Monday, May 25, 2009

Lasagna Soup

Tonight I was tired after a day of cleaning. I wanted to make something at home but I was not interested in spending a lot of time in the kitchen. This recipe is another one of those staple recipes I keep the ingredients for in my pantry. I received this recipe from a good friend of mine back in Kansas. This recipe takes a few minutes to throw together.

Lasagna Soup

1 Lasagna dinner kit 
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 pkg of hamburger meat
2 cups of frozen corn 
5 cups of  hot water 
1/3 cup of grateed parmessan cheese
1 cup of zucchini (optional)

Brown hamburger with onion and garlic or however you brown hamburger. I do this in the bottom of my soup pot and then I add the other ingredients that way I don't dirty multiple dishes. When the burger is brown I add the water, tomatoes, corn and the seasoning packet from the dinner kit. I let this simmer on the stove for 30 minutes. 5 minutes before serving I add the noodles from the kit, zucchini and the cheese. When the noodles are done enjoy this with your whole family. 

Monday, May 18, 2009

Smoky Corn Chowder

Today was a cool day. I opened my windows to air out the house and enjoy the cooler weather. It made me think of one of my favorite cool weather soups. I keep the items to make this soup in my home at all times.

1 can of cream corn
(I use the cream corn can and refill it with the following ingredients)
1 can of frozen hashbrown potatoes
1 can of frozen corn
1 can of milk
3/4 of a cup of diced ham
1 cap full of liquid smoke

Heat this to a slow boil on the stove.
5 minutes before serving add 1 1/2 cups of shededed cheese to soup. Stir until melted and serve this great soup for lunch to your hungry bunch. This recipe serves 3-4 people. I usually double it and save the leftovers. I have even froze them for a rainy day.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Taco Soup

This is a favorite recipe of mine that I like to make for dinner. There is usually enough for leftovers the next day which is always a good thing. I hope you enjoy this one.

Nikki’s Taco Soup

1 can Rotel
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion

Puree all ingredients and then add:

1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can creamed corn
2 cups frozen corn or 1 can
1 envelope ranch dressing
1 envelope taco seasoning

Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded cheese and sour cream. Optional: Serve over Fritos or Tostitos for a yummy crunch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This is a quilt I finished this last weekemd. It is a traditional double Irish chain quilt. I tried a new quilting pattern. I like to freemotion quilt with no set pattern. I basically like to doodle. You can not see the fabric real well but it had slight swirls to it. I liked the look so I repeated it in my quilting. I liked the effect so much I wanted to keep it for myself. It was hard to let it go. The lady in this picture was the reciepnt of this beautiful creation. It was a gift from her daughter for her 50th wedding anniversary. It was a joy to help my friend by making this gift for her mother. You can see more of my quilts at my website.

Here I go!!

I have always wanted to have a blog and share ideas and news with friends and family. I hope to be able to keep you updated on the crazy adventures of our little military family and also share with you some recipes, patterns and ideas.