Sunday, November 21, 2021

How To Make A Birdseed Ornament Birdfeeder

Looking for an easy activity to do with your kids to fight off winter's cabin fever? Birdseed ornaments are the perfect craft to make this fall or winter. Not only are they easy to make but they provide a delicious meal as a bird feeder for those cute little birds you see all winter long. 

The other day while driving in the car my youngest son noticed a tree on the side of the road packed full of little birds. He knew winter was around the corner and was concerned that these poor little birds wouldn't have anything to eat once the snow fell. The idea to make birdseed ornaments was hatched so when we got home we got busy making our first batch of ornaments. 

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I have to say these ornaments make great outdoor decorations too! 

Their fun shapes hanging from the tree look so festive. My kids really enjoy watching different kinds of birds feed on the ornaments too. They have even started looking up what kinds of birds they see at their DIY bird feeders too. (If you are a homeschool family like us this totally counts as science !!)

How To Make A DIY Bird Feeder - Birdseed Ornaments

Today I am sharing with you how to make these easy birdseed ornaments. Gather the following supplies and let's get started. 


1 (.25 oz) packet unflavored gelatin 

measuring cups

1 - 1 1/2 cups birdseed

1/4 cup water

cookie cutters

aluminum baking sheet




small saucepan

non-stick cooking spray 

plastic drinking straw

DIY Birdseed Ornament Recipe

  • In a small saucepan combine the water and unflavored gelatin. On medium-high heat bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly until all of the gelatin is dissolved 
  • Remove the pan from the stove then stir in the birdseed. You want the birdseed to soak up the gelatin but not be too dry. Adjust the amount of birdseed you need based on this.
  • Spray your cooking cutters lightly with non-stick cooking spray then lay your cookie cutters on the baking sheet. 
  • While holding down the cookie-cutter add spoonfuls of the birdseed mixture into it until it is 3/4 full. Press down the seeds with the spoon to firmly pack the seeds into the cookie-cutter.
  • Use the plastic straw to create a hole at the top of each ornament by pressing (and wiggling/twisting) the straw through the ornament to create the small hole. 
  • Let the birdseed sit for several hours or overnight to allow the gelatin to set and dry. Then gently push out the birdseed shapes out onto the baking tray. 
  • Cut a length of twine and insert it into the hole in the ornament for hanging on a tree branch. Go hang the ornaments in tree branches all over your yard and enjoy watching the birds! 

Now you don't have to worry about those little birds starving this winter! 

These birdseed ornaments also make great holiday gifts for family and friends! Or use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and give these as Valentine's Day gifts too. 

Upcycled Bird Feeder Tutorial

While we are all into feeding birds make sure to click on this other post I wrote on how to make a bird feeder using materials from your recycling bin! 

DIY Birdfeeder Tutorial

What simple crafts have you made with your family? I'm always inspired to hear your ideas! Thanks for visiting and please come again soon. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

How To Make A Candy Cane Christmas Countdown Calendar

Counting down the number of days until Christmas is something every kid does so they know exactly how many days are left until the big day! With the month of December just around the corner, now is the time to start getting ready for Christmas because it will be here before you know it. 

When my kids were little they used to make the traditional construction paper chain to count down the days until Christmas. Each day they would tear off a paper link from their chain and count how many more days until December 25. I loved it because instead of asking me over, and over and over how many days until Christmas they could visually see and actually count all on their own. 

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Recently my oldest son commented that he felt too old to make a paper chain countdown calendar and wanted to make something else that included a daily treat. This kid loves treats! To solve this problem I came up with this candy cane Christmas countdown calendar that I think you and your family will like just as much as ours does. 

This is a super easy craft that requires only a few supplies you probably already have around the house - plus it looks super festive for the holidays.

DIY Candy Cane Christmas Countdown Calendar

Gather up the following supplies to make your own candy cane countdown calendar for Christmas. 


24 Candy canes

Colorful baker's twine or plain twine

Craft staple gun

Wood board measuring: 24"long  x 5" wide x 1/2" thick


Acrylic craft paint


Self-leveling picture hanging hardware (optional)

How To Make A Christmas Candy Cane Countdown Calendar

  • First, cut the wood to size. Most local hardware stores can cut the wood to size for you if you need help.  
  • Sand the wood to remove any jagged edges then wipe the wood with a damp cloth to remove any sawdust.   
  • Paint the wood with your favorite holiday color. You may need to add a second coat depending on the paint you use. Let the paint dry completely between coats.
  • Lay the painted board on a flat surface then measure and cut five pieces of baker's twine or regular twine that extends about 2 inches past each side of the board. Tie a small knot on both ends of each piece of twine. Space the twine out at even intervals down the length of the board making sure to measure a few inches down from the top before placing your first piece of twine. 
  • Staple one end of the twine to the backside of the board. Allow for the twine to bow slightly with slack and attach the other end to the back of the wood with the staple gun. Repeat this process for the remaining pieces of twine until all are attached. 
  • Finally, attach a self-leveling picture hanging hardware to the backside of the wood about one inch down from the top edge. If you don't want to use picture hanging hardware you could also attach a piece of twine to the top corners of the back of the board and hang it up from the loop too.  
  • Hang 24 candy canes from the pieces of twine across the front of the board. I like to divide up the candy canes to match the number of days per week in the month of December. This helps my kids see how many weeks and days are left before Christmas. 

How To Use Your Candy Cane Advent Calendar

Since we have four kids everyone takes turns starting December 1 to remove and eat one candy cane per day. Each day someone else gets a turn and this continues through December 24. I really didn't want each child eating a candy cane every day, especially when they are already overloaded with sweets from all the cookie baking and holiday parties we have to attend in December! 

Everyone in our family LOVED this new Christmas countdown calendar. And guess what? No one asked me how many days until Christmas!! Woohooo!

Does your family have a special tradition or Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas? What is your favorite way to keep track of the number of days left before the "Big Day"? It is your turn to share your family's holiday traditions - I'd love to hear from you!

Bonus - Christmas Craft Tutorials

Here are some more fun Christmas crafts you and your family could make this holiday season. Be sure to click on these links to find the full tutorials and pictures.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

10 Easy DIY Christmas Advent Countdown Calendars

Christmas or advent countdown calendars are a perfect way to help your little ones track how many days until Christmas. Spread the joy of the holiday season by making each day of December special and interactive with a countdown calendar. Make your own DIY Christmas advent calendar this year and enjoy counting down until December 25!

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For years my kids have been making their own simple paper chains to track the number of days until Christmas. They love breaking off one link of chain each day throughout December and boy does the excitement start to rise when there are only a few paper chain links left.  Last year my oldest son said he was too old to make paper chains and asked if we could make a different kind of countdown calendar instead. I got busy searching for ideas on Pinterest for inspiration and thought I would share with you 10 easy DIY Christmas Advent countdown calendars I found. 

10 DIY Christmas Countdown Calendars

#1 Clothespin Advent Calendar

A little twine plus painted clothespin mounted on a wood board make for a simple advent calendar. Fill small paper bags with a few treats, number the bags and attach them to the clothespins. Display your new Christmas countdown calendar by hanging it on an empty wall or setting it on your fireplace mantel. For the full tutorial and supply list visit 


#2 Lego Advent Calendar

Do you have Lego lovers in your home? Show them these two amazing Lego Advent calendars and let their imaginations go wild as they build their own countdown calendar. Add some small numbered stickers to their creations so they can track the number of days left before Christmas morning. The Lego builds featured here can be found at Frugal Fun 4 Make sure to check out their super cool builds. 

via: Frugal Fun 4 Boys

#3 Toilet Paper Tube Christmas Countdown Calendar

Stop throwing away those empty toilet paper tubes and save them to use in this festive holiday calendar. Upcycling is so rewarding especially when you can make something so fun like this toilet paper tube Christmas countdown calendar. Whether you paint the toilet paper tubes or cover them with festive holiday scrapbooking paper both options will look amazing. Find a full tutorial at Smashed Peas and Carrots

via: Smashed Peas and Carrots

#4 Take-Out Box Advent Calendar 

If you are looking for a super easy DIY advent calendar that requires barely any crafting skills this is your jam! Find colorful (unused) paper take-out boxes at your local craft store, Amazon, or even restaurant supply store, number the boxes then add a treat or two to each box and stack them up in any shape you want. I know my kids would just be in awe seeing these boxes stacked up knowing there is a treat in every single one! Find the details and tutorial at Studio DIY. 

via: Studio DIY

#5 Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside to make this simple DIY Advent calendar. Gather a long (somewhat) straight branch that is about 2-3 inches thick. Take a long piece of twine and tie it to both ends of the stick for hanging. Fill 24 small gift bags or paper bags with a few treats or a special message, attach a piece of colorful baker's twine to the bag and then tie the other end around the branch. To see the full tutorial (it is in Norwegian) visit 


#6 Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Pick up two 12 cup muffin tins at your local dollar store as well as some festive scrapbooking paper to make this cute muffin tin advent calendar. Cut circles from the scrapbooking paper slightly larger than the muffin tin wells then use double side tape to cover them after adding a small treat to each well then number each circle. Carefully punch two holes at the top of each muffin tin and thread ribbon or a piece of twine through the holes for hanging. Find the easy-to-follow tutorial at Her View From Home

via: Her View From Home

#7 Craft Stick Christmas Countdown Calendar

This geometric faux fir craft stick Christmas calendar is so unique and super easy to make. Instead of small gifts each day this calendar allows you to write down special messages or activities to do each day with your family like singing a Christmas song, or baking Christmas cookies. Make your own by following this tutorial at The Merry Thought

via: The Merry Thought

#8 DIY Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar

Let your little ones help you create 24 individual numbered Christmas ornaments to count down the days until Christmas. Once the ornaments are done being decorated they are attached to a piece of string with a few wooden beads as embellishment then hung from hooks screwed into a wood picture frame. Have your child make a special picture to insert in the picture frame to finish the custom countdown calendar. Find the full tutorial with great instructions and pictures at Shrimp Salad Cirus

via: Shrimp Salad Circus

#9 Printable Treat Christmas Countdown Calendar

December 1st will be here before you know it and if you find yourself running out of time but still wanting to make a Christmas countdown calendar this is the perfect solution for you! First print out the free printable Christmas-themed calendar then attach a small treat like a Hershey's kiss to each day on the calendar. You could whip this one out on November 30 and be ready to count down to Christmas the next day! Find the printable and instructions at Moms Who Save.

via: Moms Who Save

#10 Magnetic Matchbook Christmas Calendar

Wrapped matchbox containers in festive wrapping paper to make a unique Christmas calendar. This project would be fun as a family holiday craft project to do together in an afternoon. Add a small magnetic strip to the back of each matchbox container and stick the finished boxes to a metal baking sheet or even the front of your refrigerator. Mom Always Finds Out provides the complete tutorial with a supply list and pictures on her blog. 

via: Mom Always Finds Out

For more fun Christmas crafts check out these other projects:

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! What special traditions does your family have during the Christmas season? Share your ideas in the comments.

I hope you and your kids enjoy counting down the days until December 25!! 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Simple Crockpot Size Guide - How to Know What Size Crockpot You Need

I have a confession that I need to get off my chest - I am a bit of a crockpot junkie! I'll admit that I own 4 crockpots (this is down from the 6 I used to have!). All four are different sizes and I use them for different recipes so I think that justifies my crockpot addiction, right? 

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My accumulation of crockpots started long ago when I was a young professional just out of college working long hours and sick of eating take-out meals. I got my first crockpot as a gift and immediately fell in love with it. A beef stew was my first crockpot meal and it was AMAZING! My first crockpot was small in volume but it did the trick of feeding me and my roommate with leftovers for lunch to boot. 

Fast forward several years to life with a husband and a few kids (4 to be exact) and this little crockpot was no longer able to keep up with demand. Growing kids sure do eat a lot! That is when I knew it was time to upgrade to a bigger size crockpot. The question I needed to answer was what size would work best for our family of 6. I did a lot of research and thought I would share with you what I learned.

Crockpot Size Guide - What Size Do I Need?

Knowing what you want to cook in your crockpot is a good place to start in determining what size crockpot to use.  If you are a seasoned cook or at least past serving ramen noodles or boxed mac & cheese for your main meal you probably have a good idea how much food you need to make to feed your family. 

The most popular general standard size crockpot to feed a 4 person family is between 5 and 6 quarts.  The more people you are feeding the larger size crockpot you will need. Here is a quick guide to help you determine what size crockpot to use:

QuartsServing SizeFood to Prepare
1-2 qt.1 - 2 peopleoats, dips, dessert
3-4 qt3-4 people / small familysoup, stew, casserole, breakfast, dessert
5-6 qt5 people / lg. familysoup, step, casserole, roasts, whole chicken, breakfast, dessert
7+ qt6-7 people / entertaining a crowdroast (5+ lbs), chicken (7 lbs), large cuts of meat, lasagne
10 qt8+ people / large crowdroast (12 lbs), turkey (10 lbs), large cuts of meat

Does Crockpot Size Matter?

Of course, knowing how many people you are cooking for helps you determine how much food to prepare but it is pretty important to make sure you use the properly sized equipment to make your meal. 

The space inside your crockpot or the crockpot size relates to the number of hours needed to cook the food. Generally speaking, smaller crockpots take less time while larger crockpots will need more time. Remember to always test the food's temperature to make sure it is safe to consume no matter what size crockpot you use. 

The Most Common Size Crockpot

A 5-6 quart crockpot is by far the most popular size owned by the home chef. This size crockpot usually fits nicely into a kitchen cabinet without taking up too much room. It can easily feed a medium-sized family too. 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a wedding shower, housewarming gift or even a Christmas present a 5-6 quart crockpot is a sure winner! 

Important Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Crockpot

Today's crockpot has come a long way from the first crockpots on the market! They still make the same great meals but today's crockpots offer so many more useful options. Here are some things to consider when getting ready to buy a new crockpot:

  • If you already have a crockpot is this new one a replacement or an upgrade in size? Consider the shape of the new crockpot. If you already have a wide-shaped crockpot that you use for casseroles or a whole chicken get a new one that is tall and great for soups, stews, or sauce. 
  • Will you be traveling with the crockpot? If you are you definitely want a lid that locks to prevent any spills on your trip. 
  • Do you have enough storage space in your kitchen or pantry for another crockpot? Think about where you will be keeping it when not in use. 
  • Manual or high tech? If a traditional type of slow cooker with a few simple settings is all you need then go ahead and get one but if you are looking for something with a few more bells and whistles you will be amazed at how technologically savvy crockpots have become. From programmable digital crockpots to Wi-Fi-enabled ones that allow you to adjust temperature and cooking time remotely you will have no problem finding one with the options you want. 

How Long Does A Crockpot Last?

A good quality crockpot that is well taken care of can last between six to ten years before needing to be replaced! 

It is a good idea to regularly check the cord to make sure it is in good working condition. If you notice any damage to the cord DO NOT USE the crockpot and dispose of it right away. Also, if grandma gave you her crockpot that has an electric cord wrapped in fabric it is definitely time to replace it. 

When you notice your crockpot not heating up food like it used or taking longer to cook to it might be time to replace it. Making sure your food reaches food-safe temperatures (185F / 85C) is important and if your crockpot no longer can do the job it is time to replace it.

Since you make it this far, I think you are well on your way to finding the right size crockpot to fit your needs. With all of the choices of size, shape, and functions there is literally a crockpot for everyone! Let me know what your favorite crockpot meals are by sharing them in the comments! 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup

 Fall is here and we all know what that means - Soup Season! Go ahead and get out your crockpot, instant pot or stockpot and get ready to make an amazing pot of soup for dinner. 

My family loves when I serve soup for dinner and this Italian sausage and lentil soup is one of our favorites. I love it because it is full of healthy veggies and amazing flavors. 

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Actually, the first time I made this soup was the first time my family had ever eaten lentils. My husband is not a fan of beans at all!  But I thought since lentils don't actually look like a "regular" bean, like chili beans or cannellini beans I could pull off this soup without disclosing that lentils are actually legumes. Guess what? It worked!! Everyone in our family including my picky 8 year old really likes this soup.

There are four main categories of lentils - brown, green, red/yellow and speciality. Lentils are high in fiber and protein making them an excellent addition to your diet. Unlike most dried legumes (beans) lentils do not require soaking before cooking and the red variety cooks the fastest. You can get buy canned lentils to use in a quick side dish or in salads but dried lentils work best in soup.  Once you open a bag of dried lentils make sure to store them in an air-tight container in a cool dry place. It is best to use up the lentils within one year (which should be no problem after you make this soup!). 

If you have never used lentils before don't worry they are super easy to cook. All you have to do is rinse and sort them picking out any stones then pour them into your stockpot along with the rest of the ingredients and let your stove do the work of softening them in the broth as the soup simmers on your stovetop. 

Check out these other delicious recipes:

Before we get to the delicious fall soup here are a few other recipes I think you are going to love too:

Simply Delicious Italian Sausage & Tortellini 

10 Awesome Recipes For Day Old Jimmy John's Bread

How To Make Cinnamon & Sugar Soft Pretzels

Now for the soup recipe! I love making this soup in a big stockpot but if you want you can definately make it in your crockpot or instant pot too. 

Italian Sausage & Lentil Soup

1lb Italian sausage

1 large onion - chopped

1 stalk celery - chopped

2 large carrots - chopped

2 small zucchini cubed (optional)

6 cups chicken broth

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 

2 cups lentils

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp salt

½ tsp each - pepper, basil, oregano, parsley & thyme

1 pinch red pepper flakes


1. Brown the sausage and drain off the fat.

2. Add all of the ingredients to a large stockpot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the stockpot and simmer for 1 ½ hours until the lentils are tender.

3. Sprinkle it with parmesan cheese and serve.

To print out this recipe click HERE for the recipe card.

What are your favorite fall soups? Do you like using your crockpot, instant pot or stock pot to make soup? Leave me a comment and let me know what you are making for dinner tonight!

For more inspiring hearty fall soup recipes check out this post too!

10 Hearty Fall Soup Recipes Your Family Will Love

Saturday, September 25, 2021

10 Hearty Fall Soup Recipes Your Family Will Love

As the weather cools down and it starts feeling more like fall, I start craving those delicious, flavorful fall foods everyone loves - especially a hearty bowl of soup. Soup is the perfect cool (or cold) weather comfort food that is easy to make and fills up a hungry stomach in no time. 

As a busy mom, I love recipes that are filling, full of healthy ingredients, and whip up quickly. There are so many soups that fit these requirements!

Soup is also a great meal to make when you need to use up whatever produce you have on hand in the refrigerator before it goes bad. Soup is very forgiving allowing you to customize the flavor to your family's liking. 

How To Freeze Soup

Did you know that you can freeze (non-cream-based) soup? Next time you make a pot of soup double the recipe so you can freeze half of it for a future meal. Make sure to leave out any noodles or rice before freezing though since they don't freeze well in soups. 

If you are making a cream-based soup leave out the cream or milk and freeze the remaining ingredients. Add the cream or milk after the soup has thawed and you are ready to re-heat it. 

When the soup is cool pour it into a Tupperware container pop on the lid and put it in the freezer. If your recipe calls for noodles or rice just measure out the amount of dry pasta or rice and put it into a zip lock back that you can put in the freezer with the soup so that you are sure to have all the ingredients ready when you go to make it. 

Soup can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Broths will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Must-Have Kitchen Tools To Make Soup

The first step in making a good bowl of soup is starting with the right soup pot. I have a large family so I always use my large stockpot to make soup in but you can make many kinds of soups in a crockpot or even an Instant pot. 


The stockpot that works best for my family is an 8-quart Calphalon stockpot. When I'm making soup I have to make enough to feed four hungry and growing kids, my husband and me so this size stockpot does the trick for us. 

Buying a good stockpot is important for every home because it is such a versatile kitchen tool. I use my stockpot for SOOO many things besides soup like cooking pasta, braising meat, making stocks, and making homemade tomato pasta sauce. When you buy a stockpot make sure it will work for all the different types of cooking you do. If your budget allows it will be worth spending a little extra to get a good quality stockpot that will last for many years to come. 

No matter what pot you end up using for soup make sure the pot has a thick heavy bottom to help prevent burning. Pans that are too thin can cause the soup to stick to the bottom or burn more easily so keep that in mind as you shop for a soup or stockpot


When I know I'm going to be gone all day I love to use my crockpot to make soup so that when I get home dinner is ready. Crockpots come in lots of different shapes like oval or round and different sizes the standard size being between 5 and 6 quarts perfect for a regular sized family. If you have a big family a large 8 to 10-quart crockpot might fit your needs better than the standard size. Check out this Crock Pot Size Guide from to figure out the best option for your family!

If you make soup in a crockpot be sure to add the dried pasta or rice about 30 minutes before you plan to eat to give it time to soften and cook. Adding it to the crockpot and allowing it to cook all day will result in mushy noodles and gummy rice. 

A programmable crockpot is handy when making soup too. Set it and forget it! Set the timer to start cooking then when the food is done let the crockpot switch to warm mode to keep the soup warm until you are ready to eat. 

Instant Pot 

Instant pots are multi-functional pressure cookers that cook food quickly using pressure. The instant pot can be used to make soups when you are in a hurry and want to get dinner on the table lickety-split fast! Because instant pots use pressure to cook food quickly be sure to follow instructions completely since the pressure can cause injury if you are not careful. 

Like crockpots, Instant pots are available in different sizes to meet your needs. Instant pots are also programmable so you can set the cooking time and let it do its job preparing a delicious pot of soup. 

10 Delicious & Hearty Fall Soup Recipes

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite fall soup recipes! Grab your favorite stockpot, crockpot, or Instapot, and let's get cooking!

01. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Shredded rotisserie chicken, thick-cut carrots, celery, and onion in a rich flavorful broth make this one of the best fall soup options. Chicken noodle soup is truly medicine for the body providing comfort, nourishment, and a wonderful meal for your family. Let your crockpot do the cooking in order to make Grandma's Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup recipe from The Cabin Diary. Also, make sure to add the noodles at the end of the cooking time so they don't get mushy. Not only will your house smell amazing but your family will all enjoy an amazing cup of soup!

02. Hearty Basalmic Beef Stew

Let your BFF crockpot do all the work to make this recipe a delicious meal. Whether you consider it a stew or soup there is no question about beef stews' delicious flavor and filling ingredients. Tender chunks of beef, thick-cut veggies in a gravy-like broth make for a classic bowl of beef stew. Go ahead and try adding non-traditional veggies like Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, zucchini, and sweet potato in with the classic carrots, celery, and onion veggies. Find the full Basalmic Beef Step recipe at The Blond Cook

via: The Blond Cook

03. Broccoli Cheddar Soup

 A beautiful blend of cheeses along with fresh or frozen broccoli are the stars of this show. Cheddar cheese is the traditional cheese used in this soup but, feel free to spice it up with some pepper jack or add gouda for a smoky flavor. If you want to get your kids to eat their broccoli try serving them a bowl of this creamy broccoli cheese soup from Little Spoon Farm

via: Little Spoon Farm

04. Beef Barley Soup

A rich, flavorful, and super healthy meal your family will rave about. This soup will keep the winter chills at bay as you enjoy a big bowl of beef barley soup. Don't let the barley scare you - this super grain is packed full of fiber and can help boost your immune system which everyone needs during the cold winter months. Substitute ground beef as a budget-friendly adjustment to the recipe without losing the delicious beef flavor. Try Cooktoria's recipe for the best bowl of beef barley soup around!

via: Cooktoria

05. Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

If your garden yielded an abundance of tomatoes now is the time to use them up in this delicious fall soup recipe. Creamy tomato with cheese tortellini pair well together with a sprinkle of dried basil and slivers of parmesan to top it off. Follow the recipe from Salt & Lavendar and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.  

via: Salt & Lavendar

06. Italian Sausage and Lentil

My family LOVES this soup recipe - even my picky eater! I love it because it is super easy to make and I can freeze it and pull it out for a future meal in the weeks to come. This soup makes a regular appearance during the fall and winter months at our dinner table. To make it for your family follow the full recipe with this handy printable recipe card below.  

07. Pasta Fagioli Soup

This soup recipe is better than the popular chain restaurant's version because of its secret ingredient. Full of the traditional veggies, pasta, and beef broth this soup is a winner any night of the week. To get the recipe and learn what the secret ingredient is head over to Together As A Family!

via: Together As A Family

08. Stuffed Pepper Soup

Turn the classic dish of stuffed peppers into a delicious soup for dinner tonight. This soup is a re-boot with an amazing outcome your family is sure to enjoy. Rice, peppers, ground beef, and plenty of flavors all in a big hearty bowl of soup. Try this recipe from Skinny Taste


via: Skinny Taste

09. Cuban Black Bean Soup

Loaded with veggies, protein, and flavor this soup will warm you up on a cold winter night. Substitute canned black beans to speed up the cooking time without sacrificing flavor. Orange juice or freshly squeezed oranges give this Cuban black bean soup its fresh flavor while cumin and smoked paprika provide a little "kick". To make this soup check out this recipe by Simple-Veganista.

via: Simple-Veganista

10. Creamy Potato Soup

Chunky pieces of potato in a creamy soup base will leave you full and satisfied on a cool fall day. This is my "go-to" potato soup recipe I have used for years so I know you will love it too. I like to add shredded carrot to it when I make this soup but feel free to doctor it up any way you like. Gimme Some Oven's potato soup recipe claims to be the best and I think it is!

via: Gimme Some Oven

Make sure to serve your family a hot bowl of soup in a big soup bowl too. When I got married one of the things I registered for and we received as a wedding gift was a set of ceramic soup bowls. These bowls are deeper and wider than a typical cereal bowl. When I serve soup for dinner I know my family is hungry and will want a big bowl of soup to eat which is why I love these bowls. Everyone knows what I'm serving for dinner when I stack these bowls on the counter - soup! 

More Delicious Recipes

By now your stomach should be growling letting you know that a big hearty bowl of soup is what you need! So go get out that stockpot and get cooking - your family will thank you!

For more delicious recipes make sure to check out these other easy to make recipes:

Easy Homemade Caramel Corn & Kettle Corn

The Best Pancake Recipe

Easy Snickerdoodle Zucchini Bread Recipe

Cinnamon & Sugar Soft Pretzels

What are your family's favorite fall comfort foods? Please share your thoughts in the comments - I'd love to hear from you!