Monday, February 12, 2018

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

-21* F this morning without the windchill, another sick kiddo- (the third in as many days!!) calls for a good, hot lunch. I had some broccoli I needed to use and the taste for some broccoli cheese soup. Since it takes less than 30 minutes from prep to bowl in the Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese soup is quick enough to make fresh for hubby's lunch. In August my husband changed positions and locations at work. He did have a 40 minute drive and now it is less than 3! For the first time ever he lives close enough that he can come home for lunch. We have had sick kiddos for the past week so today I wanted to make him something extra special for lunch.

 Growing up in Ohio we used to eat at The Barn Restaurant in Smithville, not only do they have THE best salad wagon (an old farm wagon loaded with every salad item you can imagine) but the very best Broccoli Cheese soup with skinny noodles!! Since finding out hubby is diabetic in October we have been watching the carbs, so no noodles today, but still delicious!!

Broccoli Cheese Soup in the Instant Pot
2 TBSP butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2- 1 c. shredded carrot
4 c. chicken broth
1/4 tsp. each of onion and garlic powder
1 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (my family prefers cubed Velveeta)
salt/pepper to taste
1 c. thin egg noodles

On saute melt butter and cook onion until translucent. Add broccoli, carrot, broth, noodles and seasonings. Lock lid, set seal to Sealing, Manual button for 4 minutes. Once the pot beeps do a quick release of pressure. Then stir in the heavy cream and cheese.
The noodles really do take this soup to the next level.
I hope you enjoy!
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Until later~

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Some days there are just not enough hours!! We live 30 minutes from town so any day we need to head to town causes a struggle for meals. We are currently having lots of appointments in town, a good excuse to use the Crockpot! This week I tried a new recipe, Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Chicken Tortilla soup is very popular in our area, but I have never eaten it! My husband and daughter both like it, but I didn't even realize the one they like is cheesy and I made a non-cheesy one. Hubby said the new recipe is now his favorite!! Oldest son is now a fan and I thought it was really good! The jury is still out on oldest daughter! I will say I am not a fan of spicy foods but with the sour cream this soup was not too spicy at all!!
 With temperatures in the single digits this week, it was the perfect time to try a new, easy recipe for some spicy soup!!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 lg boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 packet of Fajita seasoning
1 med. onion, chopped
2 cans Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
1 can Black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 bell pepper, your color choice (I used green)
4 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
Tortilla strips or chips, cheese, sour cream, avocado-for topping

Add all but your toppings to slow cooker and mix. Cook on low for 6 hours, then shred the chicken breasts and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Serve with your favorite toppings.
Leftovers are very good!!

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Until later~

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November painted wood door hangers

 I am slowly but surly painting door hangers to have a couple for each month. I began painting these two last October and finally finished them this October!!
 The ground has been covered with snow since just after Halloween and I really struggled hanging my November hangers and not skipping straight ahead to Christmas! But, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and fall is my favorite season and I am not quite ready to let them go just yet!

I want to apologize because I have to cover our 2 littlest ones' names. I can't share those.
For my hanger I started with a very large pumpkin cutout but I wanted more than one pumpkin. So, I used various shades of orange to add the smaller pumpkins, it turned out so cute!! And because I now have a little experience painting these hangers I did not hesitate one bit free-handing my lettering. I added a leather hanger and a hand tied bow before hanging it on my door. All of the kids love this one, they like seeing their names!

I am so glad that old pick up trucks are "in" now!! My dad had a thing for old trucks and they remind me of him. I am so happy to have this one!! I love my little truck!! I decided to not add any lettering or a bow to this one, I didn't thin it needed it, besides my dad would have preferred it this way!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Paint Party Witch Owl door hanger

I have been following Tamara at Southern A-Door-nments Decor for some time now. I found her first on Youtube and then on Facebook. Last month was her first online paint party and I had to jump at the chance to paint with such a talented lady!!
Tamara cut the door hangers and sent them to the party participants. I think she knocked it out of the park with her witch owl design!

The night of the party we tuned into to Facebook and got the party started. It didn't take long to realize Tamara has spent quite some time painting. She out painted all of us.LOL Even though it took me longer to finish my hanger, I am so happy with how it turned out!! Not only did we learn to paint our hanger but Tamara shared some tips and tricks too.
I was so proud to hang my owl on our door on October 1st!!

 Isn't she adorable? I have the October Paint Party hanger to paint now so it will be ready to go for November. You can check Tamara out on Faceboook -HERE

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Monday, September 11, 2017

September 2017 Wooden Acorn door hanger

So, my second door hanger for September is a huge acorn! My painting is very basic on this piece but it works. I transferred the lettering using carbon paper before painting it. The most time consuming element was finding the right font, I finally found a free one I liked and downloaded it. My acorn measures 18"x24", I like the larger size for my doors. I think it needs a bow, I will have to stop in Hobby Lobby some time I am in town to see if I can find some.
I will be painting another hanger this month so it will be ready for October. I can't wait to get it done!! And to share it here!
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Autumn Leaf- painted door hanger

"Time waits for no man!" I have heard that my entire life but I get it now! Time has passed so quickly this year. The two older kids are back in the groove of being back in school. Little man is in preschool and baby girl is home with mommy.
Over the long weekend I had some time to be a little crafty. I needed some fall door hangers, after buying my blanks I painted them and now at least my doors are ready for fall.
My blank.

Working with yellow paint on wood can be a little tricky. I have learned from another painter to use white paint as a base layer. The picture was after the white and yellow layers were done and I had started adding the orange layer.

I used water to thin down the orange and red paints which allowed me to blend them. A new technique for me.I then finished by adding the details, the "veins" of the leaf, the light yellow around the outer edge pulls the whole shape together, and then I used water again to thin down some brown paint before flicking it all over my leaf. I added a jute hanger and called it done!
Living on the prairie we don't have many trees, we also have some pretty wicked winds quite often so we really do not get to enjoy the beautiful leaves like we did back east. Now we have at least one beautiful leaf at our place!
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Chocolate Chip cookie secret recipe

The kids are out of school for the summer, to celebrate I made them a batch of cookies yesterday. I have been making these cookies for years, and from the beginning folks have always tried to figure out the "secret ingredient."
 I made these cookies for the first time while I was cleaning offices as a third job. I took the cookies to the guys working in the factory one night and then every night they would meet me at the door wanting cookies.
We joke that HB asked me to marry him because of my cookies and my gravy! LOL
I like that this recipe makes a thick, chewy cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
Mix these two together and set aside.

Cream together
1 cup softened butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
1  small box instant vanilla pudding (the secret ingredient, Shhh!)
Once those are smooth add 2 eggs.

Slowly add in the flour/baking soda, mixing well.
Stir in one small package of Milk Chocolate chips.
Use a tablespoon to scoop onto an ungreased baking sheet. 
Bake at 350* for 10-14 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and place on cooling rack right away. 
 Once cooled store in air tight container. I place a slice of brad in the container with the cookies to keep them soft, and replace it once the bread begins to harden. 

Yesterday I used up some of my baking goodies- chocolate chips, Walnuts and M&M's. Warm from the oven was too much of a temptation for my 4 little cookie monsters to resist. Hunter said they were better than perfect! I'll take that!!
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Until next time~