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24 February 2018

Saturday Spotlight | Souper Blog Hop & My Favorite Sailboat Soup

In addition to the usual blog posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday about our travel adventures and day-to-day life living aboard a sailboat, I also occasionally post on Saturdays, focusing on things related to writing such as cover reveals, book launches, reviews, interviews with authors etc. So if you're a bit of a book nerd like I am, check in on Saturdays - you never know what might pop up.

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Today, I'm excited to be taking part in the Souper Blog Hop with Chrys Fey to celebrate the release of >>Pea Soup Disaster<<, written by her mother, Elaine Kaye. 

Don't you just love that picture? That's how I look whenever I have to eat pea soup. It's definitely not my favorite. Gregory, on the other hand, loves pea soup.

Before I share more about >>Pea Soup Disaster<<, let me tell you a little about one of my favorite soups, which we started making aboard our sailboat in New Zealand - >>Corn Chowder<<. It's such an easy soup to make onboard because you can use provisions which store easily and last forever, like canned potatoes and corn, powdered milk, onions, and chicken bullion cubes. If you're lucky, you'll catch a snapper (or other white fish) and can transform it into >>Snapper Chowder<<. (If you want to know more, check out this blog post which includes the recipe and a picture of a snapper Scott caught).

While I don't have a picture of our >>Corn Chowder<<, I do have a picture of the fabulous contraption that I make it in - our Wonderbag. It's basically a slow cooker which doesn't require any electricity.



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BLURB - Gregory Green loves his mom's pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn't think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him screaming, "He's a monster!" Gregory doesn't know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue - his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.

AVAILABLE IN PRINT at Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and a teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan her home. She is grandmother of three boys.

You can find Elaine on her website | Instagram | Litsy - @ElaineKaye | Goodreads | Amazon


What's your favorite soup? Gregory has his favorite teddy bear - did you have a favorite stuffed animal?

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35 comments:

  1. I love New England Clam Chowder. Okay, there are several soups I like, but if the chowder is in the offering, I'll have the chowder. I hate split pea soup. Gross.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like pea soup :-)

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  2. I love split pea soup! This sounds like a really cute story. I had an elephant teddy as a child....I wonder what has happened to it?!

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    1. An elephant teddy - cute! I had a number of stuffed animals, but nothing that was super special.

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  3. That bag is a no-electricity slow cooker? that's awesome. never heard of them.

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    1. It's really neat. You bring up your dish to the boil for a few minutes, pop it in the insulated bag and later that day, it's all ready to eat.

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    2. Wow! That's an awesome invention. And it saves on electricity so you don't have to worry about leaving something on if you have to go out.

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  4. I’m very partial to pea soup (though it often turns up on menus with ham which I can’t eat, being veggie). I’d definitely be on Gregory’s side.

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    1. That's how I always think about pea soup - with ham. Guess it would be hard to find a veggie version

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  5. YUM! Adding corn to any seafood chowder gives it a sweet creaminess. My favorite has shrimp and green onions.

    I'm intrigued by your magic no-electricity slow cooker. Very cool! (Or, um, hot. Wouldn't be much good for cooking if it didn't heat up...)

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    1. Shrimp and green onions - yum!

      You do have to heat up your dish first, then pop it in the insulated bag. But you don't have to leave it plugged in all day and it uses less energy overall, since you're only heating it up for a few minutes, not letting it cook for hours.

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  6. My favorite soup is the one sitting in front of me at any given time.

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  7. I almost didn't see this post here. Oops!

    Your comment about looking like Gregory on the cover when you have to make pea soup made me laugh.

    Snapper chowder sounds different.

    And the comment above by The Happy Whisk...love it!

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    1. It's such a cute cover :-) The Happy Whisk has a great approach to soup - love what you have when you have it.

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  8. My favorite stuffed animal when I was little was a Cookie Monster. I loved that thing so much it faded to denim blue and it's plastic eyes fell off.

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  9. Using canned corn and other goodies is right up my alley. SO simple and yet good.

    Thanks for telling us about your favorite soups. And thanks for joining us today. It's great to meet you, Ellen. :)

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  10. Never been Chowder fan but have not tired since I was a kid, so maybe should try again.

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    1. Maybe give it a go, you might like it this time around :-)

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  11. Snapper chowder sounds heavenly. I love that this recipe is so simple!

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  12. Corn chowder is a good hearty soup that always tastes great.

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  13. All these recipes on the Blog Hop are stirring my soup memory cells. Thanks Ellen, for reminding me that I love chowder - clam or maybe snapper...

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    1. For some reason, I don't like clam chowder, but I do like snapper chowder.

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  14. There's so much yumminess here: food, books, and friendship. I remember loving the story "How to Eat Fried Worms" read by a teacher in my youth. Heh... Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Wasn't there a song about eating fried worms too?

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  15. That no-electricity slow cooker is fascinating. I'll bet you've learned many unique methods of cooking on your boat. Congrats, Elaine.

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    1. One of the keys is to be very efficient with use of space as you don't have lots of countertops to spread out on when you're cooking.

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  16. I never heard of a wonder bag. It's amazing that it's a slow cooker! Corn chowder sounds good!

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    1. They're really neat. I also like the fact that if you buy one, they contribute one to a South African family. They're great for people to use when energy is scarce (like firewood, propane etc).

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  17. Oh my goodness. I forgot just how much I enjoy corn chowder. Thanks for the reminder.

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