Something a bit different today. So much has been shared and said…and I have been blessed. But my brain, sometimes, feels on overload. When I need a break, I usually head to the kitchen:) Cooking for my family is relaxing and comforting. Not only does it feel “normal” but it gives me a sense of “doing” for them. Providing, protecting and loving them through unsettled days. Cookies are not really protecting anyone but I feel better – emotionally and mentally -after I’ve been in the kitchen.
For now, I have been cooking some of our favorites; however, I would like to try some new things. New recipes and new to me skills. Think, homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Today, though, I thought I would share two recipes that are proven winners. Tried, tested and tasty!!:)
The first is for soup. I know spring is not typically soup weather..but this is comfort food. It is easy and delicious. I have had this recipe – jotted on a scrap of yellow notepaper – for years and have no idea where it originated.
2 pounds hamburger (since I am vegetarian I used soy crumbles. I recently discovered LightLife crumbles and they are so tasty, my husband eats them as well.)
1 medium onion (or less – I’m usually skimpy with onion)
1 can each: corn, kidney beans, chili beans, diced tomatoes (I used two different types of kidney beans because it was what I had…and I like them much better than chili beans)
V-8 Juice (large size)
1 envelope of taco seasoning (this is all the seasoning so choose your heat – mild or spicy – here)
Mix all together in the crockpot and slow cook for 4-8hours. Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese. Oh, and sour cream. Always sour cream!!:)
Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is another family favorite! We have a birthday this week at our house and these were the requested sweet – in place of cake! This recipe can be found on my Pinterest board and is originally from a blog called Butter with a Side of Bread. I was checking to make sure the blog was still active and, oh yes, the latest recipe is for Easy Lemon Bread – which looks divine! Both of these recipes include a box of instant vanilla pudding. I think I may have discovered the secret. No need for me to rewrite the whole recipe, I will just link here. These are amazing!