Last week I went to a friend’s house so our boys could enjoy an afternoon of airsoft in their huge yard. While the boys rode quads and shot at each other for hours, my friends and I gathered around a pot of this amazing soup. Every single person loved it and I knew it had to become a staple in our home! Luckily I have amazing friends who share their recipes with me so that I can share them with you! I adapted this a bit to use what I had in my house, so this is my version of her delicious soup. Continue reading
Before we headed out to Michigan this morning for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I would use up some leftovers for breakfast. I had a few baked sweet potatoes in the fridge and I’d been dreaming of using them for these yummy muffins, which was a recipe I had forgotten all about until I saw the leftover sweet potatoes hanging around. The original recipe I found online called for graham crackers. I rarely have those around, but every time I make my favorite dessert – Banana Pudding – I buy 2 packages of vanilla wafers and have right around 1 cup leftover. This recipe is the perfect way to use them up by substituting them for the graham crackers.
As I think about Easter and hams and leftovers, my mind drifts to a delicious bean soup. I thought I’d post this one in preparation for the season! I actually buy the spiral sliced ham bones from the deli at our local Heinens grocery store. They are under $5, make a huge pot of soup, and usually have plenty of meat left on them.
Start by making stock with your ham bone. Follow the directions here. It’s for turkey stock, but I do it exactly the same whether it’s chicken or turkey or ham. Throw the onion and celery tops into the pot with water and the ham bone and cook it down!
After the Easter baskets are raided and the ham is consumed, it’s easy to just veg out for the afternoon. But before you prop your legs up, grab your scraps from the freezer and throw your ham bone in a pot on the stove to make ham stock — the beginning of the most deliciously sweet boston baked beans! This meal isn’t much to look at. It doesn’t photograph well at all! BUT it was a dinner my whole family loved! If you’re a mommy, you know that it’s few and far between to get everyone on board to agree that a meal is amazing. This is one of those.