Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable Barley Soup is a great mix-up for your hearty and satisfying soup repertoire. It's easy to make with a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables.

 

Vegetable Barley Soup is a great mix-up for your hearty and satisfying soup repertoire.  It’s easy to make with a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables that add a great addition to the base flavors.

I have been waiting and waiting for cooler weather to get here.  It is so fun to start combining this and that for stews, soups and chilies to help us feel warm from from the inside out.  Well, it is not that cool here yet but I know it probably is at your house.  I see pictures of people all over facebook wearing long pants, sweaters and boots so it must be that time.  Right?   So I am taking advantage of the visuals and starting the fun early here in Arizona.  We are enjoying spoonfuls of wonderful soup right along with you.

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Tea Time and a Loaded Chickpea Salad Sandwich

 

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Loaded Chickpea Salad Sandwich is a complete meal with even more veggies and spices added. Quick to prepare and keeps great in the fridge or freezer.

How about a big fat Chickpea Salad Sandwich along with a nice  refreshing glass of Iced Tea?  I think I can’t finish this post right now because that sounds too good.  Be right back!

Well, that was a great idea!  The sandwich really hit the spot and Lipton Tea always goes perfectly with a lunch like this.  Let me tell you about the sandwich which turned out to be an evolution. It was going to be a blend with Hellmann’s Italian Dressing but I do that quite a bit already so I thought ‘let’s do something new and get really creative’.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cake

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cake is the easy and fast to prepare. You start with yellow cake mix and add fresh apple slices. A few more ingredients and stir. Yum!

 

 

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cake is the best of three worlds.  Apple pie meets cake in the crockpot. Some people might call it a dump and go cake but I call it layering ingredients, just so, with love and attention to get the most scrumptious dessert.  Then again sometimes I call it a dump and go cake.  Another fun thing is that you use fresh sliced apples but you get to use a vegan cake mix.  Duncan Hines as a matter of fact.  They have lots of vegan mixes and frostings if you are ever in a hurry.  Have fun with this easy dessert that everyone will love.

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Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer

 

Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer is flavorful, easy, unique, fast and tasty!

 

Look what I found!  A recipe for Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer in the new cookbook from Kathy Hester titled OATrageous Oatmeals.  I had quite a time trying to decide on which recipe I wanted to showcase for this post.  There are so many good recipes but the reason I choose this nut creamer was because the combination of ingredients are so unique and the results are perfect.  I use ‘creamer’ daily and now I have a new addition that is slightly sweet and very flavorful.

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Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread that can be eaten with a spoon, smeared on toast or baked in countless delectable desserts.

 

 

Homemade Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread that can be smeared on toast or baked in countless delectable desserts.  No preservatives or additives here and how can something so delicious be so simple?

Here I go again admitting my lack of experimentation with food as a child.  That’s right!  I did not have nutella until I was about 30 years old.  Gasp!  You would think a child who would eat Ovaltine by the spoon would try nutella.  Now I am much wiser and my nutella is used for dunking fruit, being folded into vegan crepes,  stirred into warm soy milk for hot chocolate and, yes, even eaten from a spoon.  Such a versatile spread!

 

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Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad is loaded with little pasta kernels and lots of flavorful veggies. Tossed in a lemony vinaigrette that is seasoned perfectly. Easy plus!!!

 


Greek Orzo Salad is loaded with little pasta kernels and lots of flavorful veggies. All is tossed in a lemony vinaigrette that is seasoned perfectly. Easy plus!!!

I remember when pasta salads only existed as creamy macaroni salad.  Yes, there was actually a time like that.  It wasn’t quite ‘when dinosaurs ruled’ and I was very young but all of a sudden a wide range of pasta salads started popping up on restaurant menus.  It was the ‘in’ thing to go to the restaurants that had the widest variety. All were praised who showed up at the potluck or BBQ party with their best concoction.  Now pasta salads seem like an American tradition and new recipes are still popping up.  I love it!

Give this beautiful Greek Orzo Salad a try and you will be making it for friends too.  It is that tasty.

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Chewy Chocolaty Cookies

It is time for some softly Chewy Chocolate Cookies! A chocolate explosion in every bite. Simple to make and easier to eat.

It is time for some Chewy Chocolaty Cookies! A chocolate explosion in every bite.

Something is coming over me and I think it is a case of  ‘the cookie craving’.   I am starting to wonder when the obsession will start to mellow out.  No kidding!  I have actually made seven different cookie recipes over the last week.  Many have been given away and many are frozen but I will be sure to share all of the recipes with you.  First you have to try this simple to make and easier to eat chocolate cookie recipe.

 

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