Monday, September 29, 2014

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup -Menu Plan Monday 9/29/14

Just look at that ooey, gooey, cheesy, potato-y goodness.  Nom.

It hasn't exactly gotten cold here yet, but it has been dipping in to the 50's at night.  Some of the leaves are starting to turn, too.  That can only mean that Fall must be around the corner. 
One of my favorite parts of Autumn is the abundance of days just made for a pot of homemade soup. Whether you are lucky enough to be able to stay at home and simmer one on the stove top all day, or have one brewing in the crockpot for your arrival home, soup just says "let's eat!"

The king of all soups, in my humble opinion is the potato soup.  This easy recipe is one of my family's favorite crockpot soup concoctions.  It's easy to tweak to make it fit your diet and your picky eaters.  Start with the same base and add browned Italian sausage and kale and you have a hearty Zopa Tuscano.  Ground beef, carrots,celery and even more cheese and it makes crowd pleasing Cheeseburger Soup fit for a tailgating party.

This recipe was given to me at a potluck.  I've seen variations on this same recipe floating around the blogosphere and on Pinterest , some crediting Paula Deen and other's their grandmother for the recipe.  I don't know where the recipe originated, I just know it's share-worthy.

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

2 pounds potatoes, peeled and shredded*
32 ounces Chicken Stock
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons black pepper
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Green onions or chives

*You can substitute one 30 ounce bag of frozen shredded hash browns

Place potatoes, Chicken stock, soup, onion, garlic and pepper in crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are cooked through. Raw potatoes will take slightly longer to cook than the frozen variety.  Remove 2 cups from crockpot, allow to cool slightly and puree.  Returned pureed potatoes to crockpot.  Cube the softened cream cheese and mix in to crockpot along with shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir thoroughly and resume cooking for approximately 1 hour.
Serve topped with extra cheese, crumbled bacon and chives.
To freeze, allow soup to cool completely. Ladle in to individual serving bowls or quart size bags. Freeze flat.  To thaw, leave overnight in fridge and rewarm over low heat.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe.
Now for the rest of the menu this week:
Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup
Falafel, Hummus and Pita Bread (recipes coming soon)
Red Beans and Rice
Cheese Enchiladas, rice and beans
Chicken and Dumplings
Chorizo and Eggs with homemade tortillas
Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad
Breakfasts will be Oatmeal, cold cereal and Vanilla Quinoa 
Lunches: PB&J, left overs.
I will be sharing this post over at:
I am an Organizing Junkie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bad pun day...

A vulture boards an air plane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

 Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

 Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crutches and Steroids and Heat Packs, Oh My!

Let me get this part out of the way. I'm a Klutz.  I have been one for most of my life.  In kindergarten I walked under a teeter totter and got knocked out cold.  That was my first visit to the school nurse.. Over the years, the school nurse and I became good friends, with me ending up injured in various ways.  Break a collar bone falling off the jungle gym? Check. Break your nose by dropping a chair on it? Yep, did that, too. Sprained fingers and wrist? Of course. Tweak the knee in a dance class? How graceful.  The school nurse used to affectionately tell me I was an accident waiting to happen.

Graduation did not end my Klutzy Capades.  Back, wrist, tailbone ? Yes, yes and yes.  Electric shock? I've zapped myself enough to raise Frankenstein's monster. More recently I slipped in the kitchen because I wasn't paying attention and I slipped in a puddle of dog piddle.  Not only did my knee hurt, my tush was wet, too.  Ewww.  Flash forward to last week and I did it again, this time on the bathroom tile.  Now, it isn't the dog's fault. She did get MOST of her piddle on the pee pad.  It was mine for thinking I could slip in to the bathroom without turning on the light and waking my sleeping husband and dogs.  And slip I did. Consequently, I woke up everyone, too.

After a week of it to improving, I finally went to see the PA.  The good news, no torn ACL. The bad news, there is fluid behind the knee cap and damage to the cartilage.  He told me to stay off my feet for the next week and use crutches if I absolutely have to walk. Ha ha ha ha ha.  How long has he known me? I'm scheduled to work all weekend, so resting is out of the question.

But today? Today I am sitting up on the couch with my knee up. A heat pack is wrapped around my leg and the prednisone is giving me an energy buzz.  

And the crutches? They are propped over in the corner. Out of the way so I don't trip over them. 

Safety first.


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