Homemade Chicken noodle soup

For lunch today we had homemade chicken noodle soup. After making 2 batches of chicken stock from a Crockpot whole chicken I needed to use up some of that wonderful healthy stock.  Last night we had company over and I made way too many noodles so I threw those in at the end to warm them up.

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So I used about:
6 cups or broth
1 chicken breast
1/2 onion diced
1 carrot
1 stick of celery
And the left over pasta
Garlic and salt and pepper

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We served it with garlic cheddar biscuits made out if Bisquick.

Today’s meals

Today for breakfast we made oatmeal with quick oats powdered creamer cinnamon sugar and diced apples and drizzled with honey. It was super yummy and pretty healthy, and the kids were excited about having it.

For lunch we had hot dogs with bread, chips, carrots, cucumbers and bananas.

I went shopping before dinner, since I was supposed to go Friday and still hadn’t gone, and picked up quite a bit of stuff. For dinner we had bacon cheese burgers. I was the only one who chose blue cheese, the others picked havarti cheese. The burgers were super yummy and they were served with chips and baked beans.

It has been a crazy week since I have been down for physical reasons and not able to do much but everyone has helped out and the house isn’t a total disaster.

I bought strawberries at the store tonight and I look forward to making strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing. I will also be baking cupcakes for my daughters birthday to take to co-op with us. I am hoping my feet will get better so I can get to baking!

Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff

1 can chicken (10 oz)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz sour cream
1 piece of bacon
Worcestershire sauce
Garlic salt
Lowrys salt
4 crumbled Ritz or club crackers

Put bacon in microwave to cook for about 2 min. Heat oven to 375. Mix soup, chicken, sour cream, and (Worcestershire garlic and lawrys to taste) and crumbled bacon in a 8×8 baking dish. Top with 4 crumbled Ritz or club crackers. Bake in oven about 25-30 minutes.

After I put the stroganoff in the oven I start the rice. I add 1 bullion cube and a little butter and salt to the rice before I turn on the burner.

Serve the Chicken Stroganoff over the seasoned rice with green beans on the side.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, it can easily be doubled to feed more than 4 people or have yummy leftovers.

Pigs In The Blanket

This is one of my favorite freezer recipes of all time, Pigs in the Blanket! Yes I know this may sound strange for a freezer recipe but It is totally yummy, and if you dont eat them all before they even get back to the kitchen, they Freeze and reheat wonderfully!

Pigs in the Blanket

2 pkgs dry yeast ( 2 1/4 tsp per pack* Buy in bulk it is much cheaper!)
2 c very warm water
2 tsp salt
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c melted shortening
1 beaten egg
6 1/2- 7 cups flour
2 pkgs 8 count hotdogs
about 1 c cheese

Combine first 2 ingredients, add sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup four and beat for 2 minutes.
Add egg and melted shortening, beat until smooth.
Add flour 1 cup at a time, about 5-6 cups. Knead until smooth!
Set aside in greased bowl, cover with towel, let rise until doubled in size. (this happens quicker on top of the stove if oven is on or put inside the oven after turning it on for about a minute and then turning it off.)
Punch down dough, divide in half
Roll out 1/2 dough into a large circle and spread with softened butter (about 1/4 stick per circle)
Cut with pizza cutter into 16 pieces
Sprinkle with Cheese
Place 1/2 hotdog on edge of each triangle and toll
Place on greased cookie sheet (or what ever you have that will work lol)
Let rise again!
Bake in oven @ 400 for about 12 minutes
Remove to wire rack to cool and then bag and freeze or eat them all up!

This recipe is great for crescent rolls also just omit the hot dogs and cheese! I havent tried it yet but I bet this would be great with honey drizzled on before cutting and rolling up the crescents!

Based on a recipe calculator spreadsheet I saw on moneysavingmom the bread part of this recipe costs $1.79 for 32 Crescent rolls! That is .06 a roll! add the hot dogs and cheese and it is more like .18 a Pig in the blanket! Pretty good by my book, and if you bought the cheese and hot dogs with coupons it would be even cheaper.

CrockPot Cream Cheese Chicken

Tonight for Dinner we had CrockPot Cream Cheese Chicken, it was super simple to make and I just changes a little bit from the recipe that I got from A Year Of Slow Cooking.

I used one Package of Chicken breast (which was 3 large ones)
2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Package Italian Dressing Mix
about 2 Tablespoons of Chicken Broth
1 Can of water
2 Blocks of Cream Cheese

Put all the Ingredients in the CrockPot EXCEPT the Cream Cheese. Cook on low for 6 hours or so ( I think mine cooked a little longer) Shred the Chicken in the CrockPot. Add Cream Cheese and continue cooking on low for 30 Minutes while you boil the noodles and get the table set and such!
Stir up and Serve over noodles!

We loved it, It was seasoned well, and so creamy. There was enough leftover (which I planned for) to make Enchiladas tomorrow or the next day! I will let you know how those turn out.

We served this with Crescent Rolls, Peas and Creamed Corn.

Mocha Cupcakes

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My kids helped me bake again. This time we made mocha cupcakes with a butter cream frosting. Check out the Recipe here at My Baking Addiction. They were super yummy, moist and delicious and the chocolate chips were a perfect addition.

I will be making this again with maybe a mocha frosting next time as well:) I also think I will try out some more of My Baking Addictions Recipes!

Failure and Success

Tonight for dinner I made a Pepperoni Pizza using leftover Bolognase Sauce from earlier this week. I substituted Honey for the sugar in the Dough Recipe and assembled it on my pizza stone instead of trying to figure out how to move it once assembled. The End result? Well it was ok I guess, the dough seemed under cooked, and really soft on the bottom while the top was about to burn.

I was lamenting over my failure of pizza (which does not happen very often) and trying to figure out exactly where I went wrong. As I did this I drank a cup of coffee with White chocolate caramel latte creamer and ate a yummy Mini Pumpkin chocolate chip muffin.

Finally it hit me. I am not a failure of a cook, the Mini Muffins were scrumptious even at 3 days old. I will just have to figure out where I went wrong and dust off my apron and make a better pizza next time. I have had many Successes in the Kitchen and I will not let an ok/ not my favorite pizza get me down.

As for the Coffee and Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins I am going to enjoy them and let them heal my hurts lol.