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September 29, 2010

Odds and Ends

Yesterday I thought I'd put together some "meals" and "dessert mixes". Lately I've found myself quite tired when it's time to make dinner, so I'm trying to make things easier on myself.

First I put together one batch of Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup. I found the recipe online; it's a "Gift in a Jar" recipe. I put mine in a Foodsaver bag instead, just because it seemed like a good idea at the time - I'm putting off an inevitable trip to the cobwebby corner where I keep my empty jars.

Since we haven't had this before, I made only one batch; if we like it, I'll make a few more. The version of the recipe I used is slightly different from the one I referenced above.
Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup In a Jar
1 2.75-oz packet country gravy mix
1 Tbsp chicken buillion granules
2 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp dried celery flakes
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/4 cup uncooked wild rice
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped dried mushrooms

To make the soup, add the contents of the jar or pouch to 7 cups of water in a saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender. Makes 6 servings.

Country gravy mix isn't something that we normally eat, nor is chicken buillion (too salty); that's why I'm a little hesitant about whether or not we will like this.

Next I made a few packets of Two-Minute Fruit Crisp Topping to go on the home-canned apple pie filling from last year; they should be eaten soon.

More recipes for mixes were then printed out and ingredients gathered; they'll be put together in the next day or two because I'd run out of steam at this point.

I labeled the jars of applesauce and apple juice and sweet & sour plum sauce still setting on my counter, and put those away. I labeled a little jar of Dill Salt that I made awhile ago to sprinkle on sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, and put the jar away.

And I re-vacuum-sealed the jars of dehydrated celery flakes and mushroom slices that I used in the soup mix, as well as a jar of M&M's that I just had to break into today!

I have two more buckets of apples waiting to be processed. I feel a bit like a squirrel, storing away nuts for winter. It's coming, and I need to get ready. Ella, one of the horses, is starting to grow her winter coat. It's been chilly the past couple of mornings and I've needed to wear a hoodie when I milk at night and when I feed in the morning. Yes, winter's coming...

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