Monday, January 9, 2012

Easy Healthy Leftover Vegetable Soup

When I first married my husband, I knew very little about cooking. I knew very little about cooking with vegetables and making different dishes with them. Once the recession hit, I had my beautiful daughter Ember Grace. I had to leave my job and my husband then took over as the primary bread winner. During these hard financial times, I learned the value of money and wanted to stretch it as far as possible. One way to do that is to buy your vegetables and fruits when they are in season and don't waste a bit of it. Here is a recipe I created with the left over vegetables that I had in my fridge.

Prep Time Approximately 10 minutes
Cooking Time Approximately 30 minutes.

Ingredients I used;
1 Blender
3 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs ground mustard
1/2Tbs Black Pepper
2 Tsp Salt
2 Cans Of Chicken Stock
1 Head of Broccoli Chopped Into Florets
3 Chopped Carrots
1 Chopped Small onion
1 Diced leek
2 Chopped small potatoes.

First-Get The Oil Heated and Throw In Your chopped Onions and Leeks. Let This Cook For About 5 Minutes, Stir Occasionally.

Second- Throw In Chopped Carrots and Chopped Potatoes. Cook This For About 5 Minutes. Then Add the 2 Cans of Chicken Stock and Broccoli (Cook Until Carrots and Potatoes Are Soft).

Third-Begin To Scoop the Soup Into The Blender. Pulse until Ingredients look creamy. Pulse all ingredients.Let The Soup Simmer on the Stove For 5-10 Minutes.

Fourth- Serve Into Your Favorite Soup Bowl and Top Will A Dallop of Sour Cream Or A Dash of Parmesan Cheese.

Feel Like Something Is Missing? Customize This Soup and Make It Your Own. Real Bacon Bits or Shredded Cheese May Add a Nice Touch.

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Ways To Preserve Your Cooking Herbs!

In Germany here the fresh herbs come in large bundles. Most recipes I use call for herbs that I don't use on a regular basis. So what usually happens, is these herbs will go unused, brown and then rot. One way to stretch your dollar and preserve your herbs is by freezing them. I first chop my herbs semi-finely and then I put them in a ice cube tray with a small amount of water. Once these herbs have frozen in cubes, I will then put them in zip lock bags and label what the herb is. Then whenever I have a recipe that calls for that herb I will just take a cube out of the freezer. It takes a few minutes to thaw out, or if you are cooking with heat it should thaw out more quickly. Hope you enjoyed this tid bit as much as I have.

The Ice Cube I Found At My Local Store. It was .25 Cents!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Starting The Year Off With New Resolutions!

A must before any of my crochet projects; is a cup of freshly brewed Starbucks Sumatra Coffee with my Hazelnut Creamer.

I am currently trying to complete 52 projects within this 2012 year. I plan to master crochet and become intermediate with my knitting. These 52 projects can include anything from sewing, crocheting and knitting. I also plan to read 12 books this year. My first book I am reading is Memoirs Of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, which I received from  I also want to cook more from my ethnic backgrounds which is German and Irish. I am fortunate to live in Germany at the moment, so this should help with my resolutions.

For my first project I am working on a Vinyl Record Pillow which I found in the magazine crochet today. I am about 50% done. I will post pictures of project in progess soon!

Well, I must get to crocheting! Thanks for looking!