Homemade Knoephla Soup Recipe

There must be an unwritten rule that if you do any time in North Dakota, you have to eat Knoephla Soup. I spent most of my first 20 years of life in North Dakota and hadn’t tried this German soup until 2 years ago. As a native North Dakotan, and 1/32 German. I am ashamed.

But to redeem myself, today I’m sharing the absolute VERY best, most delicious homemade Knoephla Soup recipe with you.

So for those of you who may be wondering what on earth Knoephla Soup is, it is a potato soup with little noodles (German word for these are knöpfle – meaning knobs). It is thick and hearty, somewhat like a stew so you can add less water to my version if you’d like.

I’m a protein girl so you may add cooked chicken to this soup as well. My sister and grandma both swear off chicken in Knoephla Soup…but I assure you, it’s yummo with it!

Homemade Knoephla Soup

This recipe is adapted from A Pinch of This.

Knoephla Soup Recipe

Soup:

  • 3 Tbps Butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 c. water
  • 3 c. milk
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 c. heavy cream (added right before serving)
  • boneless chicken, cooked and cut up, optional

Dough:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion salt, (or 1 tsp salt & 1 tsp onion powder)
  • 1/2 c. milk

Instructions:

In a large pot, melt butter and saute onions, celery, & carrots for about 10 minutes or until onions are cooked and transparent. Add water, seasonings, milk, broth, & seasonings to pot. Bring to a low boil and simmer for about a half an hour or until the potatoes are almost cooked.

While soup is cooking, in a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dough. Roll dough into a ropes 1/2″ in diameter.

Knoephla Noodle Ropes

Cut these ropes into 1/4″ lengths.

Cut Knoephla Noodles

When potatoes are almost cooked, drop the cut dough pieces individually into the boiling soup. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the dough is cooked through. Add the heavy cream and serve.

Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 1 ~ Wrap Up

We made a dramatic change in our homeschooling this year!  We started Classical Conversations a few weeks ago and today I’m excited to share what we did for Cycle 3 Week 1 at home and as an Abecedarian tutor.

Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 1 Wrap Up

For all you Abecedarian tutors, hopefully my ideas (many gleaned from others) are helpful.

For class we followed the basic format of….

Say > Children Repeat > Motions or Point (for Geography) > All together with song

Geography

I used my big Hand Pointer to help highlight the state on the  United States Scrunch Map.  This map is also available at Hobby Lobby (and it is less expensive especially with a 40% off coupon).

The children sat at their table and pointed to personal size maps with a expo marker while we sang.

I printed and laminated blown up maps of the Northeastern portion of the U.S.  Make sure to explain that this portion of the U.S. is  part of the big U.S. map.  My map came from here. (awesome site for all printable maps)

(at home) Besides review, we covered blob mapping the U.S. Fun!!!

Our Blob Map of the U.S.

Timeline

I had my timeline cards on the magnetized board and they were displayed until we finished with the Timeline.

We said and did the motions for timeline card #1 > #1 & #2 > #1, #2, & #3, etc.

Lots of repetition!

(at home) We put our labels on our homemade Accordion Fold Timeline from Half a Hundred Acre Wood.

History

Basic Format.  Since the Abecedarians are mostly non-readers, I started incorporating hand drawn pictures on my whiteboard week 3.

(at home) The Story of the World: Vol. 3, Chapter 1.

English Grammar

I used the English song for week one from the user, “marykbry”.  LOVE her song and so did the children!

(at home) I printed some sentences off for my older children to identify the infinitives.  Simple.

Latin

We chanted the Latin grammar this week and listened to another one of marykbry’s songs during review.  To get the kids feet moving, we stomped our feet. (the song was a huge hit though so I decided to do song for the new grammar portion as well next week.

Math

We sang the math skip counting songs and passed bean bags around the circle.  I didn’t have bean bags for everyone so this was a bit of a mess and confusing for the kids.

Science

Basic Format.

Fine Arts

We covered Oils and the children practiced.  Afterwards the children played a Crazy Critter Dice Game from Expressive Monkey.  They loved it and came up with some cute critters.  During review, we also played with OiLs on the board and the kids were able to demonstrate the elements of drawing on the board.

(at home) The kids and I went through this art lesson on how to draw an owl.  My kids are still drawing owls almost a month later.

Science Experiement

In class we followed Miss Wizzle’s lab sheet. (Wonderful resource available from CC Connected uploaded by user: loriberlie)

Review Tool

I didn’t make this but it’s SO worth sharing! This Cycle 3 Memory Work Flip Book is so handy and convenient.  It comes from user “melodystroud” on CC Connected. Check it out!

Album for Memory Work

For the album you can just use a cheap album with 24 pockets for inserts.  Perfect for 24 weeks of CC. This particular album is 36 pages which gave me some extra pages to add info later.

Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Memory Work Flip BookIs this NOT adorable!?

Classical Conversations Memory WorkBecause we are learning the songs this year, I can not seem to remember the tune for skip counting. SOLUTION: tape a post it note flag and label the songs.  SO much easier!

This booklet has gotten tons of use already.  I bring it in my purse to review on the go.  And I use it for review in my class.

That wraps up our Week 1 of Classical Conversations. Next time around I’ll share some of my review games for my Abecedarian kids too.

 

This post has been shared at the CC Weekly Link-Up. Click below to see some more great ideas for week 1.
Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood

New Posts Coming Right Up!

I haven’t posted in an embarrassingly long time, over 5 months in fact!  Ugh!  Groan!

At least I left you Deep Fried Dill Pickles.

Without the peculiarity of living in an RV, I struggled to share something worthwhile besides all the food we’ve been eating. There has been some yummy grub going down our gullets let me tell you!

But I DO have posts to share!

  • Food.  We are still eating.  And I have several original recipes to put up that we LOVE!!
  • Homeschooling.  We have begun our first year of Classical Conversations and I am tutoring the Abecedarians. Eeek!!  I LOVE it! (and I’m scared to death of it – ha!) But I’ll recap our week and hopefully help other Abecedarian tutors.
  • Crafty. We’ve been crafting a little bit and I’m excited to share some of projects.

And there is more in store… stay tuned…

Deep Fried Dill Pickles Recipe

I got to spend some time with my sister recently, (a rare treat). I love sisterly bonding time…it’s so nice especially when you live several states away from each other.

My sis has one of those fancy deep fryers so we plugged that puppy in and got to frying.  Donuts, cheese sticks, french fries, and dill pickles.

And as luck would have it she also has an AMAZING recipe for deep fried dill pickles.  She shared her recipe with me and now you all are beneficiaries!  Lucky you!!

Deep Fried Dill Pickles Recipe

*Now to make these healthier, I highly suggest you use refined coconut oil.  Refined means the there is more processing and the coconut taste is absent.  The place I like to buy bulk oils from is called Soaper’s Choice.  Don’t be freaked out by the name of the company.  Yes, they sell oil to soap makers, but their oil is food grade.  Love, love, love it!

Deep Fried Dill Pickles Recipe

  • 2 quarts of oil, (highly recommend refined coconut oil)
  • 1 (16-oz) jar of dill pickle chips
  • 2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 c. wheat flour
  • 1 c. white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat the oil to 350 degrees. Drain the pickles in a colander to get all the juice off.

Place the pickles in a bowl and cover them with buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, stir the flours, salt, paprika, & cayenne.

Take a handful of the pickles out of the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour and place the coated pickles in the hot oil.  Do not place too many pickles in the oil or the pickles won’t crisp up. Fry until golden brown. Remove the pickles from the oil and place them on paper towels to drain. Continue frying pickles until all are done.

These are yummy dipped in ranch dressing!

And this is her awesome fryer, the Presto Stainless Steel Dual Basket Deep Fryer.

Presto Dual Basket Deep Fryer

It is available on Amazon, here and it’s on my wish list!

 

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Recipe

I realize we are getting out of soup-eating weather but  I guarantee, you won’t regret making this Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Recipe!

I originally made this soup almost 10 years ago when I first read Eat Fat Lose Fat.  I’ve made just a few changes to the original recipe and it suits us just right now.  One change I made is to not add the chili flakes to the soup pot since I have younger children eating it.  Plus instead of chili flakes, we use this….

Chili Garlic SauceAlso let me say that this fish sauce is a must…

Thai Fish Sauce

The fish sauce was in the original recipe but up until this past winter, I always used 1 tsp of salt instead.  Oh this makes  difference!  Find fish sauce if you can!

Lastly, we serve this soup with a bit of steamed rice to fill the bellies and I double this recipe for our family of 6.

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Coconut Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 c. chopped uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 can whole coconut milk, (not light)
  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar, (we love coconut sugar)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, (fresh is best)
  • garlic pepper sauce (or red chili flakes)

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion and garlic in coconut oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until translucent
  2. Add uncooked chicken, chicken stock, coconut milk, and all seasonings except garlic pepper sauce and basil.  Simmer about 15 minutes, reduce heat if it starts to boil.
  3. Top each bowl of soup with basil  and garlic pepper sauce.

SweetLeaf Stevia Flavor Drops: A Giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce a giveaway on The New Lighter Life!!  Hang on for details, but first the product….

I use to drink Crystal Light like it was going out of style.  Turns out it was…because many people figured out that Aspartame is all sorts of bad.  Once that revelation came, I ditched the Crystal Light and pretty well gave up on the idea of a flavored water that was super-convenient.

But today I’m so excited to share a new stevia product.  These handy little bottles of stevia-sweetened Flavor Drops are so easy, you just add several drops to your water to taste.

No Aspartame or artificial sweeteners in these babies…just organic stevia.  And they’re perfect for the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan!

Raspberry Water Enhancer Bottle - Stevia Sweetened

There are 4 flavors of these Sweet Drops:

  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Lemon Lime
  • Peach Mango
  • Raspberry Lemonade (my personal favorite)

I’ve tasted them all and they are refreshing and light.  I’m a fan!

Now The Giveaway

SweetLeaf Stevia Flavor Drops

I am giving away 4 full-size bottles of the Sweet Drops!

To enter this giveaway, follow the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck!

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How to Fix the Tension on an RV Window Shade

I just love easy and today’s little tip is super duper easy.

Many RVs have a pleated window shade similar to this…

How to fix the tension on an RV Window Shade

These privacy shades are great but the tension can become too loose and stripped.  So today I’m going to share how to fix the tension on an RV window shade.

  1. First take out the screw that is holding the plastic cord retainer.
    Cord Retainer Tension Spool
  2. Next, you’ll want to take a toothpick or a bamboo skewer and glob some wood glue on the end.
    How to Fix RV Window Tension
  3. Insert the glued end into the hole where the stripped out screw was drilled.
    RV Window Shade Repair
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Break off the end of the toothpick or skewer that is sticking out of the wall so that the end is flush with the wall.
    Fixing a Stripped out Hole
  6. Wrap the cord around the plastic cord retainer until it is the correct tension to stop the blind from slipping down but still loose enough to easily raise or lower the blind.
  7. Drill the screw back into the hole that is now filled with the skewer or toothpick.
    RV Window Tension Repair

Easy right?  This will save you frustration with trying to keep your blinds up and you don’t have to drill a new hole in your wall.