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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The Cooking Channel: Poképudding

In the kitchen with Jala adding a twist to Banana Pudding and making Pokepudding (the kids helped me name it)Using the standard vanilla pudding and wafers to make the banana pudding. I added a twist by using marshmallows, oreo cookies and red velvet chips ahoy to give the banana pudding the Pokeball look.

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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Mango Lemonade Drink

Oh how I love a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.  We have a little over a month before the first day of fall and I think we need to guzzle up all of the invigorating drinks before then.  Now, I hope you don’t think that you can’t enjoy these drinks in the fall too?  You can certainly add them to your upcoming Football Season Menu and serve them at your parties.

Today I’m sharing a Mango Lemonade Drink.  It’s quick, easy and all you need is a few ingredients.

You’ll need:

1 Can Sliced Mangoes (I placed mine in the freezer so that they would be nice and FROZEN)

1 Can Concentrated Lemonade Juice

A few sprigs of mint (Optional)

3 Cans of Water (Use the lemonade can)

1 Cup sugar (or add to taste if you’d like less sugar)

First we’re going to start off by adding our 1 Can of concentrated lemonade to our pitcher.

 

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Next, were going to add our frozen mangoes and after we’ve added the mangoes, it’s time to added our 3 cans of water.

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Stir everything well and now is your time to add in your sugar.  You’re going to stir it in before you begin to add the sprigs of mint if you choose to do so.  Stir everything in well and we’re going to place the drink in the fridge for 2-3 hours or more.  You may also decide to do this the day before an event or for dinner the following day.  The great thing about adding the mango and the mint and letting them set for hours, both get a chance to infuse the drink and give it a rich Mango Lemonade flavor with that hint of mint.

Once your drink has chilled either overnight or a few hours we’re going to remove it from the fridge.Since the drink has sat we’ll need to stir it up again before serving.

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Let’s get ready to fill those glasses and share this refreshing drink with our love ones, family or friends.  Lemonade is one of our families favorite drinks, so I enjoy putting a twist on it whenever I can.  Hope your family and friends enjoy the Mango Lemonade as much as we have this summer.  Don’t forget, you can always add this to your Fall, Winter or Spring menu too. Enjoy

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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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The Cooking Channel: Swiss Chard Tartar Sauce Recipe

Is your Swiss Chard growing anything like ours?

Swiss Chard

 

Swiss chard

If so, your harvest is plentiful and you need something to do with it.

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I’m sure I’ll have many other recipes to share with you, with Swiss Chard as an ingredient, as I make the most of this nutritious, healthy and beautifully colored vegetable.  Well, today I decided to make a Swiss Chard Tartar Sauce.  It’s great with fish sticks, fish and/ or on a fish sandwich.  Here’s how I prepared it.

You will need:

1 small to medium size Swiss Chard leaf (1 cup chopped fine)

1/2 cup Miracle Whip

2 tblsp Sour Cream

1 1/2 tblsp Pickle Relish

3 tsp Minced Garlic

1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice

2 tsp Fresh Dill (chopped)

2 tsp Fresh Cilantro (chopped)

Sprinkle of Pepper

How to mix:

Add everything to a small bowl with the exception of your Swiss Chard, Fresh Dill, Cilantro & Pepper.  Mix all of these ingredients well.

Swiss Chard Tartar Sauce

After all of these ingredients are mixed well add in one at a time your chopped Dill  (mix it in), Cilantro (mix it in) and Swiss Chard (mix it in) and mix well.  Lastly sprinkle with pepper and mix pepper in.  Place in fridge to chill and serve with your fish, fish sticks or on a sandwich.

Swiss Chard Tartar sauce

This was such a delight to add to our fish.  This will definitely be a summer staple while Swiss Chard is growing bountifully in the garden.  Do you have Swiss Chard growing in your garden this year?  If so, what are your plans for it?

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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Mama Minute: Taking Advantage of Your Crockpot on Busy Days (Video)

Today I’d like to share with you something I’ve been doing for a while that has made cooking for my family a breeze on busy days. That’s using my crockpot.

When it comes to making sure my family eats a good meal, I do whatever it takes to make that happen. In order to do that, sometimes I need help in the kitchen. One of those helpers is my crockpot. On days that I have multiple things going on, I put a meal on for dinner and carry on with my day.

It’s great when you have children involved in sports and you’ll be gone most of the day. Great for Sundays when you want to get out in the yard to play in dirt, but still need dinner done. Even better you can have one meal cooking in the crockpot and another on the stove to cook up meals for a couple days.

If you’re unsure of cooking in the crockpot, there’s multiple sources of help on line…Pinterest, blogs, Google….and the list goes on. Use those tools to help get a crockpot meal on the table for your family. You can also ask your family for ideas as well as be creative and make up your own.

Of course there are some dishes I refuse to cook in the crockpot, like a whole chicken. But those I do cook in it, I cook in it. Hope you begin to use your crockpot on those busy days when you need a meal on the table with no hassle. How often do you use your crockpot?

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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