Homemade Vegetable Soup

Today, I tried my hand at making my own vegetable soup, and it turned out pretty darn well. It was delicious and so good for you since the only ingredients are vegetables (I used carrots, zucchini, squash, green beans, peas, corn and potatoes), tomato paste and water.

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It also made a TON of leftovers, which will be great for lunches!

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Here’s the recipe:
6 C water
3 small cans tomato sauce (I used Muir Glen)
1 bag sliced carrots (in the produce section — I didn’t use quite the whole bag, and when I make this again I’d probably only use half the bag)
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1 can peas
1 can potatoes (I didn’t feel like peeling and slicing, so I went ahead and bought the potatoes on the canned vegetable aisle)
1 zucchini
1 squash
Seasoning to taste (I used Basil, Thyme and Oregano)

Combine everything in a crock pot and cook on low for six hours. The carrots were still a bit crunchy, so next time I will probably put those in an hour ahead of time, then add everything else and cook for six hours.

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Menu Plan Monday — March 26, 2012

Sooo…yeah…I haven’t menu planned in a while. It’s probably because we tend to eat the same old things every week (we’re boring and don’t really care since they’re foods we love), but this week I’m actually doing a few different things, so I thought I’d post them for you.

  • Monday: Birthday dinner at Provino’s
  • Tuesday: Egg rolls and rice
  • Wednesday: Homemade vegetable soup, bread
  • Thursday: Spaghetti, veggies
  • Friday: Take-out
  • Saturday: Take-out
  • What’s on your menus this week? Share with us in the comments!

    I’m linking with Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

    Getting my Bake On

    A couple of weeks ago, I whipped up another batch of cupcakes to take to my parents’ for lunch. I decided to go a little more gourmet AND I made my own frosting. It was good. So good, in fact, that I had to dump out the leftovers before I ate it all.

    I went with a “Reeces Peanut Butter” cupcake. I made the batter (I have yet to make that from scratch), and then I put a mini Reeces peanut butter cup that I had frozen overnight in the middle of each cupcake. Here’s how that looks after it bakes:


    Yeah. Now I’m really craving another batch! I found the frosting recipe on All Recipes, and it was super easy. I did modify it a bit, though, because it called for way too much sugar. In my opinion, at least. Here’s what I used:

    1/2 C butter
    1 C peanut butter
    2 C confectioners sugar (Next time, I’d probably only use 1.5 C, though.)
    Heavy whipping cream as needed

    Beat butter and peanut butter together until light and fluffy. Slowly add in 1 C confectioners sugar. Add whipping cream until it reaches the consistency you desire. Slowly add in the rest of the confectioners sugar, and then add in more whipping cream until it reaches your desired consistency.

    See? Super easy. I think it took me 5-10 minutes to make it. Just a note, though, store the cupcakes in the refrigerator since the frosting includes whipping cream.

    Want to see the finished product? Of course you do.



    Let me know if you try this. It’s definitely a keeper!

    Mommy’s Little Helper

    It’s been a LONG time since I’ve really done some baking. I really love to bake, but it’s so hard keeping up with my kitchen and other parts of my house with my little toddler tornado that I just really haven’t had a chance.

    A few weeks ago, Publix had cake mixes BOGO (buy one, get one free), so with my coupons I got 20 boxes for 20-cents a box. Since I have tons of cake mix now, I figured I’d whip up some cupcakes (my favorite thing to bake) for Valentine’s Day. I went with “Chocolate Covered Strawberry cupcakes”, and boy, they were good!

    Of course, my mini-me had to get in on the action. She loves to help, even if that means just standing on a chair watching. This time, though, she really did help, and we had so much fun together.

    Getting ready to start baking!

    Lucy is a pro at putting in the cupcake liners.


    She is also very good at pouring in the cake mix.

    And, she helped pour in the oil.

    She thought it took too long to mix everything up.

    Licking the batter was the best part!


    My supervisor showed me into which liner to pour the batter.

    You have to concentrate veeeeeery hard.

    The best part comes after they’re baked — frosting them!

    The finished product!

    Lucy thought they were great.


    Baking is definitely more fun with a 2-year-old around to help!

    Pizza Party

    I just realized I never blogged about our trip last month to see how pizza is made! We went to Big Pie in the Sky with our mom’s group, and it was a lot of fun.

    They make HUGE pizzas there. The slices were SO big.


    We got to help put cheese on one of the pizzas. Lucy didn’t want to touch it, so I put the cheese on for her.


    Afterward, we got to eat. 🙂 The restaurant hadn’t opened yet, so we had the place to ourselves. Lucy and I hung out with her future husband, Grant, and his mommy.


    A certain someone LOVES her some pizza!


    That was one of the most fun field trips I’ve been on with the group. Hopefully, we’ll get to do something like that again soon.

    Cupcake Surprise

    I surprised Joe today with cupcakes I had picked up from Miss Mamie’s after our playdate this morning. They were SO yummy!


    From bottom left clockwise: Red Velvet, Margarita, Reeces and Guinness. I had the Reeces, and Joe had the Red Velvet. We’ll probably devour the others tonight (I’ll let you guess who’s having what!). Next up? Trying Gigi’s cupcakes!