After my husband and I were married, we moved to a small town in Northern California. My husband was working as a youth pastor. Food and fellowship was something that the small community enjoyed.

One time friends from church invited us to be part of a progressive dinner. There were three courses served at three different homes — an appetizer which was soup, a main course and a dessert.

It was a really fun night, traveling around our little town with friends from home to home, enjoying delicious home cooked meals.

Our first host served us carrot soup, and it was very simple, but tasty. My husband and I both really enjoyed it. Our friend shared her recipe and it’s now one of our family staples.

I love soup in the winter. It always seems to nourish my body and soul. I am also a very big bread fan, especially homemade. Recently I found this really simple french bread recipe from the Six Sisters website.

It makes enough for two loaves — one to eat, and another to freeze or give away. This makes a good hearty meal and I can’t think of a better combination than homemade soup and bread.

Jayne Gautreau is a member of Douglas County Moms.

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