I hope that my new picture will have arrived and is at the top of this weeks article but if not it will be next week.

You will be shocked to see what I really look like, but the other photo (the one I have used since the beginning) is about 20 years old. I am also a lot more than 20 pounds lighter. I met a few of my readers in different locations during the years and they always commented they would have never recognized me. They did not say if that was a good thing or a bad thing but hopefully this one does not scare you too bad.

Yesterday was a planned showing of the color guard for Odessa Middle School, Odessa High School and the university at Warrensburg. Our granddaughter, Rachelle, is a coach for all three teams and they have this annual get together. There is a meal and the money paid by patrons helps to financially aid the groups. Then after the meal they give a phenomenal show of each group's program and it is a very popular event. I was excited because other than church and a few shopping trips I have not been out of the house during cold weather. So I did my shower, hair, makeup and donned a new outfit.

My daughter picked me up and we drove to the end of our road when her cell phone rang. It was her husband telling her the entire program was cancelled due to the ice storm. So we turned around and went back home. My daughter had to fill several dozen containers with beef stew as she had a turkey cooker full of her great recipe. So we are now locked back in our homes waiting for the ice to melt.

This past week I have tried several recipes of simple but yummy soups. They have been great so I think I will try a couple of new ones next week.

Yummy simple potato soup

8 potatoes peeled and cubed 4 1/4 cups milk, divided Salt and pepper to taste 1 Tablespoon butter 1/2†cup all-purpose flour 1 egg, beaten In a large stockpot, combine potatoes and 4 cups milk, season with salt and pepper. Heat mixture over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. In a medium bowl, blended together butter and flour; add egg and remaining milk. Drop by teaspoonfuls into potato mixture. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 4

Simple tortilla soup

2-10 ounce cans chicken, drained 2 -4†1/2 ounce cans chicken broth 2 15 ounce cans black beans, drained 16 ounce jar salsa 1 Tablespoon cumin Combine all ingredients in stockpot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat,and warm through. Serves 6 to 8.

This recipe actually called for 2 cans (15-ounce) white hominy. I donít like hominy so I added black beans. You can decide what you want for your soup.

I keep Italian and other loaves of bread in the freezer. When I am making soups, I thaw them out and heat them in the over. Cover them with garlic spread and they are great with the soups.

Try to stay warm, donít go out unless you just like freezing or have to go out. I will see you next week.

Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.