A Blustery Beach and Homemade Soup

It was a cold, rainy and stormy day this past weekend when my rellies and I decided we simply had to go to the beach! We donned jackets and scarves and braved the nippy breezes, so happy to be at the seashore breathing deeply of that cold salty air.

This fellow made me grin as he walked jauntily and fearlessly down the beach. :-)

We strolled the rocky shoreline, stopping to peer into tide pools, pointing out scurrying crabs, tiny shells walking along by themselves, and rocks encrusted with barnacles and mussels.

When we wanted a break just to sit quietly and watch the waves, nearby driftwood provided the perfect perch.

We found all sorts of treasures: pebbles washed smooth by the sea, and these gorgeous purple shells that are now washed and sitting in a bowl on my coffee table.

As the sun sank lower and the temperature dropped, we headed back home for steaming bowls of Mum's 4-Bean Salsa Soup, and fresh rolls from the Dutch Bakery spread thickly with butter and Danish strawberry jam.

It was a beautiful way to spend a stormy day. :-)

Mum's 4-Bean Salsa Soup


1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinquinto beans
1 can green chilies
2 jars salsa
1 can corn, drained
1-2 farmer's sausage, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup cheese (cheddar, pepper jack), shredded

  1. Heat soup pot over medium heat and fry sausage until browned. Drain.
  2. Add rest of ingredients except cilantro and cheese. Bring to boil and simmer 5-10 minutes.
  3. Scoop into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro and shredded cheese.


  1. Just beautiful...all of it. I miss the shore. Must get there soon.

  2. I'm so glad you like it, Tracy. :-) I did too. It did my heart much good.

  3. Saw your profile on another page. Glad I found your blog. Look forward to following you here. Have a great day!

  4. Your pictures are so good I found myself pulling my sweater closer round me. I could almost feel the chill. The soup would be perfect to warm hungry beachcombers. I hope you are having a lovely day...Mary

  5. Thank you, Lazaro! I'm glad you did too. :-)

  6. Thank you, dear Mary!! :-) That makes me happy. It's SO cold here today! The foothills are dusted in snow! Yipes! Time for more warming foods. :-)

  7. I guess spring is not quite there for you yet Krista! Nice post as always. I love tide pools too! So much activity in such a small (to us) place! And WHAT are those purple shells? Gorgeous. Now you have me on a mission! Stay warm!

  8. I love all your soup recipes, soup has to be my favourite thing to make. I'll have to collect your recipes and try them out one by one.

  9. I actually kind of like going to the beach when its colder. It's really peaceful. Those shells are so pretty! The perfect talking piece for the coffee table.

  10. Not quite, Paradis! The foothills were dusted with SNOW this morning! BRRR! I'm not quite sure what the shells are. They're like clam shells more than anything.

  11. Oh, me too, Hila! I had another bowl tonight, oh so garlicky with soba noodles. :-)

  12. It is very peaceful, Joanne. Hardly anyone there. The shells delight me tremendously. :-)

  13. You have such great soup recipes! And I love using canned beans because they make for a quick, delicious, rich and healthy meal all in one. Lovely pictures that do make me crave a warm bowl of soup!

  14. Thank you, dear Jamie. :-) I'm such a fan of good soup. It cheers and comforts and nourishes all in one. :-)