Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 19

Comfort Food: Baked Potato Soup!

A couple weeks ago, when it was still very chilly, Eric told me he was craving potato soup. Now I’m the soup freak of the family and he is a meat and potato kind of guy. So when the man craves soup, I make soup.
It was a Sunday, so I could justify spending a little more time than usual on this meal. I turned on some jams and went to town on this delicious loaded baked potato soup! This is now my go-to recipe for cold weather potato soup.

Here is the recipe that I used!Comfort Food: Baked Potato Soup!Comfort Food: Baked Potato Soup!Comfort Food: Baked Potato Soup!We ate the soup with a slice of french bread, and boy was it filling. It was really good re-heated as well. Next time I make this, I will make a double batch so I can freeze half of it.

Recipe from Tasty Kitchen:

Heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add cook diced bacon until crisp, but not burnt. Remove bacon and drain (on a paper towel) all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pot. Add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and green onions and cook 2 more minutes.

Stir in the flour and mix well. Add the bacon, salt, basil, oregano, thyme, and pepper. Stir in the milk, chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce and heat through until thickened. Add the sour cream and cheddar cheese and stir to dissolve. Add the cubed potatoes and heat through. Season to taste.

Garnish with optional toppings.

Ingredients

  • 7 strips Bacon, Diced, Plus More For Garnish
  • 1 whole Shallot Finely Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Chopped, Plus More For Garnish
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Thyme
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 2-½ cups Milk
  • 2-½ cups Chicken Stock (preferably Homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¾ cups Sour Cream
  • 1-¼ cup Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 2 whole Medium-to-large Russet Potatoes, Cubed With Skin, Baked
  • 2 whole Medium-to-large Red Potatoes, Cubed With Skin, Baked
  • Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Sliced Green Onions, Grated Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Crumbles

Mar 07

Spring Cleaning: Cord Organizing

Let spring cleaning begin!

For some odd reason, I’ve been obsessed with organizing and redecorating lately….hence my current re-painting of our bedroom (pictures to come soon!) and re-organization of pretty much the whole house.
I constantly have a battle with our basket of cords every time I go to find something. Of course, I’m usually in a hurry and end up cursing at the basket. SO, that needed to end. In order to do that, I had to figure out how to label each cord so that I could easily find what I needed. I settled on using clothespins, and I think it worked pretty perfectly.

Check it out:

Spring Cleaning: Cord Organizing Spring Cleaning: Cord OrganizingThis is just half of the cord mess. I was too embarrassed to show you the whole slew of cords we’ve acquired over the years. It’s ridiculous. Spring Cleaning: Cord OrganizingBut NOW, each cord is neatly labeled and clasped together with a clothespin! Spring Cleaning: Cord OrganizingIt’s amazing how something little like this can make life so much easier!

Mar 07

Seedlings on Speed

I continue to be amazed at how much the seedlings are growing everyday!
Eric and I are starting to get worried that they will outgrow the containers before we can plant them in the ground. We may have to transfer them to the mid-size biodegradable containers soon. Because Sidney stays cold through April…and has been known to snow in May, it’s such a hard call of when to plant. I will be asking locals this year when they recommend planting in the ground. Wish us luck!Seedlings on SpeedSeedlings on Speed

Mar 06

Easter is on its way!

I have yet to find another person whose favorite holiday is Easter. It’s my favorite and has always been.
I love the colors, the food and the weather! I have very fond memories of Easter growing up. In my opinion, you’re never too old to join in on an Easter egg hunt. They’re so fun!
This year, Eric and I are hosting Easter at our house for my Mom, Dad, and brother. In preparation for our guests, Eric and I are finishing up home improvement projects and I got to work on some fun decorations. I actually didn’t owe a single Easter-related item until this year when I decided it was time.

The first of the Easter decorations is switching out the window pane seasonal decor. I decided to go simple. I cut out egg shapes from colorful scrapbook paper, connected them with Rafia and hung it on the window pane!

Easter is on its way!Easter is on its way!Easter is on its way!I also found this adorable Easter printable online and framed it this cute aged
yellow frame that I found at a garage sale.Easter is on its way!Easter is on its way!I’m quickly learning that decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive! There are so many inexpensive DIY projects you can make for each holiday/season. AND it’s more fun and much more satisfying to make your own decorations!
I have one bag of plastic Easter eggs that I still need to use….what shall I make with them? Any ideas?

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