Monday, December 11, 2017

The Accidentally Perfect Potato Soup

After hours of searching on Pinterest, I believed I had found the perfect potato soup recipe!   With the first freeze coming, I knew soup was going to be perfect for a family get together. What was even better was that we were going to the deer camp to meet my husband’s family for some serious family time together. 

Finally, the day had come for potato soup!  My heart was set on it.  I had never made it before, but after reading all of the recipes and the comments from those who had tried them…I was sure I had a sure-fire recipe. 

I read the first couple of steps and was all ready to start.  I had the bacon cooked (9 slices) and the potatoes already baked with the peel off and chopped into bite size pieces.  I had the butter cut up (11 tablespoons) ready to go into the Dutch oven/soup pot I had on the stove.  I went ahead and put the butter in the pot to start melting.  I was getting so excited…Time to add the flour.  The recipe called for 2/3 cup – stirring in 1/3 cup at a time with the butter. 

Next was to add milk with a constant stirring to mix it all together.  I started with one cup….and then a second….Then, my phone battery died.  WTH!  Now what?  What was next?  I could have sworn it said 7 cups of milk.  I looked at the milk container and there is no way I had 7 cups left. 

Time to improvise!  I added one cup of heavy cream…still stirring.  I checked my phone and I couldn’t even get the charger to attach to charge the phone.  (I was still stirring with one hand).  Oh what the heck, let’s add the potatoes.  I had chopped up the potatoes to bite size and then added them to the butter, milk, and cream concoction I had going on in the pot.  It seemed a bit thick, so I added a third cup of milk. 

It still seemed so thick, but it smelled amazing already.   I knew I was going to have to make up the milk difference so I pulled some chicken stock out of the pantry and used a 32 ounce container.  Stirring constantly (to prevent the flour from burning), I added another 16 ounces of chicken stock (or half of another 32 ounce container). 

Once blended, I added shredded cheese.  The recipe called for two different cheeses…I used what I had on hand: Mild Chedder and Colby Jack.  I took two giant handfuls of each cheese and slowly added it to melt into the soup. 

I tasted it….and it wasn’t great.  It was missing so much.  I added salt and pepper.  Then I chopped up 6 slices of the bacon and added it to the pot.  Then I added 5 large spoons of the bacon grease from the pan I had just cooked the bacon in to the soup pot.  I also then pulled out garlic chives I had from the garden.  I took a large handful and chopped them up and added them to the soup pot.  I added another two large handfuls of cheese….

AMAZING!  It was thick and creamy and so cozy!  The perfect comfort food! 

I shredded some extra cheese for garnish with the rest of the bacon and chives. 

The whole process took less than 40 minutes!  This was very fast and super easy!  I had to share what amazing recipe had developed while my phone battery had died.     

Everyone loved the soup and I had not one compliant!  I hope you have a great potato soup recipe.  If you do, please share below!  Let’s compare notes.  If you don’t, please try the one I shared.  Let me know how it goes with your family and friends. 

--From my cabin to yours---

All You Can Do is Laugh...

This weekend was one of a kind and it was hilarious to me.  I could not make this stuff up if I wanted to.  I simply am not this creative...

I left home on Thursday to drive two hours to our deer camp to meet a handyman who was suppose to finish the electrical work that our previous electrician didn't finish and then vanished for the last 3 months...We heard the rumors that he had illnesses and had been in the hospital, but we left several messages and never heard from him.  So we figured that he just didn't want to do it.  

The handyman showed up Friday morning at 9AM...on time.  That was a nice change.  I showed him the items again and he immediately got to work.  He was finished shortly after noon.  He actually left around noon to get more screws and then returned to finish securing a wire he had just ran for a new tankless hot water heater...As I closed the gate for him, I went inside just happy as a lark!  The last of the electrical work was finally finished!  

It was about 5 minutes later when I heard a car honking outside.  The handyman, Jeff, must have left something.  I hurried outside and saw a man coming through the gate with his vehicle parked outside the gate.  It was not Jeff.  He asked for Andrew and I introduced myself as his wife.  He said his name was Don.  Don...the missing electrician.  I laughed.  

How on earth could he have known that the truck that left the property just 5 minutes before he arrived was the person who finished the job he had promised to do oh so long ago?  How on earth could he have known that we just paid another to do the work that he was already paid to do?  

All you can do is laugh...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Year Later...

It's been just over a year since I stopped working due to medical issues with my pregnancy. 

It's been almost a year since the baby, Bailey, has been born.  It's time to start planning her birthday party.  What do you plan for a one year old?

My life has completely changed.  Completely.  I don't think there is a mother out in the world who would disagree that your world changes when there is a baby.  The additional stress alone of taking care of a baby or young child is enough to make some women break.  Add on top of that just one income and it seems like it's too much to handle.  The fire that lights the fireworks is that now - you stay home...all day...most days...

This time just two years ago, my house was completely ready for Christmas.  The tree was up.  Presents were wrapped and ready.  Santa's bag was ready to be filled with gifts for my stepdaughter who was due for a long visit for Christmas.

This time just last year, even on bedrest...the tree was up, house was ready for Santa and to make a 3 year old little girl very happy.

This year.  I have a wreathe on my door that I ordered from my nephew's Boy Scout fundraiser.  If he hadn't of asked, the cabin would have nothing Chrsitmas related.  I just can't get motivated to decorate knowing I just have to take it all down within the month.  Add the stress of keeping a teething baby out of the tree and I just want to cancel Christmas.

This year I also started quilting for others as a business of sorts.  I have one quilt due before Christmas and I'm still piecing it together.  It's going to be amazing and it's going to be done on time...The lady who ordered the quilt actually purchased most of the fabric and sent it to me to make the quilt.  She did not have enough fabric for me to make it, so I have added some additional fabric of solid colors to match.  I have about 20% of the piecing done and it's actually starting to look great!  I'm very excited to send this one off when it's finished.  I can see it coming together.  I'll have to add a picture of the work in progress.  I don't want to show too much of it off in case the one who ordered it finds this blog.  I want it to be a surprise.  An awesome and amazing surprise!

So as I begin my life as a new stay at home mom, who finally feels recovered enough from havings of a newborn...I want to invite you to follow me through my charmed cabin life adventures.