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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

Slow cooker + potatoes = easy and yummy. My kind of cooking!

I know there are a bunch of potato soup recipes out there but this one really caught my eye. Not just because I can toss everything into the crock pot and be done with dinner (well, almost for this one), but because the ingredients looked so interesting. This is made with cream cheese, one of my favorite 4 food groups (yes, cream cheese gets its own food group in this house…along with the other three; pizza, roasted broccoli, and ice-cream).

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

potato soupIngredients:

  • 2 lbs. Potatoes, peeled and medium diced
  • 1 medium Onion, small dice
  • 1 Tbs. minced Garlic
  • 2-14.5 oz. cans Vegetable Broth (or chicken, if you prefer)
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. dried Parsley
  • Dash of Hot Sauce or Tabasco (optional)
  • 4 drops Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 1 block (8 oz) of Cream Cheese
  • Optional Toppings: sour cream, grated cheese, green onion, crumbled bacon, or anything else you’d normally put on a baked potato (not sure chili would work, but I’d give it a shot…).

Directions:

  1. To the slow cooker add; peeled and diced potatoes, onion, garlic, black pepper, parsley, Tabasco, Liquid Smoke, and veggie broth.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or until the potatoes are tender/done.
  3. Take out half this mixture and blend it with the cream cheese (either a blender or food processor — you want this to be fairly smooth).
  4. Add it back to the slow cooker and mix well.
  5. Season the soup with additional pepper and, if needed, salt.
  6. Serve hot with desired toppings (shown here is sour cream, cheddar, bacon bits, & green onions…oh, yum).

* Recipe adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker (thank you!).

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Fluffy, Puffy Clouds

It’s hard to believe it’s November. Not just because the year has flown by, but also because the weather has been so lovely this fall!

The other day my photo buddy, Crystal, sent me a text message “you want to go shoot a few pictures?” I tried, very hard, to keep focused on what I was doing but she won me over (not to mention the fact that she was sitting in my driveway when she sent the message to begin with…) and off we went to shoot photos. As always, I’m so glad we went.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a cloud fanatic. I can’t get enough. Each one is so interesting (okay, okay…interesting to me) and I, especially, love the big fluffy, puffy ones with the really well-defined edges. You know the ones I mean, right?

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Of course there’s also something to be said for the little cottony clouds, too…

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And, I admit, with views like this any clouds look marvelous!

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And let’s not forget the wispy, wind-swept clouds!

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Don’t get me wrong, I like blue skies (and even the grey ones) but there’s something magical about clouds…

 

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Halloween 2013

 

Well, it’s over…but it was great fun while it lasted! Fred and I won 2nd place at a local theater that was hosting a costume contest at their late night showing of “Young Frankenstein” (great flick!) on Halloween night. We went as “Sister Mary Eyebrows” and “Brother Dementias.” We were pretty scary and, I think if I hadn’t forgotten my ruler, we could’ve won.

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I got my witch done for the porch and our graveyard (aka “garden”) was a big hit. Everyone seemed to enjoy our hard work, with the exception of one little girl who, very loudly, refused to get out of the car to take a closer look. We even had one person knock on the door to ask for our email because he’d taken photos and wanted to send them to us.

Since it was an “old-fashioned” haunting, I thought I’d do old-fashioned photos of it. Hope you enjoy them!

vulture

grim

minion

blurry grim

cemetary

pumpkins

(Okay, so I had to add one with all of Fred’s really cool lighting!)

halloween yard

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