We were able to get so much accomplished today: cleaning the ceiling fan blades (don't even ask how long it has been since they have been cleaned; my husband lovingly volunteered for that job!), grocery shopping, homeschool bargain book shopping (I scored some Abeka books for $1!!!), B.L.T.'s for lunch and then an afternoon of baking and cooking!
In honor of Sabbath our family has decided to prepare our hearts and minds the night before. Instead of making a lavish meal on Sunday for our "Sunday Dinner"; we have decided to do that on Saturday nights for a "Sabbath Eve" celebration. Who doesn't love a Sunday dinner on Saturday?! That means no rush to get home from church to cook, clean and then finally - rest. Nope, instead on Sunday it means an easy lunch or even leftovers from the night before. We are loving this concept and are hoping it becomes a fun tradition in our family.
And that brings me to our meal tonight. I know, you were wondering.... when is she ever going to talk about food? meal planning? I wanted to share with you the dinner I made. My husband made fun of me after making this meal because he noted that I didn't stop to take pictures to share with all of you while I was baking! I told him that I was indeed going to share the recipes, even without the pictures because it is a meal worth sharing.
For our Sabbath Eve dinner we had: Zuppa Tuscana Soup (yup... its a copycat recipe from Olive Garden!), Tortellini soup (It was an all natural/dried soup mix that was on clearance for $1.24 at my Kroger- and it was SO GOOD!) , warm Italian loaf of bread with butter and for dessert- Warm Apple Dumplings with Breyer's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Did you know Breyer's is all natural? Yup, it is!).
Zuppa Tuscana Soup Recipe (Adapted from copykat.com)
Here is what you need:
1 lb. spicy Italian sausage – crumbled (I bought Johnsonville HOT sausage links- in the braut/hot dog section of the store- I cooked them per package instructions and cut them into small pieces)
1/2 lb. smoked bacon – chopped (I omitted the bacon)
1 qt. water
(2) 14.5 oz. cans (about 3 2/3 cups) chicken broth (I used chicken stock b/c it was what I had on hand - it was great!)
2 lg. russet potatoes – scrubbed clean, cubed (I used 3 potatoes)
2 garlic cloves – peeled, crushed
1 med. onion – peeled, chopped
2 cups chopped kale OR Swiss chard (definitely Kale!)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper – to taste
Brown sausage in a pan over medium to medium-high heat, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.
Drain sausage and set to the side.
Brown bacon in a pan over medium-high heat. Be careful not to cook crispy.
Drain bacon and set to the side.
Place broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onion in a pot.
Simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender.
Add sausage and bacon to the soup.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add kale and cream to pot.
Season with salt and pepper.
Apple Dumplings Recipe (*taken from Mr.Foods.com)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup granulated brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 rolled refrigerated pie crust (from a 15-ounce package) (I made my own pie crust)
- 4 small or 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (see Note)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, white sugar, vanilla, 1 tablespoon butter, and the nutmeg over high heat. Bring to a boil for 1 minute; set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter; mix well.
- Unroll pastry and cut into quarters. Stuff each apple cavity with an equal amount of brown sugar mixture and place on a pastry quarter. Fold pastry up around apples and pinch ends together to completely enclose apples. Place dumplings seam-side down in an 8-inch square baking dish and pour sugar sauce over the top.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm, drizzled with sugar glaze from bottom of baking dish.
- Add Vanilla Ice cream - yummy!
Small apples work great for this recipe but they’re not always available, so go ahead and use the regular-sized ones cut in half. *I bought the regular size granny smith apples and cut them in 1/2. 1/2 an apple was PLENTY for each of my guests! We were stuffed!
I hope you enjoy checking out these recipes and even more so, May your day tomorrow be full of rest, reflection, renewal and responsive to love!
Happy Sabbath Eve!