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

Summer Fun on the Farm

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The littles and I took a mini vacation to the farm last weekend.  Our trip was nothing short of relaxing, refreshing, and fun.  We all had a great time, and Gabriel came back home saying that he wants to live in Gorman when he grows up.  While I am quite certain that will change over the years, it makes me so happy that my littles get to experience some of my childhood. I love living in our little suburb, and even though my brother-in-law calls me a hippie, I am definitely still a farm girl at heart.

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While we were there, there was plenty of fishing.  The tank is so well-stocked that they each were able to catch many, many fish.  Gabriel caught Big Mona, which was one of the hi-lights of the trip.

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Not ones to miss out on any of the fun, Summer and Ethan got in on the fishing action, too.

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They swam in the tank the first day, but after feeling one too many fish on their little toes, they gave up. And, being the brave momma that I am, I could not blame them at all. One fish jumping close to my raft just about gave me a small heart attack.

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So, my parents, being the loving grandparents who they are, cleaned out an old cow trough, and filled it up with water.  The memories flooded back at that point because I remembered that Gabriel’s first “swimming” experience was in a cow trough.

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While it was not very big, they did not care.  They used their imaginations and had the best time splashing and floating in their pool.

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Of course, a trip to the farm would not be complete without some golf cart rides.

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Which turned into another hi-light for Gabriel, as he was able to go from being a passenger to being the big driver.

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Ethan is not a big fan of the tractor because it is so loud, but Summer loves it.  When she heard Gran plowing the garden early Sunday morning, she took off to be his helper.  Once again, the memories flooded back.  My memories had more to do with my daddy taking me to plow early one morning.  He was in a closed-cab tractor, which had a bit more room.  I was in the tractor asleep with our cocker spaniel puppy.  Apparently I had been eating crackers when I fell asleep, and the crumbs were all over me and the floor.  While I slept, our puppy licked up the crumbs everywhere, including on my tummy.  My daddy loves telling that story, and I love hearing it.  When I watched Summer on the tractor that morning, I was so happy that I was watching a tractor ride through her eyes, knowing that it was me on that tractor over thirty years ago, when I was just about her age.

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The littles always have a list of things that they want do do.  A trip to the park completed that list.  Summer had a rare nap before we went, and she was in all-out posing mode – “Momma, look at me now.”

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It was a perfect mini vacation for all of us. There is nothing like being pampered by my parents while watching my littles enjoy all of the same things that I loved about being a farm girl.