Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Baked Potato Soup

Need a nice yummy soup to warm you up this fall? Well, this is definitely it. I am not a big soup fan, rarely eat anything but chicken noodle. (I know, I'm lame.) But I saw this recipe and I HAD to try it! It was as good as it sounded, better even. My husband LOVED it, and so did I! Hope you all love it too.

1/2 cube butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic (or 2 cloves)
1/2 c. flour
4 1/2 c. milk (I used 2%, but any kind will do)
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
6 medium baking potatoes, baked
2 c. grated cheddar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1 bunch chopped green onion
1 package of bacon

Bake potatoes in oven on 300 for about 3 hours.
Melt butter in a stock pot over medium heat.
Add garlic and saute for 30-60 seconds until fragrant. Add flour to pan.
Slowly add milk a little at a time while whisking constantly to eliminate lumps.
Whisk until smooth and then add chicken broth.
Bring soup just to a simmer and heat until thickened, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
Once soup is thickened, turn heat down to medium-low.
Cut potatoes in half length-wise and use a spoon to scoop out potato flesh into the pot.
Use a spoon or whisk to smash potatoes, breaking up large clumps.
Add grated cheese and salt and pepper and stir until cheese is melted.
Remove pan from heat and stir in sour cream, green onions,and crumbled bacon. (Don't use all the onions, bacon and cheese.)
Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle into bowls and top each serving with the remaining onions, cheese, and bacon.

Happy Eating. Xoxoxoxo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I know, I've been totally MIA for like a month. Sorry, life just gets busy. But I'm back for a min. :)

- I have had some experiences in my life, as I'm sure you all have as well, and am just feeling the need to express my thoughts today. So bare with me..

In my life I have had the privilege of having some GREAT friends! Great friends! Some I've only just met recently, and some who have been through it all and back with me. I've unfortunately had some not so great experiences with friends. You see, I am a total push over. True story. I could never admit this; until now. Long story short- sometimes people took advantage of that fact, because well, I let them. I'm not saying I'm the perfect friend, far from it actually. I've just now finally realized that I can't fix everything, I am not perfect, I'm only human. I know that as hard as it is to admit, I can't hang on to everything, and try to make everything better. People grow up, and sadly they grow apart. The reason for this post is for me; for me to finally realize that it's okay to let go...

I have thee BEST Friends in the entire world and I'm so grateful for all of them in my life- they are truly so precious and special to me! I could not ask for better friends. I found this quote the other day- this is SO true for me-

" Those truly linked don't need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, their friendship is as true as ever."

-These quotes describe what I'm trying to say perfectly. :) Hope you all have some wonderful friends in your life too.