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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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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Today is our Thanksgiving fellowship at church and we wanted to try something new. Something that was going to be fun and traditional, but at the same time unique. So I hit up Pinterest and found these little guys! Now it’s always risky trying a new recipe to feed a bunch of people but I was feeling adventurous…and boy am I glad I was!! These things are beyond amazing! We of course had to sample them for ourselves…just to be sure! My husband said they were definitely a keeper and that the cookie crust was the perfect combination of chewy and crisp! My daughter said and I quote “These are absolutely amazing! Best cookies ever mama!” So if you are looking for something new this holiday season, these will definitely be a crowd pleaser. They are simple and delicious!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix

1 egg

1 stick of butter

Filling:

1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1 cup (8 oz) cream cheese

2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup sugar

Topping:

Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 F ( about 177 C). Spray 36 regular sized muffin cups with cooking spray. Make cookie dough as directed on the package. Shape cookie dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Press dough evenly into bottoms of each muffin cup and slightly up sides.

In a medium bowl, stir pumpkin filling ingredients with a whisk until blended. Spoon a rounded teaspoonful of mixture into each dough filled muffin cup. Spread slightly.

Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are light Golden brown and filling appears set. ( the cookies and the filling will be soft). Cool 10 minutes in pan; carefully remove to cooling rack.

Fill a piping bag or a baggie with one corner cut off, with Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting. Put a little swirl on top.

Enjoy!!!

Original pin:

https://pin.it/spfwpvsl6szwya

*Note*

I doubled the pie filling from the original recipe to fill 36 cupcake tins.

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Oreo Truffles

Today I have an extremely easy, no bake, delicious treat for you! This is one of our favorite potluck/fellowship recipes, because every time I bring it people comment on how good they are…but also because they are super simple!

With Halloween coming up a lot of us have parties we will be attending or if you’re like us you will have a harvest party at your church. These are perfect for those occasions! This is also something you can decorate for any season (they don’t have to be just pumpkins)!

Ingredients:

  • One package double stuff oreos (any flavor but I prefer original)
  • One package cream cheese
  • 1-2 bags of candy melts (any color you would like)
  • Green frosting for your pumpkin stems

Directions:

In a food processor crush up the entire package of Oreos.

Combine crushed Oreos and the entire package of room temperature cream cheese. Having the cream cheese at room temperature will make it much easier to combine.

Stir completely until all the Oreos and cream cheese are combined.

Refrigerate the Oreos mixture for about 1-1 1/2 hours (or freeze for about 30 minutes). You want the mixture to be stiff so that while you are rolling it into balls it stays together and doesn’t melt.

Roll into bite sized balls and place on to wax paper.

Refrigerate rolled balls for another 20-30 minutes.

Follow the instructions on your package of candy melts to melt them.

Place the Oreo balls into your melted candy melts and use a toothpick to move it around and completely coat it. Place it back onto your wax paper and remove the toothpick.

To decorate, use green icing to make stems.

For serving I used crushed Oreos for the dirt and arranged the pumpkins to look like a pumpkin patch!

Enjoy!

*note you will want to keep them cool until you are ready to serve them. When I take them to a potluck or fellowship I keep them in the freezer ready to go, until we are ready to leave the house.

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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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The Traditional Family in the Modern World

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As some of you know I am a stay at home wife and mom. And I love every minute of it! For me it’s really hard to understand why some women wouldn’t want to be home with their families. For some families I understand that it isn’t possible…yet…for the mom to be home and that’s okay. But, more often than not when I say that I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom, I get the look like I have lost my mind! In today’s world so many women are out there trying to become something big. Trying to prove that they are just as powerful as men and can do anything that men can do. In some ways I agree, God has created us to be equal in some ways but also different in some ways. I know that I could be a successful 9-5 woman if I needed to be. But that’s not where God has lead me.

Back when our grandparents were raising families it was completely normal for mom to be home and taking care of the family, while dad went out and provided financially for the family. Today it seems that women have completely abandoned this idea. I talk to a lot of women each day that are wanting nothing more than to be able to work from home, so that they can be there for their for their families and still bring in the income that they need and I love helping them do that! But it absolutely shocks me when I talk to someone that says, I hate being home, I would hate to be stuck with my kids everyday, or I would hate to be a slave to my husbands. And that’s what I want to talk about today. Just because you are a stay at home wife/mom you are not a slave to your family. You are blessed to be able to be there for them.

For our family, my husband goes to work every single day. And, even though I work from home as well, I feel like my full time position is my family. That means that I put the Lord first, then my family, and then my business. By putting my family first that means that I am willing to put their needs above my wants. I get up each morning with my husband to make sure he has everything ready for the day. I make his breakfast, I pack his lunch, and I make sure he has everything in order so all he has to do is walk out the door. The kids needs and wants are met every day as well and every night the family has a warm meal ready for them. Now, even some of my close friends roll their eyes at me when we talk about this stuff. So I know not every one agrees  with my thinking. I have a friend, another Christian mom, who said to me one time “I refuse to make my husband breakfast or lunch, he’s a big boy, he can figure it out on his own! In fact I don’t even do his laundry!” That blew me away. How do you have a strong relationship with your spouse if you aren’t even willing to help him? Aren’t we created to be our husbands helpmates? By being their helpmates, that doesn’t mean we are their slaves. We are to do everything that we do, out of love for our families and do it as if we are doing it for the Lord. By doing so, you go from having the attitude that my friend has, to being a blessing to our families. Now I am FAR from perfect, but I strive everyday to be the best that I can for them.

I also feel ladies that we have a responsibility to our daughters to teach them and show them how to be there for their future families as well. In this day and age I can not believe how many women are not taught by their moms how to do even basic things around the house. I have met so many women that have no idea how to cook, clean their house, or even how to do their own laundry! How in the world is that possible? Those are basic survival needs. If we are raising kids who can’t even boil water, how do we expect them to live on their own someday?! Let alone raise a family!

I know not every family is the same. And I understand that some families both spouses have to work. Please don’t feel like I am judging you if you are living life differently than I am. I just wanted to share with you guys something that has been a struggle for me lately. It is heartbreaking to me that we as women tear each other apart over silly things like this. Just because I chose to do things in a certain way doesn’t mean you have to. But, I also believe that where the Lord has you, you are to be used and serve the Lord with a cheerful, thankful heart. Whether you are a sahm or a working mom. Do it all as unto the Lord.

How do you guys feel about this topic? Have you met others with the same attitude as my friend? Let me know in the comments! I hope you all have a blessed day!

Proverbs 31

V13: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

V15: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

V27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.