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Woo Hoo!!!  They were right!  We are snowed in!
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  Although…not snowed in enough to keep my John Deere hubs home. In fact, our garage has been overtaken by John Deere.  Wishing it was his PICKUP sitting there instead of a tractor.  But it’s ok.  I won’t pout.  Maybe.
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Who can pout when you have this little buddy taking care of all of our shoveling needs?  All while Kourt makes snow angels.  I love it.  Beautiful, gorgeous snow. 
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Sin has cast a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow”.  Woke up with this song in my head.  Jesus Paid it All.  {click HERE} to listen.  It’s awesome!

Here to share from the trusty Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbook.  There’s something about being snowed in that dictates baking in my head.  I really do love to try new recipes…obviously.  I think my family is image

beginning to wonder if I have any “tried and true”?  It’s perfect soup weather, so I looked through the soups and knew the Cauliflower Cheese Soup was what it was for last night.  I had every ingredient.  SCORE!  And it was super good.  Comfort food at its max.  And they are eating a kettle full of veggies.  Want this recipe?  I am going to give you my version because I changed it up just a bit…

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Head of cauliflower chopped into small florets

1 stalk celery chopped

.  A handful of baby carrots chopped

Boil all in 4 or more cups of chicken broth until tender

Meanwhile, saute’ 1/2 onion in 1/2 stick butter until soft and translucent

Now, make a roux (ROO!)—it’s not scary I promise—with about 3 TBSP or flour

Whisk as it cooks, then add 2 cups of milk and cook until a bit thicker

THEN, add 2 cups cheese–cook together until melted through

THEN, add your cheesey mixture to your pot full of veggies in broth

Make as thin as you would like by adding more broth or milk.  At this point, make sure you are adding salt and pepper to taste.

This soup was a WINNER over here.  I only served 4 last night and barely have enough for a soup bowl left, so I would definitely double the recipe if my family of 6 were eating.  I was feeling like the meal was not really complete without some protein to go with it, so I baked up some chicken wings to go with it.  Kinda weird, I know.  But, this soup lends itself well to a soup and sandwich type of meal.  It’s not really hearty enough to be complete—at least for our fam. 

 

And what is soup without homemade cinnamon rolls and homemade bread?  Cold and baking just go hand in hand.  So, because I was lazy and wanted to cook out of one cookbook, I tried out the Cinnamon Bun recipe out of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  Let me preface this by saying, I come from a family of awesome cooks/bakers and there IS a tried a true cinnamon roll/sweet dough recipe that is good.  I know they must cringe that I am always trying out new dough recipes when there is a perfectly good one that works!!  How dare I?  I especially had a love affair with The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon roll recipe a few years ago.  In fact, I made them so much that my family began thinking that cinnamon rolls were really no.big.deal.  WHAAA???  I make rolls and I feel like I’ve labored with a mom for a 12 hour shift!!  So, I kind of went on a roll baking hiatus because my rolls were not being eaten.  But a new recipe?  I’m down with that.

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I liked the dough.  It was soft (you know there is a feel to the dough, right?  I learned this the hard way while making 60 dozen rolls for our wedding—a post in itself, for later.)  I have never used a sweet dough recipe that had eggs in it and this one had FOUR EGGS!   Seriously, I had to go back and look at the soup recipe and make sure I didn’t miss the egg in the ingredient list.  Thankfully, there were none.  But these Mennonite girls —obviously have a lot of chickens…  If you’re interested in the recipe, click HERE. 
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I will add that I made half into rolls and the other half made 3 nice sized loaves of cinnamon bread—-and the BREAD is perfect!  I think making bread out of this recipe would be my choice and I’d stick to PW’s cinnamon rolls, er…I mean my mom’s cinnamon roll recipe.  

Any recipe  you try, it’s guaranteed to smell really yummy in your house when you’re snowed in.  I promise.

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