Since this is an old favorite that I make periodically, I thought it was time for some updated pictures. Although, in all honesty, it's really hard to take decent photos of split pea soup.
This delicious and nutritious soup is really easy to prepare using your slow cooker. It's also budget friendly and comforting on cold evenings. My boys love this hearty warm soup for dinner and always clean their bowls.
1 lb. package dry split peas
1 onion diced
1 carrot sliced
1 rib celery sliced
2 potatoes peeled and diced
8 cups water
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. or more freshly ground pepper
1/8 tsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
1 ham hock or 1/2 lb. diced ham
1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Cover, cook on low 8 to 10 hours.
3. Remove bay leaf and ham hock before serving.
4. Debone meat and cut into small pieces to return to soup.
5. Stir meat into soup and serve.
If using diced ham instead of a ham hock, put diced ham into cooker in step 1. You will be finished after removing the bay leaf in step 3. I have made this soup both ways and it is delicious either way.
This soup is delicious and an easy way to get your kids to eat some vegetables. My children love it. It is also really good leftover.
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Rich, creamy butter bean soup... I worked on this recipe for months, maybe even a year. Each time I made it, I took notes of how I thought I could improve it the next time. Then one day, when I made it for dinner we decided it was finally right.
If you have been following me for awhile, you may have seen this recipe before. I just added some updated photos to give some new life to this old post from the archives. Notice the flowers in the background. I thought it would be fun to let them peek into some pictures. My husband taught a floral design seminar last weekend and let the boys help make an arrangement for me after his class. They were so excited to sneak it into the house and surprise me with flowers.
This recipe is one of my favorites because it is delicious, easy, and budget friendly. The boys love it too. Such an easy meal to throw together in the morning and have a hot cooked meal on a busy weeknight.
This recipe was inspired by our favorite butter bean soup from Taylor's Chili Parlor in Carlinville, IL. I make it less spicy than Taylor's, but still very good. It is more kid friendly with a little less kick. If you want it spicier, just add more pepper.
1 lb dried butter beans or lima beans (they are very similar)
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 large sweet onion, diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. or more freshly ground black pepper (I don't measure, just grind some pepper into the soup)
2 tsp. creole or cajun seasoning
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. corriander
3 tsp. beef, chicken or vegetable bouillon (I think it is best with beef)
6 cups water
1 stick real butter
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1. Soak the beans for 1/2 hour.
2. Rinse and drain the beans before placing them in the crock pot.
3. Put the rinsed beans, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, creole seasoning, cumin, corriander, and bouillon into the crock pot along with 6 cups water.
4. Cover crock, and cook on low for around 8 hours, or until beans are tender and creamy.
5. During last hour, add 1 stick butter and tomato sauce.
6. I like to take the lid off and let the soup thicken a bit before serving.
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A little chocolate inspiration on Valentine's Day. Well it is still Valentine's Day, if you count 10:30 at night and besides chocolate is just as good on President's Day or any day for that matter. I had really good intentions of posting this earlier in the week, but the Mom part of my "Work at Home Mom" job title took precedence over the work part. That can easily happen when you have three snow days in one week. Forecast for tomorrow = Snow day #9! (President's Day would have been makeup day #1).
So if you are snowed in tomorrow or just enjoying President's Day at home you can make the easiest fudge in the world from these simple ingredients. You can change it up if you like. Use milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Leave out the salt if you want or add nuts or chopped peppermint candy.
All you need to make this amazing fudge is chocolate chips (I mix semi-sweet and milk chocolate), sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and fresh ground sea salt. You simply heat the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk until melted together, then stir in the vanilla until smooth.
Spread fudge into a foil lined square baking pan, grind sea salt over the top, then refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm.
Lift the block of fudge out of the pan with the foil and then peel the foil off. Cut into squares with a large chef's knife.
Now go make some fudge and share it with someone you love. It's still Valentine's Day for another 38 minutes. Or if you are smarter than me, get some sleep and make President's Day fudge tomorrow.
4 Ingredient Salted Fudge
3 cups chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Freshly ground sea salt
1. Heat the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk over low to medium heat until melted together, then stir in the vanilla until smooth.
2. Spread fudge into a foil lined square baking pan, grind sea salt over the top, then refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm.
3. Lift the block of fudge out of the pan with the foil and then peel the foil off. Cut into squares with a large chef's knife.
Makes about 25 pieces. Store at room temperature.
I am updating this recipe while my kids are enjoying their third snow day this week. Hard to believe we moved South and are now on (I think) our eighth snow day since we moved here over Christmas break. I am actually starting to loose track. The roads are fine where we live and we are close to town so an adventure this afternoon (like a 4-H meeting I read about in the paper) is not out of the question. There isn't much snow on the ground, although we had a lot, 6-7 inches a couple of weeks ago.
Today we have less than an inch of snow on the patio in the shade and no snow in the yard. The little bit we got last night has already melted in the sun this morning. In my short experience in our new southern home it seems if snow falls, there is no school. I guess they just don't have the resources to deal with snow and slick roads that we were used to in IL.
Well at least the boys are enjoying a few days of board games, play time, too much TV (The best way to spend snow days, when there is no snow on the ground to play with, right?), and they were all able to attend Ash Wednesday mass yesterday. Today's play has included playing Leopard and building Leopard dens all over the house after watching a nature show on PBS. Hopefully they will have school tomorrow. They are so excited about their Valentine's Day parties.
On with the Frito Chili Pie because that is why you really came here today, not to hear about my snow day saga. My first memory of Frito Chili Pie is from middle school, traveling to an away basketball game and being amazed at how good it was. I had never had anything like it and thought it was the best concession food I had ever tasted.
We have been enjoying Frito Chili Pie for years. In fact it is my favorite way to eat chili. I prefer not to serve it in the tiny bags of fritos as some people do because I like Frito Chili Pie a LOT and I want a big bowl of it not a tiny bag. It would also be way too messy for my kids and this is one of their favorite meals so we happily serve up big bowls of Frito Chili Pie in our house.
This recipe has evolved somewhat since I first posted it about 5 years ago. We have discovered we like adding more tomatoes and using less meat. I use about 1 1/2 pounds of ground venison, but you could use as little as one pound of meat if you wanted and it would still be amazing.
1 1/2 pounds Ground beef or venison (I usually use venison)
2 to 3 cloves Garlic, Minced (optional)
1 can (12 To 15 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 can (10 oz) Ro-tel (diced Tomatoes And Chilies)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Oregano
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder or more to taste
1 can (14-15.5 ounce) Kidney Beans, Drained And Rinsed
1 can (14-15.5 ounce) Pinto or Cannellini Beans, Drained And Rinsed
1/4 cup Masa (corn Flour) Or Regular Corn Meal
1/2 cup Warm Water
Fritos style corn chips
Grated Cheese (Sharp cheddar or a Cheddar or Colby blend works well)
Diced Sweet Onion and Sour Cream if you like for serving
Brown ground beef or venison with garlic in a pot over medium-high heat. Add tomato sauce, Rotel, diced tomatoes, salt, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add drained and rinsed beans. Stir to combine, then cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
Mix masa with water, then add to the chili. Stir to combine and simmer for a final 10 to 15 minutes.
First layer chips, then chili, then cheese in individual bowls to serve. Top with diced onion and sour cream if you like. Serve immediately. Delicious!
If you are interested in food photography or improving your own food photography skills, you might enjoy the difference in my old post photo circa 2011 compared with my new post photos.
Most of what I have learned about improving my food photography, I learned from reading Tasty Food Photography (affiliate link) which was written by a hugely successful food blogger, Lindsay Olstrom.
This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite food bloggers, The Pioneer Woman.
Oh how time flies. I can't believe Fat Tuesday is already here and Ash Wednesday is well, the next day. I am really looking forward to Lent this year. In the past, I gave something up for lent except I always gave myself a pass when pregnant. I love being pregnant and maybe I was selfish, but let's face it, your body goes through a LOT when you are pregnant and the last thing you want to do is deny yourself a bowl of ice cream at 2:00 am when you can't sleep because your stomach is growling and your legs are cramping. As far as I know, I am not expecting, but I am doing something different this year.
I went to church with my Dad over the Christmas Holidays and they were giving away copies of Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly. I picked one up thinking I would enjoy it since I love Matthew Kelly and as I started to read it, I realized it was a Lenten study. I put it aside and saved it for Lent and I am really excited to challenge myself and grow spiritually in my walk with God. I have a Gratitude Journal that I haven't even written in and I thought I would spend some time each day both rediscovering Jesus and recognizing all for which I am thankful .
This is from the back cover:
"...Matthew Kelly, once again, delivers a powerful book that encourages us in our weariness, challenges us in our comfort, and invites us to rediscover the beautiful possibilities God places before us daily."
So instead of giving up chocolate this year, I'm reconnecting with Jesus.
There is also a free program called Best Lent Ever that features daily two-minute videos that will take you through Rediscover Jesus chapter by chapter.
You can also go to lentreflections.com to sign up for Bishop Robert Barron's free daily lent reflections. (I saw this in the church bulletin this week)
Leave a comment if you have any resources to share for Lent or would just like to share what you are doing for Lent.
Introducing the New Little Golden Books Collection at Gymboree and Enter to Win the One Big Happy Storytime Sweepstakes
You may or may not know this, but I have been a huge fan of Gymboree for years. Ever since I had my first son I have shopped at Gymboree. Their clothes are charming and unique and really hold up. I love their style and quality and will even buy their clothes from thrift stores because I know they will last (and they have to last through three boys in our house).
So I would like to introduce you to Gymboree's new Little Golden Books baby collection and their One Big Happy Storytime sweepstakes.
Gymboree celebrates One Big Happy Storytime with the launch of a limited-edition baby collection featuring iconic characters from Little Golden Books. The Poky Little Puppy, The Fuzzy Duckling and The Shy Little Kitten all come to life in cute, cozy, giftable clothing and accessory sets.
We love The Poky Little Puppy in our house. It has been a favorite for as long as I can remember. If I am reading it to my four year old, you can bet the older boys come and listen too. These are a few of my favorites from the new Little Golden Books collection. If I had to pick my very favorite it might be The Fuzzy Duckling onesie. I love vintage artwork from Little Golden Books and this farm scene is beyond adorable.
As part of the Little Golden Books baby collection launch, Gymboree is hosting a One Big Happy Storytime sweepstakes, giving away everything a family needs to make storytime extra special. You can enter for the chance to win over $2,000 in prizes, including Little Golden Books nursery bedding and décor from The Land of Nod, a set of Little Golden Books from Random House, and a $500 gift card from Gymboree. To enter, visit gymboree.com/littlegoldenbooks now through February 29; winners will be announced in March.
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I posted this on facebook a couple of days ago and I thought why not let everyone know on the blog too.
I am so excited to share this. I just received the following email from Today.com. "Congrats! Your recently published post Coconut Oil Orange Chicken has been featured as one of the top posts. You’ll find it at the top of the challenge page for the next few days.
Share it with your fans and followers – you deserve to be recognized! The more views, votes and comments your posts get, the better!"
So not to sound desperate or anything, but view, vote and comment and I'll love ya forever!
I don't know how long it will be featured, but you can vote for it here. http://community.today.com/foodclub/challenge/healthy-swaps
I have been making sausage gravy for the past 16 years. My first year of teaching Family and Consumer Science one of my students shared with me how his Mama made sausage gravy. I have been hooked ever since.
In fact, we made sausage gravy in my food lab for years as part of my thickening unit. Note to Family & Consumer Science teachers: I used a half recipe of sausage gravy for each kitchen in the food lab to cut down on expenses and food waste, although, I don't think much would have been wasted. I let the students make full recipes of biscuits however, since the ingredients were so inexpensive and they enjoyed the extra biscuits with butter and jelly or honey.
This is a great recipe for the classroom that teaches students how to thicken the sausage gravy using flour and it's really hard to mess up. Students gain basic skills and a little confidence in the kitchen. This would be a great recipe for homeschool life skills too.
I was blessed enough to teach on a block schedule for 9 of my 10 years teaching Family and Consumer Science. If making homemade biscuits with students in the classroom, you will need the longer class period. My classes were 1 1/2 hours long and that time is needed for instruction, to prepare the food, sit together and eat, clean the kitchens, and do a lab grade and cleaning inspection at the end of class. If you teach FCS and do not have the luxury of blocked classes, I would suggest making the biscuit dough one day and having each kitchen package and label their dough to refrigerate overnight. The following day they would roll out the dough then cut and bake their biscuits while cooking the sausage gravy.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do and I hope you weren't too bored with all the FCS teacher suggestions. I know I would have loved the advice when I began my teaching career so I thought I would pass along.
1 lb. of your favorite sausage
3 Tbsp. flour
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Crumble and cook sausage in skillet until browned.
2. Sprinkle 3 Tbsp. flour over the sausage and remaining grease in the skillet. Stir to let the flour absorb the grease.
3. Next, pour milk over the sausage mixture until the sausage is almost covered. Continue to stir and cook at a medium heat until thickened.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over freshly baked split biscuits.
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