Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Look at this photograph...

Every time I do it makes me laugh.....

So my dinner tonight was actually quite boring. So there will be no fun recipe or fun pictures to post about that. I had chicken that was covered with BBQ sauce with original shake n bake on top of that baked in the oven with rice and corn. Yep, boring (but oh so tasty).

So I decided to post a picture of myself and my oldest son. I was going through my pictures tonight and this one just jumped out at me. I LOVE it. It is such a great picture of us. I miss him so much.


See, Chad decided that he wanted to go back to Maine to finish high-school there. He's a freshman and really wanted this. So after a lengthy discussion with his father we made it happen. OK wait, it did not happen quite like that but it's easier to say that then to go into the details of what really happened. The part about him wanting to go is 100% legit though so there he is. Truth be told, the schools are SO much better back east then the are where I am so there is a silver lining in it. A very small one but it's there!

Let's see what tomorrow brings shall we? A picture, a recipe, a bunch of nonsense.. We'll see what happens! Stay tuned!

An amazing dinner!!

So I wish I would have taken pictures but sadly, I did not. I'm going to blog about this though so I always have it and so that I can start to keep tabs on everything I have for dinner. I want to see what kind of annoying rut I get into..

Anyways, last night we had loaded baked potato soup. It's such a simple thing that you can cook in the crockpot. It can sit for 8 hours or more (for those who might work outside of the home and need that extra time to get home.... ) Yep! One of my favorite soups I have ever made. So here is the recipe and I hope that you try it out sometime...

6 large baking potatoes, peeled, cut in 1/2 -inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped (I used half of a large yellow onion.. using the other half for chili)
1 quart chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced (or pressed)
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cream or 1 cup half-and-half cream (I used whipping cream)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (I hate chives so I left this out)
1 cup sour cream (optional)
8 slices bacon, fried & crumbled (I sometimes use real bacon bits, makes it easier for me haha)
cheese, for sprinkling

1. Combine first seven ingredients in a large crock pot; cover and cook on
HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours (potatoes should be tender).
2. Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soup is slightly
3. Stir in cream, cheese and chives.
4. Top with sour cream (if used), sprinkle with bacon and more cheese.

It was like a bit of paradise in my mouth. I also made grill cheese to go with it and it was a perfect fit. So filling and so so so yummy! Try it out and let me know what you think! Later, I'll post all about tonight's dinner. Maybe I'll include some boring pictures too!