Hamburger Soup

It’s approaching midterm time and thus I am preparing to be so busy with school work that I won’t be able to make home cooked meals. So I pulled out my family cookbook and decided to make my dad’s Hamburger soup, which I might add can be turned vegetarian by switching a few ingredients. In addition to this being a hearty soup it is also very freezer friendly, I just freeze portions flat in freezer bags, and just put in a pot to re-heat no added liquid needed.

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Hamburger Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
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A hearty soup perfect to warm you up from the chill of the day.

Can be made in a crock pot by just tossing all ingredients in it in the morning on low and cook for 8hours.

Can be made vegetarian by using veggie ground round instead of ground beef and vegetable broth and vegetable, herb or mushroom bullion cubes.


  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef, browned and drained of fat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 28oz can tomatoes
  • 1 container chicken or beef broth
  • 1 10oz can tomato soup
  • 2 chicken or beef bullion cubes
  • 3 or 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 tbsp barley
  • 3 or 4 potatoes, peeled and cubes
  • 2 or 3 celery stems
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf


Brown ground beef and skim off fat, set aside beef to add to the soup later.

In a different pot boil barley, potatoes and carrots with enough water to cover everything. Once carrots and potatoes are tender enough to insert a fork relatively easily into them, then add the remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Serve and enjoy or let cool and freeze for later!

Happy cooking everyone!

Like A Hug Ho-Cho

What is winter but a perfect excuse to wrap yourself up in a blanket with a good book and a mug of homemade hot chocolate or… you can be me on a Saturday and enjoy some lovely hot chocolate while doing some school work!

The best part about this recipe is that you can make a huge jar of the mixture and just scoop out the amount per mug that you want to use at the moment.

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A perfect beverage for a cold winter day.

You can easily make this into instant hot chocolate by adding 1 cup + 2 Tbsp of milk powder!


For the mix:

1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup Sugar (preferably cane sugar)

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

To Make:

Ho-cho mix


Vanilla Extract


Keep adding the measurements in a container until full, mix well.

To make a lovely cup of Ho-Cho heat a mug of milk (or an amount of milk for several mugs) in a pot then add 1-2 heaping tbsp of ho-cho mixture for each mug you are making. Please not that the amount of mixture you put in is to your taste! Add a splash of vanilla extract and whisk the contents of the pot until everything is combined and the temperature is to your liking.


Sip away and enjoy the day!


Cozying Up In Winter

I LOVE winter… second to autumn, partly because I tend to run hot so I am far more comfortable in colder weather. Also because I adore wearing layers, sweaters, colourful scarves, mitts, and hats are amazing. But I think what I love the most is the feeling of winter, cozying up with a mug of something warm and crafting.


What I have been working on for the past few weeks is an afghan. I have been teaching myself to crochet so thought why not go big and attempt to crochet an afghan for my mom. What I have been using for reference ( stitching techniques as well as pattern ideas) is the Crochet: The Complete Guide .  I found the instructions clear and concise and love that in addition to the written instructions for the pattern they also have the pattern in a chart form, which I find far easier to understand. The Pattern I choose was 42 Ocean Swells on pg. 92, a pattern that seemed to have more detail then then other patterns featured in the book before it.


In the final afghan I used almost 2 balls of Red Heart yarn in 16oz. balls, and it took about 3 weeks to make (very dedicated weeks). The final result measures about 40×60″.

You can find the pattern online on Ravelry or this exact pattern through Pinterest .

Happy Crafting everyone!