Recipes

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

My husband hasn’t been feeling very well the last couple of days and requested chicken noodle soup. I thought, I can either go to the store and buy canned soup, or make it from scratch (for close to the same price) and have several meals. So…I decided to make it from scratch! It turned out delicious and was super simple! I ended up with enough soup for dinner last night as well as enough for probably 4 more generous servings. Well worth the little effort and definitely a much better value than canned soup!

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast (or left over turkey)

2 Tablespoons butter

1 cup celery

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup chopped carrots

3 cloves of garlic

1 1/2 cups egg noodles

48 oz chicken broth

32 oz vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

Directions:

Cook your chicken. I like to cook mine in a cast iron pan in the oven at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until done. I seasoned it with garlic powder, onion powered, a little poultry seasoning and black pepper. I also added a little of the chicken broth to help with keeping it moist. Once done, cool, and then use a fork to shred.

Sauté your carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until soft.

Mix sautéed veggies, chicken, both broths, oregano, basil, and poultry seasoning in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes. Add in the egg noodles and simmer another 20 minutes or until noodles are soft.

Serve and enjoy!!

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Apple Fritter Bread

This recipe is our families take on other recipes I’ve seen floating around. We are big Dutch apple pie fans and thought a crumble topping would take this to another level and oh man, Did it ever! It is simple, fun, and irresistible (and tastes amazing along side a cup of coffee)! Definitely a new family favorite.I found these cute little mini loaf pans at Lifeway (http://m.lifeway.com/Product/give-thanks-mini-loaf-pan-P006169314) and absolutely love them! I’m thinking of using these as Christmas gifts for friends and family and include one of our favorite breads as well as the recipe for them to make for themselves. It would be a unique and inexpensive gift that I’m sure everyone would appreciate!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

2 apples (any kind) peeled and chopped, then mixed with 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble topping:

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter-melted

Mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 1 tablespoon melted butter. Mixture will be somewhat clumpy.

Old fashioned glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2-3 Tablespoons milk or cream (depending on desired thickness)

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (about 176 Celsius), grease a 9X5 loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.

In another medium sized bowl, beat white sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended in. Add in vanilla extract.

Combine flour and baking soda and then add into creamed butter mixture until well blended. Then add in milk and stir until smooth.

Pour some of your batter into prepared pan(s) (half of the batter for 9X5 pan or about 1/3 full in your mini loaf pans) add half of the apples and half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture-lightly pat the apples in and swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a knife.

Pour remaining batter in and add remaining apples and brown sugar mixture- repeating patting and swirling.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes then add your crumble topping and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Make your old fashioned glaze by combining powdered sugar and cream until smooth

Let your bread cool for about 20 minutes the drizzle with glaze.

Serve and enjoy!

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Scotched Eggs

As a lot of you know I often make breakfasts that are quick and easy to grab and go. Kenny works really early and leaves the house by 5:00AM every morning. This means he needs something he can eat while on his way to work, that will give him energy, and will give him enough to keep him full. He also likes variety. So I asked him yesterday what he would like for the next few days and he chose Scotched Eggs.

A friend of his from work actually introduced us to Scotched Eggs a couple of years ago. We had never heard of them, and honestly, were a little scared to try them! But they are seriously AMAZING! You can use any kind of sausage and spices you want, make them more savory for a dinner or appetizer dish, or like we did today for breakfast! It is quick and easy to make, delicious tasting, and something that is easily reheated in the morning for Kenny’s breakfast! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs, hard boiled
  • Sausage (we chose maple flavored because we are using them for breakfast and YUM!)
  • Bread crumbs (again you can use plain bread crumbs or seasoned bread crumbs depending on what you are making them for)

Directions:

Boil your eggs for about 11-12 minutes.

Rinse them and let them cool completely. If they are still warm the sausage won’t stick properly.

Peel your eggs

Make a thin patty with your sausage.

Place an egg on top of the sausage patty,

Wrap the sausage around the egg and form a “snow ball”, making sure the sausage is secure and free of holes.

Roll in bread crumbs.

Place coated eggs on to a cookie sheet. I covered my cookie sheet in foil for easy clean up.

Bake at 400 degrees (204 degrees Celsius) for about 30-35 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!!

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Classic Lasagna Soup

With winter weather quickly approaching us here in the Inland Northwest, soups are going to be a regular on our menu. Not only is it a winter staple, it is also a necessity. The last couple of years we have had intense wind storms that leave us without power for up to a week at a time. We are prepared with a generator and wood stove but having soups ready to go in the freezer has been a huge blessing in the past! All I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and heat it up on the wood stove… easy, home cooked meal ready to go in minutes, even in a power outage!

This soup is beyond delicious! It is sure to please your family or even dinner guests. (And my daughter and I had a lot of fun making it together!) Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it! Also, what are some of your favorite winter comfort foods?

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb Italian sausage

1 onion-diced

5 cloves fresh garlic

5 leaves fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 24oz traditional spaghetti sauce

8 cups chicken broth

1 14oz can crushed tomatoes

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

2 Teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

10 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces

3/4 cup heavy cream divided

4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese

Garnish:

Ricotta cheese

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil

Directions:

In a pan brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Drain any excess grease then move to a large pot.Add spaghetti sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup heavy cream, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, 4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese, and broken lasagna noodles.Add in 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 cups chicken broth. Cook another 5 minutes Served garnished with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil. (I also added garlic cheese bread on the side!) Enjoy and have a blessed day!!!

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Delicious Homemade Taco Soup

Homemade soups are one of my favorite meals. They are incredibly easy to make and for busy nights it’s so convenient to have something ready to go. For us Tuesday nights are Ladies bible study nights and Wednesday’s we have our midweek church services. This means we are usually pressed for time those nights and having something cooking in the crockpot or something we can heat up makes for a much less chaotic night!

Growing up my mom used to make this soup and it has always been a meal I look forward to! If you are looking for a tasty family friendly meal give it a shot and let me know what you think!!

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

1 1/2 cups water

2 16 oz cans stewed Italian tomatoes

1 16 oz can Kidney beans

1 16 oz can tomato sauce

1 4 oz can chopped green chili’s

1 packet of taco seasoning

Topping ideas:

Cheese

Fresh tomatoesFresh onionsGreen onionsSour creamCilantro SalsaFritos

Directions:

1) Brown ground beef, onions, garlic and fresh ground pepper together in a skillet.2) In a large pan (or crock pot) combine browned ground beef mixture, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, green chili’s, water and taco seasoning. 3) cook over medium heat until boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 45 minutes. (If in crockpot cook on low for 6-8 hours or medium for 4 hours)4) Serve in a bowl over Frito chips and topped with your favorite taco toppings. Enjoy!!*Note if you like more spice you can add more green chili’s, jalapeños, hot sauce or any peppers of your choice and just add to taste!

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Award Winning Chili!

The air has started cooling here. The leaves are turning. And I find myself craving the cold weather comfort foods! My husband has spent the last few days tackling our winter firewood supply and I thought he would enjoy a hot bowl of chili and cornbread for dinner. It has always been one of our favorites, and is something you can whip up and serve immediately. Or, you can put it in the crockpot and let it cook all day so it’s ready when you are. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 large green bell pepper (chopped)

1 large white onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

3 TBSP chili powder

1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can 14.5 oz red kidney beans, rinsed

1 can 14.5 oz white chili beans, rinsed

1/3 cup A.1. Original sauce

1/2 cup water

Directions

1) Brown your ground beef, onions, peppers, and garlic in a frying pan.

2) Combine browned ground beef mixture with beans, tomatoes, chili powder, A.1. Sauce, and water in a large pot or crock pot. Cover and simmer about 45 minute on high or at least 3-4 hours on low.

While mine is cooking I like to make homemade honey corn bread to go with it!

Ingredients

1 cup ground cornmeal

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/4 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup honey

Directions

1) combine all ingredients in a bowl mix until all clumps are gone.

2) pour into a greased pan. Drizzle honey on top if you like. Bake at 375 degree (190 Celsius) for about 30-35 minutes.

Finally….

Serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh white onions. Enjoy!!

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Cheese Rolls


We are headed to a friends house tonight for a lasagna dinner. I decided to bring one of our favorite sides and thought I would share it with you guys too!

This recipe is actually one of my mother-in-laws. Kenny begged me to figure out how to make them for him. In fact, all of our holiday gatherings  have to include these rolls, otherwise the holiday is just not complete! So I talked with his mom and she came over and gave me a lesson on the proper cheese roll technique. Give them a try and let us know what you think of them!

Dough Ingredients:

3/4 cups + 3 Tbsp water

3 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons dry milk

3 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons softened butter

2 teaspoons (one packet) rapid rise yeast

Other Ingredients:

Butter, softened

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Italian seasoning

About 2 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Once completely mixed together, cover, set aside and let rise for about 45 minutes at warm room temperature.


Now for the rolls!

Take your dough


And roll it out.


Spread a thin layer of softened butter all over your rolled out dough. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.


Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded cheese.


Roll it up tight


Once rolled pinch the loose end closed


Cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch sections.


Place into a greased pan.


Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.


They should puff up quite a bit


After rising,  bake in a preheated, 325 degree  (162 degrees Celsius) oven for about 25 minutes. Or golden brown and when tapped the rolls sound hollow.

Serve warm with butter and enjoy!!!


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Vegetable Frittata

 

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This is one of our favorite breakfast recipes in our house! It is something I can make up at the beginning of the week and have ready each morning in less than a minute. It is extremely easy as well as healthy (if you want it to be!), and it makes our morning routine quick and easy. It’s also hearty enough that it won’t leave you hungry in a couple of hours. So to me that is a win all around! You can make it with basically anything you like. Sometime we will use ham, bacon, or sausage. But mostly we use fresh veggies just to keep the calories down a bit. This one I am sharing today is a pretty simple on because I am just using the veggies we had in our fridge. But anything you like will taste amazing in it! Try out the recipe, let me know what you think, and what you like best in yours!

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Ingredients:

12 eggs

1/4 cup diced onion

mini bell peppers

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

splash of milk

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C)
  • In a greased pie plate, whisk together 12 eggs and a splash of milk. Once it is a scrambled egg consistency, mix in veggies, salt, and pepper. On top, add your cheese.
  • In a 400 degree oven, bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy!!

I cut ours into 8-10 slices, refrigerate, and then pull out slices as needed each morning!

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