Thursday, February 21, 2013

Umbrellas, Snow and 1-2-3- Potato Soup

A day to remember. 

It rained
I walked a couple of blocks
Picked up my playmate
She was dressed for the occasion
Off we went

Wind caught under our black sails
Cold-footed drops tap-dancing over our heads
I said
"Can you hear the pitter patter of the rain drops?"
She giggled
"Mommy already asked me that."
I smiled
"And what was your answer?"
(Okay, obvious question, even to a 4 year old.)
We arrive home
De-brief the camera
She, on a barstool
Me, standing close behind
We both like the posterized version

Papa is home
He calls out like a trumpet
" It's snowing!"
We run to the window
Huge flakes of snow
Floating down like happy parrot troopers

She dances
(Poor Auntie Em's been wanting snow for 20 years!)

Then we make hot chocolate

And potato soup
(...because I intend to have a grandchild say to her grandchild,
 "I learned to cook in my Mimi's kitchen.)

                         Here is our recipe 
1-2-3- Creamy Potato Soup

8 large potatoes washed, peeled and cubed
    (I used red this time and removed half the peel.)
½ - 1 lb. cooked bacon
2 chopped onions
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups water
2 cups milk
½ cup flour mixed with ¼ cup water (to thicken soup) 
3 tbs. butter
Salt and pepper

Stove top instructions:
1.  Sauté onion and celery in large stockpot. 
2.  Add chicken stock, water potatoes, and bacon. Bring to boil, turn down heat and simmer 2-3 hours.
3. Add milk (slowly).It is best if milk is room temp. One hour before serving, mix flour and water and add to soup.

*For extra creamy soup: when ready to serve, scoop about 3 cups into blender and mix until smooth and pour back into soup pot.

Crock pot instructions:

1.  Add butter vegetables, stock and water to crockpot.
2.  Cook on high 6 hours.
3.  One hour before add warmed milk, make paste with ½ cu. flour and 1/4 cu. water and stir into pot.
(See * above)

When serving soup, add one cooked, sliced hot dog (or sausage, or not) and a handful of cheese to the top of each bowl.
 Makes 8-10 servings
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  1. Oh, Becky this is such a great article. You are a super Mimi~~~:)She will grow up remembering and will be an awesome young lady.

    1. Thanks Sherry. I wish I could send you some of this soup. It is yummy!

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    1. If this is my Emily, just imagine yourself in the snow pic.

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    1. High praise coming from a photographer! Thanks.

  4. What a fun day! I'll have to try bacon in our potato soup!

    Thanks for linking up with Tender Moments.

    1. Oh, Becky...the bacon MAKES the soup!


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