We had a really fun weekend! Bailey came home to spend the weekend, I had not seen him since before I went to Seattle. Amanda and Lorenzo also came to stay the weekend with us. I was mentioning to Matt that when the kids were little my fantasy was for them all to get on that big yellow bus and be at school all day, but now I love them to all be home with me!
We planned a fun day for Saturday. I made baked potato soup(very fattening but worth the treat). Paula (Gram) & John came down from Tulsa for the day and even Izzy’s bff Para Brandy came to spend the day with us. Mom and dad delivered three pans of fluffy hot rolls. We got pumpkins to carve and because it was a little rainy we decided to endure the mess inside. It was definitely a mess but worth it.
Baked potato soup…
8 slices bacon
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup flour
3 (14.5 oz.) cans chicken broth
5 potatoes, baked, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
2 cups half & half
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup sour cream
salt & pepper to taste
How to make it
In a Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp
Remove and crumble, reserving drippings
Saute onion in bacon drippings until tender
Add salt and pepper
Stir in flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly
Slowly add chicken broth; cook, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly Add potatoes, parsley and half & half; cook for 10 minutes
Stir in cheese and sour cream.
Garnish with cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream.
Brandy helped with izzy’s pumpkin. Izzy did not like putting her hand into the slimy pumpkin to scoop out the guts. Everyone had an idea of what they wanted to carve. Izzy had a hello kitty pumpkin, Amanda chose a minnie mouse design, Emelia chose Ariel and Matt went gangster old school carving.
I also made Bailey’s favorite pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, although not many were left to take back to college!