Monday, October 5, 2009

Soup Season and Successful Weekend

Cool fall weather is here! As I did my outside 'chores' (I'm not sure that feeding cats and baby chicks qualifies as barn chores) the wind on Saturday had a bit of sting... Winter is coming. The 6 ricks of wood I ordered will be here this week. It is time to start using the wood stove.

The "Harvest of Blessings" women's retreat on Friday night was wonderful! The food was fantastic and the speaker line up gave insightful and encouraging messages. I shared on the blessings of the family meal. Thank you, Leanne, for inviting me!!

Saturday was my BABY'S 5th birthday!!! FIVE!! He shares his birthday with Chris' grandfather. Grandpa turned 91 this year and the family got together to have a fish fry in his honor. I made a big crock pot of Cheesy Sausage and Potato Soup. Chris' aunt made Grandpa a cake and made Nate a cake.... very FUN!! I have to say that Nate wasn't quite sure what to think of 50+ people all singing happy birthday to him... He LOVED his cake and couldn't wait to play with the construction equipment! Chris took Nate out deer hunting on Sunday afternoon as part of his birthday weekend. Nate had a good time, but was evidently worn out from the weekend festivities because he FELL ASLEEP!!! He got in a nap up in a tree! Precious memories..... How did he grow up so fast??

Regular BOW deer season started on October 1st. Right now I have TWO deer hanging in the barn to be processed tonight. Chris got a doe and a 9 point buck! Chris LOVES bow season.... He would rather take up the extra challenge of the bow any day... He likes a good challenge. Meat for the winter! We are going to try something new this year: Canning some of the meat... anyone ever done that?? I have been researching it and am ready to give it a try!

FAll means SOUP season!! My crock pot stays busy this time of year. My Simple Family Supper Fall/Winter and Money Wise Menu E-books are on SALE right now!! You can get each of them separately for only $5 or bundled together for only $7.50!! Hop on over now to grab your copy before the sale is done!
Here is a yummy soup recipe from the Money Wise Menu:

Smoked Sausage Chowder

Crock pot or stove top


1 (12-16 oz) package kielbasa sausage, diced

4 ½ cups water

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, un-drained

1 envelope onion soup mix

1 package (9 oz) frozen cut green beans

3 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

2 ½ cups peeled and diced potatoes ( or frozen shredded hash brown potatoes)

Salt and pepper to taste

½ tsp dried oregano

¼-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Crock Pot Directions:

1) Dice the sausage and put in crock pot

2) Peel and thinly slice the carrots

3) Add remaining ingredients

4) Cover and cook on LOW 8+ hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours till carrots are tender

Stove Top directions:

Same as above except simmer in large soup pot for 30 minutes till carrots are tender.

Side suggestions:

Warm rolls, cheese cubes, fresh fruit



Leanne said...

I've had several compliments about your talk! The ladies loved it. I showed my Christopher and Dana the deer picture! They thought it was WAY COOL! Dana said he wasn't jealous....but I don't believe him (hee,hee!). Thanks again for speaking!

Samantha said...

Happy birthday to your little one
and the soup sounds delicious !!

Stephanie Appleton said...

We can our venison stew meat! It is excellent. Great for soups, bbq or venison/noodles.

Abbi said...

I have never canned venison but I remember my Mom doing it when I was young and it was very good! Very tender.