Butter Noodles with Beef Sauce

    We thought this was very delicious! The sauce was hearty, meaty and very flavorful.  Really pretty too!

Now, texture wise, read that: CREAMY FACTOR….I did NOT like it better than Nana’s Beef Stroganoff.

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But clearly, we still really enjoyed it or you wouldn’t be reading a blog about it today.

Whether creamy is your pick, or hearty buttery beef and noodles, both dishes fall into the Comfort Food Category, and must be served with big slices of wheat bread, covered with sweet cream salted butter.

 Mmmmm!

Butter Noodles with Beef Sauce

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FOR THE BEEF SAUCE:

  • ¼ cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Each, Salt And Pepper
  • 2 pounds Boneless Beef Chuck Roast, Cubed
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 pound Whole Baby Portobello Mushrooms
  • 5 whole Medium Carrots, Chopped
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Chopped
  • 32 ounces, fluid Beef Broth
  • 6 cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons Each, Corn Starch And Water

FOR THE NOODLES:

  • 16 ounces, weight Cooked Egg Noodles
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Each, Salt And Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes

TOPPING:

  • ½ cups Crumbled Blue Cheese

Combine the flour, salt and pepper. Set aside 1 T. for later and add the rest to a large ziplock gallon bag. Add beef and shake to coat.
Next, brown beef in oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms, carrots and onion, sauteing until onion is clear and soft. Stir in reserved flour mixture, garlic and rosemary, as well as beef broth. Bring to a boil. Mix 2 T. water with 2 T. corn starch, add to boiling mixture.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beef is tender.
Close to the end of cooking time, cook noodles and drain. Melt butter over hot noodles and stir in seasonings.
Ladle beef mixture over buttery noodles and top each plate with a bit of blue cheese crumbles.

  Enjoy with bread and butter!

~T

AMAZING Queso Soup

  This is my NEW favorite Mexican Soup.  My family went CRAZY over it! It really does taste like a Queso, which we all adore.

  This recipe comes from Served Up With Love, I was worried it would be too spicy, so I wrote Melissa.  Sweet girl, in the midst of a really busy weekend and memorial service for a family member, took the time to write me back.    Her family calls it Cheesy Taco Soup, but my family insisted that we call it Queso Soup, because it tastes like cheese dip!

  Queso Soup

Adapted from Served with Love

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 4 cups Milk, Divided Use
  • 2 cups shredded Cheese, Mexican Style
  • 1 package (1 Oz.) Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cans Mild Rotel, Undrained
  • 1 can (15 Oz) Pinto Beans, Drained
  • 1 can (15 Oz.) Black Beans, Drained
  • 1 can (16 Oz) Chili Beans, Undrained
  • 15 ounces, fluid Can Of Corn, Drained
  • 14 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips

Brown Ground Beef in a large soup pot, seasoned with salt and pepper. Drain and return to pot.
Next, make a roux by melting butter in a small saucepan, whisking in flour, salt and pepper to taste, and cook for one minute to make a paste. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of milk, blend until thickened. This may take 5 or more minutes, be patient and keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining cheese, taco seasoning, rotel, beans, corn, tomato sauce and remaining milk.
Bring to a boil, stirring often, then simmer until warmed through.

Serve with crushed chips.

  Oh man, this soup is just INCREDIBLE! I hope your family loves it as much as we did.
Thanks to Melissa for sharing such a great recipe at Weekend Potluck, and allowing me to blog it as well!

Hugs,

~T

The Life of a Mom: I Say the Same Sentences, Every. Single. Day. (Really)

Sometimes I swear my life is straight from the Groundhog Day movie.

  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it.  But let’s be for real, we literally do the things, in the same order, every single day. 

  And what is worse?

I say the same sentences EVERY DAY!

Sweetie, did you make your bed?

Nicely?

If I go in there, am I going to find you are telling the truth?

What about your jammies? Are they on the hook?

Did you brush your teeth?

Where are your socks?

Whose turn is it to unload the dishwasher?

Why are you still in just your underwear?

Who is going to help Mommy do chicken chores?

Who left all their bedtime stuff in front of the fireplace?

Who left on all the bedroom lights?

Why is there toothpaste ALL OVER THE SINK AGAIN!?!?!??!?!  I just cleaned this bathroom yesterday!

  That is just morning, how about Clean up Time before lunch is served:

Did you put the toys away?

Should I go check?

How about the Play Closet?  And your room?

You know I charge 10 cents for every item left out, right?

That’s what I thought, go try again.

Have you gone potty lately? Quit honking your pee pee.

Paxton, there are no monsters in the bathroom.  You don’t need the light on, there is a window!

Avery, why did you change into dress up clothes? It’s LUNCH TIME and I sent you in to clean, not play!

We don’t eat lunch in Princess clothes, they get too dirty.

No, we are NOT having PB&J’s for the 4th time this week.  We are having {Insert leftover name}!

What? You loved it the other night!?!

Sorry darlin’, you are going to eat it, and you are going to LIKE IT.

And let’s not forget Supper time:

Why are you under the table?

If you weren’t messing around, your water wouldn’t have spilled.  AGAIN.

Don’t talk with your mouth full, please!

Avery, we are almost done and you haven’t taken one bite!

Who is feeding Sophie their scraps? Stop it, I don’t want to clean up dog barf later.

It is Tylan’s turn to talk, he listened nicely as you shared your Good, Bad & Blessing of the day, so please show him the same respect.

Uh, did you guys ask to be excused?

What do you say to Mommy for supper?

Have you cleared your spot?

Did you get the dish rag and wipe it down?

Was the rag WET even?

Why is your chair still out? Push it in!

Don’t set your dishes next to the sink, rinse them and load the dishwasher!!!!

  Please people, this is not a difficult task…..AND IT NEVER CHANGES!!!!!!!!

So sometimes, I lose it.

I do.

Simply because I am tired of having to ask!  I holler, “GET BACK OUT HERE, PLEASE!!!!”  Plop down the rag on the table, and huff and puff in exasperation, as I wait for them to try, try again.

Well, one particular day I had an epiphany at the end of lunch…..

I could holler for the two littles to get back into the kitchen, and clear their spot, wipe it and rinse their dishes, PLEASE!!!!

OR

I could make this a fun learning time and possibly come up with a chart or rhyme, SOMETHING to help them remember what steps to take once they have been excuse.

God hears and answers a Mother’s “I-Am-Going-To-Lose-It-If-You-Don’t-Help-Me!” Prayers, because in the next millisecond, this little sing-song is what popped into my mind:

“Clear your spot and wipe it down,
Or Mom’s smile will be a frown!
Load the dishwasher, push in your chair,
Or Mom will have to pull out her Hairrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!”

You have to drag that R good and proper, oh and act it out, of course!  They came running, and they came smiling and giggling.

It was in that moment I remembered that I was to teach and instruct them, but I was also to show them love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness….you get the picture.   

  Instead of saying the same sentences AGAIN, I had the opportunity to make life fun.  To smile and giggle instead of roll my eyes and sigh.

  Here is a video of the kids saying the rhyme. 

  Haha, catchy right!?  They grin every time, and quickly set to work to do their tasks. The big kids, too! 

Sooooo, does anyone have a rhyme for toothpaste in the sink?

Cause ya’ll, that is just NASTY!

Hugs, T

Snow Day & Buttered Kale Chips

  Yesterday we had a SNOW DAY!  I love having everyone at home.  And guess what!? We get to be home together today too!!!!  🙂  Here are some photos for you to see, head on over to facebook to view.

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  We had some leftover Kale from that yummy Potato Kale soup I shared on Monday, so we decided to brave a new recipe I have been eyeballing for Kale Chips!  I can’t believe I am saying this, to you, but Kale Chips are AMAZING! 

This kale chip recipe includes olive oil. Did you know that healthy fat eaten with a veggie increases nutrient absorption? Who knew eating healthy would be sooooo delicious?!

Buttered Kale Chips

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Ingredients

  • 75 leaves (or More!) Organic Baby Kale
  • 1/4 cups Butter Infused Olive Oil, or more to taste
  • Coarse Kosher Salt, To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 275*.

Prepare Baby Kale leaves by removing the fat part of the stem, starting up in the leaf. This part is bitter! Place trimmed leaves in a bowl and drizzle with approximately 1/4 cup buttered olive oil, use more or less based on the amount of baby kale you are using. We just want a nice coating of oil on each leaf.

On a baking stone, place leaves in a single layer and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for *25-30 minutes or until leaves are nicely crisp, but not brown.

Allow to cool, then carefully remove to a platter and enjoy. You will not believe how crisp these get!

*If you do not have a baking stone and instead plan on using a baking sheet, flip each leaf over, and bake an additional 20 minutes to crisp the other side before cooling and eating.

Enjoy!  My family went through 2 batches of these in one sitting!!!!
~T

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Snowy Day Salt Sculptures

  Post 2 for today, is in honor of the first SNOW DAY of the year! YAY!

  We have a Snowy Day tradition here at the 4 little Ferguson’s household.  It goes beyond the usual traditions of cocoa by the fire…..these kids LOVE to do arts and crafts, so when we are snowed in for a couple of days, we make Salt Sculptures!

  We make it into an all day project.  First, we all work together to make the dough. Then, we all turn our dough into cool shapes and creatures.  It bakes while we eat lunch.  After nap, once they are nice and cool, we paint!!  Super fun way to pass the time!

Salt Sculpture Recipe

4 cups flour

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup salt

Mix together flour, water and salt.  Sculpt the doughy mixture into shapes-animals, flowers, rockets, or whatever your imagination inspires.

Bake at 350* for 1 hour.  Cool and paint with washable acrylic paint.

 Here is the original post from 2011, I cannot believe how little the kids were back then!!!!!

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This is what we made last winter when we were home for 4 snow days in a row, PLUS a weekend.  It was awesome!

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  Get ready for some good ol’ fashioned, MESSY fun!

Be sure to head back one post, and go check out the Birdseed Ornaments we are making over at Marathon Mom today!

~T

Cheesy Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

We are supposed to get up to 10 inches of Snow in the next couple of days, and I for one say:

BRING. IT. ON.

Seriously, if it’s going to be subzero temps, it might as well be pretty outside. AND, we might as well use some of those School Snow Days they set aside, just in case.  {fingers crossed!}

Anyhow, when its cold like this, I crave soup.  In fact, I have to make soup as many times as possible in the next 3 weeks, because I have a strict “No Soup after February” policy.  And no soup again until October.

Hey, rules are rules!

I was so scared to try this soup.  

  And let me tell you, I have tried lots of bizarre things, like Black Bear, BBQ’d Beaver, Caribou, stinky Fish sauce and more!  

  I love to cook with leeks and other strange veggies, but Kale has never been in my grocery cart before now.  Funny, right?!

  So when I saw this recipe in my Taste of Home Magazine, I skimmed over it and decided not to make it…..
UNTIL my BFF, Kasey called and was like, you HAVE to make Sausage & Kale soup from our Taste of Home magazine.

  Clearly I have been missing out, because this might just be my new favorite soup!!!!   Everyone in my family loved it, and they all asked for second helpings!

Cheesy Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

Adapted from Taste of Home Sausage & Kale Soup

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Cheesy Potato, Sausage & Kale soup

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Links Of Uncooked Italian Sausage (about 3.5 Oz Each)
  • ¾ cups Chopped Onion
  • 5 strips Of Bacon, Cubed
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 2 cups Water
  • 14 ounces, fluid Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Diced Potatoes
  • 2 cups Thinly Sliced Kale
  • ⅓ cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ¼ cups Sour Cream
  • ½ cups Colby Jack Cheese
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

In an 325* oven, cook sausage links for 20 minutes; pierce casings. Drain, cool and slice long wise then in 1/4 inch slices. Set aside.
In a soup pot, saute onion and bacon pieces for 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, water, broth and scrubbed, cubed, un-peeled potatoes.
Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Next, stir in Kale, whipping cream, sour cream, and Colby Jack Cheese.

Simmer a bit longer, but do not boil or it will curdle.  Season to taste.

Be brave, try the Kale!  

And save your leftover leaves, we will use them on Wednesday….

~T