Wednesday, March 7

Rainy Day Beef & Veggie Soup

We love eating vegetable soup and I can't ever seem to find a soup that I like. The thing that I love about soups is that it is really hard to mess it up and adding fun things depending on what is in the fridge and what we are craving! Recently we have been losing electricity for 12 hours a day, three days a week, so cooking in the dutch oven over a fire has been the kitchen! This soup was awesome because it was cooked over a fire! Thought that I would share!

1 lb of ground beef
2 TB Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 packet of Goya cilantro and tomato seasoning (optional)
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
2 TB Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 head of small cabbage chopped
1 cup of fresh zucchini, chopped
1 small bag of frozen vegetables
1 packet of brown onion soup
2 cans of chopped tomatos
1 beef boullion cube
2 cups of water
6-8 oz of rotini pasta noodles

Brown the ground beef. Drain the fat off the meat. Heat a soup pot over a medium high heat. Put EVOO and onion in the pan, cook the onion until clear. Add Goya seasoning, garlic, Italian seasoning, celery salt, sage, thyme, paprika, and ground black pepper. Saute the onion with the seasonings for about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, zucchini, and frozen vegetables to the pan and cook together until the cabbage and zucchini begin to soften. Place the soup, tomatos, and boullion cube into the pot. Mix together and add 2 cups of water to the pot. Stir and bring the soup to a boil. When the soup has boiled for about 3 minutes add the pasta to the soup. Lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Check the soup after about 5 minutes to make sure that you don't need to add some more water for the noodles. Serve with warm bread and enjoy!

Saturday, March 3

Huge Hopscotch

 Lily made the biggest hopscotch game today. 1-102! The kids had fun jumping from number 1 consecutively! What a smart girl she is! I am one PROUD Mama!

Nutella Popcicles

Another great recipe (from pinterest) that our family loves and is so incredibly easy!

1 cup nutella
6 bananas

Mix in a blender or food processor. You can add cinnamon, cocoa powder if you would like! Pour into popcicle holders to freeze! Enjoy!

Made Up Potato Soup

I am NOT Masterchef, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, or any of the other fabulous chefs we know and love. But the other day I wanted to make a delicious potato soup. So I found two recipes that we love and put together some of the ingredients to make an awesome potato soup. I was just so excited that for the first time I made up a recipe (kinda) and it was good! So I wanted to share!

5-6 medium potatos, diced
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of water
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme
2 cups of milk
1 packet of thick vegetable soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp garlic powder

Place potatos in water, chicken broth, thyme, and pepper in soup pot. Cook for 25-30 minutes on medium low until potatos are tender. In a medium pot, add milk, vegetable soup packet, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, celery, and garlic powder. Warm this mixture and whisk together until cream cheese is blended well. When the potatos are tender, add the milk mixture to the pot. Turn down the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and green onions! Delicious!