And the winner is…

It Continues to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

I saw a lot of smiling people munching cookies Saturday. Even a reindeer landed in the parking lot (in the form of car turned reindeer). Several musicians shared their talents. Thanks Megan, Haley, Janelle, and Brittney. It was a merry day!
Congratulations to Heidi Endres from Forrest who won the gift basket full of Country Cupboard special items.
Make it a delicious Christmas – plates of homemade cookies, gift baskets full of food or stocking stuffers full of sweets.

Beyond Food:  Gift Idea #3 – Cards & Calendars

Calendars: 
Bible Verse A Day – King James Scripture and beautiful photography – $13.99
 
Cards:
Melt the Heart – $2.89 – beautiful photography, scripture and inside verse.
Prints of Peace – $1.75 – beautiful photography, blank inside

Slow Cooker Italian White Bean and Kale Soup

Serves 6
Don’t let the kale scare you. It’s pretty much tasteless, but adds a lot of health benefits.
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed*
  • 1 – 32 ounces container chicken stock
  • 1 – 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans -15.5 ounces each cannellini beans, undrained (I prefer navy beans*)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning*
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Ingredients available at The Country Cupboard
  1. Rinse the uncooked quniona and add it to a slow cooker along with 2 cups of chicken stock.
  2. Add in the undrained diced tomatoes and one can of undrained cannellini beans.
  3. Add minced garlic, chopped yellow onion, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. I typically start with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. In a blender, combine the remaining 2 cups stock with the remaining can of cannellini beans. Blend until smooth. Pour into the slow cooker and stir.
  5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Wash the kale, and finely chop the kale removing the stems.
  7. About 15 minutes before ready to serve, add chopped kale and season to taste.
  8. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
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