Turkey vegetable soup

Recipe from my mom. I don’t know where she originally got it from.

TURKEY VEGETABLE SOUP

1 1/4 pound ground turkey
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
6 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes with juice – 14-16 ounces
1/3 cup white rice, uncooked
1/4 cup ketchup
1 T. instant bouillon – chicken or beef
1/2 T. dried basil
1/8 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf

Crumble ground turkey into a Dutch oven. Stir in onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir over medium high heat about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain.

Return to kettle and add the water, tomatoes, rice, ketchup, bouillon, basil, pepper, and bay leaf.
Bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Cover and simmer 25 – 30 minutes or until vegetables and rice are tender.

Remove bay leaf before serving.

Yield: 6 servings 1 1/2 cups each.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Dawn’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

Sauce:
3/4 C chopped onion
3 T. oil
2 1-lb cans tomatoes (4 cups)
2 6-oz cans (1-1/3 cups) tomato paste
1 T. sugar
1-1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 t. oregano
1 cup water

Cooked chopped onion in hot oil until tender. Add next 7 ingredients, along with 1 cup water. Simmer 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. After mixing and baking meatballs, add them to sauce and simmer another 30 minutes.

Meatballs:
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
2 T. chopped parsley (or 2 t. dried parsley)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. crushed oregano
1 t. salt
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Form into 1-inch balls. Bake in broiler pan for 20 minutes. Add to sauce.

Emily and I are going to make this soon. It sounds so good! From a meat cookbook my mom had when I was a kid.

Still warm for fall

My daughters and I are looking forward to cooler weather.  We already had some cooler weather, but then it got hot again. I’m looking forward to chili,  warm drinks, and pumpkins!  It was a hot summer.  I’m so done with summer weather.  Just tired of being sweaty at work. Word has it that there will be cooler weather at the end of the week! We have had beautiful blue skies the last few days.  We also had some opportunistic sunflowers that grew in our garden.  This one just started blooming! You can sort of see the sedum, too!

We found an eastern black swallowtail caterpillar on our trellis! It was green, black, white and yellow.

 

 

Then a few days later, it was in a chrysalis that looks like a piece of wood or a dead leaf. I’ll have to look at it tomorrow. I forgot to look today!

Snow?

The word is that 1-3 inches of snow is expected tonight. We’ll have to see what happens. The anticipation is the hardest part. When Jasmine was younger, she used to go nuts in snow, but she is 14 now, so her reactions are much calmer now. 🌨

Feels more wintry outside.

The leaves are pretty much gone. The flowers are done.  We have had some frosty days, so that pretty much did in the flowers. Last night and today, we had a wind advisory.  So loud and strong.  The wind was making the house creak, at times. 29-30mph with gusts into the 40s.  Crazy!  Just makes me thankful for my cozy house.

Sarah got a free turkey from her employer, Exact Sciences.  The kids made a lovely Thanksgiving feast on Thursday afternoon.  It was so delicious when I got home from work on Thanksgiving day!

Before Thanksgiving, Emily roasted a chicken and then made chicken stock.  She turned that into a minestrone soup and then made blueberry muffins to go with it.  We are well into comfort-soup season now.

Also, we have had some pretty sunsets in the last few days!  This was one we saw as we were driving to Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, for the Christmas parade.  We were heading west on Hwy PP, near the Kohler Company.

Thanksgiving dinner.
Turkey with turkey gravy, stuffing with celery, onion, craisins, and apples, maple sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pan-roasted Brussels sprouts, and seasoned cranberry sauce
Minestrone soup with blueberry muffins
Minestrone soup with blueberry muffins
Sunset looking west on Hwy PP, near Kohler Company. Sky orange, except for where it's yellow.  "Sky on fire" stage.
Sunset looking west on Hwy PP, near Kohler Company. Sky orange, except for where it’s yellow. “Sky on fire” stage.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is coming fast!

sunflower and sedum
The first sunflower and pink sedum in my yard.

Fall flowers are blooming at my house! It’s the first sunflower to start blooming and the sedum is showing it’s pink colors also. The leaves are already starting to turn colors. It seems like fall is coming at us fast! It’s just early September! Winter will be here before we know it. Right now seems to be a good idea to be living in WI, since the hurricanes are all lined up in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf. That is crazy, too. Keeping all those involved, in my prayers.

Gray, rainy day.

Today it’s raining.  50 degree days have been few and far between.  It has been warm enough to melt the snow and the daffodils and tulips are growing furiously.  We found crocuses at the school where I work.  The school daffodils already have buds.  It will be a while, before the daffodils in my yard have buds. This is the hardest part of the year, to wait for the green to come!  Warmer weather would help, but long-term predictions say the cold is here to stay, for a while. We have to take what comes, when it comes!  I guess it’s better than the snow that northern Wisconsin is getting!

Purple crocuses spring 2014
Finally, a bit of color!

Beautiful day yesterday!

We had a very wintery winter this year.  In January, we had weather so cold that we had wind chill warnings.  The coldest temp was -17F with a -40F windchill.  We missed 3 days of school because of the cold weather.  Also, even though we have had 56 inches of snow (46 inches is the average), through the end of February, we’ve haven’t had a major snowstorm.  That 56 inches fell pretty much an inch or two at a time!  The snowplow drivers must have been exhausted because it was about every other day for a while there. The cities are all running out of road salt, too!

It’s a good thing spring is coming and we got a glimpse of it yesterday, with temps that reached into the high 50s!  I loved being outside with only a fleece and not needing a hat or mittens!  Sarah and I took Jasmine to her favorite walking spot at the bridle trails on the south side of Sheboygan.

The snow was really soft, though, and hard to walk on.  It was similar to walking on dry sand on the beach. Jasmine and I both worked hard!

We even turned off the furnace and opened up the windows for 2-1/2 hours yesterday, too.  I loved getting fresh air into the house.

Snow in Sheboygan

We’ve had 47 inches of snow this winter, in Sheboygan. Yesterday, we got 6 inches.  It’s our biggest snowstorm so far!  Then it was nice and warm today, so the roads are already in pretty good shape!  In January, it kept snowing, but the temps were so cold, the salt really had no effect. I haven’t been taking that many pictures of the snow, because we kept only getting an inch or two, and it didn’t seem worth the bother, but now, with 6 inches, it’s starting to look like further shoveling will be a challenge.  In other news, we could get more snow on Thursday!  Or not.  It all depends on the storm track.

So, today, was in the 30s.  It felt great.  After -17 with a -40 windchill, everything will feel warm from here on out!  I keep laughing at the weather men who keep talking us it’s “cold”, but only down to zero, or it’s “cold” getting down into the 20s.  We’ve been down to -17.  We can handle it.

Still, there has been snow packed on my driveway all winter.  We aren’t so good at shoveling and then Gary doesn’t always have time to snowplow right away, so it’s been sad.  I’d like to see my driveway again. Maybe we will, someday.

Jasmine checking out the spirea bushImage

Jasmine, following me down the driveway, instead of sitting by the snowbanks!Image

My neighbor’s evergreen trees.  Not every storm makes them looks so pretty!Image

The sky was trying to be blue!  We get so many cloudy days in WI. Maybe it’s because of the lake!