Harvesting Potatoes – Recipe: Creamy Potato Soup

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While we were at my parents, the littles were able to have a taste of farm life when they helped Gran harvest the potatoes.

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Gran dug the potatoes, and they happily gathered them up and put them into the bucket.

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Watching them took me back in time.  I probably never realized how cool it was to plant and harvest the food that was later placed on our dinner table for us to eat.

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We often had fresh meat, eggs, milk, and vegetables for dinner.  It was an incredible treat to share that experience with my own children.

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The littles loved being farmers for the evening.

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I loved bringing the potatoes home and making fresh potato soup.

Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

Ingredients

1 pound of bacon, chopped into small pieces

10-12 new potatoes

1 medium sweet onion, diced

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup diced celery

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup butter

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups whipping cream

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Wash the potatoes to prepare them for cooking.
  3. Line a cooking pan with foil. Add the potatoes in 2-3 rows. Cover with another layer of foil, tucking the sides of the foil around the potatoes.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  6. Pierce the skins of the potatoes with a knife, and peal away the skins with your hands.
  7. Place the potatoes into a bowl, and dice/mash them into pieces. You can mash them as fine as you want, according to your family's preference for how large they want the pieces in the soup. Add a little salt and pepper to the potatoes, and set them aside.
  8. Heat a large soup pan/stock pot over medium high heat.
  9. Add the bacon and fry until cooked and almost crispy.
  10. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for about 5-7 minutes.
  11. Add the butter. When it melts, add the flour, and quickly whisk until smooth. Pour in the chicken stock, continuing to stir to make sure that the mixture stays smooth. Sprinkle in about 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  12. Pour in the bowl of potatoes, stirring to incorporate them into the mixture.
  13. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then pour in the whipping cream.
  14. Reduce heat to low, and season to taste. At this point, you can add more whipping cream, if you want your soup to be creamier.
  15. Remove from heat and serve with cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
http://cookingformykids.com/2013/07/09/harvesting-potatoes-recipe-creamy-potato-soup/

My Creamy Potato Soup was slightly adapted from the Disney’s Cafe Carnation Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

Field Trip Fun – Recipe: Taco Soup

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After a busy, fun weekend, I was not ready to see the weekend come to a close.  Fortunately, my mother stayed with us an extra day and did not leave until Monday.

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Ethan had his field trip on Monday, and, even though siblings were allowed to attend, my mother offered to keep Summer so that I could enjoy the day with Ethan.  Since the littles started school, I have never had the opportunity to have a one-on-one field trip.  I usually have at least two, if not all three, littles with me.  As wonderful as those memories have been, I was very happy to have the special time with Ethan yesterday.

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We went to Inner Space Caverns, and it was so much fun to explore the cave through Ethan’s eyes.  He had apparently listened to the other children, so he was a bit frightened at first to head down into the dark.  But, he quickly became fascinated with all of the formations that surrounded us.

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It was quite a hike down into the cave, which made the journey back up all up hill, with the final stretch being quite steep.  It was good physical and occupational therapy for Ethan, so I considered it a very well-rounded day.

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After meeting up with his class for some pictures, we left early to meet my mother and Summer for lunch before my mom had to head back out of town.  Then, I did something that I hardly ever do.  I put a movie on for Summer and Ethan and took a nap.  I was just exhausted, and I knew that I still had to make it through a busy evening that included soccer practice.

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Since we are not big on fast food or dining out, when we have busy days, I always try to plan ahead so that we still have a hot dinner on the table.  While we did not have this Taco Soup for dinner last night, it is a perfect soup for busy days that start with a field trip and end with evening soccer practice.  It is so easy to put together, and it can easily heat up on the stove while everyone is grabbing those last minute pre-dinner showers.

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Ingredients

1-2 pounds hamburger meat

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 can Bush's Chili Beans, with juice

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 12 ounce package frozen corn

16 ounces beef broth

1 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes, blended

2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes, blended

Shredded cheese, optional

Cilantro, optional

Sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large cooking pan, brown the ground beef.
  2. Drain and return to the pan.
  3. Add all of the seasonings, mixing together until just combined.
  4. Pour in both cans of beans, the corn, the beef broth, and the blended tomatoes.
  5. Stir together, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Test to see if you want to add additional spices. This one is mild so that the littles can eat it.
  7. Spoon into bowls, and top with shredded cheese, cilantro, and sour cream.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/03/field-trip-fun-recipe-taco-soup-2/

Enjoy!

I linked up at the following:

BruCrew Life for Trick or Treat Tuesday

Naptime Creations for Tasty Tuesday Party

Blessed with Grace for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Mandy’s Recipe Box for Totally Tasty Tuesdays

Chef in Training for Tuesday Talent Show

33 Shades of Green for Tasty Tuesdays

 

Soups for the Soul

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While we have had a very mild winter, I have still made sure that soup has been on the menu often because I love it.

As I was looking through my soup posts for the SoupaPalooza link party that Dine & Dish and Tidy Mom are hosting, I discovered that I have several soup recipes on my little blog.

So, just in case we have more cold days ahead….or if you are like me and enjoy soup no matter the season or the weather, here are some soup recipes for you.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Tomato Soup

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Chicken and Rice Soup

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Hot & Sour Soup

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Chicken Corn Chowder

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Green Chili Chicken & Rice Soup

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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Enjoy!

And, if you are looking for some more soup recipes, make sure to come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset.