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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5 steps to create a gardening budget and stay on track

Chicago land has finally started to see the bright side of things and we’re no longer buried under snow. Bring the rain!  This has my husband and I talking dirty 🙂  We’ve began to plan out our garden this year.

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However, we started this year’s plans off with a gardening budget.  Never done before.  Years past we go willy nilly buying what we want. 

Actually we have two separate budgets.  One for the vegetable garden, he’ll tend to that and one for my plant garden and I’ll tend to that.  Here’s how we came up with the budget in 5 easy steps.

Step 1: what can we afford?  This is a crucial question and although you may be able to afford a large budget consider your needs over wants, first.  Also, set aside 20 percent of that budget for your wants and after you’ve met the needs of your family’s garden, use the last 20% on something you may want. 

Step 2: what will we grow?  This is the time to write down a list of vegetables you buy on a regular basis.  If you haven’t grown it before find out if it can be grown in your zone and educate yourself on that plant.  My husband and I wrote our list grouping the vegetables in categories.  Peppers, greens, tomatoes, herbs and so on.

Step 3: what we will not grow?  This step here will allow you to put your money where your mouth is.  Those vegetables we planted year after year and didn’t receive enough harvest to feed an ant?  Not this year!  On the other hand there may be a vegetable you’re determined to see the fruit of your labor.  Feel free to attempt taming that one problem child this year.  Let the others fall by the wayside this gardening season.  Maybe add one problem child a year to rule and conquer.

Step 4: where will you plant?  Funny story. My youngest daughter was telling me about the symbiotic relationships animals have with one another.  As old as I am I had never heard the word ‘symbiotic’.  So, I corrected her with the word I was familiar with, ‘symbolic’.  Well, while my husband and I were reading on which plants we should plant together for beneficial reasons…there stood the word ‘symbiotic’ in the article.  Which means different plants planted together to benefit one another.  Hence my daughter teaching me on the symbiotic relationship between a tick bird and a rhinoceros.  I made sure to let her know she was right and symbiotic was the proper word to use.  Moral of the story, get the most out of your garden by planting symbiotic plants together. Don’t do what’s familiar, but what’s best for your garden. This will help you save money on fighting pest, disease and allowing the plants to balance one another with proper nutrients.

Step 5: make a list of everything you need and do an inventory of what you already have.  How many times have you bought something twice or three times because you didn’t know you already had it? If I had a dime for every time I’ve done this I would be able to cover our gardening budget.  This will also be a good time to designate an area to keep all of your gardening supplies. 

Those are the 5 steps we used to come up with our gardening budget and to stay on track.  What would you add to these 5 steps?

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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