Friday, January 28, 2011

Potato Soup

I've been home from Jon and Marie's a week now.  I always feel so torn when leaving any of my family on either end of where I am.  I think it is a mother's dilemma.  What a wonderful time I had with them.  I  got a full dose of filling that hole in my heart where they belong, and even though I know it won't be long before that hole will need filling again, I praise the Lord for being able to be with them and drink in the bliss of it  for that moment. For those of you who don't have grandchildren yet, just you wait; your going to love it... it really is wonderful and special.

Since being home, I have been inspired to clean out and reorganize my kitchen.  Got the pantry, refrigerator, tupperware cabinet (does that one ever stay cleaned out and organized... I don't think so), spice cabinet, dishes and pots and pans reorganized. I love doing that (I have to be in the right mood to get it done though).  Went to town and restocked the groceries (the cupboards here were like ol Mother Hubbard's if you know what I mean).    Have been working on cooking up a few comfort foods around here, to bring in some cozy winter cheer, and bless my hubby and Luke and Eddie.  Incidentally, My hubby missed me greatly and said he would "rise up and call me blessed"....  Love him so much.  Its nice to be missed and valued.

This morning as  I post it is delightfully sunny, but there have been a few snowy days  since I got home, and those days always call for soups.  Thought I would post the potato soup recipe that I made for Jon and Maire.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Much Love, Pam

Creamy Potato Soup

8 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion peeled and diced
2 cups diced turkey ham or ham
  3-4 cups chicken broth or potato water or both
1 4 oz stick of butter
1/2 cup of flour
2 cups cream, half and half,  or milk ( I usually use mostly milk with a little cream)
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
2 or 3 Green Onions Chopped
Croutons (homemade are easy and taste the best)

Place potatoes in a pot of water and boil until tender. Drain desired amount of water and add broth to potatoes.  Add chopped ham and onion. In a skillet, melt butter, stir in flour and then add milk to make a roux.  Gradually add the rest of the milk over medium heat until you have a thickened sauce.  Slowly pour into potatoe soup.  Simmer gently for a few minutes.  Spoon into bowls and top with croutons and chives.  If you like a thicker soup, increase your flour in your roux, if you like a thinner soup, increase your broth.  Mmm Mmm good. 
Note: you can add cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream to this recipe and it would be delicious.


  1. Yum, I love potato soup!

    "A mother's dilemma" - oh, yes. I'm reminded by your words to stop and breathe an extra prayer of gratitude that my children are still young enough to all be at home and we're together. I know the day will come...

    I'm sure your husband did miss you! Good for him for being unselfish enough to share you. :)

  2. Dad is is so generous and giving! I know how much he missed you! We are so blessed by both of you! The snowy days sound really nice! I am so glad you got a post out! I lit up when I saw you updated!

    The potato soup looks really yummy! Love you and Dad so MUCH!!!!

    Talk to you soon!


  3. I LOVED this soup mom!!! I want to make it soon.
    We are LOVING the meals you made and froze for us. Jon's fast has turned into "eat one meal a day" fast due to your amazing food which he does not want to missed out on :) We already had your amazing Burritos and out of this world Shells! LOVE You and dad so, so, so much!

    I hope the next time we get to see each other I will get to see you both. Tell dad that he is going to be rewarded a hundred fold for all that he has done.
    As well as you mom!! LOVE YOU TWO!!

    ~ Marie

  4. Yay!! You read my mind. I've been wanting some potato soup, but didn't want to go searching for a recipe. Your soup looks and sounds so delicious. I will definitely give it a try! Love and Miss you. Come back soon!

  5. Dear Sweet Pam,
    It feels so wonderful to be able to stop by and visit with you..What a special gift you were able to give Marie and Jon..there is just not a many of Mothers out there these days that give so freely and JOYFULLY of themselves in order to be a Blessing...

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Potatoe Soup..I make a Potatoe and Terragon soup that I do believe I will have to make after seeing that DELICIOUS bowl of soup you made..

    Maybe you can come and stay with me next.. : )

    Much Love to you Pam..
    In Christ

  6. Oh I forgot to mention..

    I love all the Blog updates you have added to your looks so professional... : )

  7. Steve is a trooper :) I am always threatening to go on wife swap just so I can make sure Nathan realizes what he's got ;P (methinks he got more than he bargained for-- heehee!) Your stockpile of food was such a blessing to us when I had Asher. I am so glad Marie was able to have that same gift! Hope to see you soon!