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I used to make stuffed peppers years ago, but I was really the only one who liked them so they fell off the cooking list.  I had never thought of making that dish into a soup, but I am sure glad that The Country Cook did.  This is her recipe and it is really tasty.  It is also quick and easy which is always a plus for a weeknight meal around here.  After working all day, I like to fix something that is homemade, good for us and easy too!

I need to tell you about the photos in this post.  When I read her recipe, I read two cups of rice so I cooked two cups of rice which turned into about 4 cups of cooked rice., BUT it was supposed to be two cups of COOKED rice so my photos are really rice-heavy.  Oops!  The soup still tasted great though so no harm, no foul. 

Stuffed Pepper Soup

1/2 lb. ground beef

2/3 cup diced onion

1 cup diced bell pepper

29 oz. no salted added diced tomatoes (I used home grown frozen.)

14 oz. can tomato sauce

14 oz. beef broth

1/2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 cups cooked long grain rice

salt and pepper to taste

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Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside.  In a large pot, brown the ground beef with the onion and bell pepper until the meat is cooked through.

Add the remaining ingredients except the salt & pepper and stir to combine.  Simmer for 30 minutes and then season with salt and pepper.

This would be great topped with shredded cheese or sour cream.

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Stuffed Pepper Soup

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I love to read and I enjoy finding new books to try which is one reason I participate in Book Beginnings.  Head on over to Rose City Reader for this great link up party.

Today’s beginning comes from “The Venetian Betrayal” by Steve Berry which is the 3rd book in the Cotton Malone series.

”The smell roused Cotton Malone to consciousness.  Sharp, acrid, with a hint of sulfur. And Something else.  Sweet and sickening.  Like death.”

 

Wonder what Cotton has gotten himself into now?  As a former government agent turned antique book dealer, his life is full of adventures.

The Cotton Malone books remind me somewhat of the Robert Langdon books written by Dan Brown.  They are full history, intrigue and colorful characters. I have enjoyed all that I have read and plan on reading the whole series.

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Around this time of year, there is a natural phenomena called “Frost Flowers” that occurs in the field beside our house.  According to Wikipedia, it is “name commonly given to a condition in which thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into "petals" that resemble flowers.”

The frost flowers are so pretty and delicate and I wanted to share a few photos with you.

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I also took a few macro shots using my iPhone and Olloclip lens.

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Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of Menu Plan Monday!  Can you believe that December is here and Christmas is right around the corner?  Neither can I, but C & I did manage to finish all of the Christmas decorating over the long holiday weekend. I also managed to snag a few gifts online on Friday.  That is my favorite to Black Friday shop…from the comfort of my couch. 

C & I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate a lot of great food during three, count ‘em, THREE meals!  Those weren’t all on one day, thank goodness, or we wouldn’t be able to move for weeks.  My dad also got moved to his new place this weekend so it was a good and busy few days.

This week’s menu is a little short just because I really need to go to the grocery so I can actually cook.  The cupboards are looking a little bare, so bear with me this week.  Let’s see how many times I can use a version of bear in a sentence, shall we? 

Spicy beef vegetable soup

Sausage biscuits with oven fries and salad

Baked ziti

Pizza night

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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