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Yesterday I had about half a bag of Yukon gold potatoes that really needed to be used up. I had cubed them up the night before and stuck them in the refrigerator after reading that freezing would likely land me some mixed and probably unpleasant results. I thought about roasting them and then freezing them because apparently COOKED potatoes freeze well. But I wasn’t sure I wanted to risk an experiment like that. And I’ve been really craving creamy potato soup, although I’m the only person in this house who enjoys soup (sad face, I’m holding out hope on the kids).
So I started searching for a recipe that looked usable and reasonable. I stumbled upon this slow cooker potato soup from Gimme Some Oven and decided to make it with what I had on hand. I used chicken bone broth, frozen seasoning blend (chopped onion, bell pepper, celery) instead of an onion, and half and half instead of evaporated milk. I decided to use the slow cooker function on my Instant Pot instead of a crockpot. It was so quick to throw together and turned out so comforting and good. Y’all really should try it!
While that was cooking we went to the park for a while with our older daughter dressed as Elsa with long Waldorf playsilk “hair” and both of her babies in her baby stroller. It was an adorable sight to see. Eventually the playsilk “hair” became a baby sling “because little babies are too small for the stroller they need to be with their mama and have milks”- heart explodes, this girl is just too sweet.
She seriously plays with those playsilks every single day! It makes me feel good knowing that the products I create for my Etsy shop (Iza and Lolo) are truly enjoyed by my own children and that they are durable enough for even rough toddler play. This set has held up beautifully to a daily beating for over 2 years now!
After the park we went grocery shopping and got a text from close friends for a last minute family dinner invitation. It made me feel so warm and fuzzy to know we have friends we are close enough to that they will invite us over at the spur of the moment for a delicious dinner because they made too many meatballs. Friends who tell us to just come straight over and stick our groceries in their fridge and freezer while we have a nice visit. Friends we enjoy so much that we stayed more than an hour past bedtime right after the time changed because we were having such a nice time. What an amazing note to end the weekend on, with good friends and delicious food and lots of warm laughter. It made me think of this quote I stumbled across yesterday morning:
“Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.”
It was definitely one of those moments.