Sunday, February 24, 2013

Slobber Kisses....Henry Style!!

Today after church the kids and I had lunch with momma and daddy.
Momma decided to keep Henry, my youngest nephew, since my brother and his wife are moving.
This is how Henry & I spent some quality aunt/nephew time.....with SLOBBER KISSES!! :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Countryside Beef and Garden Vegetable Soup

This is a healthy and cost friendly soup that require VERY little work!
The calorie count comes in at just 173 per serving and the cost is $2.12 per serving!

Countryside Beef & Garden Vegetable Soup
(source: Woman's World magazine)

1 tsp. oil
12 oz. boneless chuck steak, visible fat discarded
4 tomatoes, chopped, 3 cups
1 large red or yellow pepper, chopped, 1 1/4 cups
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 medium red potato, chopped, 1 1/3 cups
4 oz. fresh or frozen cut green beans, cut into 1 1/2" pieces if fresh, thawed if frozen, 1 cup
1 rib celery, thinly sliced, 2/3 cup
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 pkg. granulated beef bouillon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage

In non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add beef; cook until browned on one side, 3 minutes. Transfer browned side up to slow cooker. Pour 1 cup water into skillet, scraping up browned bits from bottom and side. Pour into cooker. Stir in 1 cup water and remaining ingredients, except cabbage. Cover; cook on low 7 1/2-8 hours or on high 3 hours, 45 minutes to 4 hours or until beef is very tender. Quickly transfer beef to cutting board, leaving liquid in slow cooker. Quickly stir in cabbage; cover cooker. If using low setting, change to high. Cook 30-45 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Meanwhile, shred beef. When cabbage is ready, stir in beef.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Snow day in Concord

Today, we had a SNOWED & STUCK!! 

This morning we had snow that turned to water as soon as it hit the ground. 
We went to have lunch with Ray at work, and it was still "snow raining" according to the kids.

We came home and had a nap and woke up to huge, beautiful snowflakes and our yard and vehicle covered in snow! 

The kids begged to play out in it, so after dinner that's what they did!