I used to go to garage sales when my kids were itty-bitty; finding little sun dresses, over-alls, toy fire engines, duplo’s, lego’s and miscleneous “stuff”. During this time, my mom would comevisit, driving all the way from Cleveland in her mini-van filled with her garage sale “stuff”, and we would set up our own garage sale at our house selling “stuff”. As the years passed, I still occasionally visited garage sales buying “stuff” here and there while slowly filling up my basement with my own “stuff” that I no longer need…but someone else might want.
So here I am – finally having our garage sale tomorrow – ONE DAY ONLY!!! And started to haul the “stuff” out of the basement. OH-MY-GOSH…we have accumulated ALOT of “STUFF”! I don’t even think I will have enough tables and it will take me all day and most of the eveningto sort and price everything. I am sellingeverything from camp gear, snorkel masks, kites, Christmas decorations, comforters, window treatments, antique dresser, ping-pong table, pots and pans, utensils, books, beenie babies, and the list goes on and on and on!
Of course, while pricing 10,000 articles of “stuff” today, I have to think about feeding my family too so I made this black bean soup the other week and decided to make it again since it was so easy. It’s made in the crock pot, takes all of about 10 minutes to throw together The weather has been aweful – cold, wet and rainy so it will be perfect. I serve it with a loaf of french bread which I tear in large chunks and set in a basket (this makes for a pretty neat presentation – like a cookbook photo) and a green salad on the side.
Here is the recipe and I hope you enjoy. This soup is great chilled and served with a dollop of sour cream too! Happy garage sale-ing this weekend!
Black Bean Soup – Crockpot Style
1 pound dry black beans, soaked overnight or 3-4 15.5 oz. cans
1 tbs. chopped jalapeno peppers
6 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 med. carrot, diced
1 med. onion, diced
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ cup sour cream (optional)
1. Drain black beans; rinse.
2. Combine beans, and remaining ingredients except sour cream in a Crockpot.
3. Cook on High 4 hours. Reduce heat to Low, and continue cooking for 2 hours.
4. At this point the soup can be eaten as is, pureed with a hand blender for a creamy texture or served chilled with a dollop of sour cream.