94 Hot Soups for Cold Nights

December 10, 2016 in Kitchen

As a kid I never really liked soup. Maybe it had something to do with growing up in Arizona where there’s no soup weather.

Now that I live somewhere with seasons – most of them cold, I have learned to love soup weather and the comforting soups that go with it.

As soon as fall hits, I'm ready for soup. This one post could last me all winter with all of these fabulous soups!!

I dare you to look through this gorgeousness and not crave a big, hot bowl of soup right now!



One Pot White Chicken Lasagna Soup • Carlsbad Cravings

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup • Fake Ginger

20-minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup • Gimme Some Oven

Crockpot Green Chicken Chile Enchilada Soup • Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Chicken Pot Pie Soup • Kitchen Dreaming

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup • Spend with Pennies

Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Bacon • Southern Bite

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup • Pinch of Yum

White Chicken Chili • Design Wine Dine

Queso Crockpot Chicken Chili with Roasted Corn and Jalapeno • Pinch of Yum

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup • The Recipe Critic

Easy Crockpot Taco Soup • Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Corn and Chicken Chowder • Buns in My Oven

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder • Brown Eyed Baker

One Pot Pepper Jack Chicken Fajita and Rice Soup • Carlsbad Cravings

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup • Delish

Chicken Parm Soup • Delish

Creamy White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese • The Cookie Rookie

Easy Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Chili • Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup • Cooking Classy

Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili • Lovely Little Kitchen

Creamy Wild Rice and Chicken Soup • Real Housemoms

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup • Tornadough Alli

Vegetable Chicken Soup • Forty Eighteen



Beefy Tomato Soup • Mantitlement

Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup • Life in the Lofthouse

Beef Stroganoff Soup • Chef in Training

Crock Pot Beef Stew • Life in the Lofthouse

Philly Cheesesteak Stew • the Cozy Apron

Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew • The Magical Slow Cooker

Easy Crockpot Taco Soup • The Frugal Girls

7-Can Soup • The Pioneer Woman

Swedish Meatball Soup • Carlsbad Cravings

Cheeseburger Soup • Nourishing Bites

Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew • Center Cut Cook

Beef and Bean Soup Recipe • She Wears Many Hats

Cabbage Roll Soup • Cooking Classy

Classic Beef Stew • Loaves and Dishes

Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli Soup • The Recipe Critic

Cheesesteak Soup • Spend with Pennies



Loaded Broccoli Cheese Soup • Lil’ Luna

Smokey Ham, Potato, and Corn Chowder • First Home Love Life

Slow Cooker Potato Soup • Gimme Some Oven

Potato Soup • Gimme Some Oven

Cauliflower Chowder • Damn Delicious

Cheese Ham and Potato Soup • Lil’ Luna

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup • Spend with Pennies

Nicole’s Corn Chowder • The Crockin’ Girls

Homemade Bean and Bacon Soup • Taste and Tell

Ham and Potato Cheddar Soup • The Recipe Critic

Summer Corn Chowder • Cooking Classy

Loaded Cheesy, Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder • Averie Cooks

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder • Closet Cooking

Summer Fresh Corn and Zucchini Chowder • Little Broken

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup • Dinner, then Dessert

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup • Damn Delicious

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Bacon • Real Food and Ice Cream

One Pot Creamy White Bean and Ham, Tortellini Soup • Carlsbad Cravings

Cheesy Italian Sausage Potato Chowder • A Night Owl

One Pot Creamy White Bean and Ham, Tortellini Soup • Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Loaded Broccoli Cheese and Bacon Soup • Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Creamy White Bean Stew with Smoky Bacon • The Cozy Apron

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup • Foodie Crush

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat • High Heels and Grills

Bean and Bacon Soup • Cooking Classy

Bacon Potato Corn Chowder • Lil’ Luna



The Best New England Clam Chowder • Wine and Glue

Crab Soup • Pip and Ebby

Broccoli Cheese Soup • Cooking Classy

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder • Cooking Classy

Award Winning Maryland Cream of Crab Soup • Just a Pinch

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup • Peas and Crayons

Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup • The Girl Who Ate Everything

Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup • Cooking Classy

Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup • Cafe Delites

Summer Vegetable Stew • Butter with a Side of Bread

Chili Relleno Soup • House of Yumm

Fresh Corn Zucchini Chowder • Little Spice Jar

Panera Bread’s Autumn Squash Soup • Kim’s Cravings

Mom’s Crab and Corn Chowder • Alice and the Mock Turtle

Asiago Broccoli Cheese Soup • Will Cook for Smiles

Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup • One Little Project

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup • Simply Recipes

Bacon, Shrimp, and Corn Chowder • The Blond Cook

Creamy Parmesan Mushroom and Spinach Tortellini Soup • Closet Cooking

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup • The Chunky Chef

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Soup • Well Plated

Creamy Cauliflower Soup • Cooking Classy

Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup • Half Baked Harvest

Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Baked Potato Soup • Creole Contessa


Obviously I believe you can never have too many soup recipes. Mmmmmmm… With so many amazing choices, which soup are you going to try first?

This Homemade Wheat Bread + your soup = HEAVEN. Absolute heaven.

You need some dessert after your heavenly soup. How about this Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Pie?



You can find a few more soups and a lot more yumminess in this fabulous roundup of Ham Recipes.

And this one with a whole gaggle of absolutely divine Turkey recipes.

76 Delicious Ways to Devour your Leftover Turkey

November 27, 2016 in Kitchen

I love a turkey dinner, and I love turkey leftovers even more. I got to host Thanksgiving this year, and Chuck and I searched through 2 freezer cases for the biggest turkey we could find. So we are overflowing with fabulous leftovers.

But let’s get real here. You can only have turkey with a side of mashed potatoes and stuffing so many times before you’re sick of it. So I went searching for the best ways to use up my turkey leftovers, and now I’m worried I’ll run out of leftovers before I get to try it all!

Since this treasure hunt of mine took some time, I wanted to save you from having to do the search on your own. So here are 76 leftover turkey recipes that look good enough to eat.

It would take forever to find this many great turkey recipes. Now I know exactly what to make with my leftover turkey!

Click through to the second page to see them all! And if you had a Thanksgiving ham, be sure to check out my 91 ways to make leftover ham amazing again.


Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole • Who Needs A Cape?

5-Ingredient Turkey Swiss Sliders • Unicorns in the Kitchen

Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry, Brie, and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts • Half Baked Harvest

Thanksgiving Pizza • The Gunny Sack


Cranberry Asiago Turkey Sliders • Will Cook for Smiles

Creamy Turkey Tetrazzini • The Wicked Noodle

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie • Baked by Rachel

Thanksgiving Stuffed Croissant • Cake and Heels


Turkey Turnovers • Best Foods

Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad • Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole • Favorite Family Recipes

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels • The Wholesome Dish


Turkey Pot Pie Soup • Foodie Crush

Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto • Reluctant Entertainer

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup • Ready Set Eat

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas • Little Dairy on the Prairie


Turkey Mac and Cheese Casserole • My Mommy Style

Turkey and Cranberry Puff Pastry Bites • Art and the Kitchen

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells • Fun Finds for Families

Turkey Orzo Soup • Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen


Turkey Cranberry and Brie Egg Rolls • Recipe Runner

Creamed Turkey over Biscuits • The Frugal Foodie Mama

Fiesta Turkey Tortilla Soup Recipe • Taste of Home

Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls • Bakerita


Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Crescent Braid • Spicy Southern Kitchen

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini • Damn Delicious

Slow Cooker Turkey and Potato Chowder • Baked by Rachel

Turkey Tetrazzini • Simply Recipes


Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mustard Panini • Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza • Baked by Rachel

Savory Crepes with Thanksgiving Turkey and Stuffing • Butter with a Side of Bread

Turkey and Dumplings • Completely Delicious


Thanksgiving Leftovers Stuffed Sandwich Rolls • Betsy Life

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas • Baked by Rachel

Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad • Inside BruCrew Life

Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole • Mess for Less


Turkey Stuffing Dumpling Soup • Town and Country Living

Thanksgiving Leftovers Stromboli • Betsy Life

Turkey Turnovers • Ann’s Entitled Life

Warm Turkey Sliders • Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Blueberries with a Side of Sunshine

July 2, 2014 in Kitchen

Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza!  
We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  And each month we all incorporate one main ingredient into a recipe.  This month the ingredient is blueberries.

I have a confession to make.

I don’t love blueberries.

In fact, of all the berries I know, I only have those special true love feelings for strawberries. Truly, madly, deeply.

Raspberries? Meh. Blackberries? Blech! Blueberries? Sometimes maybe…

I pulled out a container of blueberries today, and my youngest asked if she could have one of those grapes. When I explained they were blueberries, she looked at me like I had grown an extra leg out of my head.


Apparently I never buy blueberries, which is a shame really, since Babs loves them. She was ridiculously excited about our little blueberry recipe experiment today.

You see, I joined up with a fabulous group of bloggers to share some amazing blueberry recipes, so I needed to get over my sometimes maybe feelings about blueberries and find a way to LOVE them. And I think this just might be it.

I am a HUGE fan of breakfast for dinner, so tonight I planned to enjoy scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, and yogurt. I just needed a little somethin’-somethin’ to add that extra special touch this meal needed. And oh, did I find it!

Blueberry. Orange. Muffins.

Doesn’t that just sound like a little bite of sunshine?

These babies are a breeze to toss together. This recipe makes just the right amount so you’re not left with 47,812 muffins you need to get rid of. And if you want a great blend of a fun family of flavors, this is it.


Blueberry Orange Muffins

  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 c butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 Tb orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed

Start by preheating your oven to 400. Then line your muffin pan with baking cups — or get a cute assistant to do it. Joy’s assigned dinner job tonight was chef, so she was my fabulous helper. This recipe makes 12, so you only need one standard muffin pan.

Now grab a pretty big bowl and mix up the dry ingredients. That’s the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Give it a good whisk and set it aside for a bit.

In a smaller bowl, mix the wet ingredients. That’s the milk, egg, butter, OJ concentrate, and vanilla. Mix these until well combined.

Now it’s time to pour the wets into the drys. Be careful not to over-mix these. You just want to mix until the dry ingredients are just moistened. It’s okay if it’s lumpy – that means you did it just right!

Now add those blueberries! Be sure to fold them in gently so you don’t end up with mashed up blueberries. Just mix them in until they look pretty evenly distributed so you don’t end up with some MAJOR berry muffins and some with only 1 lonely berry.

Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full. Honestly, I don’t usually fill my muffin cups as full as I did with these babies, but it worked out perfectly! So don’t be afraid to fillerup.


Speaking of filling up muffin cups… Do you know the greatest way to do that without making a colossal mess? Cookie scoop! You’re welcome.


Toss those puppies in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. If you used frozen berries, you’ll probably want to add another 5 minutes to the time. When they’re done, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove them to a wire rack. Serve them warm with plenty of butter. Yummmmmmm


Want some more blueberry goodness in your life? Be sure to visit the rest of the fabulous #FoodieExtravaganza bloggers to see what they whipped up!

We hope you all enjoy our delicious blueberry foods this month and come see what next month’s new ingredient is.  If you would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you!

Make sure to check out these great recipes from our group! 
(You can click on the link to take you to that blogger’s recipe)

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake @ We Like to Learn as We Go
Blueberry Banana Bread @ Pantry Friendly Cooking
Blueberry Orange Muffins @ Forty Eighteen
Homemade Blueberry Poptarts @ Our Thrifty Ideas
Blueberry Cheese Cake Pastries @ Summer Scraps
Lemon Blueberry Sandwich Cookies @ From Gate to Plate
Panna Cotta w/a Blueberry Compote @ The Freshman Cook
Strawberry Vanilla Blueberry Ice Cream @ Food Lust People Love
Blueberry Pie Ice Cream @ Love in the Kitchen
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake @ Keep it Simple, Sweetie

What is your favorite way to eat berries?

U-Pick Farms Tips and Tricks

May 20, 2014 in Out the Door

Happy National Pick Strawberries Day! Do you have ripe strawberries where you live? One of my very favorite things about summer is all of the fresh produce that is in season. yum! Do you know how to find a farm where you can pick your own???

strawberries on the vine


PickYourOwn.org is fabulous website I found when I was searching for you-pick farms near me. They don’t know who I am and I’m not getting any kind of compensation for this post. I just love this fabulous resource! There’s nothing better than fresh fruits and veggies you picked yourself.

PickYourOwn.org is a great place to find you-pick farms in any state and even some other countries.  Farms and orchards are listed by county and include the information you need to plan your visit: when they’re open (months, days, hours), what they grow, what kind of pesticides they use, where the farm is located, contact information, a website link if they have one, and often you can even find reviews from other patrons!


When you find a farm or orchard near you, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your visit.

♦ Call before you go ♦

Mother Nature doesn’t really follow our schedule, we have to follow hers. So you will want to call ahead of time to make sure the crop you’re hoping to pick is ready.

♦ Dress like a farmer ♦

Have you ever noticed that farmers tend to wear hats, good shoes, long sleeves and pants? There is a reason for that! You will want to protect yourself not only from too much sun but also from cuts and scrapes prickly vines and bushes and even bugs. You may even want to bring a pair of gloves.

♦ Bring containers ♦

Often the farm will have containers you can use to hold what you pick, but even if that’s true you will probably need containers to carry them home. Keep what you’re picking in mind when you choose your containers: shallow for berries, ice packs if it’s hot enough to welt your produce, etc.

♦ Know your crop ♦

Do you know how to tell if what you’re picking is ripe? If you’re not sure how to pick ripe produce, ask for help. In general, fruit and veggies will feel heavy for their size when they are ripe.

♦ Respect the farm ♦

You need to know and follow the farm’s rules. Every farm is different, but in general you should respect the farm. Stay in rows and don’t step on plants. If your kids know what

♦ Don’t go crazy ♦

Picking your own produce really is fun. So fun, in fact, that you can get a bit carried away and keep picking and picking. You need to know if your farm charges by the pound, container, or count and don’t end up walking out of there spending five times as much as you planned with more fruit and veggies than you can eat or preserve.

♦ Let your kids know what to expect ♦

This is just a great tip for anything you do with your kids. If you let them know what you expect, they will understand better how they need to behave and you will all be happier.

♦ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! ♦

Definitely bring water to keep yourself hydrated. You may want to bring a snack, too. You probably won’t be allowed to snack on the fruit as you pick. You will need to have it weight so you can pay for it first.

Above all, have fun!

You can find more tips and tricks specific to each crop at PickYourOwn.org. Happy picking!

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