Easy Homemade Cream of Mushroom Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but I love cooking creamy casserole-style dishes, like Homemade Macaroni and Cheese or Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole. I love how versatile they are, how easy they are to throw together, and how convenient it is to prepare them ahead of time and then just toss them in the oven 30 minutes before dinner.

One thing I’ve noticed from preparing tons of these creamy casseroles is that almost all of them have one very important ingredient in common: Cream of Mushroom Soup. I can’t even tell you how many cans of this stuff I’ve gone through over the years–it’s in everything!

I used to have a fairly large stockpile of Cream of Mushroom soup, but since then, it has dwindled. That’s okay, though, because that made or the perfect opportunity to try making this Homemade Cream of Mushroom Recipe from scratch, and I’m so glad I did!

This easy homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe offers the great taste you’re used to in your creamy casseroles, but it also offers so many other advantages as well. It’s easy and inexpensive to make, and it contains much better ingredients for you than store bought Cream of Mushroom Soup. Plus, you probably already have most all–if not all–of the ingredients on hand already.

The next time you go to make a recipe that calls for Cream of Mushroom Soup–whether you are making an old favorite or trying a new Thanksgiving Side Dishes recipe–and you see that you are out of it, don’t make an extra trip to the store. Use this Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe for a casserole that is easy, inexpensive and delicious!


Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe


Easy Cream of Mushroom Recipe
(Yield equivalent of 2 cans)

3/4 cup finely chopped Mushrooms
1/3 cup Flour
2/3 cup Milk
1 1/4 cup Vegetable Broth
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Celery Salt
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper


  1. Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a large pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together milk and flour until flour is dissolved.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and continue whisking until incorporated.
  4. Add the milk/flour mixture to the broth, whisking to combine.
  5. Reduce heat to medium, allow to cook until thickened (3-5 minutes) stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Use immediately or store in airtight container in refrigerator.

These wide-mouthed canning jars would be perfect plus are also good for the freezing other foods such as this homemade applesauce in the slow cooker.

What dish do you want to try using this Cream of Mushroom Recipe?

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Homemade Sloppy Joe’s Recipe – Try a Twist and Make Sloppy Jose

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I’m always on the hunt for easy meals once school starts.  Between homework and after school activities, 5pm can sneak up on me.  Try this easy homemade sloppy Joe’s recipe for a tasty and delicious meal the kids will LOVE.  Spice things up and make it a little interesting with a Sloppy Jose twist on a traditional sloppy Joe’s recipe.


1 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Bell Pepper, red, yellow or orange, chopped
1⁄2 Red onion, diced
2 cans Diced Tomatoes
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning
4-6 slices Texas Toast
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
6-8 stems worth of Cilantro

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Weight Watchers Oatmeal {Fabulous Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal}

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Whether you are watching your waistline or just want a delicious breakfast, these tempting jars of Apple Cinnamon Baked Weight Watchers Oatmeal are a filling and healthy choice for a quick breakfast. I chose ingredients that are known for their weight loss or health benefits. The three main ingredients pack a healthy punch that makes this a perfect breakfast choice.

Cinnamon is known to help control blood sugar levels, aid in weight loss, prevent stomach bugs (cinnamon is highly anti- bacterial), as well as aid in alertness and memory. Apples provide soluble fiber and regulate your blood sugar. While oatmeal is filling and is another excellent source of fiber that also helps control blood sugar. Aside from all the health benefits this baked oatmeal is simply fabulous!

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Homemade Yummy Spinach Ricotta Dip Recipe

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Each week I plan out my meals based on the sale ads, and many times I end up with a lot of left over products, like ricotta cheese. I use it whenever I make lasagna, but I don’t use the entire container.    Instead of wasting the last of the ricotta, I make this awesome yummy Spinach Ricotta Dip for the family to munch on while I make dinner or to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Sometimes leftovers in the refrigerator turn out to be the best tasting meal, besides just being a great way to use up leftover ingredients. This Homemade Yummy Spinach Ricotta Dip Recipe is a delicious hot dip to bring out for a crowd while watching a football game, to serve at your next bridal or baby shower, or even at brunch.

Loads of flavor and texture make it perfect for dipping chips or to spread on a buttery cracker.


  • 1 cup Ricotta
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 8-10 oz. frozen spinach
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Thaw frozen spinach completely.


  2. Combine ricotta, cream cheese, spinach, mozzarella, garlic, salt and pepper until thoroughly mixed, if desired place in mixer or food processor to make it a more smooth.


  3. Place mixture in an oven safe dish and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until top is golden and creamy texture.
  4. Brown and dip is heated throughout.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips, pretzels, or crackers.
  6. Try spreading in a tortilla to roll up.

Do you have a favorite Spinach Ricotta Dip Recipe?  What are your best recipes to use leftover ingredients?

You might also like the Loaded Cream Cheese Dip Recipe or Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe with Beer Cheese Dip!

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How to Plan a Weekly Menu {Money and Time Saving Tips}

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It’s 5 o’clock. What’s for dinner?

Do you find yourself struggling for dinner ideas at the last minute or heading through the drive-through after work?  If you do, consider creating a menu plan to help take the stress out of mealtime.

Menu planning is preparing a written calendar of meals in advance. It can be as simple as writing down a dinner schedule for the week or as complex as including breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire month.  Whichever route you take, menu planning helps take the guesswork out of meals, which can be a huge time and money-saver.

Why should you plan a menu?

  • Eliminates the 5 pm, “what’s for dinner” question
  • Potential for more variety
  • Save money
  • Waste less

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Super Easy Guacamole Dip Recipe

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Are you looking for a great dip to put out for the football game, bring to the next family get together, or at game night? This easy Guacamole Dip recipe is a perfect compliment to chips or for topping nachos or tacos. You can mix this by hand if you like a chunkier version, but I enjoy a smooth and creamy guac to dip my chips (preferably lime Tostitos).

This will quickly become a party favorite and will put you at the top of the guest list every time (if you promise to make your homemade guacamole that is). Grab your ingredients and get ready to mix up a bowl of yummmmm!

Easy Guacamole Dip Recipe:

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1 large avocado
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1⁄2 cup rotel diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
1⁄2 cup sour cream
1⁄2 finely diced onion
1⁄2 lime
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and pepper to taste


  1. To slice avocado- slice avocado all the way around, twist, pull apart, and remove pit. Scoop out all inside green flesh and put into bowl of hand held or stand mixer- using the paddle
  2. Squeeze 1⁄2 lime into bowl.
  3. Stir in cilantro, sour cream, rotel, garlic and onion.
  4. Whip with mixer until smooth and creamy.
  5. Place in refrigerator for at least a half an hour before serving to allow flavors to combine.
  6. Top with a pinch of fresh cilantro before serving.

Let us know what you think of this easy guacamole dip recipe.  Do you like chunky or creamy guac?

You might also like the Loaded Cream Cheese Dip Recipe or Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe with Beer Cheese Dip!

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Mexican Chicken in Crockpot Recipe

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Are you looking for an easy and budget friendly slow cooker meal?  Try this Mexican Chicken in Crockpot that is sure to please everyone in your home.

Mexican Chicken in Crockpot:


2 – 4 Chicken Breasts (preferably skinless/boneless)
1 jar Salsa
1 can Black Beans (drained)
1 can Corn (drained)


  1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker and top with salsa, black beans & corn.
  2. Cook on low 3 – 4 hours until chicken is tender.
  3. Shred chicken, stir, and cook an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Top with cheese and serve over rice (optional).

Turn this Mexican Chicken in Crockpot recipe into a 2nd meal by using the chicken mixture in a burrito and topping with cheese.  Burritos can be frozen for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

*Can also use frozen beans and corn.

You could also serve Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownie for dessert.


How to Make Gingerbread Babies

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Delicious and and adorable, this gingerbread baby recipe adds a touch of whimsy to your holiday goodie trays.  Traditional flavors of Gingerbread- molasses and ginger combine to make a tasty cookie,  Use tiny gingerbread cookie cutters to cut out a crowd of cute babies then decorate simply. This particular recipe creates a crispy gingerbread, more like a gingersnap.

I hope you enjoy making and nibbling on these sweet Gingerbread Babies!

You might also want to read Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett while eating these cookies with kids!

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Paleo Meatballs {Gluten Free Sweet Potato Meatballs}

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Have you switched to a Paleo diet, but your friends and family think you’re a little crazy? Well, get ready, because this is the recipe that is about to win them over. These Paleo Meatballs are not only meaty, juicy and satisfying, but they are also full of good-for-you ingredients like sweet potatoes! I’d venture to guess that you’ve never tried sweet potatoes in your meatballs before, but after you try this great Paleo Meatballs recipe, you won’t go back!

A lot of people think that eating a special diet like Paleo is too restrictive, but that simply isn’t the case. There are TONS of fantastic healthy recipes out there no matter what kind of special diet you are on. Just consider this Blueberry Smoothie recipe or this collection of quick and easy vegetable recipes, for example. If you think healthy food has to be boring, bland or gross–you definitely haven’t looked hard enough! One bite of these Paleo Meatballs and you’ll wonder why you don’t eat healthier more often! (Or if you do, you’ll know why!)

Plus, the good thing about these Paleo Sweet Potato Meatballs is that they really aren’t expensive. You probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry already, and those that you don’t have can easily be substituted for other things if need be (you might switch out avocado oil for olive oil, for example). It really is possible to eat healthy on a budget, and this Paleo Sweet Potato Meatballs recipe is a great way to do so!

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Recipe for Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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When it comes to cooking, one of my favorite things to make is a good casserole. I love how easy they are to throw together, and I love how you can prepare them ahead of time and then just stick them in the oven when you are ready. This really helps me find the time to cook when it is convenient for me, and I make casseroles a lot for this reason.

Sometimes I want something a little different than the usual casserole taste, however, and this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Casserole fits the bill perfectly. It’s got all the delicious flavors of my favorite Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Quesadilla recipe, but it’s a little more convenient to make because I can make it ahead of time, like I can with this Mexican Chicken in the Crockpot recipe.

Another thing I love about this Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe is all the great ingredients! It has tons of yummy add-ins that my family loves, and I love how many good-for-you veggies you can squeeze into this one casserole! From peppers to onions to olives to jalapenos to corn–this recipe’s got it all! The way that the ingredients come together in this yummy casserole is truly phenomenal.

The next time you’ve got a busy day and you’re hungry for something a little different, why not give this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Casserole a try? It might just be your family’s new favorite!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

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