Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dinner Do's

     Tonight, we enjoyed a simple but delicious dinner.  I was shopping at a variety store of sorts that carries random gourmet food items at discounted prices.  I have taken the risk multiple times with these products and have found it worthwhile to try different items.  I found this soup awhile back, and hoped it would be as tasty as it was pretty.  I sort of forgot that I had it, but after a pantry clean out yesterday, I was inspired to try it out for dinner tonight.  It did not disappoint.  It was a simple soup, but full of nutritious goodies.  All I had to add was the chicken and one onion.  It simmered on the stove while I visited my parents, and in no time we were all enjoying a steamy bowl. 
     There was a website on the box, and you can find the products here at this site. I was pleased to find that my purchase price was a bargain compared to the listed price, but I would be interested to try their other products. 
     I also tried a recipe for "Grandma's Cornbread" that I baked along with the soup.  It was a simple and somewhat different cornbread than we usually eat, but it was very tasty, too!  A little soft butter on top paired with the hearty soup made for a tasty dinner on a cold, winter night.  Having a kitchen full of the people I love made it even more tasty.  I am just so thrilled that we are finally at a point in our home projects that I can make dinner and feel perfectly fine inviting guests at the spur of the moment.  The house isn't perfect, nor is it 100 percent finished, but I wanted this year to be a year when we finally opened our home again and shared meals without feeling the weight of a construction zone for a home.  It was nice...I even lit candles. 
     Here is the cornbread recipe if you would like to try it out sometime!

1 cup self-rising cornmeal
8 oz canned creamed style corn
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 400
Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9 in pan.  ( I used a 11 x 7 pan, and it worked fine)
Bake for 20 to 30 min. until golden brown. 
Serve warm.

It really was that simple, and simplicity is a beautiful thing! It is time for bed, and we are all waiting to see if the snow appears in the morning.  May you all be warm and cozy during these winter nights.
Goodnight friends~ B Charmer

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