Easy, Homemade Croutons!

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Well, I promised my husband and my kids that we wouldn’t work all day today…. since it is a holiday!  However, certain children thought it was a good day to do some cookin’ in the kitchen!  In an attempt to locate some ingredients in the fridge, I realized that my fridge was in a desperate need of a cleaning; however, holding true to my promise to my husband…. I’ll wait another day… or two!  I did, however, notice some dried out bread on the bottom shelf and thought that today would be a great day for some croutons!  So simple!  So easy!  SOOOOO delicious!

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Just take and cut or tear your bread up into small pieces.  I had a loaf that had the cover left open and it was all dried out and as hard as a rock!  I took a knife and cut it all up.  Then, place it in a bowl.  Drizzle it with some oil–You could use olive oil or butter, but I didn’t have it on hand, nor did I want to use up my butter for this.  The oil worked just as well.  Sprinkle a packet of ranch dressing on it (or something similar–strictly my taste preference).  Put a spoonful of crushed garlic, and some parsley flakes and give everything a good toss!  You could even use crushed pepper flakes if you wanted a spicy little kick!

Spread your bread out on a cookie sheet and bake it in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes or so.  Take it out and let it cool a while; and then, if your children haven’t ate them all, place them in an air-tight container and enjoy!  Sounds like a good night for some soup garnished with croutons!

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Amazingly Simple Pan Roasted Potatoes

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Pan Roasted Potatoes

I am going to apologize to my faithful followers…. I am going to TRY to post two today, simply because I’m trying to get a lot of my recipes loaded onto here.  I have found that storing my recipes online, is a lot safer than storing them on whatever piece of paper I can find…. trying to keep things cleaned up and out of the reach of seven kids is a challenge, as well.  I always end up loosing something!

Anyways, enough of that!  Who would like to know one of the easiest and tastiest ways to roast potatoes?  It’s really the only way my kiddos will eat them, other than mashed!

Honestly, it is so simple!

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Cut up your washed potatoes…. you can either peel them or leave the skins on, if they’re still good!  Obviously red potatoes work best, but I often times use the yukons as well.

Cut them up, put them in your roasting pan.  Pour about a cup of water in the pan.  Drizzle about a 1/2 cup of oil (more or less) on them.  I have never measured!  Season really well with salt– potatoes need a lot of seasoning.

Dump a packet of either onion soup mix or ranch seasoning packet (dry) on them.  My favorite is the onion soup mix.

Toss everything really good!

Cover with a lid or tin foil and let them bake for an hour at 450!

Enjoy…. every…. single…..bite!

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Best Crannberry Relish–EVER!

A few years ago I came across this recipe.  I decided to give it a try!  We’ve never let a Thanksgiving go without out since then!  We even make it for Christmas!  It’s great on turkeys, rolls, and by itself!  I have people asking me about this recipe almost every year!!  The best thing about this relish–ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS!!!

1 Orange –The whole thing!

1 1/2 C fresh crannberries

3/4 C sugar

Put it all into your food processor and chop it up.  Let the flavors blend for a few hours to get the best taste!  It SMELLS amazing!  It stores well in the refrigerator, but it has never really lasted long enough to find out how long it does last!!  One batch makes a LOT!  I hope you’ll enjoy it!