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Maple Syrup Thumbprint Cookies

So here is a version using the “Add Ins” from my cookie post from the other day that is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free.

Here is the original recipe to get the base:

So today I made these and added in some pumpkin spice, maple syrup and chopped almonds. I really wanted to use pecans but it turned out that I was out of them so I just put in some chopped almonds cause why not? 🙂 Anything goes and that is how I roll. 🙂

After I mixed it all together and formed the cookies I decided to do a little thumb print thingy and add some more maple syrup.

Oh and yes another big change that I did was instead of using the oats as they are, I ground them into a flour. Turned out great but I think you just need to cook them a bit longer.

Okay that is all for now folks and I can’t wait to hear about your add ins and what turns out for you to be amazing. 🙂

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Chicken Noo Noo Soup

When my daughter was little I would always call noodles ‘noo noos’ and I admit I still do it to this day lol!

Today I made some rock star Chicken Noo Noo Soup that is so soothing for the soul.

I used up some leftover turkey soup stock that I had made at Christmas time from the leftover turkey carcass. After making it I froze it in a mason jar for future use and the future is now lol. Actually I got several jars from the batch which is great because this stock can be used in more than just soup.

You could use it in a gravy, a stew, or even as a liquid base for a whole new meal in an Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or even a Cast Iron pan in the oven. For example throw in some chicken parts, potatoes, carrots, onions, and/or what you like, add some of the stock, salt and pepper and put it in the oven at 325 degrees for about 1.5 hours and voila!

Jars Are Great!

Mason type glass jars are excellent for freezing leftover soup, stock, chilis and more! Just don’t fill them to the top. You need to leave some space for the expansion when it freezes.

Class jar with my turkey stock from my Christmas Turkey

Waste Not

I do not waste anything when it comes to food. I love using these go-to’s for creations like today’s soup that I made.

Check out this video I made of the soup as it was cooking. And note the noo noos are not in here yet… they were boiling on the stove burner behind. I don’t like to add them until just before serving. And they too will go in a mason jar or similar and only be added to the soup as I warm up what I am eating at one sitting.

However, if you are wondering what the things in the soup that look like noodles are, they are cauliflower shreds! They are from one of those bags of slaw type veggies. I love using those for soups and such.

One day I will share with you all my pea soup hack that makes it way more nutrient dense without anyone even knowing… but Shh you will have to promise not to tell though 😉

7 second video of my chicken soup cooking and looking all delicious like 🙂

And these are the noo noos I used. Actually this was my first time using these and I have to say I like them the best for Chicken Noodle Soup. They are La Molisana Semi Di Melone N 61, Trafilata Al Bronzo. I have no idea what all that means but anyhoo here is a picture of the delightful little critters.

The little noodles I add to the chicken soup just before eating so they don’t get all mushy. Aka “Noo Noos” 🙂

In closing I want to remind everyone that you do not need a recipe to cook soup. I never make it the same way twice.

You throw in whatever you have around the kitchen that remotely seems like it will go with the style of soup you are making and presto…soup 🙂

Have fun with soup making and use up those odds and ends in the fridge and freezer. :-))

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Mmm Mmm cooking just doesn’t get any easier then this! In under 5 minutes I can get these ‘one pot wonders’ ready to cook.

I have been making One Pot Wonders for years. They are the easiest, fastest, and least complicated things to cook. Whether you use a slow cooker, Instant Pot, Cast Iron Pot, or sheet pan, I call em all ‘One Pot Wonders”. They can be very health too.

So Easy!

It doesn’t get much better than this especially if you are busy with life and work and don’t have a lot of time to prep for cooking or for actual hands on cooking.

In today’s one pot wonder, I put into the slow cooker, 2 carrots on the bottom under for the roast…like a little rack :-), the roast seasoned with salt and pepper, some potatoes and onions around the side and then topped with a no name brand tomato and herb sauce and a little water in the bottom. I then put a little seasoning salt on the whole thing.

I will slow cook this all day and it will be delicious! When looking for your tomato sauce I just use the kind you would use for pasta but look for low sodium, low sugar content (under 5 gm) and with no preservatives that are not natural. This makes it healthier for the fam.

Oh and if you are wondering how to cook it in the slow cooker? That my friends you will have to figure out. It’s called ‘getting to know your slow cooker’. 🙂 I personally use the old fashion kind that has High, Low, and Off. lol. My older sister brought over a digital one on Christmas Eve full of meatballs earlier in the day for me to use later that night, and ummm let’s just say the struggle was real 🙂 The good news is you can pick up slow cookers galore at the second hand stores! I have several. Some of them even have a ‘stay warm’ setting which is handy.

I personally am not a meat and potatoes person, but my hubby will gobble this all up and if we are lucky there might even be some beef left… and don’t forget saucy juice left in the bottom of the pan which I can use to make something else like a delicious soup. I waste nothing. Even if there is a potato left, it will be used for breakfast potatoes, to thicken soup, etc. etc. There are hundreds of amazing uses for small amounts of left overs. 🙂

Okay well gotta run and get ready to meet someone for lunch that I met at the Landlord’s meeting last week. I will be sharing some tips on being a landlord… or landperson? 🙂 Either way it’s all good. Time to put my business coaching hat on… have a great day and get those slow cookers working for you. Your time is valuable 🙂

UPDATE: Since writing this post this morning here are the final results:

The finished roast in the slow cooker. Fork Tender. It looks red on top because of the tomatoes sauce but it’s cooked PERF!
What’s leftover…. not much… told you hubs would gobble it all up 🙂 but enough to do some good things with 🙂