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End of the week leftover recreation

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End of the week leftover recreation  is simply where you take your leftovers and the odd items such as that 1 green bell pepper or the three potatoes left in your refrigerator drawer that hand full of baby carrots left in the bag and those two sticks of celery and then of course your leftovers from the week and create something new.  the only leftovers I had with enough in it to recreate another meal was the chicken and dumplings so tonight we’re going to have a hearty chicken soup.

first I’m going to pour all the broth from the chicken and dumplings into the crock pot through a strainer to catch any bits of chicken or the larger dumplings and keep them from going straight into the crock pot then I’ll set the strainer of chicken and dumplings back over the into the bowl I used to store them in the night before so they can finish straining. While the chicken is straining any remaining liquid safely into the bowl I can then move to the stray items I found rolling around in the back of the veggie draw in my fridge.

Can we say disorganized and cluttered!

 

 

About half a bag of yellow potatoes just under a half bag of baby carrots 1 onion half a bell pepper a few celery sticks garlic. Then for the spices salt pepper some concentrated chicken stock to up the flavor some a pinch of ginger a shake or two of celery seed and two to three shakes of garlic powder then I gave everything a good stir and let cook on high for about 5 hours or so tasting on occasion to make sure the flavor was right. We all agree dinner was good last night with the chicken and dumplings but tonight’s dinner was even better I made some corn muffins to go with our hearty chicken soup and there were nothing but empty bowls left at the table tonight.

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Pumpkin butter

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Pumpkin butter

I love pumpkin pie and I believe that there is never a bad time for pumpkin pie how ever it is not practical, at least not for me, to have a pumpkin pie just sitting about all the time. So I went on the hunt for an alternative and I have now made my very first batch of pumpkin butter. so simple so good. now I must say I did find this on another bloggers page, I will put a link to her page and the recipe below the photo

the link http://tidymom.net/ will take you to her page and http://tidymom.net/2011/pumpkin-butter/ will take you to the recipe.

Ingredients
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree (about 3.5 cups)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey (optional)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredient, except for lemon juice, in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and let cool.
  5. Pour into airtight jar(s) and store in refrigerator for up to 6 days.

Broccoli cheese soup

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Broccoli Cheese Soup
PREP                                                 10 mins
  •                 COOK                                                 30 mins
  •                 READY IN                                                 40 mins

Original recipe makes 12 servings

Makes                                  servings                          USMetricAdjust Recipe             (Help)
  •                        
    1/2 cup                             butter
  •                         
    1                             onion, chopped
  •                         
    1 (16 ounce) package                             frozen chopped broccoli
  •                         
    4 (14.5 ounce) cans                             chicken broth
  •                         
    1 (1 pound) loaf                             processed cheese food, cubed
  •                        
    2 cups                             milk
  •                        
    1 tablespoon                             garlic powder
  •                        
    2/3 cup                             cornstarch
  •                         
    1 cup                             water

Directions

  1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
  3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.

I made this for my family just a few nights ago and they all loved it. This is one of those recipes that will defiantly go in MOM’s cook book to be made again and again. I even had enough left over that I have some in my freezer so next time I need a quick meal and I don’t feel like cooking I can pull it out heat it up and I know everyone will love dinner. I hope you enjoy!