I just have to say this is a comfort food for me. I love this soup. I have always loved potato soup. But it took me awhile to refine my recipe. It’s a total comfort food.
I also have to say this is in no way healthy or low fat. So beware.
1 pound of bacon
2 large onions
7-8 medium sized poatoes
Knorr Chicken bouliion
2 garlic cloves
half & half Cream
I take my big soup pot and throw in the bacon. I cook it on medium heat until crispy. Stirring frequently …you want the browning bits on the bottom of the pan. When the bacon is nice & crispy take it out of the pan leave in the drippings.
Add the chopped onions, garlic and basil. Let the onions cook for a bit in the grease….when you start to see them go translucent it’s time to add the chicken bouillon & potatoes ( peeled & chopped) Add enough water to cover the top pf the potatoes. Cook on medium low heat until the potatoes are done. When the potatoes are done add the half & half to desired thickness (or fill the pan) I will also use some cornstarch to thicken the soup. Add Tabasco to taste. Chop the bacon and add shredded cheddar cheese. I add it in the pot before I serve it because my family goes to crazy on the garnish. But if I serve it for other people I serve the cheese & bacon bits on the side.
I hope this comforts you like it comforts me. YUMMY!
I made this casserole twice this last week. This is a quick easy simple meal but loved by all in my family …which is kind of a hard sell…just saying.
1 loaf of french bread
8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 cup of mayo
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning mix
1 clove of garlic
1 bag of pre-made meatballs ( you can make them if you wish…but I just buy the pre-made ones because they are fast) I also thaw these out because they casserole wont cook right if they are still frozen.
1 16 oz jar tomato sauce
1 bag of mozzarella cheese
preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Grease your pan (s)
Layer the slices of french bread in single layer across a big pan. I use a big roasting pan ( because my family is big) …a single 9×13 would be a bit to small for this recipe. So you could use 2 9x 13′s.
Then in a mixing bowl mix the cream cheese, spices, garlic and mayo until well blended. Then spread this mix over the top of the bread. Cover the bread thoroughly. The reason for this is to keep the bread from getting to soggy. After you cover the bread with the mix you then put the tomato sauce on the layer of cream cheese mix..then layer the meatballs on top of that cover with cheese.
Bake uncovered for about 30 mins. Check it to see if it’s hot & bubbly sometimes it needs a bit more time.
I have not gotten even half of what I need or want to get done….accomplished. I have had Dr. & dentist appointments every day …Our dentist is about 30 minutes away and we have spent several hours each morning there….so then I have to get my kids lunch and make a date outof it before I send them back to school…right?
By the time I would have dropped Clarissa & Cole off today they would have been at school for only 2 hours ( or less) so I just let them stay home. Our Dentist Bill for Jan & Feb out of pocket is pretty steep…and then one of them needs braces. We all need them for cosmetic reasons & overbite reasons. I can’t afford those. But Cole actually needs them because of the way his bite is..he is grinding his teeth pretty badly. So I have to come up with those funds. That’s very stressful. But that’s a big family thing…..and just every day life.
I have not been sleeping hardly at all…..I am going to start taking a natural agent so I can get some rest. I feel sick most mornings and sometimes I even throw up for my lack of sleep. It’s not a good thing. I have been praying and asking for rest. I am experiencing a bit of burnout which happens this time of year…but I think I have some unrest in my soul. We are still struggling with our oldest daughter. I am not losing sleep over that stuff though. It’s all done. I have accepted that she wants to hold herself back. She is going to enter her second quarter of college taking high school classes. She isn’t getting any college credits & it’s a complete waste of time. She didn’t contact us for Thanksgiving…..the last time she was here all she did was lie. Then she tried to get her brother to lie to us as well. But thankfully he wasn’t going to do that. Rob & I had plenty to say about that. She is also complaining about having to pay her copay for birth control? Seriously? If you can’t afford it than don’t engage in that activity? It’s part of responsibility. But Who am I? It’s to exhausting to think about or waste time on. So I am just letting Rob handle all of it. He can separate himself better than I can…..I haven’t given up per se……but I just don’t have time to waste. When she figures things out I will engage.
Then I got home from the dentist and tried to rest a bit. On my Facebook today my friend, Penny posted a music video. She knows me so well..it’s so me. I can’t think of another song that describes me so well. If I had to sit in an office again I would go STIR CRAZY! The Song is called “PocketFull of Poetry”
You can watch the music video on that link. I am totally in love with the song. I actually like most of her music. I used to have a playlist on this blog with all of this happy indie type music. I miss that. But those of you who were fans of that will like this as well.
I am so excited for this weekend. One of my Besties, Carla is coming for the weekend. Clarissa has her winter ballet recital. We are going to do some baking, talking, sharing. I will need to do some quilting because I am so behind. So probably Sunday. Rob & the boys have been working on little jobs each night. Paint touch ups. We had paint matched for our entry way. I am going to go match paint for the upstairs living room. I was thinking of repainting everything….with new colors. But I have been looking at color stories and swatches.But I can’t go with any lighter colors while the kids are home. I have tried that and in all the main areas we really need darker colors that will hide dirt and hand prints ect. When I think of changing I can’t find a combo I like better than the one I have. I just decided to wait to re-do everything until the majority of the kids leave home or I find something I like better…..in a few years. LOL. So touch ups will be quick easy & cheap. Rob patched a bunch of holes and touched up the family room & entry way. So we can hang the rest of the stuff in the family room. Then this weekend will be touch ups in living room, cleaning out the dryer tubes….we don’t need to start a lint fire. Plus we have a few odd jobs that need to be cleared up. It feels good to get this stuff done & breathe easy. I can’t stand the disorder. My office is driving me crazy. But I know it will take so much time …& once I start it I won’t be able to leave it. So I have to wait until my work load is in better shape.
We also went grocery shopping & did some light Christmas shopping tonight. We needed to buy presents for Landon. So the boys & Rob picked those out. They also bought their white elephant gifts for Christmas eve. Which is our tradition. Fun times.
It’s always an experience shopping with these guys. Lordy-Lordy!
Preston was experiencing some red face. I kept asking him if he was having hot flashes that continued with the red face. It seemed ever corner we turned in the store Preston had a girl or a group of girls saying “Hi Preston”…..”Hey Preston” …”Oh look there’s Preston” haha! This is a common thing for him. He walks home with several girls and has ac rush on several girls. I will have to lock him up soon. Very soon.
The gifts that these guys pick out to buy are always so funny and there always has to be some kind of prank involved or it’s not a good gift.
Anyway That’s the skinny around here. Lots of activity and work. I look forward to some rest and hope that the season is being kind to all of you.
This is one of the Grinch quilts I have made this year. The other one isn’t quilted yet.
I bought all of this fabric (for both quilts) when the fabric was first released. The Grinch is near & dear to our hearts. I probably have the same memory of the Grinch as a kid as everyone my age does. Before we could just You-tube or buy the blue ray discs.. ..we had to wait for the one time a year that it would play on public television. Then you sat there-> through all of the commercials that you couldn’t fast forward and sit the entire time totally captivated by what was happening.
Yes that memory.
But then when I started having my babies….they came out with VHS….and my kids watched it (the cartoon)..but then the movie came out. In fact we went to the theater to watch it and it was Cole’s First movie in the theater. I thought It would be to scary for he & Bryce who was 4. Cole was 2.5. I was pregnant with Preston. They loved it and we had to buy the movie when it came out. They watched it all year long. Good experiences.
Then in 2008 we took the kids to Disneyland for Christmas. One of our days was spent at Universal Studios. We love Disneyland, sea world, the zoo ect. But we all have a special place in our hearts for Universal studios (US). Here are the great things about US
~The characters are out & about all of the time. No long lines ect. They stop & talk to you and they spend time with you. (Disney not so much. You have to wait in long lines….because they aren’t out & about all of the time. You can see more characters in 30 minutes at US than you see all day at Disney)
~Things are more affordable at US….food everything. We were able to buy food passes for all day food & drinks at US ( they even gave us a further discount because our family was so huge *blessings*)…Disney not so much. They charge outrageous prices.
So this is my US studios Grinch Story. We went on a gray day. Kind of cold. But not terrible. For the locals it was cold. For Christmas all of the parks go above & beyond changing everything to Christmas themes. The theme of US was ->The Grinch. We entered Whoville with dancers & carolers. All of them had on fabulous costumes ect. Then they had snow ball fights….ect. They even manufactured snow. Pretty amazing.
Well it started sprinkling rain…..so they offered us free hot chocolate and free pictures. We decided to go in the warm and get out of the rain. We were one of only a few families in the building. They had set up a stage for photos and tables with lots of hot chocolate. Then all of a sudden in walks the Grinch with max. Max was a real dog with antlers on and trained very well..to play his part. The Grinch spent a lot of time with us. He cracked jokes….teased poor Clarissa unmercifully..She just loved it. LOL Then when the boys would get sassy, The Grinch would break out in this really horrible obnoxious laugh ( for a long period of time) then crack some wise joke back in a serious face.. He was an amazing actor that just played the part so well. Then he asked if we wanted pictures. So they all got on stage with the set up background. It took a long time to get a “good” photo because the Grinch would sabotage the photos. Which would just make the kids laugh harder. LOL He would put his hand in front of Clarissa’s face….or make silly gestures ect. Which would make the kids all turn to him. I think we finally got one. It’s on my other computer. So I am going to have Rob help me get those and I will post some with my next Grinch post.
Those are precious memories. So the Grinch is such a favorite Christmas memory for us. I also love him because he is redeemed. He was changed…..By Love. Then what happened? “His heart Grew 3 sizes that day” Yes..I think that is what happens when we are changed.
So I had this great idea of how I was going to quilt this and forgot. But then remembered after ( of course) So I will save the idea for the next one. I was actually going to custom quilt the next one..but now I’m not. My idea is to just simply write the story on the quilt. Let the story of The Grinch be my quilting. So it will be…..on the next one. LOL Good thing I am easy going. So this quilt I simply quilted circles within circles. It was fun & great for the quilt. This quilt is all flannel. long in length because it will be a couch quilt. We tend to like our couch quilts a bit longer to share. I am also going to print a picture of us with the Grinch to put on the back.
I had some leftover strips so I made a table runner as well.
I only had enough fabric for two Grinch quilts so the 6 of them will have to fight over who gets them..later.
wSo Who or what is your favorite Christmas character? It’s always interesting to know…..:)