A cold night…you are just coming home from work or a long day… and you want a nice warm bowl of soup? That’s what I like to do on a Fall or Winter evening. But normally I find that I don’t have the time to whip something up on the day that I want it. So instead I make large batches of soup 4 – 6 times a year and freeze them for when I need a quick hot meal with not a lot of fuss.
Onion Soup….so simple to make and so simple to enjoy!
Here is my recipe that I make…I hope you enjoy this!
(BTW this recipe is very forgiving….so a little more of this and a little less of that, based on what you have in your pantry is fine)
2 bag of onions (3 – 5 lbs)
2 containers of Beef Broth (homemade is better if you have some stashed in your freezer)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ stick of butter
2 cloves of garlic
2 tables spoons of parsley or basil (your choice)
My secret ingredient is Marmite – one heaping teaspoon
1 cup water
2 bay leaves
Melt butter and garlic in a sauce pan
Once melted, add onions (slice onions very thin)
Add spices to onions
Sauté onions until a gold brown
Pour onion mixture into crock pot and add broth and bay leaves for 2 hours on high or on stove top on low for 2 hours.
Take out the Bay Leaves
Grab a bowl, pour in some soup, get some bread or crackers and enjoy!
I happened to see this recipe on “Jamerrill Stewart” YouTube channel the other day and it looked yummy so I decided to give it a try.
I wasn’t sure about making pasta in the instant pot… But she said her kids liked it so I figured why not try.
I will leave the recipe below… And pictures of each step I took. I will tell you my husband had three bowls of it, and my youngest son who is a very picky eater… came out said “this is to die for”. So I guess if you were to ask me if it was good… There is your answer!
2 pounds of macaroni
2 cans of evaporated milk
8 cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups of cheese – of your choice
1 stick of butter
Stewed Tomatoes – optional
1. Pour 2 pounds of macaroni into the instant pot.
2. Add 8 cups of water
3. Add salt and pepper to taste
4. Close lid, set to seal, set on manual for 5 minutes.
5. As soon as it is done… Do a quick release
6. Open immediately
7. Stir in your two cans of evaporated milk, one stick of butter, and your 4 cups of cheese. Stir gently until it is all mixed together.
8. Add one can of stewed tomatoes if you like an extra yummy taste… And any extra salt and pepper you need.
9. Grab a big bowl and spoon and enjoy!
This is definitely designed for a large family meal… or if you have a small family like mine you’ll have lots of leftovers for snacks and an extra meal or two during the week.
At one point we became members of a 4H group… for a fund raiser they would make pumpkin pies to sell at a annual fall festival. People swarmed over to our table to get these homemade pumpkin pie’s as if they were something really special. Being new to the group I couldn’t figure out what was so interesting about these pies… since it didn’t looked any different from any other pumpkin pie I’ve seen in the local supermarket. So I had to ask them what the secret was… and they shared it with me, it was Hubbard Squash.
First of all I have never heard of that style squash… and when I went to look for it here in New Jersey I had a hard time finding it. One fall afternoon we were in Pennsylvania… and I spotted this weird looking blue colored squash, when I asked them what the name of it was lo and behold it was “the Hubbard squash”. Absolutely overjoyed that I found it… I picked it up for just a couple of dollars and brought it home.
At first glance I thought I would just cut it into chunks and cook it down like I would for a pumpkin. There was no way in the world unless I got an axe that I could actually cut into this thing. So I decided to put the whole thing in the oven and cook it down and it took about 12 hours. So I have continued doing this for the past 12 years or so.
One of our favorite outings is to go to Pennsylvania and hit the Amish farm markets in the Fall. There I can get a 5 to 7 pounds Hubbard Squash… anywhere from $3 to $5 dollars. This is a good size to make several loaves of bread, muffins, soup and or cookies. It freezes well… And taste just like pumpkin but even better!
Here are a few pictures of it going into the oven, what it looks like coming out of the oven, cutting it open and scooping up the pulp etc. I will put it in freezer bags… and freeze it for when I need to bake. Check out this funny looking squash… try it out and taste and see how delicious it is! Let me know if you have any good pumpkin bread recipes to share!
Before going in the oven…
After cooking on 200 for about 10 hours…
The first cut before cleaning out the pulp…
Cleaning out the seeds….
all cleaned out….
yummy pulp for pumpkin pie, bread, soup, muffins and cookies….
I used to watch people make their own detergent and I thought that they were nuts!!!! I could not understand why anyone would take the time to do this when you could go to your local grocery store with a coupon in hand and catch a good sale and purchase some that was already made up in a pretty bottle.
I am on a kick to make everything homemade these days…that I can make for our home. I really enjoy making things for my family whether it be for a delicious meal, something pretty for the house… or even laundry detergent.
We struggle with hard water/ high iron and my wash has never looked better after making this detergent. My cloths stay newer looking. I love the simplicity of it…simple to make, simple to use and no fragrances to deal with.
When I make a batch it seems to last me about 6 months or so and it costs about $7 to make. I tend to use a little more in my wash since I usually only do extra-large loads and also I use a little more than normal due to the hard water. (Normal amount would be 1 tablespoon per size of load… For example 1 tablespoon for small, 2 tablespoons for medium load.) But all in all for $7 and it lasting 6-8 months, I think that is pretty good deal. As well as I just down right like it!!!! When is the last time that you only paid $7 dollars for laundry detergent that lasted you six months?
Here is my recipie….hope you enjoy it. Let me know in the comments below if you make your own and if you like it. Also do you have any other different recipes to share?
Homemade laundry detergent recipe:
I will let you know I get a big tub and I dump all the ingredients into it. I then store it in an airtight container… and I put some in a smaller container to use on a daily basis. On the larger container that I store the bulk of it in… I have the recipe written on the lid of it so that I always know where to find the recipe.
How many times have you wanted some homemade tomato sauce or as some would call it …homemade gravy for your pasta? The thought of letting it cook all day in a pot, even though the smell wafting through the house would be so yummy… is just too much for a busy mom. So what we end up doing is opening a jar of sauce and calling it a day.
My friend Janelle… From Parsnips and Parsimony YouTube is the one that shared this yummy recipe on her channel. Check out her website for this delicious recipe the way she originally made it and many other wonderful recipes.
Her recipe calls for basil which I did not have but I did have green peppers, so I tweaked the recipe a little bit as well as I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. When creating a recipe it’s not always worth running out to the store for one thing when you can improvise with what’s already in the pantry and create something similar.
Janelle took her delicious roasted tomatoes and put them in a blender to make a sauce… I will be putting mine in bags and place them in the freezer to add a delicious fresh taste to my crockpot recipes.
This was a great way to use up a bunch of ripe tomatoes that we picked at the Amish gardens in Pennsylvania. We will have some wonderful meals made throughout the winter months using these tomatoes.
Give it a try… and let me know what you think. It’s a whole lot quicker and easier and less bother to roast them up in the oven… then to make homemade tomato sauce on the stove top.
Thanks to my friend Janelle for this inspirational recipe!
If you’re like me… Breakfast is one of the hardest meals to make. I am not a big egg eater… and neither are my kids, although my husband will enjoy one now and again. I find it hard to come up with some recipe ideas for something quick and easy. Especially when we’re always running out the door first thing in the morning most days.
So what’s a mom to do when you work full-time and you need to have a healthy quick breakfast that you can grab and go with? Breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos and many of these other types of quick breakfasts are good too, but I just found a quick and easy recipe that turned out to be very yummy and simple to make when you have a busy schedule.
Only three ingredients:
2 to 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats (I found 2 1/2 cups worked out better)
Half a cup of honey or half a cup of maple syrup (your choice and I preferred to only use 1/4 of a cup)
One cup of peanut butter (natural is better for less sugar)
Mix all three ingredients together, place a piece of wax paper in a baking dish, add your mixture to the dish and pressed down firmly to even out the mixture in the dish. Put it in the refrigerator for several hours or even overnight, and then enjoy.
Let me know if you have any other ideas for a quick and easy breakfast. Send a comment below with your recipe.
Grandma had the best outlook on life. More than anyone that I ever met in my lifetime! She loved life and her family and always wanted us to feel at home in her home. She did not come from money nor did she ever have a lot even in her later life. That never stopped her from always giving to us with the few pennies that she had.
She was known for her pot roast and potatoes ….I have never had anyone make it soooo good and delicious as she did. I can remember one Sunday afternoon we headed over to her apartment for Sunday lunch, and of course for the pot roast. After lunch she asked me to get the table set for dessert. Normally Grandma was not a baker of any type. Her best effort was a crumb cake from Entenmann’s bakery. But this day was different…she told me she had some brownies instead. ‘YES”…I was so excited since I love brownies.
I helped her get the table all set with coffee cups, the sugar and creamer, cake plates etc….As everyone gathered back to the table for dessert she handed me “the box”…yes a brownie box. Then she told me to put in on her special fancy flowered plate. My eyebrow raised….and I looked at her with a silly look. “Grandma did you bake these already”…she replied, “no they come all made in the box already”. Oh dear….as she called back again to me she said…”look at the picture on the box”.
Well lesson learned that day! Grandma learned that brownie mix is a mix only and yes it needed to be baked. The whole family had a good laugh about it over a cup of coffee. That day I taught her how to make the brownies and we enjoyed them all yummy and warm with some more coffee.
These precious memories are still with me even after almost 28 years after her passing. She was a remarkable woman and taught me so much about life and living and how to handle myself in tough situations. And I was glad to be able to teach her one thing….even if it was just brownies.
Do you have any funny stories to share about recipes with your grandma? Leave a comment below and share with all of us!
Happy Fall everyone!!!…..Have you been apple picking yet? We just did our annual visit to a semi local farm for a hayride into the apple orchard fields to pick our apples for the season. I think I enjoy this more that our kids ever did…I think they go just for me. But my whole family loves the benefits of fresh, crisp apples, apple pie, a sliced up apple with peanut butter, or our favorite ….homemade applesauce and homemade applesauce muffins.
This is a real treat for us. Great for a fall morning breakfast, a snack during the day or a “just because I need a little something, something” as we say in our family.
Here are my two favorite recipes….I hope you enjoy them. Share your favorite things that you make with apples and feel free to share your recipes with all of us too in the comments below.
I usually do this in the crock pot overnight on low and you can also do this on the stove top until the apples are soft and then blend together in a food processor or blender.
Let it cool down and then I put the applesauce in zip lock sandwich bags…lay them flat and freeze for future use.
6 apples (I like to mix and match different apple selections)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar (brown sugar is extra yummy)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dump everything in the pot and cook on low stove top or crock pot and then blend together until a sauce texture.
(You Can Also Use a Bread Pan or Bundt Pan Too)
2 ½ cups flours
½ cup sugar (¾ if you like your muffins really sweat)