Soup’s On

Winter warmers: fuzzy socks, warm blankets, family cuddles, hot chocolate (coffee for mama) and of course ….soup!! Soup is a great way to get lots of veggies into your kiddies, often times without them even noticing.

Today is cold, I have no where to be and I want soup. I’ve been pinning soup recipes and perusing some of my old cookbooks. Today’s version is super lazy but I have a stash of carnation milk in my cupboard that needs to be used up (only ever used for my mom’s tea and fudge). Pretty simple. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Here’s the recipe courtesy of http://www.gimmesomeoven.com:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

3 cups chicken or vegetable stock          2 cups chopped broccoli (fresh or frozen)

1 cup white onion diced (1 small)           2 cups shredded cheese (sharper the better)

1 can of evaporated milk

salt and pepper to taste

Stir together stock, diced onion and broccoli in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Stir in the evaporated milk and continue cooking for 3 minutes or until the mixture returns to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted. Add salt and pepper (or other spices if you wish)

Our spoons are ready……….

UPDATE: Supper’s over and it was DE-LISH the only additions I would make would be to mince broccoli in a food processor or chopper so that its smaller and I added a bit of flour (whisked flour and water in a bowl and added about a cup to the soup) as I prefer it thicker. mmm!! It made enough for the four of us (C3 had three small bowls) and enough left over for a hearty lunch for daddy.

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Rainy Saturday

I love a random rainy Saturday with no plans. Today I stayed in my jammies until 1pm. Daddy and C1 went for a bike ride while C2 and I napped, I cleaned out closets, did some laundry, turned our living room floor into sea of blankets and pillows and we had a family movie afternoon (Daddy may have nodded off) complete with cuddles and a picnic. We played in the leaves and made fall soup (with leaves and mud of course). I want to call it a lazy day, but I can’t really as we did get quite a lot accomplished. I love days like today. It was a calm before the storm………..cause let’s face it, things are going to get hectic in the near future.

I have been spending a bit of time cuddled up at nights with my tablet surfing Pinterest. We tried a few recipes out this weekend, and, like most, they came out awesome. We made these pork-chops for supper: http://completerecipes.com/Pork-Chops-Yum-Yum.html

And made this for dessert:

http://http://www.canadianliving.com/food/baking_and_desserts/canadas_best_carrot_cake_with_cream_cheese_icing.php

we omitted the pineapple and nuts and added raisins and it was amazing!!!

A bath, play wrestle, stories and a tuck in later and here I am………..feet up in a quiet house. Daddio and I have set 10pm as the adult bedtime!

It sure is nice to have a quiet house and free time…………..but that is highly over-rated…….I’d like a baby now please 🙂

 

 

Not Your Mother’s Mac and Cheese!

Winter (besides cuddling) = comfort food. This week I have had a hankering for mac and cheese. My C’s love it and it was C3’s first time 🙂 (she loved it) while I love pasta, I sometimes feel guilty making it as a meal. Not because of the carb business but because it is generally lacking veggies! Sooooo I snuck some butternut squash in there and it was ah-mazing! (no one even knew!)

Sorry, there really isn’t a set recipe but here’s what I do:

Boil a package of macaroni noodles

Shred an entire block of cheese (500g bar), yup, the WHOLE thing

Peel, chop and cube a butternut squash and boil until cooked (then mash or puree)

Dump the macaroni in a covered baker, throw in cheese and mix it through, throw in butternut squash and mix it through. Add a couple of cups of milk, a few good dashes of worchestershire sauce (this is key) salt and pepper and then top with some extra cheese and Italian bread crumbs.  Bake at 350 until bubbly and heated through. Mmmmm I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch!

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Feta Egg Bake

Direct quote…. “Soooo ya, I thought you were gonna post recipes on this blog-y thing”! ha ha I love my friends. Sorry about the delay M!

Feta Egg Bake

I get asked for this one a lot. I just kinda made it up, I generally use the following:

12 eggs

1/2 cup milk

half container of feta, chopped

tomato, diced

frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

s&p

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I whisk the eggs, add milk, throw in spinach, feta and tomatoes, add s&p and bake in a glass casserole dish until cooked through.

(in the winter I tend to use canned tomatoes with seasoning for an extra kick)

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Kids like it, protein rich, and it travels really well. I cut it into squares and wrapped them individually. We ate them for our breakfast last time we flew 🙂 It is a go-to recipe around here!

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Enjoy!

Weekends…

Who doesn’t love a weekend? Especially one with no plans, no where to be and nothing in particular to do.  We puttered around the house, had a great dinner with friends, read stories, played, ate LOTS, and cuddled.

We are usually so busy that we welcome a weekend like this with open arms.

Saturdays are always good pancake days.  We have a new favourite recipe from the 2014 Milk Calendar. I really like this recipe because the oats make them hearty, a little heavier then our normal fluffy pancake.

Farm Favourite Oatmeal Pancakes.  (2014 Milk Calendar) 

1 1/2 cups oats                             2 cups milk

1/2 cup whole wheat flour     1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tbsp brown sugar                    1 tbsp baking powder 

1/2 tsp cinnamon                       2 eggs, beaten

1/4 butter, melted                     pinch of salt

In a mixing bowl soak oats and milk for 5 minutes.

Whisk dry ingredients, add melted butter and beaten eggs. 

Add anything you would like (raisins, chocolate chips) 

We love using our cast iron skillet (my husband is slowly getting me hooked on cast iron cookware) it makes the pancake edges a bit crispy.

I usually serve with some berry compote (ie, frozen mixed berries thrown in a saucepan with a teaspoon of sugar and boiled until it makes a sauce – nothin’ fancy bout that!!)

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Remember how I said we played? We have a playroom full of toys (maybe two toys purchased by us, the parents) and the kiddies love playing with them, but there is just something about a cardboard box that little ones cannot pass up.

We had a box, C2 liked it, C3 liked it. I consulted Pinterest (surprise, surprise) and poked some holes in the top for a set of Christmas lights. Ta da! These two really do light up my life (ah, how mushy), and even though C2 gets a bit impatient with the lil’ Miss crowding his space, he is tolerable enough for sweet moments like these

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And, we ended the weekend with this deliciousness

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Bacon and Shrimp Carbonara (If you are going to eat pasta, make it count!!) No real recipe, just a lazy Sunday thrown down. We sauteed garlic and onions in butter, threw in some shrimp and bacon (husband + cast iron) dropped some pasta, opened a jar of PC Carbonara pasta sauce (gasp! from a jar) and some Alymers garlic and olive oil stewed tomatoes (no salt) and topped with fresh grated parmesan (just say no to Kraft) I ate two helpings….my pasta craving I do believe has been satisfied, for this week at least.

And, well, I lied…………..we truly ended our weekend with THIS

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Pretty decent wrap up I’d say!