Aug 1, 2016

365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook by Kathleen Y'Barbo

  • Publisher: Barbour Books; Gld edition (August 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1630586110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630586119

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This daily, family - faith and food-themed devotional is delightfully unique!  For every recipe (one for every day of the year), there is a family-friendly dinnertime devotional as well. Each reading is themed to appeal to your family--with topics like priorities, prayer, encouragement, love, and dozens more. 

Bonus material includes creative ideas and inspiration for getting the entire family around the dinner table each night of the week, plus a categorized recipe index will help you easily locate your family's favorite dishes. 

365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook is truly a celebration of  family, faith and food! 

My first reaction upon reviewing the recipes in this book was, "Wow, there is something in here for everyone!"  The recipes range from appetizers to salads, main course dishes, side dishes and desserts. They are all simple, homey recipes that just invite you to sit down and enjoy them time and again. They are definitely recipes my family and I will enjoy!

The devotionals that accompany the recipes for each day of the year are well written, to the point and provide a wonderful opportunity for a family to share and explore God's love and plan for each of us. The devotional topics are family oriented and able to be discussed during dinner time. The initial reading of the daily devotional for all the family to hear takes less than five minutes. 

Another bonus are the family dinner time tips interlaced throughout this book. I found them to be practical, helpful and very informative!

This book is a wonderful resource for bringing faith, fun and meaning to the family dinner table. 365 Family Dinners and Devotions is wonderful gift for yourself and your family and would make a fantastic gift for others as well!

5 Stars

Thank you to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
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Summer's Bounty and Stocking the Freezer

I love all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are available throughout the Summer. I like to get them at this time of year in bulk when they are on sale and then freeze them as veggie packets.  

It does take some prep time up front to make it happen but the result is a freezer stash of fresh, quality veggie packets that make meal time prep SO easy!   

Zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, onions.

When I make the veggie packets in bulk, I treat myself and put on an audio book and get to chopping! I store the veggies in quart zip log bags in the freezer and they are good for up to six months. 

I use them mostly for soups, chunky veggie spaghetti sauce, quiches, casseroles, veggie burritos, etc.   

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Summertime Blend

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Red Onions*

* any kind of onions or mix of onions is great. I just like to add a splash of red into the winter time mix. 

Jun 29, 2016

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions ~ Easy and so delicious!

I had an over abundance of  onions that I needed to use rather quickly so I decided to  try out a recipe that I've had in my collection for some time but hadn't made yet ...   

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

Recipe Source: Unknown

I'm not sure where I got this recipe and was unable to pull it up on the internet, though I found a lot of similar recipes. If any of you recognize this recipe and know the author, please send me an email or leave me a comment so I can give them credit).


12 small to medium sized yellow onions
3 medium sized red onions
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Halve, peel, and thinly slice all of the onions. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over the bottom of the slow-cooker's crock.

Add about half of the onions, sprinkle about half of the salt over the onions, drizzle another 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and repeat with the remaining onions, salt, and olive oil.
Sprinkle the thyme over everything and then use tongs to toss the contents so the onions are evenly coated with oil.
Place the lid on the crock, turn the heat to HIGH, and let it cook for 9-10 hours, stirring and flipping the contents from bottom to top after 1 hour and again after 3 hours.  
After those two stirs, you should not need to keep agitating the contents of the slow cooker unless your cooker runs hot. If you know it runs hot, it wouldn't hurt to move the onions around every couple of hours to prevent scorching.
When the onions are deep golden brown to medium brown, turn the slow-cooker off and portion out the onions into freezer safe containers.  

Tip: I had to use two 5 quart crock pots for the above recipe to start out with till the onions cooked down some.  


Okay, I admit this is not the best picture  ~ will post another one next time I make a batch.

I was so pleased with the results of this recipe ~ the onions came out fantastic!  
Some recipes say to drain the liquid off the onions and then freeze them but I let them cool down, bagged them with just some of the liquid and then put them in the freezer.    
These  caramelized onions will be great in casseroles, quiches, sandwiches, soups, hamburgers ... the possibilities are endless!