What’s Been Coking in my Kitchen?


This afternoon was a little busy in the kitchen. It was a quiet afternoon and seemed like a good day to get a few things done. We ate up just about all our turkey. It lasted Thursday, Friday and Saturday for lunch. On Saturday evening I took what little meat that was left off the bird and used most of it in a Mexican rice casserole. I mixed about 5 cups cooked brown rice with 3 cups chopped turkey, 1 can spicy tomatoes, a little salsa and put it in a 9x13 pan, topped it with cheese and baked it until the cheese was melted and all was hot. While that was baking I made a double batch of my Cuban black bean patties (a new recipe that is in my Cooking with Beans! eBook). We had the rice casserole, black bean patties and salad for dinner. 


Today I took the carcass and covered it with water, added a chopped onion, chopped celery and salt and it is currently simmering on the stove. I will leave it simmering until tomorrow morning and turkey soup will be tomorrow’s dinner. 




That still left today to figure out what was for dinner. We are all ready for a break from turkey so I pulled out a bag of cooked red beans from the freezer. There were probably 5 cups of beans with their cooking broth. I also had a ½ lb of cooked hamburger in the freezer (last week I only used a ½ lb in one of my soups and froze the other ½). I added this with the beans and a can of diced tomatoes. I sautéed in olive oil, onions, celery and peppers and added this to the beans along with some chili powder and Tabasco and a little salt.. and voila! Chili Bean Soup for dinner! I am serving it with tortilla chips and a salad. 




While I was cooking up my soups Leanne and Sierra made a triple batch of apple cinnamon muffins. I bought a 20lb box of organic Fuji apples on my last Azure order and have been working to use them up. We have eaten a lot of apples, made 3 apple pies and now 3 dozen muffins. The box is almost gone now..  




Here is the recipe for the muffins:


Apple Cinnamon Muffins


1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour

¾ cup cane juice crystals

1 ½ t baking powder

1 t cinnamon

½ cup milk

6 T butter, melted

1 egg

1 cup grated apples


In a medium size mixing bowl combine whole wheat pastry flour, cane juice crystals, baking powder and cinnamon. Add remaining ingredients and stir until the flour is just mixed in. Bake in a 375 oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 1 dozen



And if that was not enough going on Emily decided to make peppermint mocha lattes for her, Leanne and Sierra! LOL.. It was pretty impressive looking...


I don’t have a recipe for her coffee creations printed down yet.. maybe someday! 


That is all the cooking for today!!  Hope you all have had a pleasant and blessed Sunday on your homesteads!


  1. You're making me hungry! I'd love to try a bite of those muffins! They look so good!

    A latte??!! I would love one, but I can't drink coffee because it gives me headaches... or plain tea. I am just able to drink herbal teas now... *sob.* the mocha latte looks so good tho!



  2. Ohhhh, I would LOVE the Latte recipe!! :)


  3. Hi, Crystal! I wanted to tell you again how much I appreciate reading your blog. We've moved away from our hometowns and can't visit our folks like we used to. Your blog is sort of like visiting you at home with all the pictures and stories you share. This past weekend I shared your blog with my mother-in law and she loved reading your articles about quiet time with Jesus and all of your recipes. We are all trying to eat healthier here so I appreciate your way of offering healthier recipes. I'm also borderline diabetic and need to focus on making better food choices. Your children are so blessed to have a Mom like you! When I read all that you do it keeps me going and striving to do more. So thank you! P.S. I made your Mexican Dip for Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone loved it. We've gotten tired of our Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe so it was a nice change. Have a great day and week!~Jessica from PA

  4. I hope you don't mind me copying this recipe down. I have a couple apples that need to be used up. 3yr olds tend to drop things. lol

    Have a Merry Christmas




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