May the 4th be with you if you are a Star Wars fan. Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you will love the recipes listed below for you and your family to enjoy. There is also a link for printable Star Wars stickers for your planner.
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Warmer weather usually means more potlucks and BBQ dinners. I love having potluck dinners because it allows us to try a new dish we may have not had before. It also means less time having to cook a big meal for everyone. Sometimes it is easy to get stuck in a rut making the same meals for every dinner. Here is a great list of 10 BBQ/Potluck recipes for you to enjoy.
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I am trying to stick to healthier meals for myself and my family. So I am trying to make more of my meals from scratch and getting back to the basics of cooking. It is so easy to pour a can of soup and heat it up but this way we can enjoy a meal without all the extra sodium that we don’t need.
This Low Sodium Cheesy Potato Soup recipe is great to make up right now while the vegetables are in season so it cuts down your cost and you can make a big batch of it to enjoy over the winter months. During the winter, I make up this recipe when the vegetables it calls for goes on sale and then freeze it so we have it available.
It is also a great recipe for those that need to cut down their sodium in their diet. I still use this even though since the transplant I don’t have to cut down my sodium but I choose to cut it down for my family.
1 medium onion, finely chopped, or 2 teaspoon onion powder (I left onion out because I dont like onions with potatoes)
2 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups milk
1/3 cup flour
2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (If you use mild or marble you will want to double up on the amount)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium-sized pot, place a couple of drops of olive oil with onion, and garlic. Cook until browning.. Add the potatoes, carrots, basil, parsley and broth.
Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Combine milk and flour in a blender. Blend until smooth Gradually pour the mixture into the soup, stirring constantly.
Cook and stir until soup is thickened and starting to boil. Add cheeses and continue cooking until cheese is melted (another minute or so). Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.
Note: Don't cook the potatoes too long or they will get too soft for the soup. Add chives and cheese if you want.
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Right now is the season of baking in my house. I love to make sure we have homemade baked goods over the holiday season. Over the next week, I will be baking up a storm.
One recipe that is a family favourite is Snickerdoodles. This recipe is very easy to make and makes about 36 cookies a batch. So double up it and you have more than enough to send in holiday tins for your neighbours or loved ones.
I plan on making another batch up before Christmas is here. You can stick these in freezer bags in your freezer until you want to bring them out for your family and friends.
Hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we do. Let me know in the comments below what you think of this recipe.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I make this heaping teaspoon so that it adds more cinnamon flavour to the cookies.)
In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with mixer for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup of sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar. Mix until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined with mixture. Mix in flour until it gets thick. Then pour in remaining flour and stir it in with a spoon. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375oF. Combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
When dough is ready shape dough into 1 -inch balls using a scoop. Roll balls in sugar mixture to coat the whole ball. Place 2 inches apart on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Bake 11 minutes or until edges are golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool.