The Caskey Family

Simple Thanks – Easy Menu and Homemade Cranberry Sauce!
November 23, 2011, 11:23 am
Filed under: family news, Info/Resources, Recipes

Psalm 105:1 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” May your heart be drawn to give simple thanks for the greatest gift of Jesus Christ and the uncountable lesser blessings.

Here’s our menu for Thanksgiving. . .a few more sides will be added by a friend tomorrow:
(I’ll add links as I find them)
* Herb-Brined Turkey
* Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups
* Mashed Red Potatoes
* Gravy
* Cranberry Orange Sauce (details below)
* Green Bean Casserole using only half the butter and with homemade onion rings on top
* Pecan Pie with whipped cream
* Pumpkin Roll

I just finished making homemade cranberry sauce for the first time, and HAD to say it was SOOO easy and I will never open another can of that stuff again!

This took all of four ingredients and 20 minutes! I got the idea from this blog.

1 bag of fresh cranberries, washed and bruised ones removed
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup of sugar (more or less to your taste)
a few dashes of cinnamon (til it tasted right to me)

Throw all the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove, bring to a boil and simmer and stir for 10-15 minutes.


Favorite Soups
September 26, 2011, 8:05 pm
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Some simple soups for the cooler weather – my children LOVE these and they are very inexpensive and filling! Easy potluck crockpot meal too!

Zuppa Tuscana (Olive Garden soup)
1 (16 ounce) package smoked sausage or bulk sausage, whatever you like – Italian sausage is good too – browned and drained
2 potatoes, quartered, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups kale – washed, dried, and shredded
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
1 quart water
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Brown the garlic and onion with the sausage, add the potatoes, water and bullion
2. Simmer 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are just done
3. Turn heat down, add the kale and as soon as it is wilted, and tastes tender, turn the heat off.
4. Add the cream and serve immediately with pepper and shredded cheese as desired.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 cup chopped onion
a few stalks of celery, chopped (optional)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
a little olive oil to saute the onion and garlic
3 cups chicken broth (or water and bullion)
1 (14.5 ounce) can Mexican diced tomatoes
Taco seasoning to taste (or cumin, salt and chili powder)
1 or 2 cooked chicken breasts cubed small
a cup or two of frozen corn (however much you have or like)

1. Saute the veggies, add in the other ingredients and simmer a few minutes til the ingredients mix and corn is cooked.
2. Keep warm in the crockpot or serve immediately.

Serve over tortilla chips, topped with:
shredded Mexican cheese blend
minced fresh cilantro
sour cream
slices of lime