Friday, February 19, 2010

Tomato Potato Soup

Sorry for my bloggy absence! After the great sickness of 2010, the little boys and I headed down to Florida to visit my parents, drive to NC for my uncle's retirement service, and so I could go into my office a couple of days. Sickness then vacation= no cooking!

I finally got back to it last night, and here is what we had... no pictures because I was too lazy to go find my camera. :-)

We have lots of potatoes that need to be eaten, so many of our meals this week and next will feature potatoes. I also had an opened giant can of diced tomatoes from Sams Club, so this was definitely a use what you have kind of meal.

Tomato Potato Soup

1 T butter

1 T flour

1 onion, chopped

2 T minced garlic

4 C potatoes (I had half already mashed, half raw diced)

1 C celery, diced

2 carrots, shredded or chopped

2 C zucchini, shredded or chopped

1 T Italian seasoning

2 C milk

2 C diced tomatoes (or I think 1 14 oz can would work)

1 C chicken broth

1/2 c tomato puree

salt to taste

Melt butter in a large pan, add in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Add in veggies, garlic, and Italian seasoning, and saute until slightly tender. Add all other ingredients, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low 20-30 minutes. I then blended the soup so it would be smooth, but you could certainly leave it chunky!

I served the soup with homemade croutons, made from a loaf of bread I stuck in the freezer before we left town so it wouldn't go bad. They topped the soup off perfectly! The potatoes made it creamy, almost like it had cream in it, without a potato-y taste. I just ate some for lunch, and it was even better the second time!

Friday, February 5, 2010

My Kitchen Helpers

Thought you guys might like a look at my kitchen helpers! My boys, in general, are pretty great about entertaining themselves while I play in the kitchen, and even "helping!"

Jack will either play "maydo" (playdough) or do other artsy things at the kitchen table while I cook, or play "painting" in the sink. This involves a sink full of bubble water, plastic and wooden cooking utensils, and paint brushes.


Charlie is my constant companion in everything. As a nursing baby, we are rarely out of each others' site for more than a few moments. The kid will probably be able to peel a carrot before he can walk because he's usually right up in the action. Situated either in a sling or in the highchair, Charlie is a great sport about just hanging with me in the kitchen.


Yep, I'm a lucky mama to have two great kitchen helpers!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Once a Month Cooking- Admitting Defeat

Here's an update of what I accomplished over the weekend. My plans got deterred with two sick littles, and now Mama's the one who's sick! I'm taking it very slow, but determined to finish at least a few more meals. I've even gotten a few done this morning! Things may not have gone exactly as planned, but I'll still end up with several meals for the freezer, and the components for others.

Prep Day #2- Saturday

Sams Club Shopping Trip

Mix pizza dough (for frozen crust dough and sandwich pockets)

Mix pretzel dough

Cook 4 lbs ground beef

Cook bacon

Taco Meat

Sloppy Joe Meat


Cooking Day- Sunday

Bacon Cheeseburger Rollups


Breakfast Burritos

BBQ Chicken Wraps


Cooking Day 2- Monday (Today)/ Tuesday

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti

Italian Mac n Cheese

Southwest Mac n Cheese

Pizza Pockets

Ham and Cheese Pockets

Pizza Stuffed Pretzels

Tuna Bake

Ham Fettuccini Bake

Form & cook meatballs

Popcorn Chicken


Taking Off the List (for this month):

Shepherds Pie (ran out of ground beef)

Asian Pork Dumplings (didn't get wonton wrappers)

Crab Cakes

Tuna Cakes


Make Later in the Week:


Pancake Mix

Muffin Mix