Thursday, September 20, 2012

Homeschool Family!

Cousins starting a two week adventure together!!

While Kim and Eric are away on a ministry trip to Africa,  we are keeping their four children!  So far things are going great!  The ages of the kiddos in our home right now are as follows: 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 16!!  I know this isn't the Duggers', but it is larger than I am accustomed to!!  Victoria and I made a menu for all meals...breakfast, lunch, and dinner...everyday!!!!  Children truly are a blessing from the Lord!  Stay tuned for more stories and pictures!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunflowers, like the daisy, are such a happy flower!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yes, Mary, I Love Food!!!!!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I made my potatoes differently tonight...I added garlic!  Everyone loved them so I thought I would share the recipe.

Peel and cut up 5 pounds of potatoes along with 4-5 cloves of garlic.  Boil them together and drain when soft.

Place both potatoes and garlic in a mixer.  Add about 1/3 cup of milk (I used 2%).
Add 1 stick of MUST use REAL butter:)
Throw in some salt and pepper to taste.

Now mix all together and do a taste test!!!!!


Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

I started making this recipe about five years ago.  When the air starts turning crisp, that is when I feel the need to turn on my oven!  Don't use boiled's just not worth it.  This soup gets its rich flavor from the baked potatoes!  I always serve this soup with toppings which include: bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions.  Oh, breadsticks finish the deal!  Here goes...

4 baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2/3 cup flour
6 cups 2% Milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup chopped green onions
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled.

*Preheat oven to 400 
*Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake for 1 hour or until tender.  Cool.  Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.
*Place flour in large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended.  Don't worry if it is a little lumpy...this will thicken and be fine!
*Cook over medium heat (being careful not to burn) about 8 minutes...until thickened.
*Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup of cheese, salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper, stirring until cheese melts.  Remove from heat.
*Stir in sour cream, and 1/2 cup of onions.  Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). 
Serve in bowls, adding toppings as desired.

Yield: 8 servings ( I always double since this is wonderful the second day)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

School Has Begun!!!!

William loves doing his Math with Victoria!

The Boys were so excited to start School!

William made Play Dough for the first time.  He had fun measuring and pouring and then.....


Our first day of school lunch...Baked Potato Soup.       

We ended the week with a trip to Starbucks for our first Autumn drinks of the season!    

Saturday, September 8, 2012

These Days...

These are some of the days I want to remember.  My children playing, laughing, and growing.  

Toria and Camo

Our boys are protectors!!!