It Sure Is Chili On This Hot Day!

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I am on a roll and I’m not about to stop now!  I finished up all the canning of my Chicken/Vegetable soup last night – 33 jars!  Then I put them in the canning cupboard and cleared some room for my chili!

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I have been making batches of chili all afternoon and the kids have been me helping out.

My youngest daughter added the beans…

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and did the stirring.

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My oldest daughter did some tasting and adding of herbs and hot spices.

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And my youngest son did some tasting as well.

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And once it was approved, with hamburger, onions, tomatoes, beans, herbs and hot spices, we let it cook for a while longer.  While I waited I washed the jars and lids.

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Now I’m putting the first batch in the jars, while making the second batch and into the pressure cooker they go! MMMMM! 🙂

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Well that’s enough canning for me this year!  How fun – I love doing it the homestead way when we can.  It smells good and I can’t wait till I hear, “Mom can you make some soup?” and I can say, “Get it yourself!!!” With a smile of course :0

UPDATE:  I just finished all my chili canning! 28 jars of homemade chili –  Old Mrs. Hubbard’s cupboards are no longer empty! 🙂

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Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

 

 

A Simple Feast

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There’s something about the autumn that sends me to the kitchen. Maybe it’s the warmth from things cooking, the colors, and the rich fragrances. Bringing the colors and fragrances of God’s amazing fruit and vegetables into the house from the well-tended garden is a marvelous thing for sure. The funny thing is I’m not much of a cook at all and if what I do doesn’t burn, it’s only by the grace of God! My daughter and I have an agreement: She does amazing canning and I do the cleaning. I can also bake cookies, but you probably already know that… “Connie’s Cookies” are known all over the world – they are famous! At least that’s what my kids and my husband tell me 🙂

I can also make wonderful soups. No pot of soup is ever the same in my house, even if I try. I learned how to make soup from my Great Grandma. She would literally put whatever she could find in the house into the pot and add some water, salt, and pepper. It always turned out amazing with some fresh baked bread and butter – that’s how my Mom made it also, and that’s how I make mine.

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So I’m making a fresh pot of soup this morning and I thought I’d share it with you. This is what I found in my freezer and refrigerator:

Carrots, corn, peas, beans & lima beans
Summer squash and zucchini
A large onion
Small white potatoes
Chicken
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup (don’t ask me why I’m adding this, I just wanted my soup to be a little creamy this morning and it looked like it would do the job).

I will add water, salt and pepper – just like Great Granny Smith, as well as some Thyme, Sweet basil, and Rosemary. There’s no special reason that I add these particular herbs. I just smelled them and they smell like they will go well with my list of veggies above.

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So, I’m going to cut everything up and put it in a huge pot of water and bring it all to a boil. Then I’ll bring it down to simmer for the rest of the day with a lid on it. I have a loaf of locally made sour dough bread that I’m going to toast and butter, and serve with each bowl. My kids and I will have our portion of veggies for the day and when my Hon- gets home tonight, after a hard day’s work, he will walk in and say, “MMMMMMMMM – smells good!”, and that’s why I do it!

Sharing soup recipes in the autumn is fun – and I would love you to share your’s. Please leave a comment below with your favorite autumn soup recipe.

Happy Autumn Cooking & Banking!

Constance