Friday, January 8, 2010

She's getting personal........

From my friend, Renee at Add More Chocolate:

New Year, New Start: Day 8

clip_image002Let’s get personal. Somewhere in one of your dresser drawers is an item that has holes, a frayed hem, stretched out elastic, or spots that will not come out. (I am not mentioning any unmentionables, but if one of your underwires has sprung and threatens to give you a body piercing, then you might need to pay attention.) You are a person of dignity and worth who deserves better! Out it goes.

Reminder – Notice I did not ask you to buy a replacement item. Sometimes we need to see that surrounding ourselves with good things doesn’t mean having more things, it means paring down so that only the best remain.

Now, you'd think that she'd been over here peering into my dresser......but she hasn't. How does she KNOW these things.....????? I guess we're all alike?

So into the skivvy drawers we mine are slips I haven't worn in over a year, things that have lost a little elastic, etc. I'm SO taking her advice and leaving only what I've worn in the last six months!!! So what about you? Diving in that drawer this weekend??????? You know you should.....

Isn't her series really right ON??? My friend Renee is a gifted writer and she is a homeschool educator. She teaches in a co-op and many are blessed to sit under her. Go on over and meet her; you will LOVE her.

So it is brrrrrr-isk this weekend.....doesn't it make you want to cook?

I'll share a recipe or two for your weekend .....

Baked Potato Soup

6 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 3 3/4 pounds)

1 large onion chopped (about 1.5 cups)

3 (14oz.) cans chicken broth with roasted garlic

1/4 c. butter

2 1/2 t. salt

1 1/4 t. freshly ground pepper

1 c. whipping cream or half and half

1 cup (4oz) sharp Cheddar, shredded

3 T. chopped chives

1 (8 oz.) container sour cream (optional)

4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

Shredded cheddar for garnish

Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours or until potato is tender.

Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened; stir in cream, cheese, and chives. Top with sour cream, if desired and sprinkle with bacon and cheddar cheese. Makes 12 cups. This is from the Southern Living Slow Cooker Cookbook.

And this is a family recipe, that I make frequently....I don't really measure, but I will tell you what I do.

Ham and Cheese Rolls:

Frozen Bread Dough.......let loaf of frozen bread dough thaw until soft, then roll out to large rectangle, about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Spread with softened or melted butter and sprinkle with whatever seasoning your family likes. We like Tony's cajun seasoning or garlic salt. Then sprinkle with any combination of shredded cheese, diced ham, ground beef, shredded chicken or whatever you like. Roll up jelly roll fashion, slice in 1 or 1 1/2inch slices and place on greased baking sheet. Cook at 350 for 20 minutes or so.........we love 'em!!!


Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I couldn't agree more with the advice about getting rid of things that haven't seen the light of day in more than six months. GREAT post! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

She is GOOD! I need to go upstairs right now and go through a couple of drawers. :s

Journey said...

I'm loving these posts and becoming addictive to the challenge! Like exercise, it's more fun when everyone is doing it.

And thanks for the potato soup recipe - was just thinking about soup on this cold, blistering day!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Tara said...

I have done some of these very things just recently. When the weather is cold and yucky outside, I try to do a project now and then so I won't sit around and eat!
Of course, that soup recipe looks delightful. May have to try that one this weekend. So cold outside.

karen said...

tator soup for supper it is.


jenjen said...

That soup sounds so good. I have been freezing all day! I love the idea of going through and simplifying!

I have a big box of clothes that I hope to redo this year into something more exciting. We'll see if I ever get it done!


Debbie said...

Oh my mercy! I have baked potatoes in the oven right now, and my mouth is watering over that potato soup recipe. Thanks. Sounds like a good dish for a cold evening.

Love the Decor! said...

Great advice!!
Having to go through my dad's house and clean it out has made me come home and want to purge any kind of junk etc that we have not used in months or even years.

Domestic Designer said...

Great advice. I must get busy....after I have some potato soup! :)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Thanks for sharing your recipes. They sound delicious and I can't wait to try them. Also, I plan to go through my lingerie chest this weekend and follow your advice there. That goes along with my new year's resolution of organizing and making life more simple. Love & blessings from NC!

Renee @ AddMoreChocolate said...

It's a deal! I help you with posting ideas and you tell me what to cook for supper! Yum!


Tracy said...

I'm loving Renee's challenge and yes, it's good to know that we ALL have many of the same organizational issues!

Last night, my hubby walked in the pantry and said...what are all the potatos for? (I bought a large bag and there are now just the two of us...) I think now I know exactly how I'm going to use quite a few of them... ; ) Thanks! Sounds DELIGHTFUL...particularly with single digit temps! Brrr!

Have a lovely weekend!

Nancy said...

Oh yes, cleaning out drawers!! I need to do that.

Those rolls sound just yummy!!! If I can get to the grocery store today I might have to try them.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

We're going out to dinner tonight but TOMORROW...Potato Soup. Thanks for the recipe!