Thursday, September 27, 2012

Two Soups Thursday

What can be less inexpensive than soup? Not many things, since soup is one-half water!  

Split Pea Soup 


4 cups water
3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (16 ounce) bag dried green split peas
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 slices Candadian bacon, diced
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until vegetables and peas are tender, about 5 hours. At the very end, add one cup of milk or cream and stir, reheat.

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 

Boil one small box of wild rice which takes about 45 minutes to cook and then drain it. (Save the rice because you will add to soup when you add the water.)
In a soup kettle melt one stick of margarine. Into the melted marg. put 1 clove garlic, chopped 3 TB onions, minced 3 stalks of celery, cut small 3 large carrots, cut small Cook (but don't brown) on very low about 10 minutes.
Then add one cup of flour. Stir and cook about two minutes on low, but don't burn.

Add three quarts of water, ten chicken boullion cubes, the wild rice that has been cooked and drained earlier, and two cups of cooked turkey or chicken, diced small.

Stir well and pour into slow cooker Simmer on low for at least 6-8 hours.

When you are ready to serve add 2 cups milk or 1 cup cream and then allow the soup to heat up again.

Serve with a few silvered almonds on top for a great texture contrast.

From my cookbook, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Dinners by Cheryl Moeller

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Treat Your Mother Right by Mr. T - Watch it all the way Through to the End

Monday, September 24, 2012

FREE on Kindle through Thursday

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Aunt Sarah's Alaskan Cookbook by Cheryl Moeller
is my first cookcook, 2008.
My second cookbook is Creative Slow Cooker Meals, 2012.

I hope you can get a free copy of my Alaskan Cookbook.

Here are the sections with some recipe examples from each section.

•Chapter One: Refreshing Cold and Hot Beverages (Polar Bear Guzzler, Pacific Rim Hot Lemonade, Dogsled Caramel Apple Cider, and more!)

•Chapter Two: Berries and Fruit ("After the Sauna" Cold Fruit Soup, Aleutian Grilled Fruit-Kabobs, Klondike River Rhubarb Bars, and more!)

•Chapter Three: Salmon and the Fish of the Sea (Fairbanks Citrus Salmon, Kanai Breakfast Fish Tacos, Water's Edge Crockpot Trout, and more!)

•Chapter Four: Choose Moose, Rabbit, Deer, Elk, Bear and Caribou (Katishna Venison Sausage and Flax Pancakes, Barrow Buttermilk Grilled Rabbit, Wild Buck Beans, and more!)

•Chapter Five: Dog Sled Race Party for Kids (Finger Lake Moose Munch, Rainy Pass Wheat Germ Cookies, White Mountain Ice Cream, and more!)

•Chapter Six: Banquet of the North (Czar Alexander Elk Meatloaf, Easy Baked Alaska, Okmok Volcano, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, and more!)

Each section begins with a Scripture with some related fun facts about Alaska. You learn about icy waters, Alaska's produce, salmon runs, The Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race, and President Andrew Johnson's purchase of Alaska from Czar Alexander II of Russia. The Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race section would make a fun birthday party for younger children. You could watch Disney's Snow Dogs at the end of the party. The Banquet of the North section of recipes would make a great New Year's Eve Party for your family and friends to celebrate.

Discover Alaska's amazing geography, history, land, and people through her tantalizing cuisine. You'll find unique recipes that reflect the colorful story and appeal of this vast national treasure. Breath-taking color photographs of Alaska accompany each chapter along with original artwork to illustrate the variety of delictable foods you'll find in Aunt Sarah's Alaskan Cookbook.

The cookbook is for grown-ups and older children, but there is a Special Bonus Feature: One chapter is a children’s dogsled party complete with menu and recipes. You are sure to keep them warm and please your crowd of kids with recipes that are fun and festive.

What people are saying about Aunt Sarah’s Alaskan Cookbook:

“Stunning. Here is no ordinary cookbook! The people, land, history, and geography of Alaska as seen through her mouth-watering food. I’ve found my one-size-fits-all holiday gift for my family and friends.” - Carolyn Oswald, Mom, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

"On occasion I get an email from Cheryl Moeller with a recipe and party idea; they are a welcome change from most emails I receive. So, it isn’t surprising that she chose to compile a cookbook. In her desire to teach us to be gracious hostesses, appreciate the beauty of God's creation, serve one another, and laugh along the way, Cheryl has put together a collection to inspire and equip us. Bon app├ętit, and enjoy. - Rachel P, Habitual new recipe seeker, Illinois

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Two Soups Thursday

People ask me, "How do you feed all those kids?" and I answer, "Soup, soup, soup." 
Not that we have soup every meal but we make two soups once a week, so every one is happy with one of the choices.  We use the soups for one dinner and then again for a dinner as a stew.  For instance I might thicken this Beef Lentil Soup and serve it over rice or pasta two days later.  The soups will be available for lunches and it's a go-to snack.  It's a healthy option to sneak a cup of soup when you need a midnight snack.  And, now with fall approaching rapidly, we can share in these tried and true recipes together.

These and other recipes can be found in my cookbook, Creative Slow Cooker Meals:  Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller, Harvest House Publishers, 2012.  These cookbooks are available in spiral paperback and on Kindle and will make the perfect hostess gift for your fall parties.  Click here 
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Soup #1
Beef Lentil Soup (this was always one of Brent's favorite soups)
(This is a different than the traditional Italian Beef Lentil Soup with Bacon, but I like it better.)


1 lb. ground beef or turkey, cooked, drained and washed
1/2 small medium onion or 1 T. onion flakes
1 clove garlic (minced) or 1 tsp. garlic powder
1 8 oz. can mushrooms pieces or 1/2 cup fresh diced mushrooms
1 can (16 oz.) stewed tomatoes or three diced fresh medium tomatoes plus 1 cup water
1 medium stalk celery, diced up
1 large carrot, diced up
6 ounces lentils, (one cup) washed and sort out bad ones
1 quart beef broth
1/4 cup apple juice
1 bay leaf (go crazy, add two)
2 tsps. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper


1.  Cook first the ground meat, wash, and drain in a dutch oven.  Then in the same pan, cook with the onion and garlic.
2.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.
3.  Cook a total of one hour (stirring often) or put it in a slow cooker and cook all day.
4.  If you have any leftovers, when you warm it up the next day, you might need to add a little extra water.

Soup #2
Easy Italian Tomato Soup


1  36 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce


1.  Empty contents of spaghetti sauce into crockpot.
2.  Simmer 1/2 the day on low in your covered slow cooker. (Do not cook this all day.  Tomato sauce will burn after 5-6 hours.)
3.  Serve with cut provolone cheese and Italian croutons.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mr. Acorn Man

This was no ordinary Fall Fest, this was the Macomb Park Elementary School Flower and Harvest Fall Family Fun Fest in Warren, Michigan on the second Saturday of every October.  By the second Friday morning of October each student was to have in their classroom window sill a proper entry for the Fall Flower and Harvest Show with the documented paperwork.

We lived kitty corner across from the school.  We had a small yard which belonged to the church where my dad was the pastor.  Most of the yard was a parking lot and the rest was a garage, cement patio, and adjoining swing set.  It was physically impossible to grow a 115 lb. pumpkin for our entry.

On the second Thursday of October during dinner we would throw ideas around for our Flower and Harvest Show entries.  But, we all knew and loved that our family tradition was the acorn men that dad made each year for his four daughters.  Although small in comparison to some of the entries, we were amazed what some of these people got out of their yards.  We lived in Detroit yet some families came up with things that looked perhaps like semi-trucks brought it in from their uncle's farm in the U.P. 

It was our family tradition and we loved our acorn men.        

Mr. Acorn Man

Acorn Man - acorn head and skinny stick dangly body
From Beach bags to Backpacks
         Sun-visors to football helmets
         Swimming suits to sweaters
         Flip flops to tennis shoes
         Fans to furnace heater
         Screen to glass windows
         Fly swatter to wasp keeper
         Leaves shading to burning
         Clear skies to smokey nights

Speed - bike rides forests gold foliage lined paths
             colors intersect to make red flaming glow

Scream - football games loud for your favorite team
               high sounds low sounds yell our pep band

Smell - casseroles, soups, roasts, nutmeg, cloves
            juicy lemonade stands into cafeteria lines

Shine - bonfires apples silver rain on the lake dancing
            cools hot stones autumn sun at a new angle

Schedule - teachers desks deadlines studies crisp weather
                 squirrels make plans acorns new beginnings

Are you winding up or down Acorn Man?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

October 4 Thursday morning in Crystal Lake, IL

If you are interested in Momlaughs comedy, please email me at, to find out more details for this free event.

-Cheryl Moeller,

Four of Cheryl's Books are FREE this Week on Kindle

Lexi's Homeschool Diary - a novel chapter book for K-2rd grade girls
by mother-daughter duo, Cheryl and MacKenzie Moeller

Homeschool Your Preschooler on $1 a Day (curriculum or supplement to curriculum)

Baby Saves Christmas
by mother-daughter duo, Cheryl Moeller and Melissa Moeller Briggs
Christmas fiction at its best

Help! Mom's Stuck on Spin Cycle by Cheryl Moeller

Until Wednesday for FREE on Kindle

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Start September off Free - Free Kindle Book - Newest Release for Bob and Cheryl Moeller

Bestseller: 100 Nearly Free Ways to Market Your Book [Kindle Edition]  Click here

First sit down, you might need to sit down for what we are going to tell you, it might make you dizzy. Our newest book is free on Kindle!

Our new Kindle book, Bestseller: 100 Nearly Free Ways to Market your Book is free!!!!

Do you need help marketing your book? 

Bob and Cheryl in Bestseller: 100 Nearly Free Ways to Market your Book give 100 free or inexpensive ways that they have personally used in marketing their popular 14 books. Authors and national conference speakers since 1992, even with some of their published books with Christian national publishing companies, still needed do some extra book marketing themselves. 

Bob and Cheryl Moeller

Without a huge budget, they marketed with big and small ideas (some out-of-the-box) that all added up to some big results. These are up-to-date and sure bet marketing ideas that can be used in a variety of settings for a variety of things. 

Cheryl, a former literary agent (from 1992-2002), has been teaching Cheryl's Writing, Publishing, E-Reader Publishing, Storytelling, Speaking, and Blogging Conference Part I for four years.  

Then in 2012, she added Cheryl's Marketing Conference for Writing, Storytelling, and Publishing Part II.  While teaching the marketing conference in July 2012, she realized that she was pretty much reading lists to the students (and they were falling asleep) and answering their questions (which they woke up for).  

The brilliant thought hit her that maybe she could make the 100 Nearly Free Ways to Market Your Book into a bestselling book.  At her next Cheryl's Marketing Conference for Writing, Storytelling, and Publishing Part II, it will be the required text to read before the conference.  And, pretty much Part II of the conference will be a Q and A with lots of coffee.   

As a former literary agent and now teaching the business, Cheryl seems to specializing in figuring out pitch ideas for her students to pursue.  It's going to go this way, you'll be at one of her conferences and she will figure out an idea for you after meeting and getting to know what you are all about.

Click here to find out more about our book becoming a Bestseller?  Ready to get a Bestseller?  And, then get it for free for the next four days!  

Moeller bio below:

Bio for Bob and Cheryl Moeller

Bob and Cheryl Moeller are the co-founders of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps Ministries, a ministry dedicated to healing hearts and restoring marriages in under-served communities

Bob, D.Min, is the weekly host of a nationally broadcast television call-in show, “Marriage—For Better, For Worse” on the Total Living Network Television He also conducts weekend marriage and singles conferences around the nation. He has been nominated for two Gold Medallion Book Awards. He has written articles for such publications as Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, and Christianity Today. Bob holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Cheryl, M.A.R., is a seasoned mom, homemaker, conference speaker, and standup comic. She speaks at women’s conferences and writing conferences in the Midwest. She uses comedy, cooking demos, and Biblical speaking to make life a little easier for women. She is a syndicated columnist including at and has written for and Marriage Partnership.

Bob has been married to his favorite co-author, Cheryl, for 33 years.  They have co-authored or written separately 14 books, five on marriage.  They also love to swim, bike, hike, and watch their kids’ sports events. They have six children, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, one grandson, Benjamin, and a faithful collie dog named Bo, who loves everyone he meets.

Bio for Terry Windquist
Terry Windquist, Master Photographer, has won numerous awards for her photography.  Her photographs have been on display at Kodak's Epcot Center and her work has been selected for PPA's Traveling National Loan Collection.  Various magazines and publications have featured Terry's photographs.

Terry Windquist is a cousin to Cheryl.

Reach Terry for photography, graphic ads, and book covers at or