Homeade Potato Soup

Homemade Potato Soup

One of my favorite things growing up was Mom’s Potato Soup.  So I decided to start with her recipe and add a few ingredients to make it my own.  Paired with homemade cheddar biscuits, from Brown Eyed Baker, and this was one fine Friday night dinner!

Homemade Potato Soup Recipe

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 tsp salt

3T butter
3T flour
2 cloves crushed garlic

6-7 medium Yukon Gold potatoes – cut into sixths
1 box chicken stock
6 pieced of crispy bacon, crumbled, 1/2 reserved for garnish
1/4 cup half and half
Grated cheddar cheese and green onions, for garnish

Heat olive oil in large pot and add onion, celery and carrot. Saute for five minutes until carrots are soft and onions are translucent. Move veggies over to one side of the pot and add the butter to melt. Add the flour to the butter, cooking until the roux is golden brown. Add the garlic and cook a minute longer. Slowly add the box of chicken stock, stirring as you go – be careful of the steam – roux will be very hot! Add the potatoes and simmer for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are soft but still firm. Add half the crumbled bacon and stir in the half and half, just before serving.  Salt if needed. Garnish with rest of bacon, cheddar cheese and chopped green onion, if desired.

You can thicken up the soup by pureeing all or part of it. I chose to leave it with whole bites of potato.  I have found that using Yukon gold potatoes works best; russets just turn to paste for me.  I also don’t peel the potatoes, preferring to keep the vitamins from the skin.

Hope you are inspired to make hot soup on a cold day!

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FREE Soup Recipe Cheat Sheet


This time of year, I am crazy for soup!  Any gray day is instantly better with a pot of homemade soup on the stove.  I looked around and found some new recipes to try and put them together in a “cheat sheet” format.  Each one is linked to the original recipe for full instructions and to give credit for each recipe.

Soup Recipe Cheat Sheet (PDF)

I made these soup bread bowls yesterday while the snow fell and it made a perfect dinner with the Winter Minestrone recipe.


And while I was waiting for the dough to rise, a little crochet WIP slouchy hat.

How do you spend your snowy days inside?



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Inspiration Monday – 1.3.14


1. 31bits bracelet
2. Alabama Chanin applique t-shirt
3. Sourjourncuriosities via deviantart
4. Lucy of Attic24 2013 Year in Review – Crochet
5. Comedians Driving in Cars Getting Coffee – Season Three

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The Anti-Lobster Claw Bracelet Collection

Stretchy beading cord is my new best friend. Hate trying to put a bracelet on by myself.  Here are some beaded bracelets I made from my stash of upcycled goodies.





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What’s in your summer road trip bag?

The essential summer road trip crafts for me include cotton yarn for no-brainer dishcloths, bag of upcycled beads and my e-book reader.


And Twizzlers …



Beach time …


Hope you are enjoying your day wherever you are!

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Jewelry From Vintage Finds

Add another craft to the list! I’ve started playing with making jewelry.  I’ve posted about the Upcycle Exchange before and recently picked up some fun vintage beads I used to make earrings.

Aren’t the green raspberry beads fun?



And these silver beads remind me of a Zepplin!


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Crochet for a Cause – Special Olympics 2012 Scarves

This was the first year I made scarves for the athletes participating in the winter Special Olympics. I saw so many amazing scarves from past years and decided to try my hand at creating a sampler pattern. I love making bobbles and trying to combine the different stitches so the contrasting colors show in the rows. I used the Red Heart Super Saver yarn but would probably like the feel of the Red Heart Soft better. One skein of each color was enough to make two scarves. I’ll be boxing and sending these to Kansas.

There are still many programs accepting scarves so it’s not too late to make one to send. Read the Project Guidelines to learn more and check which states are still collecting. I’ll leave you with a photo from the 2011 Wisconsin Special Olympians courtesy of the Special Olympics scarf project photo gallery. Don’t they look great?

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I like ‘em chunky

My hook has been in action non-stop over the last several weeks spurred by the turn to colder temps here in St. Louis. The snap in the air brings me joy this year, for some reason, but I’m sure the snap will turn to a bite and I’ll be complaining come February. I’ve been experimenting both with yarns and stitches to find the best way to accomplish my vision for each project. For example, the yarn baskets need to be stiff and stand on their own, while the accessories need to be soft and comfortable to wear.

Crochet Wool Yarn Baskets

I was given a hank of 100% wool Burly Spun by Brown Sheep Company by a friend in our crochet meet-up group, Mandy. I turned it into two baskets, one large and one small, using a simple double crochet stitch. The Burly Spun definitely has the heft I was looking for but the double crochet stitch didn’t give me the stability.

So my next yarn basket was made using a front post double crochet. This is the look and feel I was hoping for. I also used the foundation single crochet stitch for the handles and love how it looks in the chunky yarn.

Time to focus on Christmas gifts – I’m on the home stretch. More FP to come soon!

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Crochet is perfect with baseball.

We’ve been watching a lot of baseball the last two weeks as the Cardinals fought their way into the World Series. So I’ve been crocheting a lot in front of the TV, making fingerless gloves for special orders. This is just one pair I’ve finished. More photos coming soon.

On the jumbo hook front, I’ve ordered two different sizes of handcrafted wooden hooks and should have those in a few weeks. Can’t wait!

This is the ribbed slouch hat pattern I tried with the Alpaca/silk blend I received at Farm Day. The yarn was the perfect combo of soft and warm.

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Alpaca Farm Day 2011

Add great people to amazing fall weather and my favorite activity and you have the ingredients for a wonderful day! My daughter, step mom and I had sooo much fun at Mariposa/Big River Farms‘ Alpaca Farm Day.

This is the first year that fiber artists were invited to demonstrate knitting, crocheting, and spinning. Our hosts generously gave us yarn and roving to use during the day.

I also took some of my FP and sold two pairs of fingerless gloves! Guess I need to get to work on more of those!

This is Meredith Rau and Annie Fuller spinning away. Meredith works at the Daniel Boone home demonstrating 1800′s spinnning. What a great job! Annie was patiently teaching one of the volunteer boys to spin and I realized it’s harder than it looks!

We made friends with Yana, who knits beautiful hats from crazy complicated patterns. She was using five double pointed needles making this hat. She is a Londoner, living here in St. Louis and works as a research specialist. Yana started a knitting community on Google+

Sue has been spinning for more than 15 years. She brought her Saxony wheel, that was hand made. She spun two spools of alpaca blend roving into a two ply yarn and gave it to me at the end of the day. She is so generous! I learned so much about spinning over the course of the day as she was talking to all the visitors who came by.

There are some FP I made with alpaca and I will post those coming soon!

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