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French Onion Soup 

It’s stormy today in Orange County California, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the pouring rain, and whistling wind.

This time of year I love to serve my family steamy savory soups that help ward off any winter woes. 

One of our favorites is French Onion Soup! I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as we do: 

1st-  Wash & peel your onions. I use about 5-6 at a time

2nd- Cook onions in about 3/4 stick of real butter on medium to high heat until carmalized. When onions are almost done carmelizing add a heap of minced garlic.



3rd- slightly reduce heat & add 1/2 cup of flour to the already well carmalized onions and stir. 




4th Slightly brown flour.

5th Add 1/4 cup of red wine to deglaze and simmer for  5-10 minutes 


6- get ready to add beef broth 

Should look something like this before you add the broth to the mix! (Slowly add two cartons of broth) 

Season and simmer! 

I add a splash of basalmic vinegar and soy sauce to strengthen and warm the taste!


Then add dry seasonings such as thyme, tsp. of brown sugar, salt and a tiny bit of nutmeg. Rosemary is also a favored option! 

**Helpful hint- Seasonings can be costly. The bagged seasoning in the international section of the grocery store are far more affordable! **



Simmer on low 15-20 min…

Then add bread (preferably bagged “toast”)


*Such a convenient find! 🙂


Generously lavish in cheese. Muenster and Swiss or preferable, however you can use what you have. I had shredded mozzarella in the fridge and so I went with that. 


If you have an oven safe pan, transfer it into the oven and slightly broil in order to brown the cheese (of course make sure there are no kiddos in the kitchen!) 

Serve and enjoy! 


💜  Mandee 

Christmas worship service invite, and helpful advice for my co-workers in the ministry

Hello Friends,

As you well know the Holidays are upon us!

It’s time for those of us in the ministry to design our flyers for our upcoming Christmas Services.

I recently stumbled upon a wonderful site (It’s literally too awesome for me not to share with you!) It’s http://www.canva.com, and let me tell you it has been so helpful for me, I’m sure my co-workers in the ministry will also benefit from this awesome site.

I have used canva to easily (and very affordably) design women’s day flyers, shower invites, and most recently the flyer for our upcoming Christmas Service. (See graphics below)

I’d also like to use this blog post as an opportunity to extend a warm invite to anyone who may be looking for a place to worship on December 18th, 2016

If you’re in the Orange County area and are looking for a Church home then please don’t hesitate to join us for our upcoming Christmas Worship Service!

 

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This is an original painting by Mandee M. Rohn

This painting is probably my personal favorite so far.

Rhinoceros are magnificant animals, and I absolutely love having this painting on my wall!

If interested in owning this one of a kind painting:

Visit my gallery here: EveryCreatureArt

 

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The Beast an original acrylic painting by Mandee M. Rohn 

 

Summer Salad or Splendid Side Dish 

Well Hello! 

I threw some random ingredients together last week, and the result was yummmazzing! 

So I decided to share the recipe with you. 


Ingredients:

-One can of white beans 

-One can of shredded chicken breast (precooked) 

-Sun dried tomoatos (I used a large handful of the chipotle flavored) 

-Shedded cheese (I used a large handful of mozzarella)

-mayonnaise (3/4 cup) 

-Salt to taste 

Directions: 

Gently heat the chicken & white beans in a sauce pan on the stove – remove from heat to cool

Mash the avacodo in a bowl with the mayonnaise and salt 

Then mix all the ingredients is a salad bowl! 

Enjoy warm or chilled! 

Love,

Mandee 

Midnight Snack 

Hello, 

So the truth is…. I have a bad sweet tooth that is nearly never satisfied. In fact I’m notoriously guilty of indulging in midnight bowls full of lucky charms. (Horrible I know)

However I do TRY to eat healthy, and I recently decided to cut back on my sugar intake. So instead of running to my favorite box of cereal tonight…I switched it up. 


Nothing more then half of an avocado mashed, topped with shredded cheese and sprinkled with salt! 

Yum!!! 

Healthy=Happy (A dinner idea from my kitchen) 

Hello Friends, 

On Monday (everyone’s favorite;) 

I found myself in my kitchen thinking to myself…. Hmmm I should really cook something delicious, healthy, and quick for my family. And knowing it had been a little too long since I’ve done a good shop at the grocery store, my search through my kitchen inventory began. 

A few things came to mind:

-What’s fast?

-What’s good? 

-What healthy? 

After all who doesn’t like a delicious, healthy, and quick meal?  I know I do! The only dinner that may be better then that is one that requires minimal clean up. Right? 

Well you’re in luck! Because that is exactly what I’m going to share with you in this post. 

I started a pot of boiling eggs, to cook away while my dinner prep began. 

Then I preheated my oven to 350.

Threw some boneless/skinless chicken thighs into a baking dish with a stick of real butter, garlic salt, and thyme. 

Rinsed some potatoes, and carrots.

Trimmed the carrots. 

Grabbed another baking dish, and added my veggies, butter, and desired seasonings. 

Put both dishes into the oven for an hour.  

And…. 

This was the outcome:

A high protein, quick, delicious, and simple meal! 

A few tips from my kitchen

1. Keep some staple items on hand for a quick go-to dinner idea.

 – A bag of frozen chicken

-A frozen loaf of bread

 -A bag of potatoes 

– Frozen or canned vegetables 

-cream of chicken soups (can be used for a quick casserole)

2. Think high protein, low carb

3. Clean up, as you go 

4. Use one baking dish if you can

5. Download an awesome app for dinner ideas (I love the budget dinners app) 

6. Make it colorful

7. Make a list (at least a mental one) before going grocery shopping

8. Fall in love with cooking!:) 

Warmest,

Mandee 

A new spin on a southern classic: Creamed Spinach

I had dinner guest on the way, and sadly nothing great planned to feed them. Unless of course I could call the semi-thawed pork chops that  sat in my kitchen sink, plans.  I also had very little idea of what to serve along side them. (I know, I know this is a grim beginning to a blog post, but it looks up I promise.)

I opened my freezer, and found over three pounds of spinach tucked away that I had seemingly  forgotten about. Frozen vegetables are a staple in my kitchen because of their convenience and taste.

Needless to say, the oversized bag of spinach was a beautiful sight!


I love creamed spinach, but oddly enough I have never made it. So I searched for a simple recipe online, and found one that looked good, and that I already had all the ingredients for.

So the cooking began….

First: Thaw the spinach: 


(I love this spinach, it comes in awesome little cubes)


After thawing is complete, place in heated skillet with olive oil until some of the water evaporates.

Season.

Then mix in the cream cheese until melted…

I eagerly unwrapped my cream cheese, and was instantly disgusted when I saw that it had been overtaken by mold!

So I grabbed a sharp knife, and scrapped off as much of the mold as possible.

Ok… ok…I’m totally kidding! I quickly threw the nasty cream cheese into the trash, and the scramble that led to the birth of a new recipe began….

Searching the fridge for something that resembles cream cheese is quite the adventure!

Yogurt? Hmm…probably not gonna work

Sesame oil?? Come on Mandee, what are you gonna do with that?

Then I saw it!! muenster cheese, and whole milk. Not quite what I had in mind, but can you ever go wrong with muenster and milk?


Then my excitement kicked in 🙂

I grabbed parmesan cheese, and generously applied a think layer atop the melting meunster.

Then added about half cup of milk, and stirred well!

And there you go, I now have my own unique rendition of creamed spinach!

I hope you enjoy this creamed spinach as much as I did! Nothing quite like a new spin, on a southern classic.

Yum:)



Ingredients: 

  • 10 0z frozen spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning salt
  • Garlic
  • 6 slices meunster cheese
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Directions: 

  • Thaw spinach in microwave (2-3 minutes)
  • Add spinach to hot skillet that already has olive oil in it
  • Wait for most of the water to evaporate
  • Season to taste
  • Turn temp down to simmer
  • Add muenster cheese, Parmesan, garlic and milk
  • Simmer and stir until everything is melted, and well mixed
  • Remove from heat
  • Enjoy:)

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