Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Spaghetti and Meatball SoupI have many, many kitchen appliances. I love having a wealth of options when it comes to cooking. I seem to go through fazes where I will use one in abundance. The popcorn machine, is one that gets used a lot. Possibly too much. We go through one every couple of years, before it burns out and we must purchase another one. This however, is not a popcorn post. This is all about soup. Soup for our cold and rainy summer. My crock pot is getting all the love this season. I am not only loving the warm and hearty meals that are being made, but also, the low prep work. More time for me to read, or hang out with my lovely kids. A delicious supper is still waiting for us at dinner time.

Recipe found at Plain Chicken


  • 1 (20oz) package frozen meatballs
  • 1 (24 to 26oz) jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz angel hair pasta, broken into 1-1/2 inch pieces

1. Place first 5 ingredients in crock pot and turn heat to low. Cook for 6-8 hours. ( I only cooked mine for about 5. My crock pot seems to be very hot and usually over cooks food when I use recipe times.

2. Add pasta. Turn heat to high and cook for 20 minutes.

3. Top with parmesan cheese. Eat and enjoy!


Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Machine Loaf

BreadAh, bread. One of my favourite things to eat. I totally realize that pumpkin is usually reserved for those lovely cool, fall nights. Not in this house! Especially when my Secret Recipe Club assignment came in, and I started looking. Many great recipes can be found at My Whole Food Family . I really went back and forth this month trying to decide what to make. The crummy weather sealed my decision to make this lovely fall bread . A few of my other options, looked absolutely delicious too. I wavered between Anzac Biscuits, which would have been lovely as my blog assignment hails from Australia. Christmas Rice Salad would be a nice addition to any dinner, and although it has Christmas in the title, it would make a great side form a summer BBQ as well. My daughter voted for the Nutella Brownie Bites which will definitely be happening sometime in the future. The bread really was an excellent choice though, even hubby (who thinks there is an excess of pumpkin recipes in this house) admitted that it was really delicious. Warm from the bread machine, with a bit of butter and a side of soup made for a simple lovely cold weather dinner.

200ml water
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 cup mashed pumpkin
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup wholemeal flour
2 1/2 cups white bread flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. dry milk powder
1 1/4 tsp. instant dried yeast

  1. Place ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Start on basic cycle.
  2. Eat and enjoy!

Quickest Sweet & Sour Meatballs

MeatballsOkay, so we have been busy! Not that I am complaining, but hot summer weather, busy schedule means I don’t want to be inside over the stove. So last week we had some pretty darn fast meals. This one was extremely fast, and easy. Of course in the winter months when I love to be cooking big meat and potato type meals for the family I will stick with homemade meatballs. During this summer of fast meals though, boxed is just fine with me.

Recipe adapted from Kraft Canada

  • 1 (680 gram) box meatballs
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  1. Place all ingredients in large skillet or wok. Fry for 1o minutes on medium-high, stirring often.
  2. Eat and enjoy!

Mashed Potato Hot Dish

Mashed Potato BeefA super de duper quick dinner was needed. I was off, and just needed to feed the kiddos. I had instant potatoes in my pantry. This is very, very rare. I much prefer fresh potatoes. The kids however, love them. I knew this was a recipe that I could throw together so quickly and be off for the night, so this is what was made, and they loved it! Instant, Quick, and they loved it.

Recipe from Taste of Home

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 2 cups hot mashed potatoes – I used Instant
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Brown ground beef. Drain Fat. Stir in soup and green beans. Place in small greased casserole dish. Top with potatoes and cheese.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  3. Eat and enjoy!