Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Winter Recipe and Everyday Life

If you're looking for a good Crockpot recipe for the winter, this is one you may want to try. I found it in Southern Living magazine a few years ago and make it regularly during this cold season.

"Baked" Potato Soup

Cooking Time: 4 Hours on High or 8 Hours on Low
Makes: 12 cups

6 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes....(I used to do this until I got smart and bought frozen potatoes. I buy one bag of the frozen southern style hash browns right by the french fries - they are like small cubed potatoes rather than the shredded hash browns.)

1 large onion, chopped... (I do this sometimes, or I add a little onion powder)

3 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth

1/4 cup butter

2 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 tsp. pepper

1 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half

1 cup (4 oz) shredded sharp Cheddar

3 T. chopped fresh chives (optional)

The original recipe says to top with sour cream and sprinkle with bacon and cheese. That is an optional step.

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5 quart slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 8 hours.
3. Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened; stir in cream and cheese.
4. Top with sour cream, bacon, and cheddar cheese before serving if desired.

This stuff is seriously good!! I usually make a pan of cornbread to go with it.

Early Sunday morning prep

Southern Living

Here's a few random shots of our days. This is my husband doing what he loves best. He has been pastoring for the past 11 years and LOVES his job. This morning he spoke on overcoming shame from your past. One of the things he often says when he speaks on this topic is, "Guilt is feeling bad about what you've done. Shame is feeling bad about who you are."

I took this photo this morning. I was coming downstairs and noticed how beautiful the sky looked. I grabbed my trusty iPhone and snapped away.

 I just watched the Christmas episode of Parenthood from Season 4. I got pretty choked up when Adam's dad brought some things he thought Adam might need at the hospital. (In this season, Adam's wife has cancer and has been admitted to the hospital on Christmas Eve.)  When Adam asked his dad, "Dad, can you stay awhile?", I could have cried my eyes out!  I love watching the Bravermans. To be honest, there are some parts that I press "skip", but the basic stories of family are ones I've enjoyed.

We started back with our home schooling this week. It's always a little hard to get back in the groove after the holidays. I'm trying a new CD (by Diana Waring) to add on to our history books. I've heard nothing but good things about it, so I'm hoping my kids like it.

I hope you have a great week!

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  1. I'm definitely going to try this one out - I may even have some hash browns in my freezer!

    1. Hi Lisa! It's so good. I hope you like it as much as we do!

  2. Sounds super yummy! Thanx for sharing at THT.

  3. Kathy, this soup looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I'm pinning this to my Easy Main Dishes board, and I'm also featuring you at this week's Grace at Home party! :)

    1. Thank you so much. I make it a lot in the winter and it is very good. Hope you like it!

  4. Pinning this right now! Yum! I'm so happy to have found your blog- we're also a bigger family, and we've just started homeschooling as well. I'll be back to read more! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Bethany! I'm so glad that you stopped by. The soup always comes out great. Enjoy! Many blessings on your home schooling. Love - Kathy


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