Homemade Garlic Croutons

While I was waiting for my Bread Pudding to set, I whipped up these croutons. I had homemade French Bread left over in the freezer and decided to use it for this 🙂 Ever since the beginning of the year I have been making all of our bread homemade. Once you have tasted homemade bread out of the oven it is hard to go back to the store bought! I love being able to control what is going in the bread instead of buying bread that you can not even pronounce the ingredients! I love making bread, making bread for me is like gardening for others, very relaxing! I love this recipe because it is so simple to make but it makes a big impression and tastes yummy on a salad!

Homemade Garlic Croutons

Mixing the olive oil and bread.

Homemade Garlic Croutons

Bread ready to go into the oven.

Homemade Garlic Croutons

Croutons baked.

Ingredients

Half loaf of Crusty French bread

1/2 cup Olive oil

1/2 tsp fresh garlic

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut bread into cubes and place in a large bowl. Drizzle cubes with olive oil and garlic. Mix well. Spread bread onto a lined sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes.

You can very easily tweak this recipe to your own taste, you could add cheese, or other seasoning 🙂

Cheesy Potato Soup

This recipe is a favorite in my family! Whenever we need a quick meal to warm us up this is our go to, if you have any left it reheats wonderfully! I love to take this soup in a thermos for Lunches at work, it is like a hug in a cup!
Cheesy Potato Soup via LashesandDashes
1 1/2 TBS Olive Oil
1 med chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
2 celery stalks, stringed and finely chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
8 potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 TBS flour
2 TBS water
2/3 cup half and half
In a large hot soup pot,  place Olive Oil, add garlic and onions saute until softened, add carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender.  Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender.  Mix flour with water, whisk into broth, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened.  Whisk  half and half  into soup, cook until heated through.  Stir in cheese, until melted and blended. Serve piping hot.
You can add other vegetables of your choice, or to make it a complete meal you could add cooked cut up chicken or any other meat of your choice. Enjoy!