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Soup Swap!

Soup Swap Long Beach is hosting a swap on January 22nd at Bella Cosa on Atlantic Avenue at Bixby Road!

Party begins at 5:00pm, deliver your soup, grab a glass of vino, take a number….swap!

Here are some details from the founders of National Soup Swap Day:

Planning Soup Swap
1. Schedule you Soup Swap to give everyone at least two full weekends to make soup.

While weekends make fun parties and are most ideal for large groups, keep in mind that weeknights make a very casual time for smaller groups to swap without the investment of a longer evening.

2. Invite everyone you know, and ask them to invite everyone they know.

You can swap with any number of people, but it more fun with at least six.

3. Ask people to bring FOUR QUARTS of frozen soup.

Here’s some common objects that come in quarts: big canning jars, yogurt containers and you can buy plastic tubs, usually sold in packs of 4.

We’ve found that four quarts is the biggest pot most folks have. Recipes often need doubled. People often show up with two kinds of soup because their recipe didn’t make enough. The real requirement is that everyone have the same amount of soup in same size containers.

4. Send a reminder on Friday before Soup Swap.

It’s great time to start dropping hints on all the wonderful soup you’ve been hearing about as there’s nothing wrong with a little competitiveness!

5. Doing good.

With a freezer about to be filled with homemade soup, it’s a great time to ask people to pick a few cans out of their pantry to donate to the local food bank.

At the Soup Swap
1. Relax and drink some wine as folks arrive…you’re about to host the easiest party you’ve ever had.

2. Put soup in an easy to admire and talk about location.

3. Draw numbers to begin swap

Put a number in a bowl for every person who brought soup. Have people draw a number: this is the order that the soups will be chosen

4. “The Telling of Soup”

In the order of numbers drawn, have each chef talk about what makes their soup special. Is it organic? It is spicy? Does it have anything someone might not be able to eat? Is it a treasured family recipe?

As the host, you might want to go first to make your guests feel comfortable and to set the tone. Unsure what it’s like: here’s a video from Seattle’s 2010 National Soup Swap and here’s a great example to read.

5. Begin Picking the Soup

In draw order, have each person pick a soup… 1, 2, 3 until everyone has picked their first soup…and then again 1, 2, 3 — until you’ve gone around the room six times.

Everyone should now have a wonderful mix of soup in the same amount of soup they came with!


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Back at it….

It’s been just over a year since I posted on my Green Acres!  Hmmmm,  a farmers market, farm project, 2 kids, 20 chickens and a dog kept me too busy to sit back and write about all the activities swirling around….but I am excited and motivated to share the homesteady, gardeny, crafty, family business of the daily routine.

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The kids and I enjoyed a nice long walk around the picnic grounds outside the Rancho Los Cerritos, which I have just discovered is the native garden. We were able to chat up a garden docent prior to the tour, and he filled us in on some plant names and made me want to sign up for the docent program. We had an impromptu flower scavenger hunt…I think that would be an awesome way to get the kids totally in to a garden tour…digital scavenger hunt. I’ll post it this week. The photo above is the giant, GIANT fig that looks prehistoric. No, that’s the ginko that dates back to 150 million years ago! Not that one in particular…but the ginko dna.


I think my favorite flower of the day has to be the Douglas Iris. Iris Douglasiana is native of the coastal region up in to Oregon and was used to make rope by the Yokuts. I read they would strip the two outside fibers from each leaf only, and it would take 6 weeks to make a 12 foot long rope. The Theodore Payne Foundation has photos of several examples in their native plant gallery, the one I saw today at the Rancho looks to be the Pacific Coast Hybrid


I also enjoyed the Ceoanthus bush, also known as California Lilac. Again, Theodore Payne gallery has several varieties, I think the one at the Rancho is Frosty Blue. I know I have seen this planted on the native slope at Los Cerritos Elementary as well. This is a great looking bush! Pretty big too.


A couple of California Oak trees are big and sprawling and shade making beautiful. When asked, quick what grows on oak trees…Griffin’s rapid response was oakorns. Love those seven year old mash-ups! He was the sentimental favorite to win the scavenger…because he played along, while Kiely was off hovering in a shady-breezy spot…because it was a hot one.

More on the Rancho Los Cerritos experience. I could probably write one post about that place every single week….

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Green Acres

Brand new blog for a brand new venture.  Designing, installing, consulting, watering, weeding, planting harvesting – vegetable gardens.

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