Archive | September 2012

Golden Potato Soup

It has been windy and chilly for the last several days, so I decided this would be a good time to make some soup.  Brian is out-of-town this week and since he doesn’t think soup is a “meal”, this is good time to make some.  Golden Potato has become a favorite with the kids and I so that is on today’s menu.  This recipe came from Marge at – my favorite site to recipes.





Golden Potato Soup

  • 3 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 pinch ground black pepper
  •  2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  •  1 1/2 cups milk
  •  1 1/2 cups shredded American cheese
  • 1 cup chopped ham


  1. In a large stock pot add potatoes, celery, onion, chicken bouillon, water and parsley flakes.  Season with salt and pepper and simmer until vegetables become tender.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour and milk.  Once it is well blended, add to soup mixture and cook until soup becomes thick.
  3. Stir in cheese, cooked ham or hamburger and simmer until cheese is melted.

I am going to serve with fresh biscuits and a green salad.  Soon I would like to learn to make bread bowls.  I think this would be awesome in a bread bowl!

I hope you enjoy the recipe & have a great day!



Make the most of your mornings by starting the night before


In an attempt to make our mornings go smoother, I decided I needed to start the night before.  I have always been one to try to get the kids clothes laid out the night before, but I decided to make a list of 5 things I MUST DO each evening before I go to bed.  As I contemplated my 5 things, I realized that I could only narrow it down to 6 things.  So here is my list of 6 things I plan to have done each night before bed for the next 30 days.

  1. Dishes done
  2. Lunches made
  3. Breakfast planned/made & table set
  4. Backpacks ready
  5. Clothes laid out
  6. Bible read

Most of these things I try to have done anyway, but planning breakfast & setting the table the night before are something new I’m trying.  It worked pretty well this morning & I am going to commit to doing it for 30 days.

Homemade Natural Body Wash – Liquid Castile Soap

I am supposed to take it easy and stay off my feet for a couple of days, so I decided to try a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  Make some natural body wash.

This project turned out to be incredibly easy (& I could do most of it sitting down) and only takes 2 ingredients.


  • 1 bar castile soap
  • 6 cups water

Other Equipment You’ll Need:

  • vegetable grater
  • large sauce pan


  • Take your bar of soap and shred it using your vegetable grater.  I chose Kirk’s plain castile soap, but I think you can get lavender & peppermint also.  Next time I think I’ll add some essential oils for some nice fragrance.
  • Heat the water until it is almost boiling;  then add the soap flakes.
  • Stir the mixture.  The soap flakes should start to melt.  Remove from heat and let sit for an hour or so.  By this time the flakes should be melted.
  • You’re done!  Let cool & pour into containers.

NOTE:  If you’ve used Dr. Bronner’s soap, you know that it is pretty runny.  This recipe is also.   If you don’t like the runny consistency, you might want to us it in a foaming hand soap container.  Simply fill the container half full with this mixture, then add water to fill completely.  I am going to try this as soon as one of our foaming hand soap containers is empty.

Thanks Life Blessons for a great idea!

Give this a try & enjoy your body wash!