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.