I didn't have a recipe for the soup, I just winged it. When I visited T a couple weekends ago, she had made a pot of it, so I felt inspired to give it a try on my own. As for the biscuits, I used the recipe my mom has always used, but I included some whole wheat flour to up the wholesomeness factor, and I had to guess at the instructions as they were kind of vague. Here are the recipes if you're interested in giving them a try (I'll try to be more detailed in the biscuit instructions that the original recipe is.)
1 lb hamburger
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Fry all together in frying pan until ground beef is cooked. Drain fat.
2 tsp oregano
28oz can of tomatoes, diced (use the salt-free kind)
4 cups beef broth (I used the liquid bouillon and water)
1/2 cup barley
Freshly ground pepper to taste (I used oodles of this.)
Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour.
2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup butter
1-1/3 cups milk
Mix first six ingredients together in bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Stir in milk. Mixture will be gooey. Flour a workspace and place the mixture on the flour. Sprinkle a bit more flour on top of the mixture and use your hands to spread it out. Use a round cutter to cut approximately 12 biscuits. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until browned.