So today I’m sitting in my kitchen at the table looking out the window and the sun is setting. We’ve been having some chilly nights down south and a nice bowl of soup or stew would make a great meal. Too bad this thought did not come earlier. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even thought about supper yet. Actually, I spent a little extra time socializing with my mother-n-law on her day off. It’s always nice to sit and chat with a woman who is wise. Besides, my friends are few and far between and I am a stay-at-home-wife with stepchildren–days can get a little lonely.
My plight. If the sun is setting which means my husband will be home and ready to eat. I got caught up in bumping my lips and sipping on some delicious coffee enjoying my company. Ugh!! I forgot to take some meat out the freezer for dinner. SMH This is such a NO No in my house. My hubby works at a restaurant so I try to have dinner ready when he gets in the door. After all, he spends most of his day slaving over a hot stove grilling for the public so he can provide for our family. I could at least have something cooked. Well, today? OOPS!
How do I look at my southern country boy and tell him I forgot? He didn’t forget to go to work. (although there are days he would like to forget he has to go) He’s not like a city man where you can say hey, “let’s eat some hotdogs and french fries for dinner.” Nope! This guy loves to eat meat and potatoes with some kind of bread. Hot dogs not working here. Ladies, I think I’m in trouble for tonight! lol
NAWL! I have a backup plan. My husband really loves pizza. I’m going to suggest that we order pizza since he’s off early. (the meat will be defrosted by then) This plan should work. If my plan does not work. I’m just gonna confess. (He’s gonna figure it out anyway)
One thing is for sure, I’m not getting myself in this pickle again. There are days that I have so much Theology homework that I don’t notice the time passing. My mother-n-law lives upstairs and we live downstairs, so on her days off from work, she comes and visits with me. She’s a coffee drinker too. I’m sure you know how that goes? Some days I watch my nieces and nephews. On our weekends we have the girls. When the day is loaded with tasks and errands, sometimes I really do forget some things. (even with a list) I have a beautiful crock pot that has been on vacation.
There is one thing in my kitchen that can save me on my busy days. My beautiful crock pot. It is going to have to come off of vacation and get back to work. When I worked outside the home, I used it or my rice pot/steamer to prepare the meals. Heck, I used my Wolf Gang Puck rice cooker so much that the insert wore out and I have yet to get another. Ladies, if you want to save some time or are too busy to stay in the kitchen because of other tasks get a crock pot. Or you could be like me, have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia and be standing on the wood kitchen floor to cook when the weather is colder or you are just having a flare up from it, you can use a crock pot. A crock pot really is your friend. I know it is mine.
Being that today is a little nippy out and tonight the temperature is going to drop, I am sharing some of my favorite soup and stew finds. Honey! Some of the soups that I have cooked in my magic wonder have made my house smell so good. When the meal is ready I get out the heavy bowls with large spoons cause it’s time. It is so rewarding to dip the ladle into the pot and know that I have done my duty as a wife, prepared my husband his supper. The feeling is so humbling. I know I’m spreading God’s love in my home by doing what HE says to do. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I cannot wait to cook tomorrow!
How do you save time on those busy days and you have to prepare supper for your family? As a newlywed, a girl loves to receive some tips. (Okay, maybe I need a few extra tips)
1. Hamburger Soup
Hamburger soup is one of my favorite recipes. Why? This girl loves hamburgers. If I could eat hamburgers every day, I probably would. What can I say, I love me a greasy dripping, loaded cheese, mayonnaise, and ketchup on the side of your mouth burger. This soup is healthier than an actual hamburger. (or I would like to believe) Note: If fresh vegetables are not available, you can use canned or frozen goods. When I use canned goods I rinse them off for a lower salt content.
2. Corn Chowder
This right here is not for the lady on a diet. This soup is rich, creamy, and oh so delicious! I am a huge fan of corn and this really hits the spot on cold days. I like to serve this soup with some grilled cheese. YES! HONEY YES!
3. Broccoli Cheese Soup
Hands down husband’s favorite because any broccoli with cheese dish never lasts in my house. When we go grocery shopping, he always looks for broccoli and we always buy cheese.
4. Taco Soup
This soup is fun to eat. Your family can add the extra toppings (cheese, sour cream, chives, tomatoes) that they choose. You can serve this Tex-Mex treat with some cornbread or you can break out the corn chips. What a fun night you can have with your loved ones.
5. Vegetable Soup
As much as I love a piece of meat, I love to eat my veggies. I guess it runs in my family because my mother and younger sister Golden are vegetarians. (And they live in the South. Don’t ask me how they pass up BBQ.) This recipe uses fresh ingredients. This soup is great in the summer time and works wonders when you need an energy boost.
6. Creamy White Chicken Chili
Maybe it’s the California girl in me that loves spicy foods or it could be that my folks were born down south, I enjoy eating foods with a little heat. This soup reminds me of chicken and dumplings with a little heat.
7. Tomato Soup
It doesn’t matter if its winter, summer, spring, or fall, tomato soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches. I gotta have this soup! My hubby loves it too! I do make him a heartier sandwich if I serve this as the main meal of the day.
8. Steak Soup
This beef soup is excellent on a freezing winter’s night. This recipe right here also is great for dinner and a movie night so take out those wine glasses (we drink wine with dinner on special occasions) and cuddle up with your love tonight.
9. Creamy Mushroom Soup
My whole family craves mushrooms. Preparing this when we are all together during the holidays and works outstandingly as a starter dish for meat eaters. For the veggie eaters, this soup with some bread is a wonderful feast. I heat this mushroom soup the next day for lunch.
10. Thai Chicken Soup
I haven’t made this one just yet; however, I have sat in my favorite Thai restaurant and dined on this creation. From the ingredients listed and the fact that I can use my crock pot to cook this meal.