Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween Sherbet Punch!

The time is nearThe Halloween party for the goblins in your family/ & friends.  You might be planning it for next weekend!  If you are searching for a beverage that has a yummy, yet creepy look, Orange Halloween Sherbet Punch is great!  It's easy to make & is a treat at this time of year.  This punch has always been a family favorite for us.

It has 2 ingredients!  How easy is that???  When they are combined a frothy brew can be enjoyed by "children of all ages".  

Halloween Sherbet Punch 

 For each 1 Quart of Orange Sherbet
 Use 2 Bottles 7Up - 2 Liter size bottles (refrigerated)

  1.  In a large punch bowl place 1 Quart Orange Sherbet.
  2.  Pour 2 bottles 7-Up Soda in punch bowl, pouring some over Sherbet.
  3.  Stir a little to mix.  Results in frothy, softened Sherbet on top.
  4.  Ladle into cups adding some of the Sherbet.
  5.  Replenish the 7UP + Orange Sherbet, as needed.
The disposable cups will soon be filled with a frothy orange brew!


Friday, October 21, 2016

~Reminders of July~

Halloween candy is advertised & on the shelves in our local stores.  The leaves are changing colors & with a gentle breeze, some are falling down from the tree branches.  The calendar reminds me that it is the month of October!   But, looking at my front garden, I may forget for a moment.

The Stella D'Oro Daylily & the Rose bushes are enjoying the weather.  A Rosebud, a blossoming Rose & a Yellow Stella D'Oro are enjoying the season.

What a beautiful time of year!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Autumn Colors

Looking up!
This is the time of year when looking up whenever I'm outdoors definitely has its rewards!  Our green leaves on the trees are changing color.  Bright yellows, brilliant oranges & Burning Bush reds are all in view.  If a breeze is blowing, it looks like Impressionist paintings are just waiting to be admired.

While taking the daily walk these are 3 of the sights that were gorgeous in my neighborhood!

A beautiful sight!

A little farther down the street-

A medley of colors
Every day the colors change a bit more.  Every Autumn we enjoy this assortment of colors on every street- just by stepping outside.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Hearty Turkey Veggie Soup

Hearty Turkey Veggie Soup
Portions ready for the freezer!
Oh, it is a bit chillier in the AM these days!  It happens every October, but I'm never prepared for the sudden need to wear a jacket when taking the daily walk.  My Marigold & Zinnia seeds are stored away to plant next spring, so it's probably time to take out more of the long sleeved jerseys.  Thinking of those long sleeves brings the thought of a hearty soup at dinner time!  A soup that contains a few colorful veggies like tomatoes, spinach & carrots with rice.

Two years ago my large Dutch Oven would contain a yummy Sausage Soup.  Alas, that was 2 years ago.  Now, I'm keeping cholesterol in mind even more than before.  I've learned that my yummy Sausage Soup tastes mighty good when I substitute browned/ drained Ground Turkey for the browned/ drained Sausage!  Add more spices into the pot when this soup is simmering and it's oh so good!!!  So good, that yesterday I was searching for it in our freezer.  Well, that quick JG Take Out Meal was not to be seen on any freezer shelf.  Looks like Ground Turkey needs to be added to my grocery list!

Hearty Turkey Veggie Soup


1 lb. Ground Turkey
4 cans (14.5 ounces each) College Inn Light & Fat Free Chicken Broth
1 can (14- 20 ounces) Dice or Whole Tomatoes, drained
1 box (8- 10 ounces) chopped frozen Spinach, thawed
1 Cup White Rice, uncooked
1 lb. Baby Carrots (rinsed)
1 pkg. (10- 14 ounces) defrosted Green Beans- optional
1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
3/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Basil
1/4 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon dried Parsley

  1. Brown Ground Turkey & drain.
  2. Place in large pot or Dutch Oven.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to pot.
  4. Bring to a boil & reduce heat to simmer.
  5. Simmer about 45- 60 minutes- until Rice has cooked.
Could this be any easier?  No!  Serve with a slice of Rye Bread.

After enjoying a bowl of this hearty soup at dinner, you'll notice there is a quantity left in the pot.  No problem here!  This soup freezes very well.  After the soup cools, I place 2 portions in freezer containers, date/ label.  Into the freezer they go.

There is nothing like searching for a quick dinner in my freezer on a cold day & finding this hearty soup.

***The Rice absorbs the liquid when the soup is cooling, so I add Chicken Broth when reheating to enjoy again.

***When reheating for 2 Servings-  I add almost 1 can (14- 20 ounces) of Chicken Broth into the sauce pot along with the soup.  It's yummy!