Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

soup.jpgIf you love homemade chicken noodle soup, here’s a quick recipe for a busy day:

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup from The Employed Homeschool Mom

(Note, this recipe feeds my family of three with leftovers.  You could easily double for a larger family.)

1 carton chicken broth

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts   (Or you can use leftover chicken if you have it.)

3-4 carrots, pealed and chopped

2-3 celery stalks

Seasoned salt to taste

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon rosemary

Water if needed to cover chicken breasts completely

Noodles (to be added before serving)

Cook in the slow cooker all day on low, or high if you only have a few hours.  Once the chicken is done shred with a fork.  Cook your choice of noodles on the stove.  Drain and add to the slower cooker.  After I add the noodles to the slower cooker, I wait about 15 minutes to serve the soup to allow the flavor to blend.  (My family likes the Amish egg noodles.) We like this soup served with homemade garlic cheddar biscuits.

 

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Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie

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It’s Sunday afternoon.  You need to make a dessert for something on Tuesday but know time will not allow for it after today?  This is one my of new go-to’s – Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie.

Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie from The Employed Homeschool Mom

Make your favorite pie crust from scratch and bake the shell.  (Or you can purchase one if you prefer.)

Filling:

1 block of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1.5 – 2 cups powdered sugar

Place all the items for the filling in a bowl.  Mix with a blender until smooth.  You may prefer more or less powdered sugar- just mix to the consistency you like.

Place the filling in the pie shell.

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Top with your favorite whipped topping.  (I personally use Cool Whip.)  Top with cut up Reese’s Pieces if desired.

I have made this up to two days ahead of time.  Be sure to refrigerate.

Peanut Butter Fudge (an easy recipe for busy moms)

Everyone loves homemade Christmas candy, but it is often hard to find time to make it.  This is a family favorite and a crowd pleaser at our house:

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Add to microwave safe bowl- 1 sick butter and 1 cup creamy peanut butter.  Microwave until butter is melted (for me that is about 70 seconds).

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and approximately 2 cups powdered sugar.  (Note- I only add a bit of powdered sugar at a time until it reaches the consistency I want.  You may find you like more or less powdered sugar.) Stir until firm.

Pour into a buttered 9x 13 pan (or smaller if you want thick pieces)  Place in refrigerator until firm.  Cut into desired size pieces.  Enjoy!

This takes approximately 10 minutes to make.  Take homemade candy to your holiday party that you made in no time!

Grocery Shopping Game Changer

In the last year or so, Wal Mart began offering free two day shipping on orders over $35.  Friends, that’s been a game changer for me.

I’ve mentioned before I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for things like hygiene items, Oxiclean, dog food, Mrs. Myers products, etc.  I’ve also used Prime Pantry but I struggle with the shipping costs and figuring out what best fits in each box.

So, my friends laugh a me, but Wal Mart can make things like canned good, Oreos, broth, etc. show up at my door.  Sure, these items may be cheaper other places (the nearest Aldi is over 30 minutes away).  But this is a time saver for me during busy seasons of life.  If I’m in a town with an Aldi, I’m more than likely to stop and stock up on items we need from there.  But, when life doesn’t permit, I’m glad to order as much as I can online. (I can do it while I eat my lunch.)

How do you save time on grocery shopping?