Friday, September 9, 2016

{Recipe} Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

Scrolling through Facebook recently I came across one of those quick recipe know the ones where they go through the steps in 30 seconds or less.  It was for potato soup in the crockpot.  It looked easy and delicious.  Two of my favorite things! The only thing is, it looked sooo thick! So after reading through some comments I decided to 'tweak' the recipe in true Jennifer fashion.  I also wanted to stretch it to feed 8 instead of 6. I was so impressed with how it turned out I wanted to share before I gobbled it up!

Crockpot Baked Potato Soup
adapted from 12 Tomatoes
Serves 8

1 32 oz cubed frozen hash browns
1 32 oz box low sodium chicken broth
1 16 oz box low sodium chicken broth
1 10 oz can cream of onion soup
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 package precooked bacon, chopped
salt and pepper 
shredded cheese for garnish
optional garnishes: chopped green onion or chives, more bacon

Make It:
Place hash browns, chicken broth, soup, and bacon in crockpot. Stir together. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 7 hours.
Once the soup gets nice and hot and bubbling, cube the cream cheese and stir in. After an hour, stir to make sure the cream cheese is incorporated. 
Garnish with cheese and enjoy the yumminess! 

*Notes: I had a little trouble with the cream cheese melting through so next time I make it, I may put it in at the half way point.  I had started it early before going to school/work so by the time I got home it had been 7 hours already, then I mixed the cream cheese in. It was still sooo good! And so easy!! I served 8 and had just about 1 serving left over perfect for lunch today!
And as you can see....I like lots of cheese!!

Here's to curl up and have some yummy soup weather!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Photo A Week Challenge

Well here comes fall!! Anyone else excited like me?
Summer went by way fast and our mini vacay was great!
Now that school has started we'll see 2017 before we know it!!

Here was August's snaps.....

Week favorite part of vacation was feeding the giraffes at the OKC zoo!! I snapped a picture of my boys then handed my phone to my husband and said 'take one of me!' and he thought I was recording!! Ha! Oh well!!
Week of my favorite things to capture is a good ole' Oklahoma sunset!!
Week 3.....ready.....totally ready for Lil' Hunkie to go back to school!! Excited for him to learn to read!! :)
Week 4.....routine.....and now that he is back in school I can do some of my fav morning routines....of course this is on a non-working day!
Week 5.....end....August was great!! It's my birthday month so it's always great! I do love when we turn the calendar to a new month, especially one that brings fall!

Simply take a photo inspired by the  prompt, interpret the prompt how you like. Then share on Instagram with #VGphotoaweek. Please use new photos that you take. Please do not use anyone else's photo...this is about you and your pictures. Or you can create a image for the prompt, but it must be something you create.  Post one or many photos per week!
This is how I'll be breaking the weeks up:

Week 1: Sept 5-11
Week 2: Sept 12-18
Week 3:  Sept 19-25
Week 4:  Sept 26-30

Hope you'll join me!!
Happy September lovelies!!