---Hi everyone, I am swamped at work and have been feeling the guilt about neglecting my blog, so I've asked my mom to guest blog for me. Lately she's been cooking up a storm for a large family reunion that's coming up this weekend. She has several great recipes so I'm going to break it up into a couple of posts and make this a Special Event Mini-Series :) Enjoy! I don't know what's with the caps, I'll have to ask her to tone down the emotion next time! Thank you, Mom, for taking the time to do this, I really appreciate it!
HELLOOOO BLOGGERS! THIS IS THIS GIRL'S MOM. SHE HAS BEEN VERY BUSY AT WORK SO I AM GOING TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT MY PREPARATIONS FOR A BIG FAMILY REUNION THIS WEEKEND AND THE COOKING THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL WEEKS IN PREPARATION.
WE ARE HAVING A 'COUSIN REUNION' AT GRAND LAKE, OKLAHOMA. WE'RE EXPECTING AROUND 24 PEOPLE, SOME STARTING TO COME IN ON FRIDAY. THE PROBLEM IS THE TWO HOSTESSES, MYSELF AND MY COUSIN JAN, WHO I SOMETIMES REFER TO AS THE 'LITTLE GENERAL' BECAUSE OF HER ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, LIVE ABOUT FOUR HOURS FROM THE LAKE. WE COULD HAVE OTHERS BRING THINGS BUT MOST OF THEM ARE COMING FROM FURTHER THAN THAT, PHILADELPHIA, ST. LOUIS, KANSAS CITY, WICHITA. SO TO TRY TO MAKE THIS EASY ON THE LONG DISTANCE TRAVELERS WE DECIDED TO PROVIDE MOST OF THE FOOD.
FRIDAY EVENING WE ARE PLANNING CHILI AND A QUICK ITALIAN SOUP. CHILI IS CHILI, MINE IS PRETTY GOOD BUT I WON'T BORE YOU WITH THE DETAILS. NOW, THE QUICK ITALIAN SOUP I'M EXCITED ABOUT:
2# LEAN GROUND HAMBURGER BROWNED
CHOPPED ONION - AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE
10 CUPS HOT WATER
2 BOXES HAMBURGER HELPER LASAGNA MIX
2 CANS DICED TOMATOES WITH JUICE
2 CANS WHOLE KERNEL CORN - DRAINED
MIX THE HAMBURGER, ONION, 10 CUPS OF HOT WATER AND THE SPICE PACKETS FROM THE H.H. AND BRING TO A BOIL. LOWER HEAT AND SIMMER 10 MINUTES. ADD THE TOMATOES AND THE CORN, SIMMER 10 MINUTES. ADD THE NOODLES FROM THE H.H. AND SIMMER 10 MINUTES.
THIS IS A DOUBLE RECIPE. I'VE MADE IT SEVERAL TIMES AND I USUALLY ADD ABOUT A HALF A PALM FULL OF GOOD LARGE CUT DRIED BELL PEPPER PIECES IN WITH THE WATER.
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