Start Your Day with Coffee and a Prayer

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday Shopping and Cooking

Went to Dollar Tree and WalMart. I should never go to WalMart alone I should have a watch-person. I always spend way too much and never know why. 

I am so glad we have the Dollar Tree. You know everything is a dollar. I hear people ask the store clerk, "is everything really only a dollar?" I like the larger stores, they have a bigger variety. Found some large bottles of liquid potpourri for my potpourri simmer pot. Black Cherry and Plum, Ocean Breeze and the one I am using right now Apples and Cinnamon. Good find.

I made a pot of minestroni soup. Ingredients are so simple, a little chopping is needed but mostly canned items. 

2 chopped onions
3 or 4 stalks of chopped celery
4 or 5 carrots chopped
2 zucchini cut into nice size pieces
sautee in olive oil
2 cans of chicken broth
2 cans of diced italian style tomatoes
I added a little water for the vegetables
add some pepper, garlic powder, italian seasoning, parsley, I never added salt but will taste today and see if it needs any, you get a lot of salt from the canned items.
bring to boil and simmer for a while
add 2 cans of cannellini beans, juice and all
small size pasta, I used the little bow ties
simmer all this til pasta is tender but do not overcook

Serve with cornbread or your favorite crusty bread and butter. Yum.

This is a nice soup to freeze which I will do in smaller portions for myself and friends.  I love my vacuum seal Food Saver. It is great. I found this one at Big Lots (another favorite store). The trick is to use their bags, off brands will not work.  I also need to freeze the soup in the bags before I vac and seal. Liquids do not vac well until frozen. Just a tip.

My walking buddy went to the Applefest in Elijay last weekend and brought me the best apples.  I think they are Mutsu (Crispin).

I have eaten several but thought they would make a good pie. I am a terrible pie crust maker so I always buy the frozen ones. I made this pie with Splenda. Cut the apples, added 1 cup of Splenda, 3 T of cornstarch, 1/8th of a teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Put in the crust, laid the other on top, cut a few slits in the top and bake. Yummy pie and no sugar (except for the apples naturally). Easy.

Have a wonderful Sunday.
P.S. What happened to the spellcheck in the new updated version of "new posts". Am I overlooking it or did it just disappear?


  1. What a nice post! I'm a dollar shop fan too.Here they add vat so it's not exactly a dollar.Thanks for the receipes,that pie looks good.

    Sorry I couldn't get here sooner,Back here,diwali(Major HINDU festival) brought it's share of visitors-each bearing gifts, irrespective of what religion you follow,folks here will bring gifts,so I was busy last week.

  2. That all looks sooooo yummy!! That pie, mmmmm. I love the Dollar Tree, too. You can find some great deals in there sometimes!! We have a pretty big one here in WR.

  3. The soup and pie look delightful. What time is dinner? LOL

    I didn't even know there was a spell check. I pre-type my posts in Word.

  4. That soup and pie look wonderful - great for a COLD day!
    Re: your question on my blog about the camera I use. I have a Nikon D40X DSLR.
    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  5. Ooh that pie looks good. I have always made mine with MacIntosh apples.

  6. Your soup and pie look good.

    We always say we have a $100 entry fee to Walmart. We can't seem to get out of there unless we spend at least that much.


  7. The dollar store here is not all that good but Walmart sucks me in with their prices. The soup looks delicious, I will probably do a soup or stew later this week.

    I'm still using the old version of New Post so I can't help but what would I do without spell check?

    My computer connection has been healed, the cable guy just brought a new modem. Cable broadband is super fast when it works right and this new modem has increased the speed to lightening fast.


  8. Yummy - it's snowing here in Breckenridge. Wish I had a steaming bowl of your soup and a large slice of that pie (with ice cream) for dessert!