Tonight I made a perfect fall dinner… since it’s a frigid 85 degrees here in Dallas. Anyone else remember having to wear a coat over their Halloween costume as a kid?? Now I’m worried that mine are going to sweat to death in long sleeves.
SO, dinner. Earlier this week I made a batch of bean and ham soup in the Instant Pot. My mom gave me this soup mix from Honeybaked Ham, and it’s pretty great because it includes a seasoning packet along with the dried beans. I did end up throwing a couple of bay leaves in there too. Instead of ham I used a smoked turkey leg and then removed the bone once the soup was ready.
Has anyone else tried this beer bread mix from Trader Joe’s? You just mix it with a bottle of beer (I used this Revolver Blood & Honey), spread into a loaf pan and then pour melted butter over the top.
The bread was perfect with the soup! Just be really careful not to overmix the dough or your bread will be tough (more stirring = more gluten). I only stirred mine a few times and it was a tiny bit tough.
And finally, I did a version of this fall shredded brussels sprouts salad by Iowa Girl Eats. I made a few swaps based on what we had on hand: substituted chopped apple for the pear and dried cherries for the cranberries. It turned out great! Even though I definitely burned the shallots.
The kids were off half a day yesterday and all day today, so now we’re dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isla:
On one hand, I can’t complain because- unlike Jack- she actually PLAYS with all of the toys in the house. Even his. She dragged this 3 year old giant pirate ship (that he never touched) down from his room, and now it’s manned by Captain Barbie and the Shopkins crew. I love seeing what crazy scenarios she comes up with. BUT then there’s the clean-up…