Chicken Corn Soup Casserole




chicken corn soup casserole
Chicken Corn Soup Casserole 
A good portion of this month will be filled with ribbon noodles and casseroles. We’re continuing with this chicken corn soup casserole. Chicken corn soup is one of my absolutely favorite soups to eat in the winter. There’s nothing quite like coming in after being out in the chilly air to a nice warm bowl of chicken corn soup! As a kid, I remember how my Granny Griffy would make chicken corn soup every year on the first day of trout season. I remember walking in and seeing her cooking with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth and the ashes a mile long! My mom used to say that she felt like she needed to follow Granny Griffy around with an ashtray so that the ashes didn’t end up in the soup!
Now, I know that trout season is months away but I couldn’t help but share this recipe now. I don’t want to say that this recipe is comparable to Granny Griffy’s, mainly because of all of the memories attached behind it, but it’s very close! And it reminds me of her every time I eat it. Although, I don’t smoke, so there’s no chance of any ashes making it into the soup. Maybe that was Granny Griffy’s secret ingredient? ūüôā
This soup is warm and delicious. If you are hungry for chicken corn soup but don’t feel like going through all of the work of boiling the chicken, then this would be a great substitute. I actually made this even easier by cheating and buying a rotisserie chicken from the store. I boiled the noodles into the chicken stock. This gives the noodles a savory flavor and makes the casserole taste like you boiled a chicken on the stove. I shredded the carrots finely. You will want to do this as well as it serves 2 purposes. It allows the carrots to soften while the casserole is baking. Also, your children won’t taste the carrots but you’ll be happy that you were able to sneak some nutrition into the meal! I used this same technique with the onion. When you shred the onion it will have a soup-like consistency. This is fine! If you’d like more of a diced onion then you could certainly do that, although you may want to saute them a little bit before adding them to the casserole. Adding the cream of celery soup to the casserole adds an element of scrumptious flavor making it all come together in one delicious dish.
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Fall Leaf Jewelry




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Fall Leaf Jewelry 

I collected some leaves while going for a morning walk a few weeks ago. When I got back home I sat the leaves on my whiteboard and stared at them while finishing up another DIY post. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them but I wasn’t¬†sure what I wanted to do. I had a small container of cement sitting on my craft table and instantly went to google to search what I could do with leaves and cement. I found a TON of cool stuff but the coolest was a project called leaf casting. If you’ve never heard of this then I highly¬†recommend¬†looking it up! So I tried casting a leaf just to get a feel for it and it was actually pretty easy! I then saw my hemp cord and that’s when the idea for jewelry came to me. I collected all different shapes and sizes of leaves and found my favorite to be this longer feather like¬†ones.

Materials:

  • leaves any shape or size you like
  • cement (only a few tablespoons are needed. I used underlayment. It was a little more expensive but I like how ¬†fast it dries.)
  • gloves & a mask for working with cement ( I didn’t use either but I probably should have!)
  • water
  • wax paper
  • old bowl or plastic throw away bowl
  • plastic spoon
  • a piece of cheap foam
  • toothpicks
  • metallic paint ( or any paint you like)
  • Hemp Cord
  • earring hooks
  • 2 Gauge wire

How to: 

Step 1: Go on a scavenger hunt and find some cool leaves!

Step 2: Mix cement. You want a slushie-like consistency.

Leaves 1

Step 3: Turn leaves so vein side is up. Gently scoop on some cement and use a spoon to evenly spread cement over leaves. Gently pull leaves forward by the stem to get rid of any excess cement.

leaves 2

 

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Step 4: Carefully place leaves on top of the foam. Using a toothpick, poke a hole where you have the earring hook and necklace string to go.

*I highly recommencement using the foam. I have made these many times where I forgot to insert the toothpicks and then my cement hardened on me.

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Step 5: Allow cement to dry for about 20-30 minutes and GENTLY twist and pull toothpicks out. Wait an additional 15-20 minutes and gently pull leaves off of the cement. If it’s too wet your leaves will break but if its too dry they will stick! There’s a small window of time that this needs to be done in. Allow leaves to dry overnight.

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Step 6: Paint leaves and allow to dry. Next time I make these I may add a coat of sealer to them as the paint seemed to rub off a little.

 

Step 7: Necklace- Cut hemp cord to size and attach leaf or leaves. I like the look of a double hemp cord so I use two different colors. If you have trouble putting the cords through a toothpick will help!

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Step 7: Earrings: Thread a piece of 2 gauge wire threw the earring and attach earring hook to the front of the wire. Pull wire behind the earring and twist tight enough that it stays but leaving a little gap so the earring can dangle. A youtube tutorial of this will be up sometime this week!

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Looking for some trendy jewelry? I have the perfect place for you! Check out Autumn essence shop on Etsy! She has the CUTEST stuff!



Cheesesteak Casserole

 




 

 

Cheesesteak Casserole

Cheesesteak Casserole 

September and October are filled with fairs and festivals! I love how the smell of food just lingers in the air as soon as you arrive at one of these events. My go-to choice is usually pizza and some sort of fried dessert like Fried Oreos or a yummy funnel cake. My husband, on the other hand, usually heads straight for the cheesesteak line. He loves to get his cheesesteaks loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of mayonnaise. In fact, there’s normally a glob of mayo running down his hand once he’s finished. Isn’t it so funny how when you are in the dating stage, men try to be so neat and proper and actually use napkins? And then once you get married you look at your man sitting across from you with mayo running down his arm, wondering if he should have been born in the caveman era. It’s okay though, I still love him!¬†

 
In fact, my love for him is what inspired this recipe. I wanted to make him a warm meal that made him feel like he was gobbling down one of those yummy cheesesteaks from the fair. My son and I don’t care for peppers and onions, so it will be grilled cheese for us on the nights that I make this. When I made my recipes, especially ones with ingredients that I don’t particularly care for, I always hand it out to neighbors, friends, and family. So far, everyone who had tried this has said that it is delicious! My friend Courtney said, “It’s like a cheesesteak in a bowl!” Another friend said, “Yes, Kyle [her husband] really liked that too! And he’s sort of picky!.” Sounds like this recipe is a winner!

Cheesesteak Casserole

This recipe is a version of a deconstructed cheesesteak from the fair. It has all of the components of a cheesesteak, right down to the goopy mayonnaise. The Italian hoagie roll is replaced with noodles and grilled mushrooms with cream of mushroom soup. If you wanted, you could definitely add some sautéed mushrooms to this. I would cook the onions and peppers until they were almost translucent, and then throw the mushrooms in and sauté them for a few minutes before adding the cheesesteak. You will still need to add the cream of mushroom soup as this adds the creaminess to the dish. If you left it out, your casserole will probably be dry and your noodles may get hard. I also cooked the noodles in beef broth which adds an amazing depth of flavor and makes your noodles not taste bland. I hope you enjoy this recipe!





Scarecrow Wreath


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Scarecrow Wreath

Remember earlier this month when I said this scarecrow wreath wouldn’t be the cutest? Well… I lied. It’s flipping adorable! Not only is it adorable but it’s a lot less messy than making a full scarecrow. It’s also very inexpensive to make. If you’re looking to make a full-bodied scarecrow check out the one my mom made a few years ago by clicking this link —>DIY ¬†SCARECROW¬†




Materials Needed: 

  • wreath frame
  • flannel shirt ( check your husbands closet or a local thrift store)
  • Top hat ( I found mine at the dollar tree)
  • straw
  • Embellishments ( I used leaf garland from the dollar tree, an old hankie from my husband, and a few flowers from the dollar tree)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • twine for around the bottom of the shirt
  • floral wire

How to:

Step 1:  Put the shirt around the wreath and button half way up.

scarcrow wreath step 1

Step 2:  Stuff the belly and arms with straw and button up the shirt.

scarecrow wreath step 2

Step 3:  Take a piece of twine and tie a bow at the bottom of the shirt. This will keep the straw from falling out the bottom of the shirt.

scarecrow wreath step 3

Step 4:  Cut a piece of floral wire to attach the arms in a folded arm position.  Do this by threading the wire through the flannel then attaching it to the back of the wreath.

Scarecrow wreath step 4 pt 1 and 2

Step 5: Use the same technique that was used in step 4 to attach the hat.

scarecrow wreath step 5

Step 6: Embellish the scarecrow with whatever your heart desires. We used leaves, pinecones, a hankie, and some sunflowers from the Dollar Tree.

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Stuffing Balls

Stuffing Balls 

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Making this recipe really reminds me of when my Nana was still around for the holidays. I remember how as soon as I walked into her house at Christmas, I’d be bombarded by her four dogs and the amazing aroma of turkey and stuffing wafting from the kitchen. I also remember how Nana would greet me with a kiss, and how as soon as she walked away, Pap would ask me if I wanted a beer. Of course, I always said no, though sometimes it may have helped me deal with my family’s craziness! Just kidding! I absolutely love my family and truly enjoy being around them.
Another thing I remember is how Nana used to buy paper plates so that she didn’t have to do dishes after our large family dinner. We would finish up dinner and still find her washing up the paper plates to use at another time!
This recipe is not the same one that my grandparents used, but it is very similar. I actually stole this recipe from my brother! I loved my grandparents cooking, but sometimes it could be a little bland. So I wanted to make sure that I incorporated a lot of flavor into this recipe. Now if you have any picky eaters, you could leave out the peppers and onions. However, I don’t recommend leaving out any of the cream soups as they add moisture and tons of yummy flavor to this recipe. This is a great spin on stuffing that is sure to become a family favorite!





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