Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's for Supper?

Once again...I started this post yesterday...and finished it today.

The chill in the air yesterday morning turned into a "burrrrrr" in the air last night. I think it just might be the coolest Fall night we have had in the Midwest thus far. It made me want to snuggle in for the evening and cook up something warm and steamy.

So that's just what I did.
I made a big pot of Cowboy Soup...

and a basket full of Cornbread Muffins. Yum.
It was just what the weather called for last night.  

Does the weather influence what you fix for supper?

I have to say there are many days around here it certainly influences me. When it is hot and sticky outside, salads and sandwiches are what's on the menu...Hubby is much more likely to fire up the grill when there's a cool breeze in the air...rainy days just beg for a steaming bowl of Chili...and I love the smell of Mom's Five Hour Stew or Grandma's Chicken and Dumplings wafting through the house at the first sign of snow. 

Of course weather isn't the only factor in making the dinner menu. The holidays bring traditions of delicious meals as well. Potato Soup does the trick on a cool Halloween night. Our family loves good old-fashioned tradition for Thanksgiving...turkey...dressing...green bean casserole...and homemade rolls. Christmas is a time for special treats...red velvet cake...lemon snowflake cookies...chocolate dipped peanut butter crackers...and my favorite: Mom's Elegant Chocolate Log Cake. 

Every Valentine's Day I make heart shaped cookies...blueberry muffins...brownies...and sometimes even a heart shaped cake. Easter morning always starts off with a delicious ham baking in the oven and baskets full of Easter chocolate.

We have many Memorial Day weekend memories of yummy family potlucks. And an Independence Day celebration for our family often means grilled hot dogs...potato salad...watermelon...and freshly popped popcorn to munch on during the fireworks.

Have I made you hungry yet?

In our house we celebrate birthdays with our favorite foods as well. Hubby and our Engineer both love my slow-cooked meatballs that spend the day getting tender in homemade spaghetti sauce. Hubby always asks for yellow cake with chocolate pudding icing.

Our Scientist will request homemade tacos and both the boys choose chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing for their birthday cakes. They must take after me a bit in that area. As for my favorite birthday dinner...I enjoy a trip to our favorite local Mexican restaurant.

Good cooks run in both sides of our families. I have a stack of wonderful family recipes handed down from our Moms and Grandmas. It is no wonder that a way we love to celebrate and show love is through food.

Sometimes there's nothing better than a warm bowl of soup and some cornbread muffins to warm the body...and the heart.  Unless...it's Hubby ordering pizza on a night when I just don't feel like cooking. And when the pizza delivery gal rang our doorbell tonight...I felt loved.

Per request -here's the recipe to Cowboy Soup
1 lb        ground beef
1/2 cup  chopped onion
1 lg bag  frozen mixed vegetables
1 can      Rotel tomatoes
2 pkg      Spanish Rice (made according to pkg directions)
1 can      stewed tomatoes
1 can      creamed style corn
1 can      whole kernel corn
2 cups    water

In a large pot, brown beef and onion. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. That soup looks great maybe you could put the recipe on here for us soup lovers. Thanks

  2. I updated the post with the recipe! Enjoy!

  3. I'm confused!! Do you make the rice then dump it
    In the pot or just dump it in dry. Can you please give an
    Example of a package of Spanish rice? Like what brand and
    How big is the package.

    Thanks. Jenn

  4. Hi Jenn! I usually use Knorr Fiesta Sides Spanish Rice and each package is 5.6 oz. I make the rice separately - following the package directions, then add it to the soup with the rest of the ingredients. I have used other brands as well. Hubby likes the soup thicker, so sometimes I add more ground beef and an extra package of the rice as well. It makes A LOT!


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