Thankful Thursdays #27 – December 31st, 2020

I cannot believe this is the last Thankful Thursday of the year. But don’t worry I will definitely keep on posting this every Thursday in the new year. I really enjoy writing these posts.

I have a lot to be grateful for this week. I would love to hear about what everyone is grateful this week, and even throughout the year, too.

Here is my list.

  1. I had a lovely Christmas. My roommate made us steaks and baked potatoes, with a Caesar salad. It was really delicious. It was a fun night considering we couldn’t really see our families with the new restrictions.
  2. Disney+ released a new movie called Soul, it was an amazing film. It’s about discovering your purpose in your life. I loved watching that movie. I feel extra inspired to start the year off with having watched that movie. I can’t wait to watch the new series on Netflix called Bridgerton. Especially since Shonda Rhimes produced the show. It is based off a book series.
  3. My boyfriend and I enjoyed four days of watching football. It was even better, because our team won.
  4. I briefly saw my family for an exchange outside of our house, maintaining our distance from one another. I got a bunch of cool stuff, stuff I needed like body wash, a candle, money, and gift cards.
  5. Our room is all clean for the new year’s arrival. That is always exciting. 🙂

Thankful Thursdays #26 – December 24th, 2020

I have a lot to grateful for this time of year. I hope everyone can find gratitude in your heart. I would love to hear what everyone is grateful for.

Here is my list…

  1. One of my roommate is making steak and baked potatoes for tonight’s dinner. That’s exciting!
  2. I got to rearrange my room, slowly getting ready for the start of the 2021.
  3. By rearranging things in my room, I have more room for a dance party, that is always fun.
  4. My boyfriend has the day off work, so we are able to spend more time together.
  5. I was able to go grocery shopping, and found a lot of things on sale. That was exciting.

Beef Soup

I love cooking, and I have promised to post some of my recipes.

This is something my mama used to make us every winter. I love it so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 parsnips
  • 4 potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 pound of stewing beef, or any type of beef
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp orageno
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves

This recipe serves about 12, which works for me because I live with four other people. Make some adjustments if needed.

I cook this in my crock pot, and I’m able to cook everything inside the pot of the crock pot. If anything you might need to use another pot to cook everything in.

Directions

  1. Peel and wash the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
  2. Next slice them into smaller pieces.
  3. Wash and slice celery, onions, and garlic.
  4. Cut the beef into smaller pieces.
  5. Heat up the crock pot, or cooking pot on medium-heat. When hot enough, begin browning the beef. Add a bit of salt and pepper
  6. When it’s no longer pink, add the onions, and garlic
  7. Let that cook for five minutes.
  8. Add celery and let that cook for another three minutes.
  9. Add carrots, parsnips, and potatoes, let that cook for five minutes.
  10. Add the spices, and Worcestershire sauce.
  11. I actually use 4 beef bouillons, and eight cups of water. Although I add the water first, and let it get hot, before adding the cubes.
  12. Give it a taste test, and sure you are satisfied.
  13. Add in your bay leaves.
  14. I would recommend that you let it cook on low for at least six hours, you can even do eight, or ten hours, if you have the time. Although if you are pressed for time, you can cook on high for four hours.
  15. Once done, remove bay leaves, and serve immediately!

Chicken Noodle Soup

My roommate, who is my boyfriend’s friend asked me to make us chicken noodle soup, because he loves when I make it. And who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup?! My ingredients make about 10 servings, so you can increase or decrease your ingredients.

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts (or more depending on how many people there are), although you can make this with any type of chicken (thighs, leftover rotisserie chicken)

2 onions

6 carrots

6 potatoes

4 stalks of celery

Garlic

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 tsp Oregano

Basil leaves

Bay leaves

1 tsp Parsley

Chicken bouillon cubes and water or chicken broth

Rotini pasta noodles

Ingredients are ready to go!

Directions

  1. Peel the carrots and potatoes
  2. Wash and cut them. I cut my potatoes in eighths, and my Grandma taught me to slice carrots on angle, so the sugars stay in tact.
  3. Thoroughly rinse your celery, and begin chopping into small pieces.
  4. Begin dicing the onions. My tip is after you remove the outer skin, I like to run it under cold water before slicing it. I feel like that prevents your eyes from watering.
  5. After that I begin cutting my chicken, although others may have their own methods of slicing and cooking the chicken.
  6. I begin heating up my crock pot. When heated, I add olive oil and wait a few minutes to add the chicken. Once the oil is hot enough, I place the chicken in my crock pot. I then season it with salt and pepper.
  7. When it is no longer pink, I add the onions and garlic.
  8. Once the onions and garlic become fragrant, I add the celery. Be sure to move everything around after you added a new ingredient.
  9. I begin adding in all of my spices (except for the bay leaves).
  10. I add the potatoes and carrots, and let that cook for a few minutes
  11. Add in the water. I use six cubes of chicken bouillon, so I have to add 12 cups of water. Once the water is boiling, I add the cubes.
  12. Once the cubes dissolved, I give everything a final stir, before I add a handful of bay leaves.
  13. I program my crock pot on low for eight hours (or you can even set it on low for five hours, if you are pressed for time), or on high for four hours.
  14. After it has cooked for its programmed time, I add about 2 cups of noodles. I do my final taste test, to ensure the broth is just perfect. Now is the perfect time to make any adjustments. If you added too much salt, you can add a few drops of lemon juice, or a couple of squeezes of a lemon in the soup. Or if you feel like there isn’t enough spices, feel free to add more. The acidity of the lemon removes the salty taste. Cook on high for 30 minutes.
  15. After the 30 minutes are up, it is ready to go.
  16. Discard the bay leaves.
  17. Serve with some dinner rolls or crackers, if desired.
Cooking up the chicken, celery, onions and garlic.
Carrots, potatoes and spices are added! Picture before the broth is prepped.
The final product after our first serving.
My scrumptious bowl of soup!

Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

Last night for dinner, my boyfriend and I made this. We chopped the potatoes after we washed them into quarters whilst the oven was preheating at 375 degrees.

Afterwards we grabbed our spices (basil and salt) and placed them in a bowl. We didn’t have oil so we melted galic butter (but normal butter would work fine). And then we drizzled it on the potatoes and then added our spices on top.

Then we placed them onto a greased tray (we used butter). We placed them on the skin side down.

We cooked them for 27 minutes but they needed more time so we cooked them for another three.

Chicken Noodle Soup

I was at my boyfriend’s and I made us soup. We did the grocery shopping together and then split the total; how cute are we? ❤

Anyway we got back from the grocery store and we started chopping up everything – the carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and the chicken.

Mind you we did a lot of things backwards since this is new to us.

We chop up all of our vegetables first. Then we sliced the chicken but whilst we were slicing the chicken we should have been cooking the vegetables – note to self.

We ended up cooking the chicken at the same time as the vegetables and noodles. Which isn’t something I shouldn’t have done.

We let the chicken cook with Olive Oil and then in another frying pan we added butter then waited for it to melt so we can add the potatoes, celery, carrots. I waited awhile to add the onions.

In a medium pot boil water and then add noodles and cook following cooking directions. When cooked, strain the noodles.

In a large pot we poured chicken broth and vegetable broth. We waited for that to boil and then we added everything to this pot and let it simmer.

Fortunately his mama, older brother and younger sister and her boyfriend were home and they got to have soup with us. We got a lot of reviews! Everyone loved it. 🙂 ❤

Chicken Slovaki

Earlier, I wanted to grab some lunch before I did a bit of shopping. I ordered a chicken Slovaki dinner.

It comes with rice, potatoes, seasoned chicken with Tahini sauce on top with a side of Greek salad. Tahini sauce is a yoghurt based dip seasoned with garlic and cucumber.

It is absolutely delicious!

Red Potatoes

After my boyfriend’s house I went to my Grandparent’s house and lucky for me they don’t live far from my boyfriend’s house.

We had a joyous meal. Something that I really enjoyed was these red potatoes that they baked and then I added butter and a little of salt – not too much, it was delicious! 🙂

German Potatoes

After I finally made it to my Grandparents’ house we ate dinner. We had take away food. As in we ordered food at a restaurant but took it home with us.

I don’t know the recipe but German potatoes are delicious! 🙂