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Friday, December 10, 2010

Adopt a Blogger - Ginger Lemon Girl

This is my first "adopt A Blogger" post and I am so excited. And so full. But excited mostly.

I chose to adopt Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl because I saw the Almond Joy Pie and I had to make it. I just had to, it was calling to me. Except that pie was eaten without me taking a picture. Oops. I was going to make another but didn't have a chance due to other baking. So anyway, make it, it is wonderful and is my new favorite.

So I also made her Aunt Linda's Amazing Broccoli Puff but the first one looked horribly burned (it didn't taste it though). I got a tiny bit distracted while it was under the broiler. Oops. It was so wonderful though I made it again tonight. YUM!!!! And this time, I took pictures. (yay me). I did not use Annatto because I don't have any. Also the first time I took fresh broccoli and cut it and steamed it while tonight I used frozen that I heated through - to be honest, the frozen worked just as well as the fresh and was much easier. We loved this! Well we are big fans of broccoli anyway but this was so good. Hubby loves "cheese sauce" on his broccoli (like the stuff in a can that I have never willingly bought) and this gives him a good cheesy flavor that I like too.

AND because my daughter had a sleepover Christmas party where they would be having regular pancakes for breakfast and she thought the idea of heating up gluten-free pancakes in the microwave was horrible - I made one more thing. Muffins.

She wanted muffins even though that was something we hadn't done yet. Even though it was a bit intimidating to me. So I found this lovely Streusal Topped Fresh Blueberry Muffins and I used frozen triple berries. I know! Shameful using triple berries (strawberry, blueberry and raspberry) that were frozen instead of fresh blueberries! But these were so good! I am thinking the other girls will be jealous. I will be making these again, both in the summer with fresh blueberries but also in the winter with other berries.

Carrie has a bunch more recipes so I really encourage you to look at what all she has.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pizza Soup

Sometimes something wonderful happens when you just throw some things together.

It works like magic.

And even stranger is when everyone likes it.

Even the picky kid who doesn't like anything.

That happened to me the other night.

We had a 4-H thing to go to and I knew that we probably wouldn't make it home till 8 and we would all be past ready to eat. And - as much as I love Chick-Fil-A - I would rather have chewed my arm off than have to eat another Chick-Fil-A salad.

So I looked to see what all I could throw together in the crockpot and then prayed it would be good.

It was.

It was so good that it was gone before I thought to get a picture (bad blogger).

Now you can try it.

Pizza Soup

As with all soups, if you don't like something, leave it out. If it is your favorite, then add some more.

  • 1 cup of browned hamburger meat
  • 1 onion chopped and browned
  • 1 or 2 bell peppers chopped (and browned if you don't want them crunchy)
  • 4 ounces Hormel pepperoni in a large dice (this is where most of the pizza-y flavor came from but it didn't overwhelm for those that don't like pepperoni)
  • 2 32 ounce cans of tomatoes (diced is good)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt (or more or less)
  • enough water to make it a soupy thickness you like (2-3 cups)

Dump it all in the slowcooker and stir. Turn it on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

If you like olives, you can garnish with chopped olives. Next time I will be adding mushrooms because I love mushrooms.

We did think that this needs some kind of bread to go with it. Like GingerLemonGirl's Brazilian Cheese bread would be almost like dipping the pizza place cheese sticks into the soup.