Monday, May 15, 2017

Nana's Potato Soup

There is always a cookbook I grab when I am needing a home cooked meal that reminds me of home.  I have made the potato soup enough times to memorize the recipe, but I like having the cookbook with me.  

Potato Soup, Easy Soup Recipe

There are plenty of times when I want to make this soup, and I realize I am out of sour cream.  I try to keep sour cream on hand, all the time just in case of a craving for potato soup.  

Peel and chop potatoes, carrots, dice celery and onions and add to boiling water. 

Cook all vegetables until tender.  Add one cup of milk, and heat. Use a separate bowl to blend sour cream and chives with 1 teaspoon of flour, add one cup of milk. Add to the soup and cook until thick.  We also love to add grated cheese and Velveeta to the soup! Delicious! 

Nana’s Potato Soup
5 c diced potatoes
1 diced onion
2 c water
2 c milk
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1 tsp. Flour
½ c diced celery
3 carrots chopped
½ tsp salt
8 oz sour cream w chives

1. Combine potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, water, cubes, and salt.
2. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender.
3. Add 1 cup milk, and heat.
4. Blend sour cream and chives with flour in separate bowl, gradually stir in 1 cup milk.
5. Stir into potato mixture and cook until thick

OPTIONAL: Add favorite cheese to soup!

Potato Soup, Easy Soup Recipe

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Crock Pot Hamburger Soup

Weekends seem to fly by, always. I can't get enough hours in the day, and I am definitely not spending enough time in the kitchen. Crock Pot Hamburger Soup is very easy meal to prepare during the busy week.  

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Weather was perfect this weekend. We planted potatoes in the garden. Over 150 starters in the ground.  The potatoes are planted about 2" in the ground.  Potatoes grow well in well-drained soils. We have sandy loam soil in Jasper County.  

We also have beautiful sunsets as well. Some would consider this a fly-over state

Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup is a easy recipe and you will have enough for left overs.  It has all the ingredients for a hearty meal.

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2 lbs hamburger
1 diced onion
2 minced garlic 
1 large can tomato juice
8 oz water
2 14 oz can of beef broth
2 cups corn canned or frozen
3 cups uncooked pasta

  1. Brown 2 pounds of hamburger with 1 diced onion and 2 minced garlic.  
  2. Add to crock pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in tomato juice, water and beef broth.
  4. Cook in crock pot 2-3 hours.
  5. Add the corn and stir and cook for another 10 minutes
  6. Stir in cooked pasta and serve.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I was with some friends, sharing my chocolate chip cookie bars. I made a comment I haven't blogged this recipe yet! They couldn't believe it.  Something so simple, and easy to make and I am not sharing with my blog readers! 

When you have a simple recipe, you take for granted how others may need a simple recipe in their life as well. Using cake mix simplifies this dessert!  I suggest using yellow. I have used white, but the yellow cake mix has the best flavor! When your kids/husband is craving cookies, you make them Chocolate Chip Bars! They are out of the oven in 20 minutes!

I am not exaggerating when I say I make this weekly.  It may not go with our diet, but the kids LOVE them! Mason requests the "Middle" only! He has also bargained, "Mom, if I eat my supper, will you make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars?"

The family is literally digging the bars out of the pan before it cools down.  So the bars do NOT normally look as nice as they do in these photos. Especially, when a four-year-old is helping himself to the middle. 

This is such an easy recipe, you will make sure your pantry is stocked with these simple ingredients all the time. Yellow cake mix and milk chocolate chips.  You can pour the whole bag of chips in, or save some for later, or for now. 

This is so easy, keep your hand mixer in the cabinet.  Mix the chocolate chip bar mixture by hand with a spatula. Trust me on this one.  It just comes out better that way, and it is not over-mixed.

2 large eggs
½ c vegetable oil
2 tsp water

Mix together 1 box Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix, 2 large eggs, ½ c vegetable oil, and 2 tsp water in glass bowl.  Use spatula to mix, not hand mixer.  When mixed, add 1 tsp Danncy Vanilla and mix.  Then add 1 bag Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Chips.  Pour into greased  9x13 pan.   

Bake 20-22 minutes, 350 degrees.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

I love ordering fajitas when we are eating out at a Mexican restaurant.  I don't like how much room all the plates and pans take up, but I love the idea of making my own at the table.  Peppers and onions bring so much flavor to the fajitas, I can say they are my favorite Mexican inspired dish.  Besides chips and salsa. That is my favorite food of all time.

This time of the year we are busy looking at 4-H pigs for the kids.  We like to take the kids along.  Mason loves hanging with the smaller litters, I like that the older kids are taking part in selecting their 4-H pigs, and they start looking for the characteristics in the pigs we know the judge will be looking at as well.  The hardest part is selecting a few, and not buying all of them!

Pour half canned tomatoes in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with half peppers and onions.  Sprinkle garlic on and top with chicken breasts. 

Whisk chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.  Evenly sprinkle half of seasoning over chicken  breasts, then flip chicken breasts and season with remaining spices. Top with remaining peppers and onions. 

Cover Crock Pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or 6-7 hours on low. 

Remove chicken and cut in strips or shred chicken breasts.  Reserve 1 cup of broth.  In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and honey and add to crock pot.  Add the shredded chicken and seasonings to taste.

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas
PRINT RECIPE Ingredients
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, halved
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 red, orange, and green bell peppers, julienne
1 large yellow onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 ½ tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
¾ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp honey


  1. Pour half canned tomatoes in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with half peppers and onions. Sprinkle garlic in and top with chicken breasts.
  2. Whisk chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Evenly sprinkle half of seasoning over chicken breasts, then flip chicken breasts and season with remaining spices.  Top with the remaining peppers and onions.
  3. Cover crock pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or 6-7 hours on low.
  4. Remove chicken and cut in strips, or shred chicken breasts.
  5. Scoop out 1 cup of broth.
  6. In small bowl, whisk together lime juice and honey and add to crock pot with chicken and season with salt to taste.
  7. Serve with warm tortillas with sour cream, guacamole, cheese, salsa.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Top 10 Things 4-H has Taught our Family

We are beginners here.  This is our fourth year in 4-H, and at the end of every year we always say, "We won't do that again," or "Let's do that again!"  We look back and laugh at certain things, and sometimes we talk about favorite barrows the kids showed.  I know when we get to year ten, our list will be different!  Raising kids on the farm is very rewarding.  Raising kids on the farm gives them a first-hand experience of many life-lessons. Some lessons are rewarding, some are hard.  

I spent my summers growing up in the barn and at livestock shows.  My friends showed livestock, we worked together and hung out together.  In my first year of 4-H, I use to tuck my jeans in my boots. Not sure I would repeat that fashion statement today, but by my tenth year, I owned different colored jeans, like black, red and a pair of striped jeans. Jeans went over my boots by then. Things change.  One thing that hasn't faded is the memories I had of that week at the fair.  I remember where we stalled, the judges and the friends we made that week.

  1. Hard Work Pays Off   This pertains to so many things. Practice makes perfect. It is very evident who has worked hard on a project on show day. It is noticeable as soon as the animal enters the ring.  If you want it bad enough, you will work for it.

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    Mason has chores figured out
  2. Work Hard, Play Harder Fair time is a great time to kick back and relax and have a great time.  We always feel like we can relax the day after the show.  Then we enjoy watching the beef and dairy shows the end of the week.
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    4-H Beginner Swine Showmanship Winners
  3. Deadlines Deadlines are very important. Register for 4-H, deadline to register your animals, record book deadlines, and state fair deadlines. One day, your kids will have deadlines with their jobs, and hopefully these skills will help them meet their deadlines.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Crock Pot Lava Cake

The weekend before Valentine's Day, Macie pulled out a farm magazine, and told me, "Papa wanted me to make this." She had it saved in her room, so she wouldn't forget. She had it hidden in her closet. Maybe because that was the easiest place to find it.  If you can imagine a pre-teen room, that is exactly what her's looks like.

She was in charge of this recipe, and I was excited to see her try a crock-pot recipe!

This was my chance to watch her find all the ingredients (I hoped we had all of the ingredients!) This is a simple recipe, so you will most likely have all ingredients.

This recipe was tucked inside  the February edition of The Progressive Farmer magazine.  Between features on irrigation and new generation farmers, is a recipe about sugar, and lava cake.  Recipe credit goes to Rachel Johnson, Stupid Good Food.

I am sure someone licked the spatula, who can resist!?

After a couple hours in the crock pot, it looked delicious! Very easy dessert recipe! She called papa to come down for dessert, she had a surprise for him! 

Crock Pot Lava Cake
1 20 ounce double chocolate brownie mix
1 large egg
⅓ c water
⅓ c canola oil
1 3.9 ounce box chocolate pudding mix
2 cups cold milk
Cooking spray
Cool Whip

  1. Prepare brownie mix, egg, water and oil in bowl until smooth.  
  2. Prepare pudding mix with milk in a bowl, whisk until smooth and thick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spray crock pot with cooking spray, turn on low.
  4. Add brownie batter, use spatula to smooth out.
  5. Add pudding mix on top of brownie batter and swirl into brownie batter.
  6. Cook on low for 2 hours, or until edges are set.
  7. Serve with Cool Whip