Oct 17

From the Farm Blog Hop… Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

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Chicken Soup. Chicken Soup with Rice. A warming, delicious soup that I am absolutely positive I do not enjoy often enough. Which is why I chose Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup from The Adventure Bite as my featured post this week.

Featured Post from the From the Farm Blog Hop -- Homemade Chicken Soup and Rice from the Adventure Bite

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It looks fabulous, doesn’t it? Plus I just love that it is a “leftover” soup. Everyone should have a big pile of recipes that use up leftovers — and this one is now sitting on the top of my pile! :)

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Oct 16

My Week on Wednesday… Apples

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! Today we’re going to talk about apples!

Now, apples are kind of a big deal in my family. I quite literally grew up in the middle of an apple orchard and it seems to me that about half of my childhood memories involve apples in some way: picking apples, moving apples so my mom could mow the lawn, climbing apple trees, falling out of apple trees. Our swings were in apple trees. We played house under apple trees, and made soup with the fallen apples. We set sail or fort in the big apple crates; the bookshelves in my bedroom (and first apartment) were made from small apple crates. In the fall pickers came right into our yard with their ladders to pick apples — and they brought their kids, which was all kinds of fun for this country kid who, except for the fall, lived miles from any other kids!

Christine of Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers enjoying her first apple season

photo credit to my mom

And then, of course, there was the eating of the apples — from the tiny hard green baby apples that you could hardly bite and were so sour they hurt to eat, to applesauce by the gallon, to pies, and crisps, and jellies, and, of course that perfect sun-warmed fall apple which was a little like biting into heaven.

And now… on to APPLES!  I have collected a bunch of  posts about apples to share with you, from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday -- Apples // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Apples — Which Variety for What? This is a great post — especially for me, who grew up eating whatever apple was at hand. I am sure that my mom and grandmother knew this stuff… but I never learned it!

I have a favorite apple, and it was one that I never had while growing up. Honey Crisp. I even buy them sometimes in the fall… even though the orchards around my parents’ are dripping with many other wonderful varieties. What is your favorite apple?

There’s nothing more American than Apple Pie:

Easy Apple Pie Recipe – You can have apple pie for breakfast. It is totally allowed.

Grain Free Apple Pie — My cousins are gluten-free, so I am definitely saving this one for the holiday season!

Deep Dish French Apple Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce — How amazing does this sound?

Canning Apple Pie Filling – Save all those apples for springtime pies.

How to Pressure Can Apple Pie Filling — It’s faster than water bath canning!

Freezer Apple Pie Filling – In case you don’t have the time or inclination to can.

Desserts Beyond Pie:

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe – You can also have apple crisp for breakfast, especially when it’s gluten-free!

Best Caramel Apple Cookies Ever – I’m not going to argue! ;)

Cooking with Kids: Scrumptious Apple Crisp — Even toddlers can learn to help in the kitchen. And this recipe is easy enough for them to really help.

Apple Pecan Coffee Cake — This looks amazing.

Apple Berry Crisp — Fresh strawberries and last year’s apples? Fresh apples and berries frozen during the summer? Either way they would combine beautifully in this. In fact, I have blueberries in the freezer right now… ;)

Jams, Jellies, and Preserves:

Apple Prune Preserves — This is one is a family favorite!

Crab Apple Jelly — Mmmmm… my grandmother used to make this.

The Unappreciated Apple: Crab Apple Butter – I looked for crab apples this year and couldn’t find them. I might have to try this with “regular” apples, just because I like apple butter on my oatmeal!

Apple Maple Jam — Apparently this tastes like apple pie in a jar. What’s not to love?

Applesauce:

Easy No Peel Whole Applesauce — Easy is good. And this is easy.

Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce (The Best Smelling Thing I Ever Made) – You know, some how or other I have never actually made applesauce in the crock pot. This seems like a serious oversight on my part!

Crock Pot Applesauce — I am SO behind the times here…

Probiotic Apple Sauce — Brilliant.

Apple Rhubarb Sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream — Okay, this one is more for springtime and using up the very last of the apples. But it’s delicious!

Home Canned Applesauce — Enjoy applesauce all winter long!

Apple Chips:

How to Make Dried Apple Chips – Such an awesome, wholesome snack!

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon — Yum!

Honey Spiced Dried Apple Rings — These look delicious!

Apple Chips — These ones are done in the oven; no dehydrator necessary.

Apple Chips and ACV — Don’t throw out the peels and cores — you can make Apple Cider Vinegar with them! And if you use ACV like we do, you totally should!

More Apple Stuff:

Spontaneous Hard Apple Cider — How fun! :)

Apple Cinnamon Cabbage Stew — What an interesting way to use up leftovers!

Apple Walnut Stuffing — My mouth is watering! Yum!

Sweet & Savory Sweet Potato Stew — It’s the apples that make this sweet!

30 Fabulous Apple Recipes — Because you can never have too many apple recipes! :)

Eat apples!

What else can you do with apples?

* Spread nut or sun butter on apple slices. Top with raisins, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, or whatever happens to be in your cupboard!

* Chop and toss in with cooking oatmeal. The apples will be barely cooked, but delicious!

* Slice and pack in school lunches. Maybe with a bit of cheese for added fat and protein.

* Eat them fresh from the tree and warm from the sun.

Dance with your apples!

 And, finally,  Make Shrunken Apple Heads. Because you just never know when you might need a shrunken apple head!

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Oct 14

Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Cock-a-Leekie Soup, a traditional Scottish dish that is just perfect for a chilly Fall day. Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

This soup is a simple soup that is easy to throw together on a nippy fall day and has Comfort Food written all over it.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup is an old Scottish soup made with leeks, chicken stock, and prunes (yes, really!) that dates back to the 16th century and is probably actually French in origin. Traditionally it would have been thickened with barely and likely never included chicken. The chicken itself, the more favored dish, would have been served earlier and the nourishing broth would have been saved for a later day, or in the case of a larger home, used for the servants’ meal.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

In keeping with this idea, my recipe doesn’t include chicken either. The chicken that provided the bone broth for this soup first provided us with a delicious Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts (plus a pile of leftovers.)

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Cock-a-Leekie Soup

3 leeks; slice the white part and a bit of the green into rounds

1 medium onion, sliced

4-5 potatoes, chopped; there is no need to peel them. (I used red-skinned potatoes this time; white works just as well.)

4 cups bone broth or chicken stock (Learn more about bone broth here.)

1 teaspoon salt (I like this kind.)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper (Get quality herbs and spices here.)

1-2 tablespoons of good butter (I like to use Kerrygold.)

15-20 dried prunes (Learn about dehydrating your own plums here.)

1 cup of the best cream you can find (not ultrapasteurized)

Cock-a-Leekie Soup via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

In a large, heavy bottomed pot (I like to use a cast iron pot very like this), melt the butter.

Saute the leeks and the onions. Then add the potatoes, broth, salt and pepper and simmer for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Add the prunes and cook for about 5 minutes to soften them.

Add the cream and cook, stirring gently until warm throughout.

Serve immediately.

See, I told you it was quick and easy. Don’t be put off by the prunes. They add just a touch of bitey sweetness to the soup and are what changes this soup from plain old (but also delicious) leek and potato soup into traditional Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup.

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Oct 10

From the Farm Blog Hop… Petticoat Tail Shortbread

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This week I chose Shortbread: Petticoat Tails from the Homestead Lady for my featured post!

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Mmmm… shortbread. Its simple buttery goodness reminds me of Christmastime, and sipping tea, and Scotland. It’s my husband’s favorite cookie and, while I would certainty never say no to a chocolate chip cookie, shortbread is right at the top of my list, too… Of course, if you can’t live without chocolate in your cookies, the Homestead Lady has a suggestion for “spicing” your shortbread with up with chocolate, too. :)

 

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Oct 08

My Week on Wednesday and Pumpkin Things

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday. Fall is in the air and that means woolly socks and woolly sweaters, fires in the fireplace, and some of the most varied weather in Upstate New York has to offer. In fact, as I type this I can see brilliant sunshine streaming in the window behind me, and out of the back window, I can see dark gray clouds serving as a dramatic backdrop to glowing golden leaves. I love it!

And, of course, Fall means pumpkin spice everything.

When we think of pumpkins, we often think of jack-o-lanterns, pie, and of coffee shop drinks that don’t actually have any pumpkin in them. But their are many different varieties of pumpkins, coming in many colors, sizes, textures, and even flavors. Pumpkins are storehouses of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and I often wonder why I don’t include more pumpkin into our fall dishes. Pumpkins can be baked, steamed, boiled, roasted, and turned into soup.  My husband, who is still in Germany, has been telling me about this delicious soup he has been enjoying which is made from a particular variety of pumpkin (I can’t remember its name) created in Japan. (He will have recipe-recreating homework when he gets home!)

In order to more fully enjoy the pumpkin, I have a bunch of posts about what to do with pumpkins to share with you, from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and other bloggers from around the Web.

But before we get into that, what have I been doing this week… The short answer is nothing. As I said, my husband is still in Germany, and I am finding that if I am not writing or eating, that I am not sitting down. However, routines have been established, and no one has ***knock on wood*** had to go back to urgent care!

On to the pumpkins!

My Week on Wednesday and Pumpkin Things via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

 

Replace Your Canned Pumpkin with Homemade Pumpkin Puree – This is insanely easy and makes me wonder why I’ve been buying canned pumpkin all these years!

How to Process your Pumpkins for Storing – Seriously, this is SO easy. Why am I not doing this?

Pumpkin Pie Latte — This is pumpkin pie in a coffee cup. Need I say more?

Homemade Pumpkin Soup Recipe – Mmmm… this sounds delicious!

Pumpkin Cheese Cake — I have never made a cheesecake. I don’t even have the pan. This seems SO wrong… especially now.

Creamy, Dreamy, Paleo Pumpkin Bites — These are little bites of pumpkin pie heaven. No lie. And if you have a bit of the mixture left over, try making Pumpkin Spice Tea. ;)

Flourless and Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies — Need I say more? Okay. They look ooey and gooey and I want to go make up a batch right now.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies — These are loaded with walnuts and dried cranberries and look fabulous.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Mocha — These are mine, and they make wonderful morning treats.

Sweet Cream Pumpkin Parfait – This sounds delicious!

Pumpkin Pie Soup — More soup! I love warm soup on a chilly day.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pancakes — These are a day after Thanksgiving tradition for us!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches with Gingernsaps — Here’s the ice cream recipe, plus the gingersnap recipe! Now… this isn’t the first time we’ve seen gingernsaps on this list, is it? But it is the first time the recipe has been included! :)

Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Butter – This would be fabulous on oatmeal!

Pumpkin Puree — This would make a tasty, nutrient dense side dish!

Harvest Pumpkin Scones with Spice Glaze — Well, now, who has the tea?

Or, maybe Pumpkin Spice Cider with Whiskey – Because who wouldn’t want that?!!

Pumpkin Granola — I love granola as a quick breakfast, or in the kids’ school lunches.

Pumpkin Smoothie and Pumpkin Hot Chocolate — This is perfect because in the Fall you never know if it will be warm and you’ll want a smoothie, or chilly and you’d rather have hot chocolate. For example, if I were to go out my front door right now, I would want a smoothie… but if I were to go out my back door, hot chocolate would be the best choice.

Pumpkin Apple Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot – Yup. This is the same post I shared last week… but it was so perfectly appropriate that I’m sharing it again!

Pumpkin Cannoli — Just because they sound fantastic!

Maybe you don’t want to eat your pumpkin. Try making Pumpkin Soap instead!

It wouldn’t be a good list with out a link to How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds, would it? Or 33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes?

And there you have it: a list of fabulous pumpkin recipes to get you through Fall! :)

(Okay, sorry, this post has been up for barely 12 hours and I had to add an UPDATE. Pumpkin Lasagna with Sage White Sauce. I can’t even begin to describe how delicious this sounds.)

Now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

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Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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