headed. ‘Nuff said.

I started up on Twitter again. I just cannot quit Twitter, the sewer that it is. My Twitter account is all hearts and roses and unicorns, however. Pro tip: stay out of Political-Twitter. It ain’t for the weak of heart.

So, that leaves me with Pinterest and my newsletter. And, I am fine with that. I like the newsletter the best because it is chatty, and people send me email responses! Pinterest? My account is a top 10,000 Pinterest account, so I am tied at the hip to it. We never sold our Pinterest stock either, so I have a vested interest (literally!) in seeing it succeed.

That’s about it for now. I want to thank you all for reading Ann’s Entitled Life. I wouldn’t mind if you all commented more. I love interacting with people who read Ann’s Entitled Life. I’d like to get to know you all too. So please feel free to comment on the blog!!

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Do you have any New Year plans? Resolutions? Goals? Ideas?

I wish you all a very happy, healthy, fabulous New Year. May 2020 bring much success, happiness, and fulfillment for you and yours!


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