Monday, September 15, 2014

creamy potato soup



With fall around the corner and the weather starting to cool down it has made me crave soup! I've been making more soup the past couple of weeks for dinner and this recipe is a family favorite.  My kids always ask for seconds when I make this soup. This recipe also makes a lot so we always have leftovers and they are just as good the next day. I whipped up some of these breadsticks here and they were perfect for dipping in the soup. This soup is so rich and creamy and is perfect for those cool fall nights when you just want to curl up and watch a movie and eat some warm yummy soup! 

Recipe:
  • 2 1/2 lbs. white potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 small white onion (diced)
  • 3 oz package of the real bacon bits (found by the salad dressing)
  • 1-2 cups sliced carrots (depending on how many carrots you like)
  • 4  tsp. chicken granulated bouillon
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 cups of water 
  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • toppings for the soup (cheese, green onion, sour cream, bacon bits)
Directions:
  • First you will dice your potatoes and then put them in a pot of water and boil for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Then strain and set the potatoes aside in a large bowl. 
  • Saute the onion until they are translucent and tender. In a large pot add milk, water, salt and pepper, whipping cream, and chicken broth and chicken bouillon and carrots. (I precooked my carrots before I put them in).Heat until very hot but do not boil.
  • Then you will melt the margarine in a sauce pan. Once the margarine is melted  you will add flour and mix well. Allow the mixture to bubble while stirring for one minute. (Flour mixture should be like a paste – you may need to add more margarine or flour to get the consistency.)Then add half of the flour mixture to the milk and water mixture. Stir constantly. Keep adding the flour mixture and stir until it starts to thicken. Once thickened add in the potatoes, onion and the bacon bits. I only added half of the bacon bits and saved the rest to put on top of the soup.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings we like bacon bits, cheese, green onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Battle Creek Falls; A great family hike.



Are you looking for a great family hike to view the fall leaves? Well, we've found a great one! With the arrival of cooler weather the colors are really popping! 
We took this hike earlier in the year, so the colors hadn't yet started to change. 
Paige really wanted to see a waterfall, and we were not disappointed! This trail runs along Battle Creek, which is great for summer days where you want to cool down. Also, once you arrive at the waterfall you can actually get in the water and play. The water is shallow, and great for a little splashing and playing.
It is a relatively easy hike, with many people taking kids up and even a few strollers. Although, be aware that it is a steep incline.


Once we were done at the waterfall we continued up the canyon. It had rained heavily the night before, so it was pretty wet along the way. Some of the trail had washed out a little, but it was fairly easy to navigate.


I loved this hike because at every turn there was great scenery. There were dozens of smaller waterfalls along the trail. And although this hike was a continuous climb up, there were places to rest and relax. Shade was abundant and the opportunity to cool off in the water was everywhere.

 


We climbed the trail quite a ways up until we rounded a corner and could see the back side of Timpanogos Mountain.



Here is a link to the USDA Forest Service information for the Battle Creek Falls hike:

You can make this hike whatever you want. The trail connects to a larger trail system and you can access both Curly Springs and Dry Canyon trails. The waterfall is a short distance up the canyon and can be a great day hike with a big reward for kids!
My suggestion is to pack a lunch and hike up in the morning for a picnic and fun playing in the water. You wont regret a day spent on the Battle Creek Falls trail.






Friday, September 12, 2014

Fitness Ridge - The Food


I know this is probably the post that most of you have been waiting for!  I have to admit, when I first signed up to go to Fitness Ridge, I was really nervous about being hungry all the time.  The thing is...I LOVE food.  Like I REALLY love it.  Another issue is that I'm not a nice hungry person.  In fact I'm down right mean.  You know those Snickers commercials...times that by 1000 and you'll get me when I'm hungry.  It's not a pretty sight.  All the diets I had put myself on previously had left me hungry and mad, so I had no reason to believe that this would be any different.  I had even contemplated packing some snacks "just in case".  The conversation with my husband after I said that went something like this...

Husband:  You can't take snacks with you!
Me:  Yes I can.  I'll make sure they're healthy ones.
Husband:  Don't they check your bags?
Me:  NO!  I'm choosing to go, I'm not being sentenced to go!

Needless to say, he talked me out of packing any additional food, which I'm very grateful for.  My first meal at Fitness Ridge was A-MAY-ZING.  


They brought me Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken, Roasted Veggies and a Honey Mustard Sauce.  It was so yummy, I ate all of it...but surprisingly, I didn't want more.  I was actually full!  After my dinner, they brought me out dessert which was a banana drizzled with dark chocolate.  It was the perfect amount of sweet to fight off any craving I might have.
After that, I was really looking forward to what other meals they had in store for me!  Each day they write down what is for each meal and what the calorie count is.  They usually keep it between 1500 and 1550 calories per day.


For breakfast you had the choice between several options...Oatmeal, Granola, Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, Egg Scramble(my very favorite), Eggs with Toast, etc.  You could have something different every day for breakfast!  It was always filling and yummy!


Lunch was the big meal of the day, you had a bowl of soup...seriously, some of the very best soups I've ever had in my life, and then your meal.  I loved the Tostada and BBQ Chicken Pizza, but it was all super delicious!

Dinner is always such a wonderful time of day.  You are done with all your workouts and can sit and visit with the other guests at Fitness Ridge.  It's awesome to hear from all the people who have been their before.  It's a great way to unwind.


My favorite dinner was the Turkey Steak with Sweet Potato Oven Fries.  I LOVE sweet potatoes!  These ones were seasoned so perfectly and had a wonderful, crisp outside and a soft inside.  I loved it!  Once again, I can't say enough how flavorful everything was!  You never felt like anything was lacking, or that you were missing out on anything.  And as weird as it sounds...I was never hungry.  In fact some days it felt like I was eating A LOT.  But that was the beautiful of how the meals and snacks were set up and spaced.  You were always satisfied.


Now when it comes to food at Fitness Ridge, they don't just make you amazing meals and call it a day.  They teach you about food.  You learn the ins and outs of calories, how to make sure your plate is full of all the right stuff, and how to have a HEALTHY relationship with food.  As I said before, I love food.  But I also learned that I'm a HUGE emotional eater...yep, I eat my feelings.  Unfortunately for me, I don't just eat my bad feelings, I eat my scared, excited, nervous, happy, sad, overwhelmed, etc,  I eat ALL my feelings!  Fortunately, I was able to learn about what triggers me to eat even when I'm not hungry.  It's going to be something I'll have to work on...probably always, but I'm glad to have the knowledge so I can not let food run my life.

If you want to check out some of the delicious recipes served at Fitness Ridge, head over to their blog and take a look!  You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Check out these other posts about my time at Fitness Ridge!

Fitness Ridge - The Experience

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TACO BITES

Like everyone else's kids, when my kids run in the house from school they want to know what they can eat.  They come home from school so hungry and just need something to get by until dinner.
 
These taco bites have been a real hit and they are so simple to make.
 
I usually make these when I have leftover taco meat from dinner the night before.
 
To cut out the circles I used a cup but you can use just about anything. You can get 7 circles from one tortilla.
 
This step is not necessary but I fry them for a minute in a little oil just to give them a little crunch.  If you choose to fry them you have to work fast after you take them out of the oil to press them into the mini muffin tins to take their shape before they cool.
 
 
Next fill them with the taco meat and cheese.  Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.  If you notice in this picture I shoved the tortilla scrapes in the last few..... so not to waste.  They aren't pretty but taste just as great.
 
Top with tomatoes, sour cream, olives or chopped green onions.  They taste amazing and this yummy little bite leaves you wanting more.  These are a great appetizer for any party as well.  Quick and cheap.
 
What snacks do you do for your kids? I would love some new ideas.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Riverton Housewives Round Up #127

So much fun this week.  The creativity is so inspiring to me!  Since Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons I am loving all the projects and recipes for this time of year - especially anything involving pumpkin.  If you've been following our blog long at all you know my love of pumpkin runs deep!  I'm especially excited about our 2-part *Most Viewed* this week.  You're going to love it.

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up #127!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning...whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)

We only have a few rules to play at our party!

~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it's nothing you've linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.
~And we'd love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can't save a photo or link to the URL we can't feature your awesome stuff.

So get to linking up!  We can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!

Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!

This Silly Girl's Life shared 15 Easy Dump Cake Recipes for Fall and I'm going to be honest here that I had no idea what a dump cake was but NOW I am going to be making them.  How awesome are these?!!


Pink Polkadot Creations shared her September Visiting Teaching Handout.  It is so adorable I almost didn't share it because I have it all printed out to use BUT it is so cute I know others will want to use it too so get to it!  Thanks for sharing and making us who are less creative look good!

We're featuring a Snickerdoodle Recipe from My Name is Snickerdoodle...I think it's a safe bet that this recipe is amazing.  Since sinckerdoodles are in my top 3 favorite cookies I can't wait to try this recipe.

Our 2-part Most Viewed is brought to you by Home Happy Home.

First she shared an updated Home Tour and now I'm going to be up all night making plans to get my house looking as good as hers does.  You need to go check it out if you haven't already, it's gorgeous, every single room!

Her 2nd most viewed was her Early Fall Shelf Decor and like the rest of her home it's beautiful!

Thanks again everyone for linking up with us last week and I am excited to see what you've been up to this week.  Let's get this party started!!



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