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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

SLOW COOKING & THANKFUL THURSDAY & A TAG CHALLENGE



Good Mornin' Yall,

I do hope that everyone had a great Wednesday and ready to start a new day. It is currently 29 degrees with a windchill of 20 degrees. The winds are out of the Northwest at 9 mph. It was a beautiful and Sunny day here yesterday, but the wind made it feel alot colder than it actually was. I think the high only got up to around 37 degrees. I am up way early this morning, so I know the temperature will be dropping a few more degrees before Sunrise. The high today is only suppose to be around 29 degrees. Tonight it's suppose to get down to like 17 degrees. I do think they have taken the chance of freezing rain out of the forecast on Friday or they have lowered the percentage chances. Anyway, we will probably just get some more cold rain if anything at all.

Today is SLOW COOKING THURSDAY. If you would like to join in the fun, go visit Sandra@http://familycorner.blogspot.com/ and sign the Mr. Linky and leave Sandra a comment and then post your Recipe on your page. I am going to share my Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup with you. The recipe that you share is supposed to be cooked in a Slow Cooker. So make sure you remember that if you decide to join in the fun. This recipe that I'm sharing can be cooked in a Slow Cooker. I just didn't cook mine in the Slow Cooker the other night because I didn't think about doing it. I'm used to cooking on top of the Stove most of the times. About the only thing I do cook in my Slow Cooker is a Roast. So, here goes my recipe for a Slow Cooker.
KAREN'S HOMEMADE VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP

Take 1 1/2 - 2 pounds of Ground Chuck and boil it till it gets done. After the Ground Chuck is done, drain and rinse real good. You can either wash the pot that you boiled your Ground Chuck in or use another pot and put the Ground Chuck back in the pot. Next, you cut up 1/2 Green Bell Pepper finely chopped, and a 1/2 Red Onion finely chopped. Add these 2 items into the pot with the Ground Chuck. Take 2 cans each of Whole Kernel Corn, Green Beans, and Carrots and drain and rinse these vegetables. Add all the vegetables in the pot with your other ingredients. I also add 2 each of Beef and Chicken Bouillon Cubes in there. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Finally, I add about 3/4 of a bottle of Ruby Kist Vegetable Juice from Concentrate and pour that in the pot with everything else. You will need to add some water to this as well. It depends on how large your pot is and how thin you want your soup. Cook everything on Medium heat until it comes to a rolling boil and stirring on occasion. After it has come to a boil, I put it down on Low or Simmer and add about 1/2 bag of Elbow Macaroni Noodles. I just let it simmer until the Noodles have cooked. This goes very well with a fresh pan of Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread or just some Crackers. You can always add whatever vegetables you want to go in your soup. I usually put in some Potatoes, but I forgot to Tuesday when I was fixing it for us. The Sky is the limit as to what you want or don't want in yours. The Ruby Kist Vegetable Juice I got from our local Dollar General Store. I asked the Store Manager if they had any Tomato Juice and he said that was the only thing they had. He also said that alot of people, including him, used it in Stews and Soups. I told him I was going to put it in some Soup. It is very good. I hope you enjoy my Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup if you try it. Just be sure to let me know if you do cook it and how you liked it. Be sure to go and visit Sandra if you would like to participate.
Today is also THANKFUL THURSDAY. If you would like to participate in THANKFUL THURSDAY, go visit Iris@ http://eph2810.com/. Just sign the Mr. Linky and leave Iris a comment to let her know that you have your THANKFUL THURSDAY posted. Today, I am so THANKFUL for so many things. I am so THANKFUL that I have such dear and wonderful FRIENDS like you. You all have been so good to me and my Family while we have been going thru hard times. I know each and everyone of you has said prayers over and over for us. For that, I am THANKFUL. I am so THANKFUL for the Power of Prayer. Prayer does work. GOD answers those Prayers in HIS time and not ours. I am THANKFUL that JESUS CHRIST died on the CROSS to save me and everyone from our Sins. "THANK YOU" GOD for loving us that much and for all you do for us. AMEN!!!! I am a Sinner and I know GOD forgives me. I am THANKFUL that GOD does forgive me for my Sins. I LOVE YOU DEAR GOD AND ASK THAT YOU BLESS ALL MY DEAR BLOGGING FRIENDS AND FOR YOU WATCHING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY ALL THE TIME. "GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD"!!!! This is just a few things I am THANKFUL for on this THANKFUL THURSDAY. What do you have to be THANKFUL for on this THANKFUL THURSDAY? If you would like to let me know what you are THANKFUL for, please feel free to leave them in your comments. And don't forget, if you want to participate, please be sure to go visit Iris.
I was tagged last week to another Meme. I was tagged by Patti@ http://nonnasnews.blogspot.com/. It is a Tag Challenge. So, here goes this Challenge.

4 Jobs I've had
1. Factory worker
2. Secretary/Bookkeeper
3. Dispatcher for a Police, Fire, and Ambulance Department
4. Stay-at-Home-Mom

4 Movies Watched Over and Over
1. The Titanic
2. Steel Magnolia's
3. Fried Green Tomatoes
4. Laura Ingalls Wilder T.V. Series

4 Places I've Lived
1. Lepanto, AR
2. Searcy, AR
3. Jonesboro, AR
4. Caraway, AR

4 Shows I Watch
1. Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals
2. Paula Deen's - Paula's Party
3. Little People, Big World
4. Jon & Kate Plus 8

4 Places I've Been
1. California
2. Mexico
3. Disneyworld (Florida)
4. Las Vegas, NV

4 People Who E-Mail Me Regularly
1. Joyce
2. Laura
3. Tammy
4. Network
4 Favorite Things to Eat
1. Chinese Foods
2. Seafood
3. Steak & Baked Potato
4. Southern Foods
4 Places I'd Rather Be
1. Las Vegas, NV
2. On a Beautiful Beach
3. Hawaii
4. Canada

4 Things I Look Forward to This Year
1. Being able to get caught up on our Finances
2. Save some Money
3. Go on a Trip
4. Getting Closer to GOD

4 People to TAG
1. Joyce
2. Brandy
3. Tammy
4. Pea
Whewwww, that was harder than I thought it was going to be. LOL. I actually had to stop and think and write all of this down. I enjoyed it tho and "THANK YOU" Patti for Tagging me. If I didn't Tag you and you want to play along, feel free to do so. Just let me know so I can come and read your Tag Challenge.
I would like to "THANK" Brandy@ http://mommysquietspot.blogspot.com/ for giving me this Lovely Button. She is one of my new Blogging Friends that I met not too long ago and she

has been praying for me and my Family during this difficult time. "THANK YOU" so much Brandy for this Special Button. It means alot to me and I am going to keep it displayed on my Sidebar. Brandy also won Mary's Giveaway over at Mary@ http://maryswritingnook.blogspot.com/. "CONGRATULATION'S" Brandy on winning Mary's Giveaway. Just be sure to take pictures of what Mary is sending you and share it with us. This was Brandy's very first Giveaway that she won.

My DH got in yesterday morning around 12:45a.m. I was awake when he got in and I heated him up some of the soup that I had fixed for me and the girls that night. He really loved it and complimented me so much on it. That sure makes me feel good. Anyway, I went to bed around 2:00a.m. and had my alarm to go off at 4:30a.m. It went off alright, but I shut it off and said to myself that I would lay there another minute or two. Next thing I know, I just happen to wake up aroundn 6:00a.m. I had to get up and start my coffe and get the girls up at 6:30a.m. for them to eat their Breakfast and get ready for School. After I took the girls to School, I came back home and took my meds and ate me a bowl of Cereal and layed back down a little after 9:00a.m. I set my alarm to go off at 11:00a.m. so my DH could get up and get his shower and drink some coffee. I did get up in time this time. I didn't want to, but I did. My DH and his Uncle left here around noon today going to Memphis to pick up their other load and then head up to Minnesota. Hopefully if the weather co-operates, they will be back on sometime Friday morning.

Well, I guess I've done posted about enough for this Thursday. LOL. Once you get behind, it seems like it takes forever to get caught back up. I have been having to write things down about what I am going to post about. LOL. Now that is bad huh? LOL. Take care my friends and have a great day. May God Bless Each and Everyone of You.


LOVE & HUGS,

43 comments:

Sarah said...

Loved reading your meme and your Thankful Thursday. I love that encouraging message that Brandy gave you that is so thoughtful.

I was so sorry to read about the awful time you had in your bank and for all your problems I will continue to pray. You poor thing you nearly had me in tears just thinking about how hard it must have been to be treated so badly when you are struggling; they really should have sent you overdraft letters too - it doesn't sound the most organised of banks! Maybe that lady who was nasty was having a bad day and she just needs Jesus...we all need Jesus. I will pray sweet Karen.

Hugs.
Sarah x

Denise said...

Hello sweet one, such a lovely thankful list. I am glad you got to see your husband, I know you miss him when he is gone. That soup recipe sounds good, will have to try it. Brandy was very sweet to give you that nice button. Be blessed my friend, love you.

Nonna said...

Enjoyed your meme! Thanks for posting it. Your soup sounds really good. I might have to give it a try soon.
What a sweet button from your new friend!
Have a blessed day!!

MJ said...

Your soup looks good. Thanks for sharing.


MJ
http://mjpuzzlemom.wordpress.com/

smileymamaT said...

Oh! Alarm clocks, yuck. Never met one I liked. :)
I'm so glad to have all those slow cooker recipes. We got a really big one recently and now we cam make meals that feed all of us with leftovers, LOL!
You know what, The Titanic, Steel Magnolias, and Fried Green Tomatoes are 3 of my all-time favorite movies. I'm a Southern girl originally - been in Canada a long time, though.
T

Sally said...

Good Morning, Karen. I LOVE Steel Magnolias; one of the best movies EVER!!

Happy Thursday to you and yours. :)

Brenda said...

Good Morning Miz Karen. Happy Thursday!

Nunnie's Attic said...

Good Morning!
I like writing ideas down for blogging as well. Makes life a whole lot easier. Have a great Thursday!

Love,
Julie

Joyce said...

Good morning Karen,
Amen to your Thankful Thursday. I do not own a slow cooker so no go for me. Thank you so for being tagged. Will do it later today. Glad your Hubby was home for awhile. I will pray for them. It does not sound good for a trip to the North.

Please stop by again I have something for you.

Temp. here is -8 with sun shine.

Sandra said...

Morning Karen :)

The recipe looks wonderful, I love soups :)

Still praying for you.

I hope you have a good day and stay warm!

Hugs,
SAndra

Hootin' Anni said...

Mornin' Karen!!!

Wow...a police dispatcher? I bet that job was intense sometimes, right? More power to you.

That slow cooker soup sounds delish!!! I love soups. Any kind of soups. What's your favorite? Golly, I think mine would be cream of broccoli. No, wait...Chicken...no not that eiter. rofl. Soup!!! One word --yummy.

Hope you're getting enough rest there, girlfriend!!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Karen...if it'll make you feel better sometimes when I get an idea I have to jot it down in a lil journal I keep.....I forget things so easily! Seems like theres just too much going on...and I know myself so well....
Have a fabulous day!
Love,
Robin

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Karen,

Loved your meme and that recipie sounds so good! Stay warm out there :)

Hugs,
Dena

Hope said...

Good Morning Karen,
Am I too late for coffee. I see soup is on and it smells good!! Oh Lordy, all this cookin and pie bakin is killing me. Tonight I go to the diet group meeting and it's a good thing! Now ya'll will have to stop tempting me with food!!

I enjoyed reading your MeMe list. I've been challenged too but I'll wait until tomorrow to do mine.

Come see me. Coffee's on!!

Love and Hugs,
Hope

Lib said...

Hi Karen,
3rd time I've tried to leave a message and can't
LHB Lib

Genny said...

Thanks for that i love it. Take care.

Angela said...

Hi Karen:-)
Oh yummy!!! Homemade soup is good for what ale's ya, being it sick or just tired. It's a like a big ole' blanket of love :-). Alarm clocks just seem to go off at the wrong time sometimes don't they? *giggles*
Have a great day!!

hoganfe said...

I am back Karen and slow cookin is my fave way to cook!! I have a easy peasy recipe on my blog for barbecue sandwiches stop by!
xo
mary
hoganfe handbags

david mcmahon said...

G'day from Australia,

It's a country where all the blokes do the cooking (we're not too slow) and the cleaning. And if the weather's too cold for you, come on over - it's summer here!

Mary said...

Karen,

A wonderful Thankful list. I woke up this morning feeling terrible and forgot all about TT. That didn't make me feel any better. Maybe I will post my list later tonight. I have to pick up the boys from school today, but we won't be going to the farm. Grandma feels too miserable. LOL

Maybe some of that delicious soup you make would help me feel better. I think I will give it a try. The next time I go to the grocery store I will pick up the ingredients.

Take care, my friend. I do hope your DH makes it home for the weekend.

Love and blessings,
Mary

Tammy said...

I enjoyed reading your meme's and I will try to get this one and the one that Lib taged me with done real soon!

That is a lovely button your friend made you and the message is oh so true!

Have a warm and happy day!

Talk..to..Grams said...

Hi Karen, My arm is feeling a lot better! I did a new post today, It is the truth that when you get behind it is hard to catch up!!

I have been reading every one's blogs but not leaving comments!! Thats no fun!! :)
I can't go to all my favorite blogs and leave comments today but soon I hope! I miss you all so much!! Love and hugs Grams

Linda said...

Hi Karen, Love your meme list. I think Paula Deen is the greatest and I love Fried Green Tomatoes..even tho I cry every time I watch It.
Thank you for the yummy soup recipe...perfect for our cold and rainy days.
Prayers do help and that is a very special button from your new friend. Take care and Hugs,Linda

A Chelsea Morning said...

Hi Karen,

Just stopping in to say hello. I first saw the Titanic at the theater and I've never felt so cold in my life as I did by the time that movie was over.

You know, I'm reading the whole Little House series over again, this week (I'm at Silver Lake) right now and just reading these books again makes me want to go back and watch all the TV shows. That would be a great series to own.

Very nice list and good job on the 4 things meme.

Love Bears All Things said...

I enjoyed your Thanfuls.
Thanks for visiting me.
Is your hubby a truck driver?
Mama Bear

bj said...

ummmm, your soup sounds so good. i will try it real soon.
i have so much to do today, will not try for posting a recipe but sure glad you did!
hugs, bj

Melanie said...

Guess what? To me- a high of 37 sounds fabulous!

You had a lot of posting to catch up on today.

The soup sounds delicious. And you have wonderful things to be thankful for.

Livin' With Me

SweetAnnee said...

Karen ..stop by my Fantasy Blog
something there for YOU!!
fondly,
Deena

Michelle said...

Stay warm and thanks for another good recipe! Guess what.. I found the Veg-All!! Yippee!

Michelle

Dawn said...

Good thankfulness. Yummy recipe. Fun meme.

PEA said...

Hello dear Karen:-)

Remember me??? lol I have a bit of spare time right now so I thought I'd visit a few friends. Now how did you get that picture of me at the top of your post??? hehe

Your soup sounds so delicious and I love that it takes ingredients that we usually have in the house so it can be put together at a moment's notice!

I so enjoyed reading your meme answers. It made me smile when I saw Canada as one of the places you'd rather be...my door is always open:-) Don't know if you'd care for the frigid temps though! lol I do know you'd love our snow:-) I've written myself a note that you've tagged me for this so I'll get at it as soon as I can!

Love the button that Brandy gave you...very touching words on it and so very true.

I put up the wallpaper border on two of the walls today...I'm really pleased with it! Tomorrow I have to paint the frame that goes around the window...I'm just so itching to get this room all finished! lol

Also missing being a regular commentator but it's the price I have to pay for redoing my computer room...sigh! Once I'm all done, I'll be hounding you all again! hehe Take care my friend and thank you for being YOU!! xoxo

Renie Burghardt said...

Good evening, Karen,

Brr, another cold night tonight. I think we're supposed to get down to 11! Now that's too cold for me. Can you believe we'll be at 60F by Monday? I'll believe it when I feel that 60 degrees. LOL.

Enjoyed the answers to your meme. And your thankful things were so touching and lovely. It's good to be thankful for our blessings. That Lord is so good!

Well, you didn't sleep much the night before, so you made fup for a little of it this morning.

I love soup as well, and cook it often, especially in this cold weather. Hot coffee and hot soup are good remedies for cold weather. Thank you for the great recipe.

Have a peaceful evening, dear Karen with your girls. Take care and God bless you.

Hugs,

Renie

Lynn said...

Wow, You are a blogging queen. Happy TT. Love and hugs, Lynn

Jackie said...

Good evening Karen. Just a quick note before I toddle off to bed. I have to be at work about 1 hour earlier than usual tomorrow and I am tired.

I loved learning more about you. Memes can be a lot of fun.

Your soup sounds delicious, I hope you made enough for company. Perhaps I will turn up on your doorstep for a bowl and a piece of corn bread.

Our weather is supposed to warm up tomorrow, yea finally out of the deep freeze and up to cold temperatures.

Take care. Talk to you tomorrow.

Mike Golch said...

Karen,I might not be able to keep us the level of my blogs compaied to yours,but that again all I have to do is keep myself happy and that I'm doing.
This being said I enjoy learning things from you site as well as others.
Your recipies ROCK,and cane give bipolarlawyercook's recipies a run for the money.
Peace and Love,Mike Oh yes I must not forget the big bear hugs that I pass out freely.

eph2810 said...

I so agree with you on the power of prayer - it is wonderful to know that we are able to approach the throne of grace at any time - day and night.
It is so wonderful have friends that are helping out in the time of need.

Thank you so much for sharing your thankful heart with us this week.

Blessings to you and yours.

Nan said...

Hi there, Karen. I'm about ready for bed. Got home from bowling about an hour ago. I am pooped. It was fun to read about your 4 things.
Hugs,
Nan

Betty said...

Hi Beautiful, and you are a beautiful person, Karen.

It is cold, cold, cold here tonight. They are calling for snow, but I will be surprised if we get it. Doesn't keep me from crossing my fingers and toes. Can you cross your's, too, Karen? LOL

Congratulations on the pretty button you received.

Thanks for the recipe.

Shari said...

Glad to see that your hubby got home safely.

Thanks for sharing the soup recipe. :) I love soup.

Lots to be thankful for, that's for sure. A roof over our heads and family that's safe and sound.

Mommy Cracked said...

That vegetable soup sounds wonderful. I think I might try and make some this weekend. I'm still thinking of you and keeping y'all in my prayers. I love that sidebar button your friend sent you. It's so true.

I was just looking at your radar map and I see some pink stuff on there. Hope it's headed my way!! Ha-ha! Stay warm!

Greeneyes said...

Hugzzzzz

Mimi said...

I am praying with you that your banking problem will be resolved... and you will be back on solid ground again...
{{{Hugs}}}
Mimi

genny said...

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