Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recipe Roundup: Taco Soup

Hey Everyone! This is Summer from Summer Scraps and I am so excited to share one of my favorite soup recipes with all of you today. My Taco soup is the soup I fall back on when I have a busy day but need something really satisfying. Something so super simple to make that I don't have to worry about messing it up or how long it will take to make.
Taco Soup

Taco Soup Recipe

Ingredients needed:
  • 1 pound of hamburger
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, diced into teeny tiny pieces
  • 1 - 14.5 oz can hominy or corn - I just love any recipe where I can add hominy
  • 1 - 14.5 oz can Kidney beans
  • 2 - 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 envelope of Taco Seasoning mix
  • 1 small jar of salsa con queso cheese dip
  • Serve with shredded cheese and chips
Taco-Soup-2Taco-Soup-cheeseTaco-Soup-simmerTaco-Soup-ingredientsBrown the hamburger and drain any grease. Mix in the taco seasoning then add the jalapeno, canned vegetables and beans. Mix and heat to boiling. Once it start to boil reduce to a simmer for at least 10 minutes. A few mintues before serving add the cheese dip and stir it in. Serve with some cheese on top. We also like to have some chips for dipping. Do you like Taco Soup? You will have to give this one a try and let me know what you think.

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Recipe Roundup: Favorite Soups

Today I want to share a few of the favorite soups that have been shared on this blog over the years.

From left to right

Turkey, Rice and Kale Soup by Raia's Recipes
Chicken Tomatilla Soup by Armelle
South Western Chicken Soup by Sweetie Pie Style
Market Street Clam Chowder

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recipe Round Up: Pasta Fagioli Soup

Today's recipe is Pasta Fagioli Soup by Sherri from Luv a Bargain. You can find more yummy recipes on her blog along with bargains, crafts, and more!

1 tsp Olive Oil
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 oz of white wine
4 cups of chicken broth (I use low-sodium)
1 29 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 14 oz can of Northern White Beans (I use low-sodium)
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
8 strips of Bacon, cooked and crumbled – (I buy the boxed version most of the time of convenience)  You can use turkey bacon too.
1/2 cup of pepperoni,  cut into little pieces – (You could use turkey pepperoni as well)
1 lb box of Ditalini pasta

Cook Bacon and set aside.  Then crumble when cool.
In a large pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onions are tender.
Turn off heat.  Add cooking wine, chicken broth, tomatoes and seasonings listed.
Bring to a boil.
Add beans, cheese, bacon and pepperoni.
Stir and simmer for 30 minutes.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Recipe Roundup: Tortellini Spinach and Tomato Soup

Hi there, Whatever Dee Dee Wants readers! I'm so excited to be here with you today sharing one of our family's favorite cold weather recipes... Tortellini, Spinach and Tomato Soup. It's sure to warm up the tummies and put smiles on everyone's faces.

I'm Nici and you can find me over at Posed Perfection where I share simple, delicious recipes, easy-to-duplicate craft projects and whatever is on my heart for the day. I am thrilled to be here with you today sharing one of my absolute favorite soup recipes. 

Most soups that I make end up being a mixture of whatever leftover meat I have in the fridge combined with a few pantry items and some frozen veggies... kind of a last ditch effort to clear out the leftovers... and save some money. This soup, however, is an actual recipe I was given many years ago. This Tortellini, Spinach and Tomato Soup is so incredibly easy, quick to make, and filling.

Here's what you need: butter, garlic, chicken broth, cheese tortellini, fresh spinach, canned petite diced tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese.

Tortellini, Spinach and Tomato Soup

1-2 Tbsp. butter
3 tsp. minced garlic
1 32 oz. carton Chicken Broth
6 oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
14 oz. can diced tomatoes (with juice)
3-4 oz. fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook halfway, about 5 minutes for frozen, less if using fresh. Stir this occasionally. Add canned tomatoes with juice, reduce heat to simmer and cook until pasta is tender. Coarsely chop the spinach and add to the soup, stirring to incorporate.  Cook until spinach is wilted, one to two minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Thanks so much to DeeDee for letting me be a part of her Recipe Roundup! I'd love for you to stop by Posed Perfection to see some of my other family-friendly recipes and projects! You can connect with me in these places too:  Facebook  >>>  Pinterest  >>> Google+ >>> Twitter
Nici Higby

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY Tic Tac Toe

Brody loves painting so we decided to paint some rocks to use for our own tic tac toe game. They are perfect to bring inside and play during the cold winter months but we also love playing with them outside when it's warm.

I don't think there is any need to explain how we made our tic tac toe rocks other than we used acrylic paint and outside we use chalk to draw the tic tac toe board and inside we took an old tray and put washi tape on it for the board.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Results Are In

We got our results back from our twin DNA testing. Sadie and Samantha are identical twins!

I am actually kind of shocked about this. Because the girls had their own amniotic sacs and placentas I was told they were more than likely fraternal twins. This means the twins separated very early!