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Worlds easiest chicken noodle soup

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Worlds Easiest Chicken Noodle Soup

Worlds Easiest Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

I love making this recipe as a way to use leftover chicken or if I just want a easy week day meal.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small bag chopped baby carrots
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 3 32oz. cartons of chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1/2 a bag of wide egg noodles
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingreadents to the slow cooker except the noodles and heavy wipping cream. Cook on high for 4 hours
  2. The last 20 mins add the noodles and heavy wipping cream. Cover and cook the remaing time
  3. Keep in your fridge cooked for 3 days or freeze up to 3 months

Notes

This soup is a huge hit with my kids, and its even better the next day!

My Family’s Homemade Bread Recipe

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My Family's Homemade Bread Recipe

My Family's Homemade Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 Loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs. dry yeast (or 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup hot water + 1/2 for the yeast
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons oil
  • 7 Cups of flour

Instructions

    1. Dissolve dry yeast in a 1/2 cup warm water with a pinch of sugar and set aside.
    2. In mixer add 1 beaten egg, 1 cup milk, 1 cup hot water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 T salt and mix for 1-2 minutes.
    3. Next add 5T oil (I like using avocado oil) 4 cups of flour and mix until smooth.
    4. Add the yeast mixture and 3 more cups of flour, one cup at a time while mixer is going.

      Knead in mixer for 5 minutes then check to see if elastic enough, it shouldn’t be very sticky.
    5. Put in a greased bowl and let sit for 20 mins. If you have a “bread proofing” setting on your oven you can put your dough in there, if not you can place on your counter covered with a damp cloth
    6. After the bread has risen divide it and shape into whatever type of loaf you like!

      Bake at 350 for 22 minutes if doing 2 loafs of braided bread. If doing in a loaf pan bake 25-30 minutes

Notes

It’s a great gift idea and it’s easy to make! I hope you give this recipe a try!

 Many years ago I was gifted a cookbook made up of over 200 different recipes all from people in my family passed down through generations. Some of these recipes date back to the mid 1800 which it so neat to see!

I have always loved making bread and have been doing it since my kids were little. From the amount of different bread recipes in our family cookbook I can see now it must run in my blood! My favorite one is a recipe from my relative Dorisa. Her bread recipe is made with simple ingredients that we all have in our home, and it’s easy to make and absolutely delicious!

This recipe will yield 2 loaves of bread or 24 rolls. My favorite way to make this is to turn my loaves into braided bread, like I have done here!

 

 

-Grey Birch Designs-

Fall Outdoor Dining + Chili Recipe

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Growing up in sunny southern California where every day is 75 degrees was something I definitely took for granted. These days I love being outside in our backyard, watching our kids play, and having dinner outside on the patio. Now that we live in Utah we can’t do this year round, only a handful of months a year. This year I decided to try something that would make it possible to enjoy dining outside a bit longer, even through the cooler months of Fall!

 

 

We built our outdoor dining area a couple years ago – I can’t believe how far the backyard has come! We had the cement pad poured and built a covered gazebo with a dining set underneath. I decorated the space with outdoor string lights, hanging basket lights, a cute rug, and some real and faux plants. The one thing I didn’t until this year was an outdoor heater.

 

 

 

 

I hesitated in the past because all the heaters I have seen before were larger and took up too much space. Since this area is only 10ft x 10ft, space is a huge factor. That’s when I came across the Dimplex DIRP15A10GR. It’s an electric plug and go mountable heater! It’s the perfect solution for this area. We mounted it inside the roofline of our gazebo and it was super easy to do. We just plumed it in and we were ready to go! This particular model is also remote controlled, which was a huge selling point for me.

 

One of these units is enough to heat a 10ft x 10ft space so it worked out perfectly! This will now make it possible to enjoy our outdoor dining space through the Fall and I could’t be happier about it. I see lots of chili and cornbread, soups, and stews being enjoyed out here this year!

If your family is like ours chili is a staple when the weather cools down and there is only one recipe I have that everyone loves, even my picky eaters!

                       -Grey Birch Designs-

Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 14-.5 oz. kidney cans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese for topping!

Instructions

    1. Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, and ground turkey until meat is cooked through.
    2. Add salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, brown sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Add the tomatoes, beans, and beef broth.
    3. Heat to boiling and then reduce to a simmer (uncovered), stirring occasionally, until thickened as desired (I like it about 30-40 minutes)
    4. Top with sour cream and shredded cheese, serve hot with fresh cornbread!

Notes

Recipe modified/inspired by Our Best Bites

Fall Dining Room Decor + Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Fall is making its appearance around our home and I couldn’t be happier. This is my favorite time of year! I love the crisp cool air, the sweaters and boots, pumpkin spice everything, and of course the Fall decor!

 

I love the warm color palette Fall brings to my home – it instantly gives it such a cozy vibe! This year I’m drawn to deep burgundy, gold, cream, and rust colors for the season. My dining room was one of the first places I decided to decorate this year, and that meant a trip to Walmart. It’s one of my favorite places to find affordable decor and this season they didn’t disappoint

 

Walmart is where I found my all time favorite dish set. They are great year round, but with the gold rim on this set and color palette I’m going with this Fall, they are perfect. I wanted to do a mixed table setting so I paired them with the black Onyx Stoneware set with the same gold detail around the edge that I love so much! These two sets together are beautiful and can be dressed up or dressed down for casual dining!

 

                                  

Next, I put together the centerpiece. I found the perfect dried eucalyptus in the deep burgundy color I’m loving right now. I grabbed a few bunches to add to my vase for a warm, classic feel for my dining room centerpiece.

    

I didn’t need a lot to make this space feel like Fall and I didn’t need to spend much either thanks to the prices at Walmart! The only thing missing to get fully into the season is my favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! I have been making this same recipe every year since my kids were little. It’s going on 15 years now and we all look forward to it each year! Here’s my favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.

    Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and salt. Mix until all combined. Stir in chocolate chips, don't over mix.

    Use a cookie scoop or spoonfulsof the dough and place them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.

    Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Easy Summertime Treat – Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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What are your favorite things about summer? For our family it’s swimming, boating, riding bikes and of course eating lots of ice cream! I recently picked up this ice cream maker from Walmart and it has been the best purchase. With ice cream being my kids’ treat of choice it’s been getting a lot of use!

 

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Holiday Charcuterie Board Baked Brie

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 With the holidays around the corner, one of my favorite things to make in the kitchen is a charcuterie board. There are so many different varieties but my favorite is the traditional cheese and meat board. Before I head off to the market, I like to make a list of everything I need. My Samsung refrigerator has a super cool voice controlled assistant called Bixby that makes things really easy. I say “Hey Bixby, add Brie cheese to my grocery list” and it does the rest. Then I can quickly send the list to my phone and head out the door. On the off chance I forget to send the list, I can view the inside of my refrigerator from my phone at the market. Pretty cool! 

                     White kitchen decorated for Christmas wit a stainless steel Samsung refrigerator                   White kitchen decorated for Christmas   

When I build a charcuterie board I like to include fruit, crackers, meats such as prosciutto and salami, and a variety of cheese. My favorite is baked brie. For my baked brie recipe you’ll need:

Charcuterie Board Baked Brie

Charcuterie Board Baked Brie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Brie cheese wrapped in a puff pastry with added sweetness from brown sugar, jam and a hint of maple syrup!

Ingredients

  • One sheet of puff pastry dough
  • One round brie cheese
  • 2 table spoons strawberry jam
  • 1 table spoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

    1. Pre-heat the over to 350 F
    2. Slice the top off the brie (optional but it will help the puff pastry stick to the cheese)
    3. Place the brie on top of the puff pastry. Spread the jam on top of the brie and fold the dough over it
    4. Sprinkle the top of the dough with brown sugar and maple syrup
    5. Bake at 35oF for 30 minutes.

Notes

Let cool for 5-10 minuites before serving. Place in the center of your charcuterie board and add fruit, crackers, meats, jams and other cheeses to finish builded your board!

 

          Food to make a charcuterie board and baked brie                food to make baked Brie for a charcuterie board

This recipe is delicious! I have a lot of fun making these charcuterie boards with my family and awesome appliances like my Samsung refrigerator make it stress free! To read more on some of the awesome kid friendly features our Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator has to offer check out my blog post here 

charcuterie board on kitchen counter with baked brie cheese

-Grey Birch Designs-

Microwaveable Mug Cake Recipe – With Sharp

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It is no secret that our family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking, eating, and laughing together. That is why it is important for me to have high-quality appliances in my home that I can depend on year-round.  Over the last eight months, we have enjoyed spending extra time teaching our kids some of our favorite family recipes since we have been spending so much more time at home!
 

 

 

We recently upgraded our microwave oven to the Sharp 1.8 Cubic Feet Stainless Steel 1100W Over-the-Range Microwave Oven and could not be more excited to share all of the details with you all. I have to say, the edge-to-edge stainless steel, black glass, and discreet branding (yes, the logo is on the inside of the oven)  make this oven pair beautifully with our other stainless steel kitchen appliances. 

 

Our Sharp above range microwave oven saves on counter space without compromising functionality in our kitchen. This full-feature over-the-range microwave oven from Sharp offers convenient Sensor Cook Technology and Auto Defrost, making cooking and reheating my favorite foods, snacks, and beverages easier. 

 

During the day, our kids love to use our Sharp microwave oven to make a quick meal and hit the Express Cook +30 button to warm their food up; it truly makes cooking more simple during the day. The kids are super impatient,  so it’s an excellent one-button feature. Given that our family uses the kitchen appliances in our home MUCH more now than we have in the past, the Simply Better Clean enamel coating inside the oven is a life-saver because it is stain resistant wipes clean with a damp cloth.

 

This Sharp over-the-range microwave oven also includes a super cool setting to soften ice cream for dessert time! If you don’t have a sweet tooth, worry not. The Melt/Soften feature is also specifically tuned to quickly melt cheese, chocolate, or soften butter, making impulse baking a breeze.

 

My daughter’s most recent baking obsession to make when she is craving something sweet (which is all the time) in our Sharp Microwave Oven are mug cakes! By far, their favorite is the Chocolate Banana. It’s super easy to make:

 

 
Chocolate Banana Mug Cake
 
Ingredients:
One medium banana
2 TBSP cacao powder
2 TBSP almond milk
1 egg
2 TBSP maple syrup
1/2 TSP baking powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup flour
 
   

 

Directions:
Mash the banana inside a bowl. Mix the wet ingredients together. Stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips. Grease 2 microwave safe mugs with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the 2 mugs. Individually microwave the mugs for 60-90 seconds – this is where the Express Cook +30 button comes in handy. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whip cream and enjoy!
 
 

 

Overall, we’ve been very happy with our new Sharp over-the-range microwave oven and recommend incorporating a Sharp microwave into your kitchen design. The microwave oven is very well made, making it super practical for everyday family life, and it looks so sleek and premium in our newly remodeled kitchen!

 

-Grey Birch Designs-

 

 

Easy Summer Gourmet Burgers

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One of our favorite things to do in the summer is bbq and gourmet burgers are at the top of our list! Not only are they delicious but they are so easy to make!! We throw some pre-made beef patties on the grill and cook them for 5-6 minuets a side. While they are cooking we make the homemade guacamole!

Fresh Guacamole

4-5 ripe avocados
2 vine ripe tomato 
2 tablespoons red onion
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
juice from 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste
Scoop the ripe avocados into a bowl and smash them with a fork leaving some larger chunks. Add in the chopped tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Use a fork to combine all the ingredients. If needed add more lime juice and salt and pepper.
Now it’s time to put the burgers together. We top a beef patty with cheddar cheese, a fried egg, and a big scoop of fresh guacamole! If you like you can add condiments of your choice!
This is has become a family favorite that our whole family enjoys, even our 6 year old!!
-Grey Birch Designs-

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