Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

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Wondering what to cook for lunch? I have something delicious, nutritious and I’ll bet you have all the ingredients already… Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup. Paired with crusty bread, makes for a perfect lunch. And it’s easy, too.

I rarely get this treat, but my baby boy stopped by for lunch today. Thankfully, this was on the stove.  I added a tad more chicken stock and cream to stretch my soup, a bit. Don’t you love a recipe that will accommodate a quick adjustment for a surprise guest? I do, too!

I always keep frozen broccoli in the freezer. It’s quick, easy and nutritious. And with my thyroid problem, I don’t need to eat it raw, as it interferes with my medicine.  So, I used frozen florets but you can use fresh broccoli. One is as good as the other for soups. Frozen is just simpler. ;)

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First, cook broccoli in 1/2 cup water until tender,  and set aside.  In a sauce pan cook 1/3 cup chopped onion in 1 TBLS butter.  Next, make a roux with flour and additional butter.

Add chicken stock and cook over medium heat until thickened.  Chop the broccoli (I add the water it was cooked  in, too) and add to soup.   Add half n half and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Season after adding cheese with salt and pepper. Cheese is salty, so it’s best to wait to add seasonings until after cheese has melted.

I  garnish each serving with additional cheese and some crunchy oven baked bacon ( leftover from breakfast) and I also kept out a few florets of broccoli to garnish the top.

 

Creamy Broccoli and cheddar Cheese Soup

There were no complaints, only praise, for this last minute lunch today! I’ll bet it will be the same at your house!  My son, who also loves to cook,  says he will be making this soon.  Let me know how you like it!

Enjoy!

Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli florets...more or less; fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 TBLS butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups half n half or a can of canned evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed milk)
  • Optional: Garnish with: chopped crispy bacon, additional cheese, reserved florets

Instructions

  1. Cook broccoli until tender and set aside.
  2. Saute onion in 1 TBLS butter until transparent
  3. Add 1/4 cup butter to onion and melt.
  4. Add flour to butter and cook, stirring with a whisk, until lightly brown, to make a roux.
  5. Add chicken stock and gently cook until begins to thicken a bit
  6. Add half n half
  7. Add grated Cheddar Cheese
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. Cook, stirring until thickened.
  10. Adjust consistency by adding more cheese for thicker, or more milk, if you prefer thinner soup
  11. Garnish with crumbled bacon, additional cheese and/or broccoli florets, as you like~
  12. Enjoy!
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How to Make Birdseed Ornaments

 If you’ve visited this blog very much you probably know we love to watch birds at our house. I mean all of us, young and old alike. And we like to feed them and do special things for them…like Mosaic Birdbaths and build birdhouses. We make Birdseed Wreaths at Christmas and also Birdseed Ornaments.
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Some photos of my birdseed ornaments were in photos of my previous post and so I decided to go ahead, this week,  and share with you how to make birdseed ornaments. It’s very simple and something the children love.   The great things about being a grandmother is coming up with all sorts of the memorable things for the children to do. Making Birdseed Ornaments is one of them.
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 The Birdseed Ornaments aren’t difficult to make. The hardest part is waiting for them to dry. I usually let the children make these first and then we work on the Birdseed Wreaths made from fruit and popcorn, etc. That way, they have something to do while they patiently wait for the ornaments to dry. And we look for other things to decorate with that the birds may like, too. Like the Nandina and Holly berries we used this year. By the end of the afternoon, we  have everything ready to hang and the children can decorate the tree.
Birdseed Ornaments
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons corn syrup
4 cups bird seed (I included some raisins and dried cranberries, cherries, etc to the mix….)
Mix all ingredients
Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
Press mixture into different shaped cookie/sandwich cutters…I like hearts. :)
 The mixture must fill the cutter tightly or it will fall apart!   Press mixture tightly into the cutter and then push a drinking straw through center to make an opening for a string or ribbon to hang.
After the cutter is pressed full of seed mixture, ease the cookie cutter from around the ornament, retaining its shape as much as possible. I use the back of a spoon to ease it loose. Don’t forget to use a straw in the upper part to make an opening for a string to tie onto the tree.
Allow to dry.
Dry for 3-4 hours, turn over, dry for another 3-4 hours.
Thread a ribbon, string or twine through the opening you made with a straw  to hang.
 Gather all the children and let them decorate the tree for the birds! Making Memories…..
 See how they’ve grown????
 The birds will love it!
 And about midnight, we had another visitor….Mr.Possum. He loves to eat fruit…..
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