Mama Minute: Leftover Soup

Back in the day when I was living home with my mama, I had a friend over while my mom was about to cook dinner.When I looked in the fridge there was nothing in the fridge. NOTHING!My mama started pulling stuff out and throwing it in a pot.My friend looked at me like what is she doing throwing all that stuff in there. Ugh!My mama made soup and my friend never stopped talking about it.She would always ask,

Did your mama make some more soup?

Who would have thought some so delicious came from absolutely nothing.

Well, this weekend while cleaning out the fridge I found some food that I wasn’t willing to part with yet. Hubby cooked dinner this week and there was leftover stuffed chicken and diced potatoes from that meal. Also, there were some leftover mashed potatoes and corn on the cob from one of the meals I cooked. I chopped up the chicken, removed the corn from the cob and threw it in the crock pot. Threw in about 1 to 2 cups of water and a big’ole tablespoon of Better than Bouillon flavoring and let it cook on high for about an hour.

Making soups in my house is something I do frequently.One of the reason I make soup often, is so that my husband can take it to work with him in the morning and have it with his muffins/bread and coffee. The Leftover Soup I made from the leftovers in fridge was exactly what my husband is taking with him this week.

Before you toss the leftovers in the fridge, try using it to make some Leftover Soup. If you don’t own a crock pot, toss it in a pot and cook it on simmer for about an hour.

The next thing I did was put the soup in some small storage containers to go.You can use your soup for now or place it in the fridge for future consumption.

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Have you made a pot of soup lately?The season is about to change and nothing like a good’ole bowl of soup.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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I Got Yo 10 Piece Fried Chicken (Recipe)

I absolutely love when I find a new thing that’s going to help us save money, help in the kitchen and help my food taste good.  Last month I picked up one new seasoning and another staple that most people use in the kitchen.  One was the Old Bay seasoning.  Now, I’ve had this oftentimes in my cabinets, but never considered it a must have.  Another one I picked up was this Cedar Plank Salmon.

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With the name I’m assuming it’s made specifically for salmon, but up until today I’ve seasoned every piece of poultry I’ve cooked, with it since I bought it.  Today I finally cooked some salmon and before searing it I seasoned it with this here stuff.  Since I’m here to talk about this 10 piece chicken let me get back on track.  Anywho, the Cedar Plank Salmon and the Old Bay seasoning are an awesome match.  A match made for a 10 piece 😉

The night before frying up this chicken I took a bag of chicken leg quarters, cutting them into 2 pieces by separating the legs from the thigh.  Cleaned them, seasoned them generously ( with seasonings mentioned above) and placed them in the fridge until the next day.  Making this bag of chicken leg quarters into a 10 piece meal is what I meant about saving money.  If I remember correctly the bag of chicken leg quarters don’t cost more than $7.  So, for $7 along with some sides, that you more than likely already have at home, is a deal.

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After removing the chicken from the fridge the following day, I began to prepare my breading.  My breading mix is nothing fancy, but it’s the way I love to bread my chicken.  I use 3 parts flour to 1 part cornmeal.  In this breading I used white cornmeal.  I know my jar is labeled yellow and it’s because I didn’t change it when I refilled the jar. However, I’ve used yellow too.  Whatever I have in the cabinet.

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After mixing the flour and cornmeal I added the Old Bay season and the Cedar Plank Salmon.  How much?  A generous amount is all I can say.  Enough that you would see a slight change in the color of your breading mixture.

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Once my breading was prepped I added some vegetable oil to my cast iron skillet and allowed it to heat.  When I say heat…I mean heat.  Be sure to not allow the oil to burn, but allow it to get good and hot.  This is one of the key elements to some nice crispy chicken.  Another key to me achieving some beautifully golden brown chicken is to use some once fried oil.  Oil that has been used to fry some chicken previously. At least once.  For me this allows my chicken to cook so beautifully.

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I still do my “is it hot enough?” hot grease test…. take a pinch.

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Then sprinkle it in the hot grease.

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Once it’s hot enough add the chicken and let it cook.

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The key to frying the chicken just right…patience.  Let it cook slow and steady.  Don’t rush it.  This will allow it to cook thoroughly and you’ll have the most beautiful brown, crunchy, delicious…. chicken EVA!

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That’s how you Put Yo Foot in some chicken.  Which seasonings have been your go to’s lately?  The Old Bay and the Cedar Plank Salmon have been mine.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Honey, it’s freezing outside! It’s all gravy & Valentines Decor.

The kids have been on winter break for two weeks and so far today it’s been extended a day. We’re under severe weather advisory until 12 pm tomorrow with our wind chill -42. Hopefully our school district extends it one more day and if not….I’ll extend it myself.

Approximately 12 inches of snow
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From the inside looking out.
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With weather like this I really wanted to make some Oxtail Soup…. but… when I went grocery shopping -___- I just didn’t feel like spending $10 bucks per pack of oxtail. Now, I kind of regret it. Ya’ll know I’ve been working this gravy thing. So, I decided to make some smothered chicken with a pack of that Goya beans and rice. Keeping it a little simple. I baked some chicken thighs the day before and I couldn’t think of parting with all the chicken stock that it produced. I put it up for the following day to make my gravy.

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Also with the weather like this I’ve been getting my craft on. I made a Valentines banner and began decorating for Valentines Day. Many of you may think I’m crazy, but when you really enjoy decorating you usually decorate ahead of time and take it down early as well to get ready for the next reason to decorate. I have some red accents in my décor, but I have very few Valentines decorations. I’m also a girl that loves decorating on a budget so I’ll repurpose and remix before I purchase something new. I try my best to live by this, but a Big Ole But! Sometimes I don’t and I end up with many extra accessories. I’m considering spray painting the candlesticks on top of the hutch and the birdcage.

Here’s what I’ve done so far with my “New to Me” hutch. I told my hubby I wanted a hutch and within a week he found one at our local Goodwill. Score!!! I haven’t painted it yet because I have no idea what color to paint it. I’m not a white furniture kind of girl, but I did see a paint color on the Nate Berkus show the other day that grabbed me. It was smokey brown. I’m in the process of doing my daughter’s room so this will have to wait.
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Overall the hutch is in great shape with the exception of a few areas. I house my vintage Corningware and Pyrex in here and it holds things really well. That’s what happens when you have a whole lot of STUFF.

Hope you all are staying safe and warm. What’s your weather like?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Happy New Year

I pray all of you are safe and blessed entering into 2014.  I’m so thankful to be alive today.   My first phone call in 2014 was my oldest wishing us a Happy New Year 🙂 

I cooked my last meal in 2013 late yesterday evening.

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Rack of lamb, mashed potatoes black eyed peas and gravy.  This is my first time making black eye peas for the New Year.   I’m far from the traditional type, but decided to embrace the tradition and will do from this day forward.   Growing up I hated black eye peas….ugh! So it was a must to put my foot in them or never cook them again.   They were delicious and seasoned perfectly.  

It was my second time making homemade gravy.  I made some the other day and made it yesterday too.  No more packets of fake gravy. Woo Hoo!  I’m a big girl now.

This time I used cornstarch to thicken my gravy instead of flour.

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There was a time I couldn’t have this stuff in the house because I craved it when I was pregnant with my last two kids.  Keeping it completely away was better than having it around.  

Overall we had a peaceful night.  I’m not sure why I’m up at 4 in the morning, but hoping it’s not the temptation if this cake hubby bought.

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I don’t need to see another one of these until Thanksgiving.   Again praying for you all in 2014 and my phrase for this year is….He’s Able.

😉

Nicole

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Spinach Basil Souffle – Stonefire Naan Garlic Flatbread

I’m back with another way to enjoy that delicious Stonefire Naan Flatbread.  Today it’s breakfast or brunch and in my house my family loves both.  Some weekends when I’m dragging to make breakfast we end up eating brunch 😉  Today I’m sharing a Spinach Basil Souffle I made last Sunday.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees and the featured flatbread of the day……….. Garlic!

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Ingredients:

Stonefire Naan (Garlic)

Non stick oven spray

4 eggs

2 tbs Ricotta Cheese

Seasoning- combine pepper, salt & Goya (green container)  and all combined measure approximately 1 tsp

1 tsp Blue Cheese

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese

1 Cup chopped spinach

Couple Sprigs of Basil

Red Onion (sorry not measured see pic below)

Spinach Onion Basil

 

Starting with your 4 eggs, begin by gradually mixing your eggs, ricotta cheese, seasoning mixture, blue cheese, shredded cheese, chopped spinach and onion. Next, take individual size ovenware.  These are what I used.  They were my Mother-in- law’s and I use them often 🙂  she would be proud.

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Spray them thoroughly with non stick spray and place your flatbread inside.

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Make sure the flatbread is fitting as snug as possible…. now pour in the egg mixture.

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Finally sprinkle additional cheese on top.

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Place in the oven for approximately 30 – 45 minutes, when the eggs look fluffy that’s when it’s done.

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For added LOVE and AFFECTION I cooked up some turkey bacon and sprinkled it on top. Serve and Enjoy

 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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