Monday, October 22, 2012

Welcome Fall: Soup, DIY Garland, & a Cold


Fall has arrived. Living in Texas doesn't guarantee that it will stay for long but at least we are experiencing some signs of my favorite time of the year. Fall means it is time for yummy soup, fall decor, and a cold or two. 
Over the weekend I grabbed some fake leaves that I used for my fall table-scape last year & hot glued them to some twine. So easy. Its laughable. I really like the way they look over the doorway. I was going to do more fall decorating but then the sickness hit our home.
I love this time of year because everything is covered in leaves. It is beautiful. I don't want to rake them up. Unlike some people, I really LOVE them & they don't bother me at all. The more leaves in the yard the merrier. Just saying.
So yes over the weekend our home has become the house of the sick. Noah is the least sick with a nasty cough. He crawled into bed with us Friday morning after a very long night of him sleep walking & refusing to go back to sleep. Have mercy friends! This momma needs to learn how to comfort her 2 year old that doesn't want to sleep in his room all the sudden. Three nights in a row are killer. I should note that we refuse to let him sleep in our bed. Not happening.
Sunday morning I stayed home from church & kept Noah with me. Because I'm in the business of self diagnosing, I believe I have the flu. Or at least something just like it. Everything hurts & I sound like I've been smoking my entire life. (I dont smoke). On Sunday morning I got it in my head to make this yummy soup because I could tell the sickness was just getting worse. 
Friends, this really is the best Potato Soup. The best part, its all done in the crockpot. My friend Lauren shared her recipe with me nearly a year ago & I've made it 3 times. It makes a massive amount but its perfect to share with friends & then eat it for an entire week. It is so good that you don't mind eating it so long. Lauren found the recipe here.

Baked Potato Soup
5 lbs. Russet Potatoes (washed, diced, & I peel mine)
1 medium yellow onion
10 cloves of garlic minced
64 ounces chicken stock (I use %50 less sodium)
16 oz cream cheese (I use low fat)
1 tablespoon season all or seasoning salt
garnish with bacon, cheese, green onions.

In your crockpot add the diced potatoes, diced onion, garlic, seasoning, chicken stock. Cook on high for 5 hours. or 8 hours on low. Once the potatoes are soft add the softened cream cheese and puree soup. To do this, I use to use the blender. But that was an extra messy hassle. Now, we just unplug crockpot & plug in hand mixer & mix everything right there in the crockpot. Much easier. 
Stir up until the soup is the consistency you prefer. 
Garnish. Share. & Enjoy!
You've got to try this soup because I know you will love it.
Happy Monday Friends. 
~Brit
(crawling back into bed now to hopefully get over the sickness while Noah is at MDO)



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22 comments:

  1. Cute post! Stopping by from Texans Who Blog! Love the garland! The leaves look similar to the ones I put on my fall wreath this weekend! and omg that soup looks amazing!

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    1. The soup was pretty amazing. just saying. lol. Did you post pictures of your wreath? I'd love to see it.

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  2. i just made a potato chowder last week but i might have to make another potato soup after finding this recipe! thanks for sharing and hope you're feeling better!

    love,
    elisabeth
    lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com

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    1. I've never made potato chowder, perhaps I'll look up a few recipes to try this winter.

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  3. Looks delicious. I pinned it!

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  4. That baked potato soup sounds fabulous. We just moved to TX from MN, so it's not feeling like fall weather to me yet! It probably won't feel like fall until winter!

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    1. Ya, it probably wont feel like fall to you for a while. My husband is from Iowa & he is always saying how much he misses the colder fall weather. What part of Texas are you in?

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  5. love the leaf garland and the yummy soup! thanks so much for sharing the recipe. i'm happy to have found your blog and am now following you!

    happy monday!
    xoxo.

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    1. Thanks lady! Glad you stopped by today!

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  6. Sorry you have all been sick! That's never any fun. The soup looks wonderful! I'm totally pinning that!

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  7. That soup looks delish! I'm no help on the sleeping arrangements, we semi-coslept up until about a month ago, and little man still ends up in bed with us on some nights. ;)

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    1. Lol. It is difficult sometimes. Every few months Noah will decide to try to fight sleeping in his room for a night or two, but then realizes that we wont budge. Well, unless he is really sick or something.

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  8. My little one had a nasty cough too. It is so tough watching them so sick. I wish I could take it all away. Hope you all feel better soon.

    That soup is one of my all time favorites!
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    Happy Fall! (it is my favorite time of the year too!)

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    1. Oh Megan I know. It is SO hard seeing them so sick. But at least they love to cuddle all the time when they are so sick. only good thing.

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  9. Love the garland and the soup looks super delish! We're supposed to be getting a cold front this weekend (so looking forward to it) so I just might give this soup a try! Hope you all get to feeling better soon! :)

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    1. I'm so HAPPY that the cool front is here! Was it cool for Cecily's wedding? You girls are so pretty! I loved the dresses that you & candise were wearing. beautiful! ps. you need to come see us soon!

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  10. I have a fall leaf garland too! It makes the house feel so homey and cozy :) Hope y'all are feeling much better very soon!!

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    1. I know. I love having garlands inside the house. To be honest, I wish we could just leave them up all year round. ha! Thanks, we are feeling better now.

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