Creamy Potato Soup – Crockpot Style!

Comfort food straight from the crockpot!


Soups on! It’s getting chilly and well, I just love comfort food!

Even though it’s the weekend before Christmas and we should all be rushing around to finish all that shopping/decorating/stressing, I’m opting to make soup! Is it Christmas-y? No, not really … but it does make me happy so it is what it is!

Now, THIS soup is yummy and I get really excited when I’m making it … its just a little bowl of pure comfort food to me … yummmy ….

The last time I made this, about a YEAR ago (!), I switched it up a little and used the refrigerated steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes …. and I highly recommend you do it this way as it’s really the BEST!

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Another thing I have to point out: toppings. I love toppings, but then again, I love a loaded baked potato … so that’s how you need to look at it. Do you like bacon, cheese, green onions on your baked potato? Then, by all means, add those to your cup of soup. Otherwise, eat it naked and make feel a little healthier for doing so ūüėČ

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So…enough with the ramble … lets get cooking!!

2 bags (20 oz each) of steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes (or you can use frozen potatoes)
2 cartons (32 oz) of chicken stock
1 can cream o’ chicken soup
1/2 onion, chopped fine OR a real generous shake of the dehydrated onions
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese … do not use fat free as it will not melt down

As with ALL crockpot meals, just dump everything in the crockpot except the cream cheese. Give a little stir, put the lid on and set it to high for 6 hours or 8 hours on low (your choice).

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After the time has gone by … take the lid off, cut up the cream cheese into cubes and toss those in the crock pot. Add the lid back on and walk away for an hour or so, til the cheese has melted.

Because I like my soup creamy, I grab the immersion blender and go to town making the soup nice and smooth. If you prefer, leave it chunky. It’s up to you and I won’t judge! ūüôā

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IF the soup is too thick, you can add a little water, chicken broth or milk to thin out a little.

Dish up, add your toppings if using, and dig in to this little bowl of comfort … enjoy!

#Soup  #EatDinnerAtHome  #ComfortFood  #Crockpot  #PotatoSoup

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New England Clam Chowder

It has been a while since we’ve made soup … especially this yummy, super easy New England Clam Chowder …¬†

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As you know, New England style is creamy … Manhattan is red and chunky. And if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you probably picked up that Mark HATES chunky tomatoes in cooked dishes. For someone who is a big fan of food, he certainly can be picky at times ūüėČ

Just for the record, I was set NOT to like this … I mean, all the ingredients were pretty much processed and well, I generally try to avoid that stuff … but, hell, it was ¬†a Saturday night, smelled good, he made some lovely ciabatta bread and it was to die for …

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Yes, it is a little indulgent and I would suggest you not make it every day. But please, whatever you do, give it at least ONE shot … I think you’ll be glad you did!

Here’s what you need:

7 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled (save the bacon grease in skillet)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cans of baby clams

5 to 7 potatoes, cubed *see note below*

1 1/2 cans of cream of celery soup

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

1 tsp dry dill

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Make life a little easier and give it a whirl in the food processor

Cook onion in the bacon grease until translucent and soft.  Add the juice from the clams (set clams aside) and the potatoes to the pan and cook til the taters are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.


Add the balance of the ingredients, stir and let simmer 45 minutes or so until thick. Add the clams towards the end.

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Dish up into some pretty bowls, top with a little more bacon bits if you have … ENJOY!

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*We made a double batch as we had some friends coming over, so used a WHOLE pound of bacon and double the balance of the ingredients. I’m sure Mark did some other things to it to season it up as he does NOT follow recipes super well :-). We also used CANNED POTATOES that were in the pantry as I didn’t have any in the pantry or fridge. Mark said he’d do it that way again as it was a heck of a lot better than peeling and dicing!

#Soup   #NewEnglandClamChowder  #EatDinnerAtHome

Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

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Let’s Party #45

Hey hey, who is ready to Party!!??

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Oh my gosh … Christmas is in ONE week! Are you ready?? I’ll be honest, we are keeping it VERY low profile … between the move and clearing out the old house, the condo project, the delay in furniture delivery and of course, the chemo treatments … we are just not going to add any more stress to the day …

Randi, Matt and Baby Nolan will be coming over on Friday and I believe head back on Monday (not 100% sure on the departure date) so we will have a mini Christmas get together over the weekend … I don’t have a whole lot of gifts to give but do have a gigantic deer from Cracker Barrel for Nolan … and the kids will just get cash to splurge on something for themselves …

Update on Mark and Taxol treatments … they suck. They make him nauseated, to the point where he is taking his pukey pills consistently … they also cause gastronal issues (ahem) and he feels like he is constantly fighting the flu … feels like he “fell down a flight of stairs” …

With that … we really should get on to the Party! Thank you to all who stopped in last week and shared!

Let’s Party!

Broth Bowls

Baby it’s cold outside …

It’s wintertime for a lot of you and even here in Paradise, we still get a little chill sometimes so I’m bringing over some of my favorite soup recipes from the other site!

This idea came from Made It Love It Paleo… and of course, because the concept was so simple, I hopped right to the kitchen and made one just for kicks.

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Yes, it was Day Two of my September Whole30 and a Tuesday morning. Cloudy, but still, already 85 degrees outside. At 7:30am.


I had leftover stuff from the holiday weekend. And because I was kind of on a No Spend Week, I was trying to use what I had on hand, yeah, even in the beginning stages of a Whole30 … and what the hell, leftover chicken was in the house and only 18 eggs left … so let’s do it!

Uhm, hello? It’s a keeper due to the simplicity of the whole thing! Again, it’s just the concept of the whole thing …


Here’s how I made my bowl of yumminess!

1 1/2 to 2 cups of stock/broth of choice, I used chicken this time around (Costco, organic, totally clean because you know some of them have yeast and other weird stuff in them right?)

veggie(s) of choice – I used leftover chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, sliced green onions and a handful of shredded coleslaw mix from a bag (all leftovers from Sunday)

cooked protein of choice – I used leftover chicken

Herbs of choice – I skipped as I was hungry …

Heat up your broth in a saucepan over medium high heat. You want the broth HOT!

Toss your ingredients of choice in a heat resistant bowl … use as much or as little as you like! I had a LOT in this bowl! This was the FIRST time I made it …

another day not enough broth

Once the broth is HOT, gently ladle 1 to 2 cups of broth over your ingredients. Allow to sit for 3 to 5 minutes to heat up the “body” ingredients and the broth will cool down enough for you to slurp. NOTE: I opted to put a plate over the top of the bowl to keep it steaming since I didn’t have as much broth as I wanted for the amount of veggies/protein in the bowl and let it sit while I did my makeup.

Sprinkle with your herb of choice and enjoy!

Now … obviously, this can be a super generous serving for one a smaller serving for 2 … I opted to make it just for me this time around but I’m like, wow, what a simple way to make a soup errr … broth bowl!

#Soup  #Whole30  #Paleo  #UsingWhatYouHave

Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

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Let’s Party #44

Hey hey, who’s ready for a Party?

The move is underway! We started on Thursday with the movers bringing all the boxes from the BIG storage unit. We left the bedroom set, office desk and chair and my awesome favorite console table. Those will be donated to Faith Farm if I can ever get them to schedule a pickup.

We still have the smaller unit which Jamie moved most of his stuff out last weekend to his new place.

I feel like I climbed a thousand flights of stairs and picked up a million pounds of stuff. But things are getting put away slowly. We still have to finalize our inspections which is a little bothersome in that my stuff keeps getting moved out again to the main living room floor. We don’t have a refrigerator (original one was damaged and now there’s a whole new issue) but we have a cooler with ice and can I just tell you how I’m looking forward to a home cooked meal! Not soon enough!

We had TWO links last week … one of which was mine. I missed my timing and look what happens! But the good news is my Chicken Piccata was shared to numerous sites and has been a favorite so thank you!

Let’s Party! Link up and make sure you link back to The Mark and Jan Show AND visit your fellow party goers!

Awesome Onion Dip

This is a super yummy and easy to make appetizer for all those upcoming holiday parties …



It’s been a looooong time since I made this as we were making it every weekend and both Hubby and I decided that it was a little too indulgent to make “just because it’s Saturday!” BUT now the Boat Parade Party is coming up and well, we are attending as GUEST, what better time than that to make this again! Yippee!! Continue reading “Awesome Onion Dip”

Christmas Crack Candy

Looking for a easy and frugal holiday treat? This is it!

I’m sure everyone has seen this recipe out there … but when one of the attorney’s gave me the recipe to try last year, I decided to do it.¬† Because, hey, we had that boat parade party and I was trying to do it within the budget that year.

Christmas Crack Candy
Christmas Crack Candy

So I made it with modifications.


Continue reading “Christmas Crack Candy”

Let’s Party #43!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party?? I am!

Mark had his first treatment of Taxol … not sure yet how he really felt afterwards as it was a crazy busy week with the condo project … he was tired and up early every morning and gone til at least 7pm 3 of the 5 nights …

This week brings a LOT of new excitement: appliances and bedroom furniture items are being delivered … movers are bringing our warehouse boxes in to the condo … I hope to be sleeping in our new place come this weekend! Fingers crossed! So far, we’ve had a few snags: refrigerator damaged so that will be delivered on Friday, microwave sticks out way further than normal so that corner cabinet door needs re-worked to be able to open all the way and so on …

We had some AWESOME shares last week and I’m so glad you all are coming back each week to check in and share!

My rules are super simple: make it yours, keep it simple and link directly to the post you are sharing. A link back to the Party and visiting other party-goers is strongly encouraged!

Let’s Party!

Easy Chicken Piccata

For the longest time, whenever I knew Randi was going to be home for dinner, I would make sure to have Chicken Piccata on the menu … it’s one of her FAVORITE meals that I can make for her.

Easy Chicken Piccata

With her 28th birthday coming up next week, her husband texted me and asked for the recipe … which made me thing that I so need to share it here!


Continue reading “Easy Chicken Piccata”

Let’s Party #42!

Hi! Are you ready to Party?!

I’ve missed the last few parties. it’s just been a little crazy busy … but never too busy to take a quick picture of the office puppy!

Mark will go in this morning to start a new regime of chemo for the esophageal cancer. He hasn’t had anything for a month and can certainly tell … feels like the Tumor is growing with the additional discomfort he’s been feeling. Being that this type of cancer grows super fast, we are both anxious for him to get going again.

This treatment is Taxol which I’ve read good things about. They put him on a heavy dose of blood pressure medicine as one of the main side effects is an increase in blood pressure. Being that Mark has borderline high blood pressure, it is a concern. Not sure if I liked the oncologist remark that a heart attack is better than the cancer. Felt that was a little inappropriate but I suppose he was merely stating a fact.

In other news … we are SO close to being done with the condo! Furniture ordered and on back order for 2 of the 3 rooms we bought so far…luckily the master bedroom stuff is in stock! I’m getting excited as I’m over the temporary housing thing!

Ok … there you have it in a nutshell … Let’s Party!