Saturday, November 5, 2011

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This is one recipe that I really don't have a recipe for.  I just always make it as I go.  It is one of my favorites to have during the fall/winter time. Perfect meal for needing to get over a cold. This is another soup that makes a ton, so either cut the recipe down or share with others!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts ~ cooked and shredded
3 celery stocks ~ chopped
1 small onion ~ chopped
1 cup carrots ~ chopped
6-8 cups water from boil chicken earlier
enough chicken bullion granules or cubes to make broth
2 packages wide egg noodles ~ frozen 
pepper to taste
little basil

Add all ingredients together, expect noodles.  Cook till vegetables are tender. Add in noodles and let sit on a low simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until noodles are loose and fluffy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my moms recipe and These are by far the best pumpkin cookies ever.  They are fluffy, moist and just oh so yummy.  Any time these get baked and taken, there are always lots of compliments and asking for the recipe. I personally always double it.  Then I freeze some.  Have some now and pull some out later.  These also have a yummy frosting that can go on them.  I love the cookies both ways. If freezing some cookies, frost later.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 package of chocolate chips
1 egg
chopped pecans ~ optional 

Cream shortening and sugar together.  Add in pumpkin and egg.  Mix and add dry ingredients.  Then add in chocolate chips and pecans. Drop by teaspoon full on a non greased cookies sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 teaspoons milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Cook in a saucepan butter, milk and brown sugar until well dissolved.  Remove from heat. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar.  Beat together until powdered sugar is dissolved.  Spread on warm cookies. {Add more powdered sugar is needed.}

Dinner in a Pumpkin

This is what we eat every year on Halloween.  I grew up with this tradition and I love it. It makes the night so fun and the dinner is super good.

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 medium pumpkin {about size of basketball or a little bigger}
1 chopped onion {any size - depending on how much onion you like}
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 - 2 pounds hamburger
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 {4oz.} can sliced mushrooms ~ drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1-2 cups cooked rice
1 {8oz.} can sliced water chestnuts ~ drained
Cut off top of pumpkin and clean out.  Draw a face on the pumpkin with permanent marker.  In a large skillet saute onions in oil until tender.  Add meat and cook till brown.  Drain drippings from meat - add soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms and soup.  Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.  Place pumpkin onto a cookie sheet that is covered with foil.  Spoon mixture into the pumpkin and put pumpkin lid back on.  Cook at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until inside of pumpkin is tender.  You can also cook with lid off.
When serving scrap inside of pumpkin. 

Outback Potato Soup

This is another soup that you can totally add whatever you want to it.  Keep it simple or throw in as much extras as ya want.  I tend to just do whatever my mood is for that day. I have a friend that always makes this into a Loaded Potato Soup and it is really good.  She puts just about everything you can think of .... Green onion, bacon chunks, cheese, broccoli chunks, etc.

Outback Potato Soup (Crock Pot style)
1 30oz. bag of frozen shredded hash browns 
3 14oz. cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup green onion ~chopped
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 pkg. cream cheese
Then add whatever extra's you want

Combine everything expect for the cream cheese into crock pot.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.  About 1 hour before serving, add cream cheese and keep heated until cream cheese is thoroughly melted.  Serve with whatever you like it topped with.

Crescent Pizza's

This is a great recipe for getting those kids in the kitchen.  My kids are always asking what they can help with when I am cooking or baking.  I love having them in there with me.

Crescent Pizza's
2 rolls refrigerated Crescent rolls
1 large package pepperoni
1 package string cheese ~ sticks cut in half
marinara sauce for dipping

Separate the crescent rolls into triangles. Place 4-5 pepperonis at large end of each triangle and top with half a string cheese. Roll up and if desired, bring up sides to seal, so cheese doesn't melt all the way out. If kids are helping, sometimes sides don't make it sealed.  Really no biggie, still tastes yummy. Bake Crescent Pizza's according to crescent roll package. A little longer for a crispier crescent roll.