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Favorite Recipes of 2014: Reader's Choice

Hey all!
I hope everyone had a blessed and joyous holiday season. We have really enjoyed our vacation with family, friends, football, and - no surprise - food. Now I am excited about 2015 and all the things I look forward to accomplishing this year. I hope we can all become healthier, save money, and that you will find new favorite recipes from among our favorites that will delight your family and friends. But, first, let's look back one more time to recap our readers favorite (most viewed) recipes of 2014. 
Favorite Recipes of 2014: Reader's Choice


What's For Supper: Menu December 8, 2014

The menu is super easy this week because, at this time of year, it is super hectic around here! I am sure most of you can agree this is a busy time of year, but, oh, so fun too! I will say, although the menu is easy this week, there may be times that convenience wins (meaning the drive-thru window is closer than home). 
The grocery list is minimal, since I keep most of the recipe items stocked up and I am using leftovers in the chili. Using supplies on hand is key around the holidays when I want to spend more time with family than at the store.
This will be my last post of 2014. Holiday duties call, and I must complete those for Christmas to be as Merry, Bright and Joyous as we like it. So, I wish you all a very heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
See you in 2015, Lord willing. 

Here's my menu...

MondayBeefy Bean Chili 

Beefy Bean Chili

Tuesday - Chicken Sandwiches

Wednesday Loaded Potato Boats with garden salad

Loaded Potato Boats

ThursdayHogs in a Blanket - Smoked Sausage with Cheese

FridayPepperoni and Cheese Quesadillas
Pepperoni and Cheese Quesadillas

SaturdayFish Sandwiches, Slaw & Steak Fries

Soup on SundayPasta Fagioli Soup

Weekly DessertRed & Green Grape Salad

Red & Green Grape Salad

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Faith Comes By Hearing #66

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:5-6 (KJV)
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Taco Soup
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Brown Beef Stew

This Brown Beef stew is an easy, comfort-food meal that is  delicious (especially with a hunk of sourdough bread), but, even more than that, it is a time machine. This is the kind of meal that takes me to simpler times, like a Norman Rockwell painting, when the family gathered around the table together to actually break bread (mmm...sourdough!). Recently, I made it in the slow cooker, but I've also shared the directions for making it on the stove top. Either way, from the aroma to the flavors, it is a warm hug of a dish.
Brown Beef Stew
Hearty & Wholesome Brown Beef Stew


Taco Soup

I made this spicy Taco Soup from leftovers, but don't let that fool ya...the family agrees this is one of the best soups we've had. If you like Tacos, this soup will not it with white corn chips and you won't even miss the crunch. In addition to the great meal, I was also happy with the idea of using leftover pinto beans (making two completely different meals out of a bag of beans is my kind of budgeting and planning). If you want to amp up the soup, serve it with fresh diced tomatoes, Mex-blend cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, and/or jalapenos for garnish.

Spicy Homemade Taco Soup


What's For Supper: Menu December 1, 2014

Our Thanksgiving week was ridiculously good. We had a practice meal early in the week so we could try some recipes; then, on Saturday, we combined Thanksgiving with Rivalry Week in college football. It was a wonderful celebration with family; our team won the big game, and we had an absolute feast. (So much so that we forgot the deviled eggs until Sunday morning!) Truly, many reasons to be thankful. And now, I now have a refrigerator full of leftovers.
I plan to to use them this evening by making Leftover Thanksgiving Muffins. Basically, it's the Thanksgiving feast in miniature form, which makes me happy since a) my refrigerator will be cleaned out, b) I am saving money and time by c) using leftovers.  The rest of the week I'm using supplies I have on hand (smoked sausage, pkg of cubed ham, chicken breasts and ground beef) since even a modest Thanksgiving feast can put a ding in the budget. I pray everyone had a wonderful holiday. Now the Christmas countdown begins. Speaking of Christmas, I hope to share some new recipes that will inspire your holiday menus... cookies, bars, and more punch recipes are coming soon. 

What's For Supper: Menu December 1, 2014