Last night I canned some of my fresh garden tomatoes. If things go as planned, when I open them they will taste as fresh as the day they were put up.
To each quart jar of quartered tomatoes, I added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt.
I processed the jars in a water bath for 45 minutes then set them out on a cloth napkin covered tray to cool. I tested each jar to make sure they sealed and they did. :)
Now on a cold winter day I’ll have some lovely fresh tasting tomatoes to add to my vegetable beef soup.
When I take a taste, I’ll remember a hot, muggy evening in August and be thankful that I took the time to preserve some of my fresh garden bounty.
Today’s icy wet weather is just perfect for cooking supper in the crock pot.
After a long hard day at work, I love coming in to the smell of a roast cooking in the crock pot and knowing that supper is almost ready.
Here’s some of my favorite crock pot/slow cooker or one dish meals.
Click on the picture to go to the recipe.
Aunt Dorothy’s Creamy Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops
One Pot Beefy Cabbage Casserole
My Handyman’s Jambalaya
Aunt Mary’s Chicken & Dumplings
Cheesy Burger Skillet
and my supper tonight…
Vegetable Beef Soup with Cornbread
From some of my favorite spots around the web…
TSLC’s Slow Cooker Cabbage, Potatoes, & Smoked Sausage
Grace’s Ham & Bean Soup
Hope you enjoy this cool day. If you’d like to share your own crock pot or one dish recipes, leave a link in the comments. Thanks for visiting!
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This soup began as a Pot Roast with baby carrots and baby whole potatoes
baked in the oven for 6 hours at 275º. That wasn’t long enough or the temp wasn’t high enough. It was supposed to cooked in the crockpot while I was at work until I discovered my crockpot was missing in action and left at the church after the last dinner.
My cupboard was nearly bare of soup ingredients except for the 2 home-canned jars of mixed veggies sent back home with us from a trip to Aunt D’s house in Kentucky. I also had a small can of tomato sauce, but no diced or whole tomatoes which I normally use in soup.
The soup turned out to be the best I’ve made in a while… it was delicious! Very hearty and full of flavor. Only from memory, since I didn’t write anything down; it goes something like this…
Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup
Small portion of leftover pot roast
Whole new potatoes, from leftover roast
Onions, from leftover roast
2 cans mixed veggies
1 small tomato sauce
2 bouillon cubes
2-3 Tbs Flour or cornstarch for thickening
1-2 cups of water
Put all in a large pot or dutch oven and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes and until broth is thickened. Serve with cornbread, breadsticks, or saltines.
Pacify your kids when they come asking for more, by informing them that soup’s all gone but homemade Pecan Pie with a dollop of fresh whipped cream is coming up!
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