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Simple Lentil Soup

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I am in love with this soup. It is so delicious and incredibly easy. It’s one of those recipes I make for my friends and then when they ask for the recipe, it’s almost embarrassing to say how easy it is.  But isn’t that the best kind? So good for you and so simple.

Simple Lentil Soup: (this makes a large portion, but that’s how I roll-lots to eat all week for lunch or to serve to friends!)

1 bag 16 oz lentils, dried
3 stalks celery (chopped)
2 onions (chopped)
2-3 carrots (chopped)
(2) 32 oz.  cartons chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Put a little olive oil in a large pot and add chopped veggies. Cook for a few minutes until slightly tender. Add lentils and stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes until lentils are tender.
I like to top mine with some grated parmesan cheese! Yum.

I could probably eat this everyday. So good!

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Simple Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

It’s been awhile since I have posted a simple recipe.  Today, while I was making homemade macaroni and cheese, I decided to take some pictures and add it here to share with all of you.

This recipe is adapted from the original of Racheal Ray’s in here book, Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals .  I have tweaked it just a bit.  It is so simple and much healthier than boxed macaroni and cheese that comes with that bright orange powder! {blech}

This takes probably no more time than the boxed macaroni and cheese, and it is a huge hit around here.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb. cooked pasta (elbows or corkscrews are our favorite)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the olive oil and butter together in large skillet.
 Once melted, add flour. 
Whisk until combined. Cook about 2 minutes. 
Add milk and continue whisking.
Once bubbling and mixture is thickened,  remove from heat and stir in cheese.  
Stir until all of the cheese is melted.  
Add  pasta to the skillet and toss to cover with cheese sauce.

So simple and so fresh. Enjoy!

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Homemakers Challenge FREE Recipe eBook

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Head over to Homemakers Challenge today!  This is a great group of homemakers that I am honored to be a part of.  The site is packed full of great ideas for today’s homemaker and lots of encouragement.

They are offering a free recipe ebook for subscribers.  Ladies, this book is BEAUTIFUL and full of recipes all by the contributors of Homemakers Challenge…tried and true recipes straight from our kitchens!

My own, homemade bread recipe is in there.  Head over now and check it out! Homemakers Challenge Recipe Book

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25 Days of Simple Christmas-Andes Candies Cookies

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  

Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Today I will introduce you to  a simple recipe, which is incredibly yummy!

Photo credit Pinterest

Oh my. I have found the best cookie recipe ever, on Pinterest {of course!}

So easy, so incredibly tasty.

I love simple recipes. Especially at this time of year, when I would rather be spending time with the family, pondering the great event of Christmas…

While I love cooking, these cookies are a wonderful go-to recipe in a pinch… you won’t be in the kitchen long at all! I brought them to our church’s Christmas brunch and so many people asked for the recipe.

The recipe is not my own, but comes from sixsisterstuff.

Andes Candies Chocolate Cookies

1 package devils food cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
Andes Candies Chocolate mints

Simply combine all but the candies until a nice mixed dough forms.  Drop the dough into balls on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 7 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK.  As soon as they come out of the oven, place an unwrapped candy on top.  Once all of the candies are placed on the cookies, go back and spread it around…at this point the candy will have begun melting.

Cool and enjoy these delicious, simple treats!

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their 25 Days of Christmas Series:

25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 

25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 

25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 

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