Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Finally Made A Good Potato Soup

Last fall I was lucky enough to be select through Crowd Tap and Campbells  to try out some delicious new flavors and products.  They sent me the biggest boxes of yummies, and we have enjoyed everything that we have tried so far.  Immediately when I was looking through the box, I spied the box of Swanson Cream Starter Broth, and more importantly the recipe for Loaded Potato Soup on the back.

Those of you who follow my adventures know that I have tried to make potato soup on MANY occasions and only ended up with a globby mess.  Not this time my friends.  It was so good that we were fighting over the leftovers.

So let's get started on the easiest, fastest, and most flavorful potato soup that you will ever make at home.  Thank you Campbells and Swanson, I will never use another recipe!

Here is what you need:

1/2 lb of bacon (about 8 strips)
1 lb of russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large white onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Carton of Swanson Cream Starter Broth

1/2 cup (or more) of shredded cheddar cheese
sliced green onions for garnish

Here is how to do it:

In a large saucepan, cook your bacon, remove the cooked bacon and let it drain on towels, and then using your kitchen shears, cut into pieces.

Add the onion and the potatoes to the bacon grease in the pan, cooking until they become tender, around 5 minutes.  Add garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in the cream starter and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes become more tender.  Stir in half the bacon and cheese.

Serve each bowl with a portion of the cheese, bacon and green onions.

(Hide any leftovers in the back or the frig - for your lunch!)



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015

Happy New Year!

I have BIG plans for this year.

A new look for the blog.  I like the colors, and I hope you do to.

My plan is to get back to doing the things I like to do.  I am going to write what I want to write, and not worry about followers, or page views.

I am going to stop worrying about perfect and just enjoy the time.

I am going to do more with less, and feed my creativity.

I will stop putting off to tomorrow what I know I should be doing today.

I am going to make things easier on myself.

I am going to stop sweating the small stuff and concentrate on reaching my BIGGER goals.

So let's get to it!   Lots of work to be done this year!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Host a Couples Shower

I love the idea of a couples shower.  It's like a more relaxed version of an engagement party.  A chance for family and friends to get together with no pressure.

Who should Host?

The obvious answer is the bridal party.  All of the bridal party, groomsmen included.  This will be a fun way for the bridal party to get to know each other and bond over the planning.  The maid of honor (MOH) and the Best Man (BM) should take the lead, but tasks (and costs) should be spread out over the entire group.

Who to Invite?

Friends and families.  It doesn't have to be all couples, but if you invite singles, make sure that you '& guest' their invite.  Remember the rule of thumb, do not invite anyone who will not be invited to the wedding.  Always consult the bride and groom before finalizing the guest list.

Invitations should be mailed, digital reminders can be sent a week before.  Do not post it on the wedding website or Facebook page unless you have invited everyone on the wedding guest list.  Invitations should be mailed 4-6 weeks before the event.

When to Have it?

Typically couples showers are held on Saturday night.  But, with any shower it can be held in the afternoon.  Actually, it might be better in the afternoon, especially if it being held during a popular sporting event.  It would be fun to set-up a TV and let the conversations naturally flow.  Planning it at least 6 weeks prior to the wedding.

What to Serve?

The easiest idea is to host a good old fashion bbq.  No fuss, paper plates, easy clean up.  Put the men in charge of organizing the grills, and then manning them.  They should also be in charge of bar, task them with developing a themed drink, which will help you keep the costs down.


For this type of shower, with the bride and groom's approval, it is completely acceptable to state on the invitation "No Gifts Please" - if they do want gifts that is appropriate to.  If that is the case gifts should be opened in front of the guests.


Yes!  Divide into teams boys vs girls teams if you have some singles that are attending and go old school.  Think water balloon toss, three legged races.  The games don't have to be traditional, although how much fun would it be to watch the men put together wedding dresses out of toilet paper?  I'm just saying...

Theme Ideas

-Theme/Colors of the Wedding
-Stock the Bar (everyone brings a bottle)
-Fill the Garage (everyone brings a tool)

Please do not do the following:

-make it a potluck
-ask the guest to write their address on a envelope for the Thank you note
-send out a Facebook invite

Happy Planning!