I made a baked potato soup similar to JulieV's except that I didn't add a lot of spices. I used scallions, bacon, cheese in addition to milk, chicken broth, and potatoes. It was pretty good.
I am soaking kidney beans to use for JulieV's kidney bean and sausage soup. I bought some barley for it last week. I've not used barley in years and this is "whole grain" barley. I mean that it's not heavily processed.
It's getting cold here and I live in FLORIDA!! Glad the danger of hurricane is past. (At least by the calendar the danger is passed as the hurricane "season" ends Nov. 30.)
Happy holidays to all......