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Nancy Mehl's Pork Roast Soup

Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fifteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Road to Kingdom series, “Inescapable,” came out in July of 2012. The second book, “Unbreakable” released in February of 2013. The final book in the series, “Unforeseeable,” became available on September 1st. 

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She has a newsletter located at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com, and is a part of another blog, The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Nancy's Latest Book Release: UNFORESEEABLE 
Book Three in The Road to Kingdom Series

Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora's Cafe.

However, Callie's idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County's new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders' attempts to plan ahead couldn't prevent a threat like this.

Nancy Mehl’s Recipe for Pork Roast Soup

2 ½ to 3 pounds Boston Butt Roast
6 strips of raw bacon, cut into pieces
Fresh green beans (Don’t have a measurement for this. I just fill a plastic bag in the produce section with beans.)
3-5 pounds of potatoes cut up into bite-sized pieces. (Amount depends on how big your pot is)
Salt and pepper

Wash green beans. Cut off ends and cut beans in half. Fill large pot halfway with water. Add roast, bacon pieces, green beans, salt and pepper to taste. (You will probably need to add more salt later since the ingredients tend to soak it up. Check it before serving and add more salt if necessary.)

Simmer this until the roast is tender and falls apart. (You will have to add water several times until the roast is done.) Remove large bone from pot. (Be sure to watch roast when water starts to heat up. If you’re not careful, the roast will stick to the bottom of the pot and scorch. Once the water begins to bubble you won’t have a problem.)
Now add potatoes and simmer about another hour until the potatoes are soft. 

One note: When you refrigerate the leftovers, a layer of fat will form on top. If you want, you can remove this before you reheat the soup. Just remember that the fat holds a lot of the flavor!