Saturday, November 16, 2013

Believe the hype...

You know the "two ingredient pumpkin muffins"
all over pinterest?

Had to try it...
They're great!

1 box spice cake mix
(You can also use white, yellow or chocolate mix.)
1 can pumpkin
I added 1/4 cup water to make the batter a little less thick.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
Makes 18 muffins.


Cold Winter's Night Vegetable Barley Soup

This was a surprise hit at my house!
When I planned my menu for the week,
I knew chilly temps were in store. 
I really made this for myself thinking the family would be underwhelmed.
But everyone loved it!
My daughter even came home from school on Friday 
and had two bowls full for an afternoon snack. :-)

Cold Winter's Night Vegetable Barley Soup
8 servings

1 tablespoon oil
1/2 onion, chopped small
2 stalks celery, chopped small
2 carrots, sliced
1 can corn
1 small can young peas
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
16 ounces beef broth
1/2 cup barley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf

In a large sauce pan, saute onion, celery and carrots in oil until slightly browned.  Add corn, peas, tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, barley and seasonings to pan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until barley is tender.  Remove bay leaf before serving and enjoy!

A bowl of this vegetable barley soup will warm you through and through. :-)