Especially when it gets cold outside. It warms you inside and out.
This past weekend I participated in a Chili/Soup Cook Off
and my soup came in 4th place!
Rumor has it - it should have been 3rd place
but I was expecting "no place" so I'm happy with 4th
but more happy that people really liked it.
I have no recipe.
But here is how I made it.
I made a Big Ole' Pot but you can cut it in half and adjust accordingly.
First: I cut up my celery and my onions.
(I used 4-5 stalks of celery and 1/2 a small onion)
Second: I put the celery and onions on the stove to boil.
(I like the celery and onions to add flavor - and not be crunchy
so I let them boil longer than my potatoes.)
Third: I peel...
... and dice up my potatoes.
(I used half a bag 15-18 potatoes - but adjust to what you need)
Fourth: I let them boil with the celery and onions.
While everything is boiling, we need to make our white cream sauce.
Fifth: Melt your butter in a sauce pan over medium heat on the stove.
(I used 2 sticks of real butter- but sometimes I use margarine and it works just fine too)
Sixth: When your butter is all melted, add flour.
I used almost 2 cups of flour -
I start with just a little bit and add and add until I get the consistency I am after.
You want the butter/flour to sort of crumble a little bit
but still be a tiny bit sticky.
Seventh: Add Milk.
I added about 4-5 cups.
Eighth: Stir and Stir and Stir.
The milk will start to boil and the butter/flour mixture will start to disappear into the milk and it will thicken. If you find that it thickens too much - simply add some milk. You don't want a thick paste - but you don't want it too thin either.
hmmm...let me think...ummm...oh!
brownie batter consistency is the best way I can think of to explain it
Your potatoes should be ready to pull off the stove.
Ninth: Drain them completely!
Tenth: Pour them back into your pan, add about a cup of milk and put them back on the stove on medium heat. Adding the milk is to keep the potatoes from burning while you begin to mix.
Eleventh: Add your white cream sauce and stir it all up.
Twelfth: Add your cheese and stir it all together.
I use Colby Jack cheese - I love the taste of it and it is what my husband and I always buy.
For this big pot - I used 6 cups of cheese. Use as much or as little as you would like.
As you stir the soup, the cheese will melt -
and you are done!
Add Salt and Pepper to taste and Enjoy!
Did I totally confuse you?
I hope not. It really is simple. If you have any questions let me know and I will do my best to answer them.
Note: When I make this for just my husband and I -
- waiting and waiting for this little lady to make her debut -
I realized that I only had 4 burp cloths for her (thanks to my mom or I wouldn't have any!) and whipped her up some this weekend.
I chose three completely different fabrics and I love each one of them!
I just made them without following any tutorial and I was lazy and didn't take any photos of how to make them to create my own because I happen to know of a couple crafty ladies who have great tutorials for you to follow - you can find a tutorial for the pink and greens ones here and the brown ones here!
Please have your order into me by the end of this week! I know that seems early but it is only 9 weeks away from Christmas - The last day I will mail any out will be December 13th so I can ensure you will have them in time for Christmas morning - obviously if you get your order in sooner you will receive it sooner!
I can only stitch so many so first come, first serve!
and at first I was like "Yay!! Sweet!! This will be awesome!"
and then life hits -
and things don't always go as planned -
and sometimes when you are 36 weeks pregnant you feel the need to simplify -
and spend your time doing other things -
and then you feel totally unprepared.
so instead of being a vendor at this awesome event -
I am going to be a shopper!!
Which probably suits me even better!!
And if you are a great shopper too - and want to get a jump start on Christmas - you should join me and tons of other ladies for an awesome girls night out with crafts from some of my favorite bloggers! I am super excited!
On Friday night my husband and I were in the kitchen getting ready for dinner - I didn't make anything special - because lets face it - on Friday night's I am just too tired lately. We were just going to eat at the bar top and spare us the whole set the table/clear the table thing when I moved a mug of water, not remembering that right behind it I had a yummy candle burning - It fell off the bar top onto the counter and splashed hot wax ALL over the kitchen! Including all over my husband - sorry sweetie!
As we were cleaning up wax from everywhere - even places you would never guess that wax could get - I remembered back to when I was younger and wax was somehow spilt on the carpet, my mom was so smart and taught me how to get it cleaned up so I thought I would share it with you.
How to get wax out of your carpet
Yes - I did spill a little bit of wax on the carpet for this post. Sacrifice Right?
I wanted to show that it really truly worked and I can't do it without a demo -
Shhhh... don't tell my husband!
Place a plain white piece of paper over the spot with wax.
Then warm up your iron on a medium setting...
... and iron over the top of the paper right where the wax is.
The wax will melt onto the paper.
I move the paper and refluff up the carpet where I ironed it down - if you don't have fluffy carpet you won't really need to do that.
Then I repeat and repeat until no more wax comes up.
be careful that you keep the iron on your paper so you don't melt the carpet -
And when you are no longer soaking up wax, take a warm damp rag and wipe the spot - and you will have no more wax!