Monday, November 21, 2011

Soup and Sandwiches Night

Last night was soup and sandwiches night.  Mmmm, such wonderful cold-weather food.

We had potato soup and tuna melts... inspired by Kristiina when she made potato soup and grilled cheese last week.

Yes, home just a few days with her newborn, and she was in the kitchen cooking supper (while I got to hold Aria and play cars with Kingston)!

Thankfully, she's recovering phenomenally well!  But, with a toddler and a newborn, four hands were definitely needed.  Nic was working, but I was able to take the week off to help her.  This week could prove to be a challenge when I have to head back to work.  I know she'll work out a schedule and find a way that works for them.  I just hope she's able to get enough rest!

I'm not sure how Kristiina prepares her potato soup, but here's my recipe:

Hearty Potato Soup


  • 6 Potatoes, Large, Peeled And Diced
  • 2 Carrots, Washed And Diced Small
  • 1 Onion, Peeled And Diced
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth (I like to use homemade bone broth)
  • 2 cups Whole Milk (raw, if possible)
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Diced Ham
  • 1 cup Sour Cream, Divided
  • Desired Toppings: Shredded Cheddar, Chopped Bacon, Sour Cream

Preparation Instructions

Saute onion and carrot till onion is translucent. Add chicken stock and potatoes, simmer for about 45 minutes. Add the milk; heat through. Add cheese, ham, 1/2 cup sour cream and heat through till cheese is melted. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with desired toppings: shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, the remaining sour cream.

Mmmm mmmm good.  It was a hit with Joe, too... the guy who will usually pass up the soup went back for a second bowl.

So, as I was saying... I have to go back to work this week.  I loved being able to spend time with the ones who make my heart sing; I'll miss it.  Fortunately, it's just a two-day week, then off for Thanksgiving. Yay!  I'm happy that we get Wednesday off, too.

I spent so much time last week ogling Aria and playing with Kingston, that I took very few photos - unbelievable!  I have this short video clip from the hospital, though...

It's of Kingston wanting to try the video camera.

And then this one of him doing it himself. :-) (Sorry about the back light. It was more about Kingston getting to use the camera than it was about getting a good video of Kristiina and Aria.)

So many things to be thankful for!

warm soup for chilled bones
a toddler who is delighted to have become a big brother
baby girls and their delicate ways
competent, compassionate healthcare providers
epidurals and that she decided to get one
good health and quick healing
two-day work-weeks
holidays with family
deep love
deep joy


signingcharity said...

What a beautiful header you have on your blog. New babies are so precious. Enjoy.

Visiting from A Holy Experience.

Patricia said...

Beautiful post, Pam. That potato soup sounds delicious. And oh....those little must have been beside yourself with joy. Congratulations!!! I hope you have the most blessed Thanksgiving. There truly is much for all of us to be grateful! {LOVE your header photos!}