Lauralie41 (Lori) gifted me with a RecipeZaar premium membership renewal and I wanted to thank her for her kindness! Please feel free to change the ingredients to personalize it to your tastes. If you don't want to use the crockpot, just make everything in a large pot, cover and let simmer on low for at least an hour. I have included some of Lori's favourite ingredients in this hearty soup and I hope that she and you like it. Enjoy!