Friday, December 7, 2007


I live in TX. Today, December 7th it is 80 degrees and sunny. This is wrong on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin.

I love winter. I love to be cold; actually I love when it is cold outside and I can wear flannel things and sweats and socks and be warm despite the cold blustery weather.

Cold blustery weather where are you? Please, please come. Please. I miss you.

Since I can’t seem to convince old man winter to come for a visit, I’m just going to pretend. One of the things I like to do in the winter when it’s, you know, COLD is to eat soup. Potato soup. I love the potato, she is my friend. She is the mother of all comfort foods. And when she is in a soup, well my culinary joy is complete.

So here is my potato soup recipe (cooked in the crock pot of course!). If you would like to find some equally yummy soups go on over and visit BooMama. I bet they’ll be soups that don’t use frozen things and are from *gasp* scratch. But really, why go to all that trouble when there is potato soup to be had?

Crock Pot Potato Soup

1.) Put a bag of shredded hash browns in the crock pot. (I use the Southern Style square kind)

2.) Add 3 cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1 cup chopped ham.

3.) Turn on LOW and cook for 3 to 6 hours. (The longer, the better.)

4.) Stir in one pint of half and half or one can of evaporated milk. (yeah right, who’s going to choose Evaporated milk when Half and Half is an option?)

Remove lid and cook another 30 minutes on HIGH. Serve with a salad and/or a cheesy bread.

Sprinkle your bowl with pepper and extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Serves 4 to 6.

My friend Tonya pointed out to me (in the comments) a vital step in the Potato Soup making process that I forgot to mention, one that I often forget to do myself. (As I have previously stated)


And on a side note. My friend Tonya has started a blog and I think we all need to check her out. She is not just a cyber friend but a friend IRL. I have known Tonya since I was a teen with unfortunate taste in eye makeup and hair styles. And yet, still, she is my friend.

She is a fellow homeschooling mom with 4 kids and a husband in the military, I could tell you more about her husband but then I’d have to kill you and that would be hard since I don’t know where most of you live.


Tonya said...

You forgot the most important step in making potato soup - plug the crock pot in! :-)

We got 2 inches of snow on Wednesday. The kids have played and played! The girls even learned how to stand up on the sleds while going down the hill. Is that good or bad? :-) Come visit and I'll share the cold with you! (Which I LOVE too.)

I have a secret to tell you. I actually started a blog. It's very new, only a couple entries. You're only the 2nd person I've told. Not sure how much I'll work at it.

Tonya said...

YIKES! Well, guess someone will now read my blog! Does that mean I have to think about what I'm writing? Make it sound educated? Oh my. Dear me. Thanks Tricia. :-)

Halfmoon Girl said...

This sounds yummy. I will go visit Tonya and reassure her that she doesn't have to sound educated to have people read her blog- this is my personal experience anyways!

Renae said...

I am having the same issue here in Texas. Last night we even turned on the air conditioning for a bit to snap the humidity out of the air.

I want to wear my sweaters and cuddle under heavy blankets while drinking tea. It just seems wrong to be wearing shorts while decorating the Christmas tree, doesn't it?

And I love potato soup!

Peace to you,

Tricia said...

Yes Renae, it is wrong to decorate a Christmas tree in shorts, but we did just that.

It is finally cold here, and I do mean cold. Just above freezing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, but it is a bit hard on my delicate sensibilities to go from 80 to 30 in 24 hours! :o)