Monday, March 2, 2015

Cheesy Potato and Broccoli Soup

This potato soup is one of my favorites. It also happens to be Jackson's favorite too, which is great considering it is loaded with carrots and broccoli.
It's too good not to share. I was also pretty excited to take some pictures of it simmering in my new terra cotta pot from Marshall's.

Makes about 4-5 servings

3 carrots chopped
1/4 onion chopped
3-4 large broccoli florets lightly chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
2-3 large potatoes (I used red potatoes)
3-4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tbl butter
1/2 cup shredded cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in pot. Add onion, carrots broccoli, celery and potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, Saute until veggies start to become soft. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Boil until potatoes and veggies are completely soft. After this I removed 3/4 of the veggies, put them in a bowl and used an immersion blender to blend them smooth. I like my soups more creamy with less chunky veggies, and the kids eat them better this way too. After you blend that up, pour it back in to the soup pot. Add the heavy cream, shredded cheese and simmer on low for about 5 min. 

This recipe is so easy and doesn't take long at all. The chopping of the veggies is what takes the most time and that can be done ahead of time if needed. It also doesn't take long for the flavors to mix together. This freezes great in individual containers to pull out later.

After the kids finished their lunch we had a little dance party. It's become kind of a thing around here to have dance parties. We mostly stick to Happy by Pharrell and YMCA.

 And yes, those are pants on Ava's head. It can get a little wild around here. 

As much as I hate the cold weather, I do like sitting around the living room with the kids, fire going and soup on the stove.

I hope you enjoy the yummy recipe!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leaning on Him

Parenting is hard. Mothering is hard. Homeschooling while keeping little ones happy is hard. I usually only voice my thoughts on these issues to my husband. I just don't like having these conversations with even my closest friends. I guess it's my pride or maybe just not wanting to complain, but it really is hard.

I have no doubt in my mind that we are doing the right thing for our family. Having babies, homeschooling, being a stay-at-home mom... I feel a peace about it all, but at the same time feel like a failure on a daily basis. But, there is something I have realized... no amount of blogs or Pinterest boards can help me. My one and only saving grace is Jesus Christ. I want to show Jesus to my babies. Grace, love and discipline are things I want to impart to them.

Psalms 121:1-3 NASB
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.

Psalms 62:5-7 NASB
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.

It took me a long time to understand how to apply these verses to my life. It's hard to find refuge in God and lean on Him. It's so much easier to overreact and lose your temper. The only way is to constantly be focused on God and studying Him. I still have so far to go in this area, but when I start my day with that it sets a different tone in my house. I'm so much more capable of being a good mom when my heart is in the right place.

I just wanted to share this in hopes that another mom might read it and get something from it. Our kids are only this age once. We only get a few chances to teach them positive things, and believe me, they pick negative much more easily than positive. Parenting is hard,but I don't want to have that attitude every day. For me, it helps to not constantly be pointing out that we are smack dab in the middle of a hard moment (or a whole month of hard moments). For others I know that is a way of release and de-stressing, but for me it only adds to it. It helps so much more to look to the God and lean on Him.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Girly Things

The girls and I had wonderful afternoon doing all sorts of girly things. I love spending time with just my girls in Emma's room playing with baby dolls and having tea parties. 

Seeing the girls play together is so much fun. Ava can make Emma laugh so hard.

One of the things I'm least proud of is Ava's pronounced knowledge of technology, but it is really cute when she gets a phone that doesn't work anymore and starts to take "pictures" of her baby.

She did have to be a cowboy for a little bit

Emma has really gotten into the spirit of baby dolls. She holds then and even feeds them. It's amazing to see at barely a year old.

We got Ava a tea set for Christmas. We moved shortly after that and haven't had a chance to get it out since. One of the dreams I had of our new house was to be able to use the table that was made for me as a child to have tea on with my girls. Today we did exactly that.

These are such sweet times with them. I love seeing their expressions and excitement in the little things. I look forward to seeing them grow and become close sisters. I can't wait to see if we will be adding another sister or a brother to the bunch in May.
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