Sunday, January 19, 2014

Stay-at-Home-Sick Potato Soup

This recipe is exactly what it says, a perfect soup for staying at home! I personally like chunky soup rather than liquid-y soup, so this is very creamy. You can also do this in a crock pot, just stir a couple of times during the cooking process.

4-5 Baking Potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 Cans (approx 2.5 cups) of Chicken Broth 
1 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
2 Handfuls of Broccoli Florets & Stems
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
8 oz Velveeta Cheese, cubed
1 Tbsp Butter
Garlic Salt
Salt & Pepper

Start by putting the Chicken broth, S&P, and potatoes in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. While the potatoes are cooking, place butter, onion, broccoli, and garlic Salt in a skillet to brown. After onions and broccoli are browned, place off of heat. Add to milk and velveeta to potatoes and let cook until cheese is mostly melted, then add sour cream.
When potatoes have become soft enough to be crushed, add onions and broccoli and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve topped with optional shredded cheese, bacon, and sour cream!

More the Merrier Monday

Monday, January 6, 2014

Asian-Cajun Jambalaya

   I bought sausage while it was on sale and my usual go-to meal with it is jambalaya. I also had zucchini and yellow bell pepper on hand, though, so I decided to give it an Asian twist!

2 cups Rice (brown or white, your choice)
4 cups Chicken Broth (or water with chicken broth cube)
1/4 cup Hot Water
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (I had Ro*tel to add some spice!)
Cut up Sausage Link
Pre-cooked Shrimp
1 diced Yellow Pepper
2 diced Zucchini
1 Small Onion, diced
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
Dash Cayenne Pepper
(Diced chicken is optional, just cook until well done before mixing with other meats)

   Start by mixing the rice, chicken broth, and soy sauce in a large pot. Follow rice directions to cook, or bring to a boil and let simmer until fluffy.
   While the rice cooks, put sausage, shrimp, yellow pepper, zucchini, onion, salt and pepper in a large skillet and Sauté together until meat is brown and vegetables become tender. Add contents into cooked rice. Add remaining ingredients and 1/4 cup of hot water. Let simmer together for 5 more minutes and serve.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Re-use Those Leftover Christmas Lights

   Ever have those extra string lights in your Christmas storage that you bought on sale but never found a use for? Here's an option!
   Valentine's day is almost around the corner, so this could be a romantic surprise if you add a few candles and some music. Or a cute lighting option  to replace an ugly, old night light, change the word spelled out to anything and it could go in a child/teen's room for some cool decoration!

   Most every room in my house is themed by color, my bedroom is brown, tan, and purple. My curtains are a little on the heavy side being dark purple and brown so they don't offer a lot of light through the windows, but my window are small anyway.
   The first idea was to hang these purple string lights I've had for a while behind all the curtains, but I didn't have enough for it to look decent, so I came up with this idea, which is still pretty cute in my opinion.
   I looked up some different font options and finally found a script style I like, then used the string lights to copy the word "Love." To hold the lights in place I used simple thumbtacks so that they wouldn't leave big holes, I would have used command strips but I did not have enough.

This is an example of the exact line the string is in.

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