Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas!

May you have a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year.

Here are a couple pictures of our Christmas morning.

The boys all loved their gifts. But we are most thankful for the greatest gift of Jesus birth!


Thursday, December 10, 2009


When all else fails I can always talk about food.

I have been on a soup kick lately. I've made two new recipes that will definitely be repeated throughout the winter. What's even more exciting is that Bri, the not a big soup fan, likes them both!

The first is called Sweet Russian Cabbage soup. I researched this out as a way to use the head of cabbage sitting in the refrigerator plus a plethora of vegetables. It is sooo good! For the beef,I used leftover Swedish meatballs from the night before, ground up in my mini food processor. I also upped the vinegar to 1/4 cup and lowered the sugar to 1/4 cup and used brown instead of white.


* 1 1/2 pounds ground lean beef
* 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
* 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
* 4 cubes beef bouillon
* 2 medium carrots, shredded
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 tablespoons white vinegar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 2 quarts water, divided
* 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1 head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges


1. Crumble the ground beef into a large pot. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef bouillon cubes, carrots, onion, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour in 1 quart of water, and bring to a boil. Stir to break up the beef while heating. Once the soup comes to a boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
2. Pour in another quart of water, and return to a slow boil. Add garlic and cabbage. Simmer for 25 minutes, until cabbage is tender. Ladle into soup bowls to serve.

The other soup is Panera Broccoli Cheese soup. I have just been craving it. The only changes I made to this was to up the broth to 3 cups and add a 1/2 head of cauliflower. I also just used milk instead of the cream, still turned out great!


* 1 tablespoon melted butter
* 1/2 medium chopped onion
* 1/4 cup melted butter
* 1/4 cup flour
* 2 cups half-and-half cream
* 2 cups chicken stock
* 1/2 lb fresh broccoli
* 1 cup carrot, julienned
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
* salt and pepper



Sauté onion in butter. Set aside.

Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.

Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.

Add salt and pepper. Can be puréed in a blender. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.

I hope you can try both of these soups soon! You won't be sorry!

Have a great day!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Nathan

Nathan is 4 years old today! He is such a blessing to us,and yet manages to be one of the most challenging of our kids.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

I'm Still Here

Really I am. I even come to my blog almost every day to read others blogs.

I just haven't felt like I had anything blog worthy to talk about.

I tried a new soup recipe yesterday. It turned out great. I just need to take a picture and then I can post the recipe and blog about how great it is.

I am making a new casserole tonight. Again I'll need to remember a pic and review.

School is trucking right along. Needing to spend more time with Nathan on his preschool stuff though. I notice a huge difference in his attitude when I spend some one on one with him.

I'll do better at keeping up here. Hopefully anyway!

Have a great day!