Sunday, April 22, 2012

S is for... Sister, Socktopi, and Sauerkraut


Getting ready to watch the Royal Wedding, 2012

My sister and I are especially close.  Unfortunately, we don't get to hang out together much, but when we do, it's a rare occasion when we aren't laughing so hard that our sides hurt.  If it's making up silly dance routines to Big Band hits, playing dress-up like ten year old girls, or pretending to be fashion critics at the mall, we are laughing.  It's this part of our relationship that I miss on a daily basis.


I make sock creatures.  They are all hand stitched and named.  It's kind of an obsession.  I also make sock monkeys and monsters.  


Sauerkraut Soup

This is one of my favorite soups.  It's a family recipe.  Hope you enjoy!


4 Potatoes, Cubed
8 Cups of Salted Water
1 lb. Smoked Kielbasa Sausage, Cubed
1 Tbs. Caraway Seed
2 Cans Sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
1 Pt. Sour Cream, with 2 Tsp reserved
1 Tbs. Flour
Salt and Pepper to Taste  

  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Boil potatoes for 10 minutes. 
  3. Reduce heat and add the kielbasa, sauerkraut, salt, pepper, and caraway seed. 
  4. Allow soup to cook at a gentle boil for 20 minutes.
  5. Slowly add sour cream, and stir regularly until mixed.  (Keep 2 Tsp. reserved).
  6. Mix flour and reserved sour cream until it becomes a paste.  
  7. Slowly add flour/sour cream mixture to the soup, stirring constantly until dissolved.  
  8. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve hot with slices of rye or pumpernickel bread.


  1. Love the Socktopi! Someday I want to learn how to make my kids sock monkeys. (First I need to learn how to sew. LOL)

  2. Thanks, Dana. If you ever need a tutorial, let me know. They're really fun and easy to make. I usually just hand stitch mine.

  3. Oh my goodness, I love those octopi!!

  4. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Ro. We had a great time making hats that night.

  5. Thanks, Jaye. I love to make them. I like turning a boring pair of socks into a funny creature.

  6. I might have to try that soup! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs in April. My alphabet is at

  7. LOL!!! This pic makes me laugh so much. Love you sister!

  8. Sound like you and your sister have a blast! That's a treasure. And your sauekraut soup recipe sounds delicius! I love using keilbasa sausage in dishes. All that flavor! Barbara
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    P.S. - You should add follow me to your sidebar to make it easier for other bloggers to keep up with your posts.

  9. Hi, Barbara. The soup is surprisingly delicious. Most people snub their noses at sauerkraut, but the soup gives it a different flavor. Thanks for the heads up about the "Follow" link. I've added it back on.

  10. Love you, too, Sister. Aren't we a pair?

  11. Love the sock creatures! My daughter makes them too. So fun! I found you through A-Z and am now a follower. I enjoy your writing.

  12. What a lovely compliment. Thanks for following, Mare. If you have any photos of your daughter's creations, I'd love to see them.