Cream of Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 3 cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups of broccoli
  • 2 cups cauliflower
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole milk
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder (I use seasoning salt)

Directions:

  1. Cut broccoli and cauliflower into bite size pieces. Boil broccoli and cauliflower directly in the chicken stock until al dente, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt  2 tablespoons of butter and add onion.  Saute onions until soft and translucent. Add 2 more tablespoons of butter and the flour 1 tablespoon at a time, to make a rue. Once the mixture has created a rue (a paste like consistency) add milk/cream slowly to mixture slowly, whisking while mixture together.
  3. Split the broccoli/cauliflower mix in half. Take half of the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour mixture into the cream-rue mixture, add the remainder of the whole florets to the soup.
  4. Turn the stove top to down to low and allow the soup to simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Stir soup every 5 minutes or so while it simmers to make sure the cream does not burn to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Taste and add more salt, pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt as desired.

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Soul Speaking – French Onion Soup Recipe

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Snuggle up on a cool brisk day and get cozy with a bowl of this delicious French Onion Soup. There is nothing better than a hot soup on a cold day. This soup recipe will speak directly to your soul – begging you to make it again and again!

Ingredients

  • 32 oz Beef Broth
  • 1 Red Onion, thinly sliced in rings
  • 3 Sweet White Onion, thinly sliced in rings
  • Provolone Cheese, sliced
  • Thick cut stale french bread, cut into large 2×2 crouton pieces
  • 1 cup Red Wine (any cheap wine will work)
  • 1/4 cup Brandy Liquor (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Slice onions into very thin rings.
  3. In a Dutch oven, saute in olive oil with, salt, pepper and white sugar. Cook until onions are half way cooked.
  4. Add butter to sauteed onions and cook until translucent.
  5. Add beef broth, wine and brandy liquor to onion mixture. Let simmer for about 30 minutes. This will allow all of the alcohol out of the soup.
  6. Cut French bread up into thick “crouton” like pieces. It is best to use stale bread. Toast your french bread in the oven, until golden brown.
  7. Transfer soup into oven safe bowls, add a few crouton/bread pieces and cover the top of the soup with 1-2 provolone cheese slices.
  8. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese if fully melted and lightly browned.
  9. Carefully remove from soup from the oven. Serve and Enjoy :)

25 Christmas Cookie Recipes

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It is about that time of the year — cookie exchanges!!  I love getting together with my friends and doing this.  However, I’m not sure if it is more fun to visit or if it is to get cookies!!!  We’ve compiled a list of 25 amazing recipes that you can use for your own get together!  Just click the link below and you’ll go directly to the recipe.

  1. Soft Gingerbread Cookies(Reindeer)
  2. Peppermint Twists
  3. Ginger Snaps
  4. Christmas Tree Cookies
  5. Grinch Cookies
  6. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  7. Peanut butter Nutella cookies
  8. Peanut butter pretzel Reindeer Cookies
  9. Rum Balls
  10. Holiday Butter Cookie
  11. Lemon Snowball
  12. Spritz Cookies
  13. Kris Kringle Cookie
  14. Candy Cane Cookie
  15. Turtle Cookies
  16. Molasses Crinkles
  17. Gingerbread People
  18. Mini Snowman donuts
  19. Chocolate Candy Cane cookies 
  20. Christmas Corn Flake Wreaths
  21. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies
  22. Sugared Pecan Balls
  23. Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
  24. Reese’s Cookies
  25. Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites

Sweet & Creamy Butternut Squash Recipe

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Autumn soups are the best! So hearty, delicious and comforting. This Sweet & Creamy Butternut Squash Soup recipe is absolutely perfect for bringing in the cold brisk Fall days. It will illuminate your house in fabulous aromas of roasted veggies and will satisfy your senses completely!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 cans vegetable or chicken broth 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: 

  1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a large baking sheet add the butternut squash, sweet potato, and carrots. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper (I also add a little sprinkle of white sugar at this point to help veggies caramelize better).
  3. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, stir and return to the oven for another 20 minutes. Remove the veggies from the oven and set aside.
  4. In a large dutch oven or pot, saute onions and garlic until translucent.
  5. Add roasted veggies and broth to the dutch oven, with the cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  6. Allow the soup simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
  7. Add butter and brown sugar to the soup.
  8. Transfer soup to a blender (make sure to hold the lid on tight with a dish towel) and puree soup.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe: Simple and Divine!

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If you haven’t tried this Mississippi Pot Roast crockpot recipe I recommend doing so ASAP! There is no prep, only 5 ingredients and it is guaranteed to be a family favorite! We love to make this meal on cool brisk days. It’s always a crowd pleaser. Serve with roasted veggies, mash potatoes and/or a salad. This recipe is sure to be your families next BEST recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chuck roast
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 packet of dry McCormick’s au jus gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5-6 Peperonicini’s

***If you are feeling adventurous add carrots, potatoes, celery and/or mushrooms. Num Num Num

Directions:

  1. Place the uncooked chuck roast in a crockpot. Slather roast with the Hidden Valley dry ranch seasoning mix and au jus mix.
  2. Place a stick of butter and 5-6 Peperoncini’s on top of the roast (Or add as many Perperocini’s as you would like! These are not spicy so there is no need to worry about that.)
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours in the crockpot (or 5 hours on high)
  4. Shred, serve and enjoy!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bon Recipe

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Peanut Butter chocolate balls

This chocolately peanut butter treat is insanely easy to make! Not only is it the perfect recipe for your kids to help you make, but they will also be the talk of the party (or whatever event you are making them for!) Just beware – these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bon’s are dangerously delicious and will not do your waistline good!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/4 cup (9 oz) smooth or chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup bag confectioners sugar
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix peanut butter, confectioners sugar and melted butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Roll the peanut butter filling into 1 inch balls. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes (this step will make coating with chocolate much easier!)
  3. In a sauce pan fill with water about 1/3 full and bring to a soft boil. Place chocolate in a metal bowl and create a double boiler by placing the metal bowl over the boiling water. Basically you are going to melt the chocolate by the steam of the water boiling below.
  4. Take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer. Insert a toothpick into each peanut butter ball and then dip them into the melted chocolate. Cover with chocolate as best and return the chocolate covered bon bon to the lined baking sheet.
  5. Return chocoloate peanut butter bon bon’s to the refrigerate to harden for approximately 30 minutes.

Fluffy and Moist – M&M Cookies Recipe

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Cookies are always a great choice for any occasion. Whether you are simply making tasty snack for your family at home, taking a treat for a holiday party at  your kids school or are preparing for a cooking exchange, these M&M cookies are amazing! Plus you can even alter this recipe to become a themed treat for Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more!

Ingredients:

  • 2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
    3/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M’s (you can choose seasonal colors like Valentines, Christmas and so on!)

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine butter, white and brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, mix well until well combined.
  2. Add flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt and mix. Do not over mix.
  3. Add 1 cup M&M’s and mix.
  4. Create 12 cookies out of  the dough, by rolling into balls, and slightly flattening them. At this point you can place a few more M&M’s on each cookie to give it a more “pretty” look!
  5. Place cookies on a large plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. (This step is essential to not having flat cookies).
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Remove cookies from the refrigerator and place cookies on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  8. Cool on baking sheet serve and enjoy :)

Cake Batter Dip

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If you are like me, you love to sneak a lick off of the beater when you make a cake.  Of course, that isn’t safe due to the raw eggs.  But darn – if it doesn’t just taste Oh So Good!!  I recently found a recipe which gives you the cake batter flavor — but is safe to eat! In fact, it could be deemed a “bit healthy” because it contains both yogurt and lowfat whipped topping.  Pair it with some graham crackers or vanilla wafers and you’ve got an easy after school snack that your kids will love!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 Funfetti Cake Mix
2 cups vanilla yogurt
2 cups whipped topping (we use the lowfat)

1. Mix all ingredients in the order given.

2. Cover and put into the refrigerator to chill (around 2 hours).

3.  Serve and enjoy!

I wish I could tell you how long this is lasts in the refrigerator, but ours is always gone within a few days, so we’ve never had that problem!!

Homemade Apple Butter Recipe

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Apples are in season which means it’s that time of the year where we go apple baking crazy! This Apple Butter recipe is fabulous. Not only is it absolutely delicious, it will make your house smell amazing! You get the taste and smell of homemade apple pie, without all of the calories and fats!

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs apples (Granny Smith are my favorite)
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Core and peel apples. Cut apples into bite size pieces.
  3. Combine apples, apple cider, brown sugar, honey and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stirring often, cook until apples are soft. This takes approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  5. Using a blender puree the mixture until smooth.
  6. Return the mixture to the Dutch oven and bake  in the oven uncovered for 2.5 – 3 hours. Stir every 30 minutes. Cook until apples are the desired color, texture and consistency.
  7. Remove mixture from oven and let cool. Transfer into a container and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Try Apple Butter as a healthy alternative on your toast, biscuits, pancakes, pork chops and more!

Mini Apple Pie Recipe

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These mini apple pies are the perfect for a dessert for family get together’s, bake sales or the next holiday dessert table spread. They are easy to make and come out in the perfect portion for one person.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Betty Crocker Pie Crusts (pre-made, not frozen)
  • 2.5-3 lbs Granny Smith Apples
  •  Juice of 1/2 lemon or 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed evenly

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut, peel and core apples. Evenly coat with lemon juice.
  3. Combine cinnamon, white sugars, brown sugar, flour and nutmeg together and mix well. Add mixed dry ingredients to diced apples. Make sure coat evenly.
  4. With your pie crusts, cut 24 circles out.
  5. Place crust circles into ungreased cupcake pans.
  6. Fill each pie crust with the apple mixture.
  7. Put a sliver (or cube) of butter on each apple pie.
  8. Using the second pie crust, make another round of circles  or strips for the tops of the mini apple pies.
  9. Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown.