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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Random Recipe 1 - Crock Pot Potato Soup

I thought I'd go ahead and start posting some of my family's favorite recipes, beginning specifically with Crock Pot ones, as was mentioned in a comment.

Potato Soup

(I cook this one in my 6 qt cooker. The left-overs do fine in the fridge for a few days. When you reheat it, you might need to add a little milk - reconstituted powdered milk works fine.)

6 cups peeled, diced potatoes
5 cups water
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup margarine (or butter)
4 teaspoons low-salt chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 oz can evaporated milk
8 oz. shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby, Colby-Jack, whatever you might have on hand)

1. Combine all the ingredients except the milk and cheese in slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on High until vegetables are tender. Older Crock Pots might take as much as 7 - 8 hours. Mine takes about 5.
3. Turn to low, stir in milk and cheese, until cheese is melted.

If you prefer a creamier rather than chunkier soup, you can easily mash it down with a potato masher before serving.

My children like this served with more grated cheese on top and crumbled bacon. We eat it with a side of cornbread. You may want to add salt to this recipe. Originally it called for 2 teaspoons (to be added with the other ingredients in the beginning) and did not specify low-salt bouillon.

This is a good recipe to make with left-over bits of carrots and celery - the amounts, obviously, don't have to be exact. When I find bags of potatoes on sale, this is one of the recipes I'll frequently make.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to see good crocker pot recipes because mine never turn out. I have a big crock pot and a smaller one, maybe 4 qu. the big one I can cook two small whole chickens in.


July 12, 2007 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. L said...

Looking forward to your family recipes, thanks for sharing!

July 12, 2007 at 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds amazing. I just love the combination of potatoes, cheese, and onions. Mmmm..Thanks for sharing.

July 12, 2007 at 12:34 PM  

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