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Friday, November 16, 2012

Time for a short break!

I will be taking a few months off for a very very important reason....we will be adding to our crew and are very excited!  Look for more recipes from me in 2013.  Being a working mom with THREE children will mean that I will definately need my crock(s)!  I have really enjoyed this blog.  What started as just keeping recipes online for myself and my friends and family has turned into such a fun adventure.  I have found some great recipes and made some awesome new cooking friends along the way.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Cowboy Stew

This was a great way to use what I had in the house.  The flavor was really different and tasty.  I was also impressed with how hearty the meal was and economical.  The recipe was from  I made several changes and additions.

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme

Cook the ground beef and onion and garlic in pan until completely browned.  Drain fat.  Mix all the remaining ingredients in the crock pot and add the meat mixture.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  Serve with cheddar sprinkled over the top and warm rolls.  Makes a lot so plenty of leftovers!

How to make your own cream of something soup substitute


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup low-fat or fat free milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour; keep stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat and add the chicken broth and milk, a little at a time, stirring to keep smooth. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed to taste.
Use in casseroles in place of condensed cream soups. This cream soup base can be varied by using vegetable broth, sauteéd chopped celery, celery seed, or sauteéd chopped mushrooms. Add herbs and or seasonings, as desired.