There is nothing better for warming the tummy than a bowl of homemade chili. It is even better if that bowl is a sourdough bread bowl. This recipe can easily be changed up to make it totally yours, so jump in and play with it!
Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.
This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed!
The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! (more…)
In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day. My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays. I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day. This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. (more…)
We have enough demands in life, don’t you think? Everyone that I know is running high on “to do” and short on time (and maybe patience). Sometimes we have to start making demands of the things in our life. Today, I demanded that dinner be quick, easy and comforting. It is darn cold around here and I can’t tolerate for one of these demands not to be met.
Luckily, dinner met all of my specifications. I chopped up everything and put it in the crockpot this morning. I had red corn in the freezer from a case that I processed and froze over the summer. I also put in a jalapeño to add a little bit of spice. If you like more spice, you can add more jalapeño than this (or leave the seeds in). If you don’t like it you can leave it out. When we got home from my daughter’s dance class, I added the butter and cream. (more…)
One pot pasta ideas have been super popular for quite awhile now. The idea was pretty revolutionary for me – you put basic ingredients in a pot for 20-25 minutes and end up with pasta in a delightful sauce. I had nothing planned for dinner so it was a perfect night for this miracle dish. Of course, it is still pumpkin palooza so I shook it up with some pumpkin pizzaz. This pasta was wonderful! It was easy, creamy and delicious. (more…)
It isn’t just fall, it is pumpkinpalooza! This is the time of year when I go overboard on buying pumpkins for every corner of my house and cook pumpkin in everything that I can get away with (without driving my family too crazy).
I spent the day at a field trip at a farm with my daughter’s kindergarten and was absolutely exhausted when I got home (kudos to our teachers for doing that everyday!). I had roasted and pureed pumpkin in my fridge so this soup was low effort, warm and comforting – just what the doctor ordered! Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin. (more…)
Nothing warms the tummy more than soup and this one does it very well. Adjust the seasonings to make it spicy or tame. Add some shrimp to make it that much better. Serve some warm bread on the side and you have a fantastic meal.
When Wendy asked me to edit this recipe, I had no idea she meant she didn’t say anything about it! For being so intelligent, she sure wasn’t thinking when she basically gave me free reign to type a paragraph or two (you can take just guess about all the things I could insert here, especially if you knew how our friendship works).
But; I’ll let you guys use your imagination on what I would say….Instead I will tell you that Wendy is an AMAZING cook. Her egg rolls are out of this world! And I would willingly eat anything she makes. Especially one with a name like Vampire Chicken!
Wendy is awesome….but Batman always wins! (more…)
Tuesdays are particularly fun at our house! There’s piano lessons, and of course it is produce ordering night. This particular Tuesday was a special sort of challenge. It involved fence defying goats, hopping fences after them, trudging through recently irrigated muddy mosquito filled pastures, getting the little Ms. Special Pants, Long lost bucking bronco, rodeo Jersey Family Milk Cow in the corral without a rope because I didn’t remember it as I dropped my shade structure project and ran to the back of the pasture after the goats. It was fun!
I got home and quickly looked in the fridge and threw together a soup with everything but the kitchen sink. It was AMAZING! There’s not a drop left and the house smells so good that when the Mr. gets home from the airport he will look at me with puppy dog eyes even though he already ate dinner. (more…)
Naturally my stew pack was screaming at me to make a bowl of comforting soup. We got a couple of fallish days (okay… maybe it was just the morning) in Central Texas recently so I promptly pulled out my boots, scarves and made this fabulous soup.
This soup really hit the spot with some bread (I had crescents on hand but a crusty bread would be great) and a glass of wine. My family is weird and aren’t really “soup people” but they loved this and my husband said the leftovers were fabulous for lunch the next day. This is the kind of soup that warms your body and your soul. (more…)