"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding". Prov.3:13 (NKJV)

September 29, 2015

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup


Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, ghee (or extra virgin olive or coconut oil if you prefer)
3/4 cup of wheat or white flour (can do 1/2 of each or use gluten free flour)
6 cups of warm milk (any unsweetened kind will do)
6 chicken or beef bouillon cubes
4 oz. fresh mushrooms sliced and sauteed

Directions:
In a large saucepan melt butter or warm oil over low heat. Add flour and stir until smooth. Cook flour mixture until it begins to bubble but don't let it brown. Gradually pour and stir in milk. Keep stirring until sauce has thickened. Stir in bouillon cubes of choice. Turn off. Dice up your mushrooms into smaller pieces and add to mixture. You could also add salt and pepper to your liking but I don't since I use it in recipes that will be seasoned anyway. Stir and allow to cool down before storing for later use.

Note: This makes 4 cans of (those 10- 3/4oz.) soup. Measure out 1 1/2 cups to place in jars, containers, or Ziplock bags. Keep in fridge until ready to use. For a fat free version of this omit the butter/oil and use skim milk. Warm 2/3rds of the milk in saucepan. In a bowl add flour and bouillon with rest of the milk. Stir til no longer lumpy and add to warm milk in saucepan. Bring to gentle boil for one minute while still stirring. Remove from heat and continue with rest of instructions above.

Note: Soon I plan to try making it this way too.

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To Do~ week of 9/28/15

This Week's To Do List

Kitchen:
Write weekly menu plans
Make smoothie packs to freeze for the week

Household:
Dust, Sweep, Mop
Pour hot boiling water down all drains

Other:
Clip and put up coupons
Sort through and put up old mail and throw away any junk
Print documents and send out mail

Personal:
Do daily Bible Reading/Journaling
Read book and do lesson for Discipleship

Wash hair (Mon. & Fri.) and put in twists
Update our Budget Binder
Get in a little Exercise (daily)
Record what I ate today in MyFitnessPal

September 21, 2015

To Do~ week of 9/21/15

This Week's To Do List

Kitchen:
Write weekly menu plans
Make smoothie packs to freeze for the week
Cook up a bag of lentils and separate into quart size bags to use later
Freeze homemade chicken broth into ice cubes
Make homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
Make Master Baking Mix

Household:
Dust, Sweep, Mop
Pour hot boiling water down all drains
Do laundry

Other:
Clip and put up coupons

Personal:
Do daily Bible Reading/Journaling
Read book and do lesson for Discipleship
Finish reading book for Ladies Fellowship
Do Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment on hair, wash, and put in twists
Update our Budget Binder
Get in a little Exercise (daily)
Record what I ate today in MyFitnessPal

September 20, 2015

The earth is...

Psalm 24:1 (KJV)

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

September 15, 2015

Homemade Baked Beans


Homemade Baked Beans

Ingredients:
6-8 slices bacon cut in half
1 medium onion, cut small/diced
1/2 medium green pepper, cut small/diced
3- 28 oz. cans pork and beans
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon or yellow mustard

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry bacon in large, deep pan or cast iron skillet until bacon has partially cooked and you have about 1/4 cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Add the diced onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender (about 5 minutes). Open and drain some of the liquid from the beans. Add beans and remaining ingredients to skillet and bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add just the beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients). Pour flavored beans into a greased 13 x 9-inch dish or ovenproof pan. Lay the pieces of bacon on top, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup (about 1.5 hours). Remove from oven. Let it stand to thicken slightly and serve.

Serves 10 or more


Here's a crockpot version:

Traditional crock pot Baked Beans

Ingredients:
4 (15 oz) cans of Pork n’ beans
3 strips of bacon
1 small onion, diced
1/2 of a large bell pepper, diced
1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (or molasses)
1 1/2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (or do a mix of 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/2 BBQ)

Directions:
Cook bacon until crisp. Drain then crumble. Drain the cans of pork n’ beans and pour into a 5 quart crock pot. Add bacon, onion, and bell pepper. Stir ingredients. Mix together the brown sugar, mustard, and BBQ sauce in a small bowl. Pour over the beans and gently mix everything together. Cover and cook on the LOW heat for 5 to 6 hours.

Stir and serve hot as a side dish with grilled hamburgers or hot dogs, and coleslaw, or potato salad.

Serves 4-6


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September 14, 2015

To Do~ week of 9/14/15

Daily To Do List:
Each week I plan to come here and post things that I need to get done for the week. There's nothing fancy or special about me doing this. I just figured if I post the list here I'll be more motivated to stay on track. I plan to get these things done anywhere from Monday through Friday and have a more relaxed weekends. I'll start my list for the week then I will come back and strike through things as I get them done.  I may even have to come back and add on to the list for the week. Sometimes I won't get everything I plan done.  When that happens I'll just put it on the next weeks list and not stress over it.  Now on to this weeks list.

This Week's To Do List

Kitchen:
Write weekly menu plans
Food prep for the week
Make bone broth
Give garbage cans a thorough cleaning

Household:
Dust, Sweep/Vacuum, or Mop all rooms
Pour hot boiling water down all drains
Clean bathroom and garbage cans throughout rest of the house

Other:
Homeschool Son
Go shopping at Costco

Personal:
Finish reading book from Wed. night Bible Study
Do daily Bible Journaling (and prayer)
Clay Wash and twist hair on Monday & Co-wash then twist hair on Friday
Update our Budget Binder
Get in a little Exercise (daily)
Record what I ate today in MyFitnessPal

September 13, 2015

All Scripture is given...

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

September 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday~ 9/9/15

Something I would like to have more time for…


 

These are the only ones I ever got around to completing. *Sigh…I wish I could do this everyday. Maybe one day.

September 6, 2015

Knowing this first...

2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

September 4, 2015

How do you see life?

Once I was at a local ladies bible study. A question we were asked was "How do you see life?" The choices to choose from was:

* circus
* minefield
* rollercoaster
* puzzle
* symphony
* journey
* dance
* carousel
* game of cards
* party
* race
* battle
* game

For me there are times life is like a rollercoaster but it's really a journey. We also had to define what the word "busy" meant. I think it could relate to being over-committed (having too much to do and not enough time to do it). We looked at different scriptures throughout God's Word that showed how Jesus would take time out for rest when it was needed. I was reminded of how I need more of what we were encouraged to do which is:

"Go off to a quiet place and get some rest. This could be a place in your own home where you are going to disconnect from everything and just sit in the presence of the God who loves you. The habit of doing this daily is the refreshment that everyone needs to be able to run the race and finish the course well."

And to that I say...Amen! Have a safe Labor Day weekend everyone and be blessed :-)