A Southern Winter Evening

Yesterday I went to Wal-Mart to see what I could find in the way of “cheap” organic milk and here’s what I found.

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Like I said before, I don’t drink a lot of milk, but I did have to try 1/4 cup of this and…ohmygoodness, it tastes like butter. It’s absolutely delicious. Mind you, it’s all the fat of course, but man it’s good! It was $4.24 for a half gallon. Almost $10 for a gallon of milk is to me, absolutely ridiculous. I won’t be purchasing this type of milk on a consistent basis as I think it’s simply too expensive, but if you’re in the moooo-d for some delicious milk – I highly recommend it!

I had a desire to exercise yesterday…I really did, but, I didn’t, but I didn’t make any excuses either. I just didn’t exercise. I did eat fairly well, albeit I had 2 glasses of wine, but other than that, I behaved. I made 15 bean soup for the first time ever, added a couple smoked ham hocks and a package of Butterball Turkey Kielbasa sausage. It was great – and the best part, everyone ate it! The youngest only left the sausage, but she ate the actual soup! Put that in the “win” category! I made some good ole corn bread to go with it.

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15 Bean Soup with Ham Hocks & Sausage

2 smoked ham hocks
1 pkg. Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup
1 large onion, chopped
6 baby carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
7 c. chicken broth (I used a 32 oz. box of Swanson broth + what I had left over in a box in the fridge, but the original recipe called for 6 cups)
2 bay leaves
1 14.5 oz. can Hunt’s fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 T. minced garlic
2 T. honey
salt & pepper to taste
1 13 oz. pkg. Butterball everyday Turkey Sausage Polska Kielbasa

I rinsed the beans, put them in a pot and soaked them overnight. In the morning, I rinsed the beans again and put them in my crock pot. I added all ingredients except the sausage. I cooked it on low for about 8-9 hours. Then I put the crock pot on warm, removed the meat from the hocks, removed the bay leaves and added the sausage and meat pulled from the hocks. I kept the crock pot on warm until we ate at 4 p.m. They were a little more done than what they probably should have been, but tasty all the same!
The recipe was adapted using these two recipes:
Get Crocked 15 Bean Soup & Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup

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Creamy Cornbread

1 pkg. Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 8.25 oz. creamed corn
1/4 c. light sour cream
2 eggs
1/4 c. colby & cheddar jack shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400*, grease an 8×8 baking dish. Combine ingredients, pour into dish and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe was adapted from the recipe found here.

Great dinner for a cold winter evening!

xoxo

(1/26/16: 160.2 -.5)

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