Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jessi's Potato Soup

Jessi's Potato Soup

1 cup cheddar cheese
8 med-lg potatoes (divided)
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of potato
1 onion (cut into small pieces)
2 stalks of celery (cut into small pieces)
2 stalks of leeks (cut into small pieces)
3 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup water
4-5 strips of bacon (more if you want more)
3 Tbsp sour cream
2 cups of milk

1. boil 1/2 of the potatoes (these should be cute into small bite size pieces) until very soft drain and set aside
2. boil other half of the potatoes until very soft.  drain and then mash
3. cook bacon and break into pieces (or use bacon bits I didn't have any so I just did this)  set aside 2 Tbsp of the grease
4. cook onion, leek and celery in grease
5. when the veggies are soft add flour and water to mixture and cook until thickened
6. take off heat and add bacon bits
7.  add cream of chicken and potato to the mashed potatoes
8. then add onion/flour mixture, milk, and sour cream to mashed potatoes
9. mix these ingredients together well.
10.  Add the small potato pieces and cheese and stir with a spoon
11.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe makes a thick soup and is filling enough to serve by itself.  My hubby loved it so much he said it was better then Outback Steakhouse's Potato Soup.  I was shocked :) A good shocked and glad he liked it so much and so did my son who ate every last bite.

If you try it let me know how you thought it was or even some of the adjustments you made.  I bet it might taste good with some sausage pieces instead of bacon...Hmmm might have to try it like that next time.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

First time peach cobbler...

Well yesterday we attended a meeting with some of the faculty from our bible college here in Manila and it was at my mom's house so she asked me if I would make a dessert.  Specifically peach cobbler because she had bought the peaches to make it.  I agreed and went on my search to find an easy recipe for peach cobbler since I never made it before in my life.  lol  I should really taste things before I serve them to other people especially if I have never made it before... oh well....  the recipe I had was so it is

Peach Cobbler
1-2 cups peaches
1 stick margarine
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
       (if you don't have self rising flour it is so easy to make your own....for every 1 cup of flour mix with the flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt)  this is what I did and it worked great...
Heat oven to 375.  Melt margarine in a baking dish (I just put mine in a bowl in the microwave and melted it and then transferred it to the baking dish).  Add other ingredients (I would mix the flour and sugar and milk with the butter in the dish before you add the peaches it might help with the sloshing out of the dish).  Mix.  Bake for 30-45 minutes until the crust is brown and bubbly.  Serve with ice cream.  

This was really easy and it turned out really good...I doubled the batch so that I would have enough for the 20 people that were there.  I also mixed in the juice that the peaches were in.  Some recipes say to leave it out and others don't say but I figured it would help give the whole dish a little more flavor and it did.

So there you go.  Sorry I forgot to take a picture I was in a bit little of a rush :)  until next time

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Ok so I said I would post some recipes that I have been trying lately and this by far is one of the best ones and its in the crock pot which I think is one of my favorite kitchen appliances by far well except for the kitchen aide mixer I got for Christmas... :)  ok so on to the recipe :) and I just added a few extra dashes for good measure...  I am no precise cooker here :)  I'll put what i did next to the ingredients :)

Lemon Garlic Chicken


  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano  (Just covered the breasts until I thought it was enough)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt   (Just covered the breasts until I thought it was enough)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper   (Just covered the breasts until I thought it was enough)
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves  (i only used about 1 lbs or 1/2 kilo here in Manila)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (no butter)
  • 1/4 cup water (1 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Block cream cheese (cubed) (also suggested online was heavy whipping cream to get the creamy sauce effect for over noodles)

Directions (I didn't follow any of these directions)

  1. In a bowl, mix the oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture into chicken. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken in butter for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Place chicken in a slow cooker.
  2. In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon. Bring the mixture to boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 hours. Add the parsley to the slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

My directions 
1. Defrost Chicken 
2. add all ingredients except salt, pepper, and oregano
3. cover the tops of chicken with 3 left over ingredients 
4. set crock pot on high and leave for 3-4 hours

Serve with noodles and any veggie of choice

So there you go.  I hope you like this recipe, my family loves it because it has great flavor and I love it because it doesn't take that much to make it.  I have put this in the crock pot before we left for church and then just heated up left over noodles to go with it when we got home from church...

Give it a try and let me know if you did anything different

Friday, February 3, 2012

Wow its Feb...

I can't believe that January has already come and gone.

For our family January has been a fun filled month.  We got to introduce 2 new little people into our family one new nephew on my side of the family and one new niece (my first niece!!) on Marc's side of the family.  We are so excited for both families and the two new little babies we get to hold although we only get to hold one right now as the other is on the other side of the ocean...but speaking of that we got to meet her thanks to some awesome technology called Skype.
This is marc's sister holding my niece :)
 This is my niece!! What a cutie!

We use Skype all the time to talk to Marc's family back home and the best part is we not only get to hear but we get to see each other....oh and did I mention its free!  We talk to Marc's parents every week and it has become so routine for us that Reece regularly asks for his Nana and Papa (Marc's parents).  I think it is so nice to be able to communicate with family who are so far away.

My mom was telling me that when they were first here on the mission field she only got to call my grandma (her mom) once a year!  I couldn't believe it!  I can't imagine only talking to my mom once a year!  And then she told me it was only for like 30 mins because it cost so much to make a long distance call... Can you believe that!  Crazy!  We are so spoiled compared to that.  But I'm not going to lie I'm very thankful for all the technology that we have that my son can get to know his grandparents at least to a certain extent...

Also I have been trying lots of new recipes lately and I plan on sharing a few of the hits here.

Thanks for listening and if you live far away from your family check out Skype if you don't already have it.